Whistler will be a buzz this weekend to celebrate a major milestone for Canada – The 150th anniversary of Confederation!
There is sure to be something for everyone with free concerts, activities, parades, fireworks, and so much more happening all week long. Best of all, the sun will be smiling upon us all week long! So, make sure you get out there to celebrate, take in a concert, experience the Canadian outdoors.
Here is a look at everything that happening so you don’t miss a thing:
The Village sparkles with lights through the night, snow dusts the grounds, and Whistler is buzzing with activity. There is nothing like the holidays in Whistler.
As we say goodbye to 216 and prepare to celebrate the coming of 2017, there is no shortage of activities for the entire family.
The Village becomes a hive of family-friendly entertainment and activities, just put on your wristband and head out to enjoy the festivities (including free skating, live performances, arts, crafts, a teen dance, and more) leading up to the midnight fireworks display. Find out more here.
There are parties guaranteed at every pub and club in town. Find a list of events here.
We have had no shortage of snowfall in Whistler this year. On the mountains, there have been plenty of powder days and the groomers are, as usual, groomed to perfection. In fact, we have seen 13cm of new snow in the past 48 hours!
Conditions on the mountain today are, by all reports, spectacular! It is not too warm, it is not too cold, the winds are great, and all the runs are open.
With all that said, it should come as no surprise that is has been a busy season for visitors so far. In fact, we can break it down by the numbers:
So what does all this mean for real estate? In an already busy market, the amazing winter season so far and increased visitor numbers can only mean good things. More people are coming to experience Whistler and many, if not all, of them are guaranteed to fall in love with our resort.
Stay tuned for my 2015 year in review market report coming soon and make sure you get up here to take advantage of the great snow conditions!
In fact, this weekend is the perfect time to come visit Whistler and take advantage of Never Ever Days – Learn to ski / snowboard with a full beginner lesson + lift ticket for only $25! You will not find a better deal than that.
Whistler is always busy during the holidays – and for good reason!
Not only is the skiing/snowboarding fantastic, but there is never any shortage of activities and events – and this year is no exception. If you plan to spend the holidays in Whistler this year, check out Tourism Whistler’s guide the the Whistler Holiday Experience so that you don’t miss a thing.
With everything from visits with Santa, to free skating and tubing, to artisan markets, there is something for everyone!
What are you waiting for?
Racers get ready! Get set! Go! This weekend is going to be a busy one in the Sea-to-Sky corridor with each community hosting a big event.
When: June 20, 2015
What: Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race
The Test of Metal is one of Squamish’s biggest and most popular cross-country mountain bike races. Now in its 20th year, there will nearly 1,000 riders participating in this grueling test of strength, stamina, and endurance. The 67 kilometer course will include over 1,200 meters of climbing and 35 kilometers along the single-track trails of Squamish.
Average competitors can expect to finish the course in about 4 hours while the fastest riders aim for a time of about 2.5 hours.
For the thousands of spectators who come out to cheer on the riders and participate in the festivities there will be vendors (including food trucks and beer garden) at the finish line at the Loggers Sports Grounds. Spectators can also take part in the CrossFit Squamish Strength in Stone competition or the Celebrity Challenge.
Where are the best viewing spots: The race begins at Brennan Park at 11 AM. Make sure you are there in lots of time to get a good viewing spot for the start. A shuttle will be available to take spectators to the Powerhouse Zone and from there to the Finish Line. Or, set yourself up anywhere along the 35 kilometer single-track portion of the course.
Where: Whistler Olympic Park
When: June 20 & 21, 2015
What: An extreme 10 – 12 mile obstacle course
The Tough Mudder Pledge: I understand that the Tough Mudder is not a race but a Challenge. I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time. I do not whine. I help my fellow mudders complete the course. I overcome all fears.
The Tough Mudder is exactly what it promises – TOUGH! This 10 to 12 mile obstacle course, designed by the British Special Forces, will test your physical strength, mental grit, and most importantly your team-work and camaraderie. No participant is left behind and the course is not timed. Instead the focus is on overcoming all the challenges by working together and pushing through.
Participants register in teams and must work together with their team, and everyone else, as the climb steep hills, wade through freezing water, crawl through mud, scale walls, jump from heights, run through electricity, and battle unforgiving man-made obstacles you won’t find anywhere else. It is not easy and finishing is its own glorious reward.
Participants need to have strength, edurance, agility, and cardio, cardio, cardio! Even spectators should come prepared with a change of cloths and be ready to scream and cheer their friends, colleagues, and all participants on.
When: June 20, 2015
What: A trail running race
The inaugural BarnBurner Triple is a grass roots event that will take runners over some of Pemberton’s favourit, world-renowned trails. Runners are able to choose between 10, 15, and 25 kilometer courses that follow 3 distinct courses. They can complete the distance individually or run it as a relay with a team.
The race will begin at the new Pemberton Community Barn and will showcase the best of what Pemberton has to offer, including spectacular vistas, technical single-track trails, steep inclines, and flowing descents. In its first year, organizers estimate 150 to 200 participants from all over BC, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.
April 2015 markes my 10th year in Whistler and I am still in awe of the natural beauty here – I never get tired of this view!
Downloading from Wizard Chair after an 18cm day on Sunday April 12th … Not Bad!
Once again, local photographer David McColm has captured the pure beauty of Whistler from the stunning mountain vistas to the ever changing night sky, no else one captures Whistler quite like this.
In case you have not seen his previous work, you can check out Deep Sky I here.
I am so excited and honored to receive several awards for my performance in 2014 and I would just like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped me achieve such success. It was a busy year both personally and professionally and I could not have done it without the support from my family, friends, and clients.
This is the third year-end award I have received from The Whistler Real Estate Company and my first time receiving the award for PLATINUM achievement. At the end of each year The Whistler Real Estate Company grants these awards in three levels for the number of sales each agent completes and/or the agent’s total dollar volume.
I also won the GOLD award in 2013 and the SILVER award in 2011.
Each year the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board recognizes the top 10% of their membership based on their combined number of listings, sales, and total dollar volume.
I was also an MLS Medallion Club Member in 2013.
Finally, I am also thrilled to be one of the Top 10 agents at The Whistler Real Estate Company for 2014 in terms of both the number of sales I completed and the dollar volume of those sales. I was also in the top 10 in 2011 and 2013 but it never gets old!
Thank you to everyone for your support throughout 2014 and your help in making it such a successful year for me! I look forward to helping you reach your real estate goals, whatever they may be, in 2015.
Another year almost over and, as usual, there is no shortage of things to do in Whistler to celebrate the coming of 2015. Christmas is over but with the Village stroll full of lights and snow dusting the ground, Whistler is buzzing with activity and fun for the entire family.
Need a break or a place to take you kids to run off some energy after the excitement of Christmas? The Whistler Holiday Experience provides a warm, indoor entertainment zone with a mini-putt course, table games, crafts, video games, a bouncy castle, and more. The best part is that parents can sit back and enjoy a coffee or hot coco while their kids entertain themselves. The Whistler Holiday Experience at the Whistler Conference Centre is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily until January 6th (but is closed on December 31).
On December 30th children between the ages of 5 and 12 can enjoy a night away from their parents. Whistler Kids will provide supervision from 5:30 to 9:00 PM and there will be activities, dinner, snacks, and more. Find out more here.
So, you have finished your day on the mountain but still need something to do before dinner? Every Monday & Wednesday there will be family-friendly entertainment and activities at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 4:30 to 6:30. On December 29th Toni Smith will be on stage and there will be street games, a balloon twister, and a more! Find out more here.
The free outdoor skating rink in Whistler Village is open every day from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Don’t have your own skates? No need to worry. Rentals are available for only $5.
Ring in the new year at this family-friendly evening of entertainment and celebration. You can purchase your ticket to the event here or at Millennium Place, Meadow Park Sports Centre, and the Whistler Visitor Centre. Tickets will give you access to a range of venues with entertainment for all ages, crafts, food, dancing, ice skating, a special kid’s countdown party at 9:00 PM, and more. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.
You can’t celebrate New Year’s without fireworks! The best seats for the fireworks show will be at Skiers Plaza at the base of Whistler, but, as long as you can see Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains you will probably be able to see the show so make sure you don’t miss it!
Other New Year’s Eve Events
Not interested in the family-friendly Whistler Presents? Not to worry, there are parties planned accross town in almost every pub, club, and restaurant. From the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s New Years Eve Gala to the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Bearfoot Bistro, to Buffalo Bills New Years Eve Masquerade Party and the Roaring 20’s Party at the Firerock, there is sure to be an event for you. Here is a full list of other New Year’s Eve events.
No matter how you decide to spend your New Years, I wish you a safe evening filled with fun, laughter and cheer. I look forward to seeing you in 2015 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!