The Local’s List: February 2019

The Local’s List: February 2019

Your guide to what’s up, what’s new, and what’s on in Whistler for the month of February. 

Coming off a new snowfall record of 384 centimetres for December, the snow continues to fly up here in the mountains. From hockey celebrations to bobsleigh and skeleton championships, Valentine’s Day to Family Day — February is definitely a happenin’ time in the mountains, and here’s how you can get in on the action.

Outdoor Adventures

  • Rogers Hometown Hockey comes to Whistler and takes over Whistler Olympic Plaza on Feb 9 & 10. It includes a parade, hockey circus show, and the live broadcast of an NHL game. To find out more details and learn the hockey lingo, we’ve put together this handy post: Rogers Hometown Hockey Comes to Whistler.
  • The Lost Lake Nordic and snowshoe trails are open for the season with a combined 40 kilometres of terrain to explore. New to snowshoeing? Contributor Nikkey Dawn put together a great post on Whistler’s snowshoe trails, that includes suggestions for newbies to experts: Insider’s Guide to Snowshoeing in Whistler.
  • On the first Saturday of each month, bird walks with the Whistler Naturalist team start at the west end of Lorimer Road by the river and railroad crossing. They head out along the Valley Trail to Rainbow Park, covering many different types of habitats. This walk is open to all those interested in birds.

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Arts & Culture Adventures

  • On February 6, Arts Whistler is celebrating all the artwork that was submitted for the most recent cover of their Arts Scene publication. Join the artists and enjoy nibbles and drinks from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Can’t make the opening event? The exhibit will run from February 3 to March 4 in The Gallery at Maury Young Arts Centre (free entry).
  • The Adele Fine Art Gallery, located inside the Westin Resort & Spa, is hosting two solo exhibitions this month. On February 9 it’s the abstract landscape work of Laura Harris, and on February 16 it’s Angela Morgan’s paintings of dance, parenthood, and snowy scenes that adorn the walls. Join them in the gallery from 5 – 7 PM to meet the artists. Over at Whistler Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, they’re celebrating the launch of Shannon Ford’s solo exhibit on February 14 from 4 – 6 PM. Enjoy some wine and nibbles, and meet this artist known for her expressive animal paintings.
  • The Audain Art Museum launches its new exhibit, “Tales of an Empty Cabin: Somebody Nobody Was…” on February 16. It’s the first major solo museum exhibit of First Nations (Kaska Dena Nation) artist Joseph Tisiga and includes paintings (oil and watercolour), photographs, and installations. However, in the interim they do have a micro exhibit on from January 30 – February 15 called “The Idea of Place.”
  • On February 17, it’s the Sixth Annual Cypress Point Winter Carnival hosted by The Point Artist-Run Centre on Alta Lake. Expect snow and ice carving, shinny hockey, live painting, and children’s games during the day, and then there’s an evening dinner show featuring Canadian Juno and Polaris Prize nominee Danny Michel to enjoy!

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Family Fun

  • Want to surprise the kids after a day on the hill? Ziptrek has a Twilight Family Package (ages 6+) that includes six ziplines and eight treetop bridges. The tours depart in the late afternoon, and as the sun sinks, the trail is lit by your own head lamp and the soft glow of the fairy lights strung in the trees. It’s both an exhilarating and beautiful tour to do with the family!
  • Family Après happens to fall on Family Day (Monday, February 18), so head to Olympic Plaza for some tobogganing, skating, cookie decorating, live music, face painting and more, from 3 – 6 PM, Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Kids (14-18) slide free with a paying adult on the Bobsled Experience at the Whistler Sliding Centre until February 25. On February 11, the Whistler Sliding Centre is hosting a Discover Luge day, where children and youth aged 8-14 years can get a taste of the sport by sliding down the track on their own sled. They also have Discover Skeleton and Bobsleigh options!
  • Family Studio Sundays at the Audain Art Museum are a great way to get the kids interested in art and flex your own creative mettle alongside theirs in an incredibly inspiring setting. Join them on Sunday, February 10 from noon to 4 PM for this guided, hands-on experience. They are also doing a Family Day event on February 18 from noon to 4 PM.


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Flavours of the Month

  • Want to heat things up a little at lunch time? The Mexican Corner, located at the base of Whistler Mountain, is now open for lunch (noon – 10 PM) at the weekends. We sent one of our photographers there at the beginning of the season to check things out, and he fell in love with the tacos (and maybe the tequila.)
  • A winter twist on SIDECUT’s legendary summer BBQ series is the new Sunday Farmer’s Roast. Every Sunday, from 12 – 3 PM, guests can dine on an array of breakfast classics and Sunday roast favourites – think eggs Benedict and waffles, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with gravy – complete with a donut wall, and of course, a rotating selection of local BC breweries and live music.
  • Chef David Hawksworth, of Hawksworth Restaurant, four-time winner of best upscale restaurant in Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant Awards, is taking over Steeps Grill a the top of Whistler Mountain on February 9. Reservations are definitely recommended: 604.905.2379.

The Village Vibe

  • Every Wednesday night, starting at 9 PM, Black’s Pub & Restaurant hosts Jam Night. It’s the place to be if you have some musical talent or would like to hear some!
  • The Raven Room is a new addition to Whistler’s après, cocktail, and restaurant scene. Located inside the Pan Pacific Village Centre, it’s the brainchild of local entrepreneurs who have Bar Oso, 21 Steps, and Stonesedge on their resumes. With this high-calibre background, you can expect fresh, house-made cocktail infusions, locally sourced-ingredients, unique small plates, and a sophisticated decor. They’re open daily from 4 PM to midnight.
  • A Whistler nightlife favourite is back, Tommy’s (formerly Tommy Africa’s) reopened late last month with a revamped look. They’ll still be hosting their legendary Tommy’s Tuesdays, with indie rock nights on Wednesdays, throwback Thursdays (80s and 90s), and cocktail hour from 8 – 10 PM in their newly refurbished lounge.
  • Seen some trend-focused people strutting their stuff in new “Whislife” apparel? They’ve just opened their retail outlet next to Garfinkel’s on the Village Stroll. Vula Vintage and Modern Market also opened this season, located next to the Summit Lodge on Main Street, selling vintage and funky clothing.

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Don’t Forget…

  • It’s Valentine’s Day on February 14! Leave the wilted carnations from the local gas station and whisk your other half away for a romantic weekend stay in Whistler — that’s what our newly wed contributor, Blair Kaplan Venables decided to do. To add to the list, here are 8 gift ideas with a Whistler twist.
  • Operating hours on Whistler Blackcomb have now been extended to 3:30 PM, with alpine lifts remaining open until 3 PM.

Events this Month

  • Feb 1 – 2: BCS Canadian Championships 2019: Bobsleigh & Skeleton
  • Feb 2,  9, 16 & 23: Made in Whistler Artisan Market at the Westin Resort & Spa
  • Feb 12: The Lady Alliance Ride Whistler Meet Up
  • Feb 14: Arts Whistler Live! Best Date Night EVER with Bluesberry Jam Showband
  • Feb 22 – 23: Peak to Valley Race 35th Anniversary
  • Feb 23: Coast Outdoors P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event
  • Feb 25 – March 10: BMW IBSF Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships. Tickets are available online, and there’s a pretty cool VIP package to consider.

Plus plenty more, all here in our events calendar, or you can check out What’s on in Whistler This Week. Come join us here in Whistler, it will blow you away . . .