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Whistler racks up unprecedented string of awards: Recognized for accommodation, dining, meetings space, events, activities and amenities

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Whistler, B.C. - Whistler is ‘the’ place to enjoy summer and, if the bustling crowds aren’t proof enough, the resort just locked up a string of awards from magazines such as Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, up! and Departures – reaffirming its status as a top year-round destination.

“Tourism Whistler congratulates its members on the recognition received by such prestigious outlets,” said Breton Murphy, senior manager of communications for Tourism Whistler. “We’re proud that leading journalists in the travel industry, and visitors who’ve chosen Whistler as their destination, are encouraging others to experience what we have to offer. Endorsements like these reflect a real commitment by our community to provide an exceptional experience for our visitors.”

Departures, the luxury U.S. lifestyle magazine published by American Express, recently named Whistler as one of the 10 perfect summer mountain towns , highlighting the Nita Lake Lodge, Slow Food Cycle Sunday, Kokanee Crankworx mountain bike festival, Rim Rock Café, Bearfoot Bistro, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Ziptrek Ecotours.

Readers of Westjet’s inflight magazine, up!, selected Whistler Blackcomb as one of the best-value travel experiences in Canada. Notes the magazine: “Readers remain smitten with the epic terrain and 10 metres of annual white stuff that blankets this West Coast ski resort like a fluffy duvet. Top marks also went to the 18 on-the-hill restos.”

Travel + Leisure named the Four Seasons Resort Whistler to its list of the top resorts in Canada and the United States. The hotel was only one of three Canadian properties to make the list, and came in at number 25, moving up 11 spots from last year’s list. “The Four Seasons’ first Canadian ski resort hugs the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a short walk to the Whistler-Blackcomb lifts and the shops and restaurants of the quaint Whistler Village,” reads the magazine’s acknowlegment. “The 273 spacious and warm rooms are done up in ochre red, earthy green and golden brown and have cherrywood doors, roaring fireplaces, and trim, private balconies.”

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler was also recognized last month by Condé Nast Traveller magazine’s UK readers, ranking its spa at as one of the top 10 hotel spas in the Americas and the Caribbean.

This spring the Toronto Sun tipped its hat to Nita Lake Lodge as one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels , noting: “This luxury lodge is close to the best Whistler has to offer, from golf courses to skiing.”

Vancouver Magazine’s 2011 restaurant awards saw Araxi selected as the Best Whistler Restaurant with finalists including Bearfoot Bistro, Sidecut, Fifty-Two 80 Bistro & Bar and Aura.

Araxi, one of Whistler’s most acclaimed restaurants, was also named the Best Whistler Restaurant in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards and earlier this year, received the Silver Wine List award from the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (with honourable mentions to The Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Wine Room and Ric’s Grill).

On the Meetings and Incentive front, Whistler has also been recognized as a top meetings destination, receiving a number of nods from the Northwest Meetings + Events magazine, the premier magazine for meetings and events professionals.

The magazine released its Readers’ Choice awards for 2011 and Whistler tops the list with the Best Attraction award for British Columbia. “The quintessential British Columbian experience can be found at Whistler Village,” notes the magazine. “Guests can experience skiing, hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and even try their hand at the biathlon course.”

Runner-up in the Best Conference Venue category was the Whistler Conference Centre and Best Resort award went to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The magazine also highlighted Whistler meeting facilities including the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

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Whistler is Canada’s premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America for the past 12 years in a row, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 9,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Tourism Whistler Media Contacts

Kerry Duff
Manager, Destination Media Relations
T: 604.938.2709

Leah Adams-Chute
Coordinator, Media Relations
T: 604.938.2790

T: @mediaTWhistler

Whistler Blackcomb To Open Six Days Early: Friday, November 19

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Winter Wonderland awaits; La Nina and incredible snowmaking infrastructure deliver early start to the season at Whistler Blackcomb

WHISTLER, BC, Friday, November 12, 2010 – Few things get skiers and riders more excited than the words “early opening,” which is why Whistler Blackcomb is thrilled to announce that Whistler Mountain will open six days early, on Friday, November 19. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 25, Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day.

“New snow and low freezing levels, along with the hard work of our mountain operations, grooming, and snowmaking teams mean we can open Whistler Mountain on Friday, November 19,” says Doug MacFarlane, mountain manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “Though early season conditions will apply, having those first few turns of the season is a great feeling and we’re happy to make that happen for our guests six days earlier than planned.”

Whistler Mountain will open on Friday, November 19 at 8:30am. Lift and terrain details will be announced early next week.

Early season conditions apply and caution should be exercised at all times as the terrain that will be available is best-suited for intermediate to advanced riders and skiers. With early season conditions it is extra important all mountain signage is obeyed and guests stay within the marked operational boundary. The signage and rope to look for will say “Temporary Boundary” during the early season. With early season snow-pack, guests should be aware of rocks and other hazards below the snow surface.

Starting November 15th, the Snow Report will be updated daily and can be listened to online or by calling 604-932-4211 in Whistler, 604-687-7507 in Vancouver, or toll-free at 1-800-766-0449.

Stay up-to-date on what’s open, mountain conditions, temperatures, snowfall accumulation, forecasts and stay and ski/ride deals at

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four-season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains, connected by the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which combined offer: over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and offers one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. For more information, visit



Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Spring skiing/riding continues to April 25 on Whistler Mountain and May 24 on Blackcomb Mountain

WHISTLER, BC, March 31, 2010 – Whistler Blackcomb has announced the decision to extend skiing and riding on Whistler Mountain by one week. Whistler Mountain’s last day of operations will be Sunday, April 25 while Blackcomb Mountain’s last day of operations will be Monday, May 24.

“With over 1,353 centimetres (533 inches) of snow so far this season and a current snow base of 363 centimetres (143 inches), this incredible season is far from over,” says Dave Brownlie, president and chief operating officer at Whistler Blackcomb. “The great snow was a key factor in deciding to keep Whistler Mountain open an additional week, but guest feedback about Whistler Mountain closing during the second week of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival played a big role in the decision as well. We listened to the feedback, then reviewed and revised the required lift maintenance schedule, allowing us to extend Whistler Mountain’s winter operations by one week.”

The last day of operations for the Creekside Gondola and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will remain as scheduled on Sunday, April 18 when regular lift maintenance must begin. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open May 15 via Fitzsimmons Express (weather permitting). Whistler Mountain, along with the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, will reopen for summer sightseeing for the Memorial Day long weekend, starting Saturday, May 29.

Spring Skiing and Riding

  • Whistler Mountain is open for skiing and riding through Sunday, April 25, 2010 via the Whistler Village Gondola.
  • Blackcomb Mountain is open for skiing and riding through Monday, May 24, 2010.

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

  • The last day of operations for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will be Sunday, April 18 to allow for regular lift maintenance prior to re-opening for summer sightseeing.
  • The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will re-open for the Victoria Day long weekend, May 22 – 24, and accessible via the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster Chairs on Blackcomb Mountain.
  • The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will re-open for daily summer sightseeing on Saturday, May 29, accessed via the Whistler Village Gondola.

Creekside Gondola

  • The last day of operations will be Sunday, April 18. Access to Whistler Mountain will be via the Whistler Village Gondola only from Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 25.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

  • The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will kick off operations on Saturday, May 15 (weather permitting) via the Fitzsimmons Express.

Summer Sightseeing

  • Whistler Mountain and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will be open daily for summer sightseeing starting Saturday, May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend).
  • Skiing/riding will not be available on either mountain during the Memorial Day long weekend.

Summer Glacier Skiing

  • The summer glacier ski season will kick off on Blackcomb Mountain, Saturday, June 19.

For guests looking to celebrate spring in Whistler with the non-stop action of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, as well as incredible spring snow conditions, Stay and Ski packages during the Festival (April 16-25) are available starting at $83 per person, per night at For up-to-the-minute information on current weather and snow conditions at Whistler Blackcomb visit

At Mountainside Lodge, located just steps away from the base of Whistler Mountain, you’ll find all the comfort, service and amenities you desire when you’re ready to balance your sense of adventure with something for your other senses.  Choose from a collection of intimate studios, spacious bedrooms and lofted suites that feature full-service kitchens. Each is tastefully decorated to suit the most discriminating adventurer, with gas fireplaces and jetted hot-tubs.