Holiday Fun in Whistler

Date Posted: December 17, 2015

Whistler is always busy during the holidays – and for good reason!

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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?


Living Fireside in Whistler

Date Posted: January 14, 2015

Eight Homes for Sale in Whistler & the Fireplaces that Set them Apart

Winter has set in and Whistler has become a beautiful winter wonderland but baby, it’s cold out there! The best way to relax in Whistler on a cold winter evening after a day outside in the snow is in front of a toasty warm fireplace. These sample listings have some of the most beautiful fireplaces available in Whistler today.

To view current listings, click here.

1.  3807 Sunridge Place – A Thoughtfully Designed Whistler Home

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Take a moment to sit back and relax in front of one of the many fireplaces in this home. The grand floor-to-ceiling, wood-burning fireplace in the living room sets the perfect stage for entertaining while the window-framed, gas fireplace in the family room is perfect for enjoying amazing mountain views and a great book. In the evening, the master bedroom will be cozy and warm thanks to the cozy fireplace. More >>

 

2.  8745 Idylwood Place – A Custom Built Chalet in Alpine Meadows

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This stunning floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, framed by peaceful forested views is the perfect compliment to a large, open-concept living area. Light a fire and host a family game night or a gourmet dinner party as the winter snow falls. More >>

 

3.  8373 Rainbow Drive – A Completely Updated Executive Home

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Sitting in a quiet, sunny location, this river rock fireplace with large wood beam mantel makes this living area a comfortable and cozy room. More >>

 

4.  4 – 6125 Eagle Drive – A Conveniently Located Whistler Townhouse

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This stone fireplace offers the perfect focal point for this living room, dining room combination. With an extra long ledge, you can dress this fireplace up or let it stand on its own. More >>

 

5.  3 – 8032 Timber Lane – A Fully Renovated Alpine Meadows Townhome

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This fully renovated townhome offers a gorgeous fireplace for those looking for a sleek modern look. Step away from the traditional idea of Whistler decor with sleek lines and cool ambiance of this gas fireplace. More >>

 

6.  2 – 2728 Cheakamus Way – A Whistler Local’s Favorite

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Light a fire in this traditional-style, air-tight wood stove and fill up your kettle to enjoy a warm cocoa with water boiled on the heat from your fireplace. This is the ultimate experience for a truly cozy winter day by the fire. More >>

 

7. 2832 Clifftop Lane – A Fantastic View Property in Bayshores

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For a true Whistler experience, take it outside. Sit back and enjoy panoramic mountain views while you roast marshmallows over the fire and gaze up to the night sky. More >>

 

8.  2202 Brandywine Way – A Private Home Overlooking a Waterfall

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If a traditional fire pit is more up your alley, this flat and grassy backyard is the perfect setting to sit around the fire and share stories in summer and winter. More >>

 

BONUS: 7370 Harrow Road – A beautiful Pemberton Acreage

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Imagine waking and sipping your morning coffee in this gorgeous country-style kitchen/dining area complete with fireplace, while you gaze out our window to the rolling fields and mountain vistas of the Pemberton Valley – Paradise! More >>

 

No matter what your style – from grand fireplaces that stretch from floor to ceiling, to traditional wood stoves, to modern gas inserts – there is a home in Whistler with the perfect fireplace for your personal taste.

 


 


Pemberton Winterfest Returns

Date Posted: January 8, 2015

Pemberton Winterfest Community Event

Celebrate the spirit of winter and community in Pemberton, BC

This year Pemberton Winterfest returns to One Mile Lake from January 16 – 18. This 3-day annual event is a true celebration of what makes Pemberton so special – a spectacular setting and a vibrant community. This is a chance to kick up your heels and embrace winter in a family-friendly festival with events and entertainment not to miss. Some of this year’s events include pick-up hockey, ice skating, ice fishing, curling, snow painting, and more. In addition, there will be a daily bon fire, music, and food concession, including ‘You Roast’ Hot Dogs & S’Mores.

The Polar Bear Swim

Are you ready to take the plunge? Slip into your best bathing suite or costume and be ready for a dip in the icy waters of One Mile Like at 12 Noon on Sunday January 18th. Be there or be….warm? Don’t worry, there will be hot chocolate for all those who brave the waters – don’t forget a nice warm towel and dry clothes.

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Outdoor Movies

There will be a free screening of an outdoor movie every day of the festival at 6:00 PM. For extra enjoyment, pack a thermos of hot chocolate and throw some popcorn in a bag to enjoy throughout the show. On Friday the movie will be followed by fireworks at 8:00 PM and on Saturday it will be followed by the lighting of the Pemberton Wish Lanterns at 700 PM.

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Getting There

Free shuttles will run  every 15 minutes on January 16 & 17 between 4:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The pick-up location for the shuttle is at the Pemberton Valley Lodge and the Pemberton Community Centre.

Parking will be available at the Old Highway Yard behind the Visitor Centre and at the Pemberton Community Centre. The parking lots at One Mile Lake will be closed.

For a full schedule of events please visit the Pemberton Winterfest website.

UPDATE

Please note that the dates for this event have changed. Pemberton Winterfest will now run from January 23 to January 24.


 


New Years Eve Whistler Style

Date Posted: December 27, 2014

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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.

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The Whistler Holiday Experience

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).

Kids’ Night Out from Whistler Kids

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.

Whistler Activities for All Ages

Family Apres

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.

Skating at Whistler Olympic Park

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.

New Years Eve Celebrations in Whistler

Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve

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.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks

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!

 


Getting Ready for Winter

Date Posted: October 28, 2014

The rain has come to the Village and this means that snow is falling in the Alpine. I have started to think about pulling out my winter jacket, I have found my winter sweaters and mittens. My winter boots are by the door ready to go. Old man winter is nipping at our heels and the countdown is on to opening day.

What does all this mean? It is time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead before we get to deep in snow.

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Getting your home ready for winter: 10 Tips

If you have yet to get started on your fall check-list, here are my top 10 tips for getting your home ready for winter:

  1. Clean out your gutters – Clogged drains can form ice dams and lead to water back-ups and freezes. As you are cleaning, don’t forget to check for leaks and misaligned pipes. And, while you are up there, you might as well check your roof to make sure it is not worn out or in need of patching/replacement.
  2. Check your heating system – Turn up the heat and make sure everything is in working order. The last thing you want is to wait too long and find out after the temperature drops that your heat is not working. If anything seems amiss, call an expert to come and take a look.
  3. Clean out your fireplace – There is nothing better than sitting by the fire on a cold winter day so make sure that your wood-burning fireplace is ready. Call a local chimney sweep and have them inspect and clean out your chimney before you start a fire. While you are at it, you better make sure you have a good stock of firewood to get you through the season!
  4. Check your windows – Replace old or ineffective windows or seal off drafty windows with clear plastic (you can find this at most hardware stores). Also check the caulking around any openings (windows, doors, vents, etc.) – if the caulking is cracked it should be replaced to cut down on drafts.
  5. Inspect your doors – Take a good look at the weather stripping around your doors to see if it is time to replace it. Consider purchasing a rubber strip to run along the bottom of the door to seal it off. Make sure all of your exterior doors close properly. Keep all of your closet and cupboard doors closed, there is no reason to heat these areas unless there are water pipes running through them.
  6. Reverse that fan – Did you know that reversing your ceiling fan will push the warm air downward and force it to recirculate and help keep your home warm?
  7. Check your pipes – A burst pipe caused by winter freeze is a nightmare so now is the time to take preventative steps. Look for any pipes that are not insulated or that pass through unheated spaces and wrap them in insulation.
  8. Prep your garden – Trim tree branches that hang too close to the house or power lines, plant your spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot winter over. Move any sensitive plants indoors or into sheltered areas.
  9. Expect the unexpected – Prepare or check your emergency kits (one for your house and one for your car). The kit should include candles, matches, phone numbers for utility companies, batteries and/or back-up power for electronic equipment, extra bottled water and non-perishable food items, blankets, a first-aid kit, and shovels.
  10. Do the semi-annual switchover – Pull out your snow shovels, snow blowers, ski equipment, etc. and put away the hoses, lawn mowers, and bicycles. Don’t forget to drain and turn off your sprinkler system and any outdoor taps! Extend the life of your patio furniture by covering or storing exposed items and put away and planters or pots that may crack in the cold weather.

 

Getting yourself ready for winter: 5 Tips

The most important step in getting ready for winter is to make sure that you are ready for the ski/board season ahead. Here are 5 things you should be doing:

  1. Check your gear – Make sure your gear is ready for another season and, if it isn’t start your research for replacements. If you equipment is ready for another season, your skies/board will need a good tune-up to be ready for Opening Day.
  2. Make sure your boots still fit comfortably and take them to a boot fitter if they don’t
  3. Get outside or hit the gym to get your body ready for the season – you’ll need a little cardio, some muscle strengthening, and a little balance work. It will do wonders for your first days on the slopes.
  4. Get registered! Want to take a course or send your kids to ski school? Now is the time to get signed up! While you are at it, check out some of the apres specials around town.
  5. Cross your fingers for an epic season!

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Ski Touring the Hurley Pass

Date Posted: March 18, 2014

I just got back from a perfect mini-getaway and an amazing ski-touring trip in the Hurley Pass. Ski-touring is not always the first thing you think to do when you are visiting the Whistler and Pemberton areas but it is so much fun and something you should look into if you are looking for a little adventure.

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There are several ski touring companies in Whistler and Pemberton, but this time, we went with Blackcomb Snowcats. The Hurley Pass is just north of Pemberton, hidden in the South Chilcotin Mountains. Backcountry Snowcats provides pick-up in either Whistler or Pemberton and multi-day trips provide lodging in their Backcountry Lodge.

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The World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Your Chance to Win!!

Date Posted: March 11, 2014

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is just around the corner! Can you believe it?!

This is one of the biggest parties in Whistler and you could win a VIP experience to celebrate the coming of spring and the end of the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season in Whistler.

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Check out Dose.ca for your chance to win.


Health and Wellness in Whistler

Date Posted: February 28, 2014

Whistler offers clean, fresh mountain air, gorgeous surroundings and an endless variety of healthy activities for you to experience. With such beneficial attributes, it isn’t surprising that this resort has also become a renowned destination for health and wellness getaways.

Here are a few places to relax, rejuvenate and cultivate a healthier lifestyle:

  1. Scandinave Spa Whistler
  2. Farfalla Hair & Esthetics
  3. The Core
  4. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain
  5. Whistler Racquet Club
  6. Peak Performance Physiotherapy
  7. Village Centre Chiropractic & Massage
  8. Valley Trail
  9. Meadow Park Sports Centre
  10. Avello Spa & Health Club

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A Piece of History: Whistler Museum

Date Posted: February 25, 2014

Have you had the chance to visit the Whistler Museum? If not, make a point to. You’ll be fascinated by photos of Whistler’s first pioneers, Whistler’s original ski-bums, and beautiful photos of the ever changing mountain scenery.

The mission of the Whistler Museum is to “collect, preserve, document and interpret the natural and human history of mountain life – with an emphasis on Whistler – and to provide a forum in which to present an innovative range of exhibitions and education programs to enrich the lives of residents and guests.”

And believe me, the staff and supports of Whistler Museum have done just that. The Museum is located across from our new office at 4333 Main Street, and is open 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. Admission is under $10.00.

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Photos from the Whistler Museum website >> http://www.whistlermuseum.org/welcome