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Whistler Blackcomb Releases 50th Anniversary Movie Trailer

Olympic Rings in Whistler Village Canada

Whistler is celebrating it’s Golden Anniversary this winter with a release of a full length film looking back at the past 50 years of passion, adventure, skiing and pushing boundaries. The film will released on October 10th in Whistler, and online on October 13th.

Celebrating 50 Years of Evolution

The film titled 50 Years of Going Beyond explores Whistler’s humble beginnings, from the first ski runs at the now Creekside area, to renaming London Mountain to Whistler Mountain from the sound of the hoary marmots – the original residents of the area. Fuelled by the dream of becoming a Winter Olympics host city, the pioneers of the resort pushed on growth and expansion to eventually create the world-class resort that we know today. After four unsuccessful attempts at bidding to be a Winter Olympics host, the dream finally came true in 2003 when Whistler was awared the title of Host City for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Whistler Mountain Golden Anniversary Movie50 Years of Going Beyond features the growing pains of this previously inaccessible town, only popular to the hardcore ski bums, to becoming a pioneer in innovation and service. The resort has received the honor of getting named as #1 Ski Resort in North America, year after year since 1992. Whistler Blackcomb is also home to many legends; whether it be an engineering feat or athletic prowess. Such legends include the World Record holding Peak 2 Peak Gondola, as well as legends in the industry such as Marielle Thompson and Mike Douglas. Recently the resort has made news regarding their effort in environment preservation, and the snowmaking efforts to preserve the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain. (Photo:Whistler Museum & Archives – instagram/whistlermuseum)

For more information regarding events planned for Whistler’s 50th anniversary, check out: has been a big part of Whistler history, offering unique accommodations in Whistler since 1998. alluraDirect guests who have made accommodation arrangements are eligible for discounted early bird Whistler lift tickets until November 15th. Rentals

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Winter Excitement Builds as BC Resorts Get Summer Snowfall

Whistler Blackcomb Early Snowfall in Summer

Seems like Mother Nature is planning to skip Autumn this year. September is just beginning, but some BC resorts have already experienced they very first snow fall of the season.

Impressive Summer Snow Fall Photos in BC

It’s still officially summer in British Columbia until September 22nd, but resorts like Whistler and Kicking Horse have all received a dusting early in September. This warm and dry summer came to a halt this past week as parts of BC experienced massive downpours the past few days. For Whistler peak, standing at 2,180 metres above sea level means cooler temperatures, turning rain into snowfall. Check out the photos below, and get excited – winter is coming!

Whistler Blackcomb Early Snow Webcam

Whistler Peak at Whistler Blackcomb
(Photo: Whistler Blackcomb Webcam, September 2)


Winter stoke is building up online as Kicking Horse Resort also received a dumping on snow on September 3rd.

Kicking Horse Early Snow Webcam

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
(Photo: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Facebook Page, September 3)


Despite all of the talk about a massive El Niño this season, BC ski resorts are optimistic about the upcoming ski season. To add to that, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting snow, especially early on in the season.

If you’re planning to head up to Whistler this season, be sure to check out for amazing vacation rental accommodations. Book a place by November 15th and get a sweet deal on Whistler Lift Tickets! Rentals

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Whistler Cornucopia Events Schedule Released

Wine Barrels, Cornucopia Whistler

Cornucopia is an annual autumn celebration in Whistler for all things Food and Wine. This 10-day event has everything from Tastings, to Retreats and Seminars, and usually happens in November, just in time to kick-start the opening day for the upcoming winter season. This year, Cornucopia is happening from November 5 to November 15, 2015.

Cornucopia: The Whistler Event for Food, Wine and Beer Enthusiasts

The events schedule has recently been released for this foodie festival. Besides the staples, such as CRUSH Grand Gala Tasting, Taste of the World, and POURED, there are plenty of new and exciting events in this year’s Cornucopia line-up!

Whistler Cornucopia Food and Wine FestivalHouse Party: Best of BC
Thursday November 5, 2015 | 6:00-9:00 PM
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Cellar Door
Friday November 6, 2015 | 8:00-11:00 PM
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Top 25 Celebratory Reception
Saturday November 7, 2015 | 5:00-7:00 PM
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With a Twist
Sunday November 8, 2015 | 8:00-11:00 PM
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New this year is BREWED: B.C. Craft Brewers Guild Winter Beer Market. Also known as the most awaited beer tasting event for all enthusiasts, this event will feature 40 local craft brewers’ winter recipes. Learn various recipes from various breweries, including ingredients such as chestnut, pumpkin, caramel and chocolate. This event will take place on November 15th, and tickets can be purchased at

Whether you’re an oenophile, or you just occasionally enjoy a glass of wine (or two), there’s a Cornucopia event that’s made for you. This Whistler event features a range of activities, including wine pairing, cooking classes, or just taking some time off and enjoying other food and wine enthusiasts.

It’s time to start planning your Whistler Cornucopia getaway now. For vacation rental accommodations in Whistler, visit Many units are centrally located within Whistler, and provide much higher savings that booking a hotel. Rentals

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Whistler Bike Park Expands to Creekside

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Opening Day

Whistler Bike Park is getting bigger and better by expanding to Creekside. As of August 7, 2015 riders will be able to upload from Creekside and get access to all the massive trails that Whistler Bike Park has to offer.

Creekside Mountain Biking, Now Open

Dubbed by the Bike Park team as the ‘worst kept secret in history’, since Creekside visitors already know that a bike park trail construction is underway. Due to logistics the team was unable to share an official opening date until the very last minute. So there was still an element of surprise as to when opening day will be.

The park expansion means that riders can take advantage of the free underground parking at Creekside and upload and catch the bike park connection around Raven’s Nest and then down to the Village through Freight Train, Duffman, and Expressway trails. Experienced riders can also ride all the way down to the Creek via Dusty’s Downhill. The lift will be open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily, until September 7th, when operating hours switch to weekends only until September 20th. Riders are more than welcome to download on the lifts to Creekside and return to the parking lot at the end of the day.

This new expansion is just a glimpse of the massive expansion planned by Whistler Blackcomb for 2016. For guests who prefer to stay in Creekside, and get away from all the business in Whistler Village, there is much anticipation for what other improvements will be in store for the Whistler Creek. Be one of the first riders to check out these historic Creekside trails and book your accommodations via alluraDirect. We offer many vacation rental options for Whistler Creekside to suit every need. Discounted Whistler Blackcomb lift tickets are available with an alluraDirect reservation. Rentals

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Whistler Valley to Peak Race Debuts this Summer

Whistler Valley Peak Race

The very first valley to peak race will be inaugurated in Whistler this September 5, 2015. Whistler Blackcomb will be working with the sports giant, Salomon, to spear head this highly challenging race. Tackle 23 km full vertical climb with an elevation gain of 1,609m, either solo or as a team of three. (Feature Photo: akunamatata)

Showcasing Whister’s Beautiful Alpine Terrain

The race will begin around Skier’s Plaza, by the Salomon store. Athletes will then traverse around Whistler’s extensive trail system to reach the top of Raven’s Nest for the first check point, and the Roundhouse Lodge on top of Whistler Mountain for the second check point. From there they will move on to tackle the Alpine trails.

This race is open for teams of 3 or for solo competitors, and early bird registration pricing will be $120 and $50 respectively, until August 23. The regular race fees will be $65 (solo) and $160 (team of 3). There will also be food and beverage discounts available to all participants. Participants must be 17 years and older on race day. All runners are given 5 hours to finish the entire valley to peak trek.

Just like any race, come prepared with the essentials, such as water, and your calories. Weather in the alpine can be unpredictable so carry a toque, gloves and long sleeves just in case. Most trails in Whistler are amply labelled but make sure to review the map and the trails before you run. There will be various aid stations, but all racers are encouraged to look out for each other, and be aware of others who may be in need of assistance. If you’re planning on wearing headphones during the race, make sure that the volume is low enough so that you are aware of other runners trying to pass you, or wild life in the area.

Don’t miss out on this brand new race! You still have lots of time to train. For weekend and long term Whistler accommodations, visit Local whistler vacation rental supplier since 1998! Stay in the winter and take advantage of the early bird lift ticket discounts available with your accommodation booking!

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Explore Whistler Blackcomb Alpine Activities in the Summer

Bird on Blackcomb Alpine Hike

We owe it to the bountiful sunshine and dry weather that the alpine hiking trails in Whistler opened 4 weeks ahead of schedule. The alpine flowers are in full bloom, the hoary marmots are out and about and the summer activities are in full swing at Whistler Blackcomb!

Almost all alpine trails are open, and for this weekend, June 27th, the Peak Chair will be open to all hikers. The peak chair will give guests access to the Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk, Matthew’s and Pika’s Traverse. If you head up earlier in the season, you may be able to catch the snow walls, which can be up to 10m (32 ft) high!

Summer Hiking Snow WallHiking trails range from easy (green),intermediate (blue), and difficult (black); catering to all ages and fitness levels. New this year is the addition of RFID timed trails so you can track your progress and get competitive with all the fellow hikers around. Your summer alpine pass also includes unlimited access to the world record holding PEAK2PEAK Gondola. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Fitzsimmons Creek separating Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and watch thisamazing engineering marvel via the viewing platform by the Roundhouse Lodge, on the Whistler Mountain.

Additionally summer glacier and boarding is open from June 20 – July 26, 2015 on Blackcomb Mountain’s Horstman Glacier. To access the glacier, riders must upload on Wizard Express, Transfer to Solar Coaster Express then take a transfer shuttle to 7th Heaven Express. Because of the ever changing conditions in the alpine, skiers and snowboarders are advised to be prepared; have sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves and a jacket just in case. Whistler Blackcomb is launching a pilot project this year to install snow-making facilities on the Horstman Glaciers to counteract the effects of global warming on the retreating glacier.

Make the most out of your summer weekends and stay in an owner-direct accommodation through alluraDirect! Get peace of mind knowing that each owner is verified and availability is guaranteed and instantly confirmed. Get all the comforts of home, and supplies for a nice day at the lake, or hike on the mountains. Rentals

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Whistler Summer Music Festivals and Events Guide

Summer Music Festivals Around Whistler

What makes each summer memorable is the music that accompanies every experience. Whistler offers various events during the summer, and the most talked-about ones are the music festivals that are happening around the area. Here’s your guide to this summer’s music festivals and events happening around Whistler.


Whistler Outdoor Summer Concerts

Photo Credit: Flickr/pirhan


[icon style=”calendar” color=”gray”]June – September 2014[/icon]
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Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series is a 12-day series which will be held at Whistler Olympic Plaza from June up until September. The event is free to watch, and is open for all ages. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be one of the performers, and the rest of the lineup for the outdoor concerts are packed with local and internationally known artists, including Chantal Kreviazuk! Stay tuned for more details as more performances are announced.


Pemberton Music Festival

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[icon style=”calendar” color=”gray”]July 16 -18, 2015[/icon]
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The Pemberton Music Festival is back after a five-year absence; and organizers made sure the comeback event is epic. The music festival will be held in Pemberton Valley on July 16 – 19, 2015. All the big names in music will gather at the base of Mt. Currie in a massive outdoor celebration. Performances by Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, J. Cole, Tiesto, Hozier, Kid Cudi and Missy Elliott just to name a few. If you are trekking the long distance to get to the festival grounds, the closest airport is YVR as there is no airport in Whistler. For those staying in Whistler, there are frequent shuttles taking you to the festival grounds, unlimited rides for $89.

Music Festival ticket information are as follows:
[icon style=”tag” color=”green”][/icon] 4-Day General Admission $299
[icon style=”tag” color=”green”][/icon] 4-Day VIP $1,199
[icon style=”tag” color=”green”][/icon] 4-Day Super VIP $1,699

For those who prefer not to rough it out through the night, there are various Whistler vacation rental options through alluraDirect. There will be a shuttle running from Whistler Olympic Plaza and Whistler Creekside every hour from 10 AM until after the music ends each night. It’s about a half an hour drive from Whistler to the Pemberton Music Festival Grounds.


Squamish Valley Music Festival

Photo Credit: Flickr/Klim Levene


[icon style=”calendar” color=”gray”]August 7 – 9 2015[/icon]
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The Festival takes place in Squamish (map) which is about a 30 minutes away from Whistler. Headlined by Sam Smith on Friday, Drake on Saturday and ending it off with a bang as Mumford & Sons closes the festival on Sunday. Get the best of both worlds, but rocking it out at the Festival and unwinding in Whistler on your private hot tub or a beer the balcony overlooking the mountains. Various Whistler accommodations options are available for those who prefer not to spend the night outdoors. There will be shuttles picking up and dropping off music festival participants for $40 roundtrip.

Music Festival ticket information are as follows:
[icon style=”tag” color=”green”][/icon] Single Day Pass $149.50 | VIP $349.50
[icon style=”tag” color=”green”][/icon] Regular Weekend Pass $325 | VIP $799
[icon style=”tag” color=”green”][/icon] MUSICBOX + Timber Lounge $1, 299


It’s time to follow your ears this summer, to the Whistler area and get treated to an amazing music festival experience. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors camping out, or taking it easy and staying in Whistler for the night, you’ve got options. For all other Whistler events during the summer, visit our Whistler summer events calendar page on Rentals

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Whistler Children’s Festival Continues to Engage Kids in Art

Whistler Children's Festival

The Whistler Children’s Festival, now on it’s 31st year this year, will be held in Whistler Olympic Plaza on July 10-12, 2015. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of longest-running Whistler family event caters to the youth, and the youth at heart. The festival is hosted by Whistler Arts Council and will include various workshops and activities for children of various ages.

Whistler Festival Get Kids Active & Involved In Arts

Whistler Children's Festival

Photo: Wiki Commons

The aim of this Whistler family event is to get children engaged and educated, whilst delivering it in an entertaining manner. Workshops will mostly be catered to children aged 4 to 12 years old, and will include carving, T-shirt printing, kite making, photography, story telling, painting, magic, tile mosaics, beading, sculpting and more. There will also be a pre-school area for the younger participants aged 3 to 5, and workshops where the whole family can get involved. Children’s Festival Workshops will range between $15 – $20, pre-registration is required.

The whole town of Whistler will be celebrating the entire weekend, the main stage will be feature talented musicians, dancers and entertainers. Street performers will be out and about Whistler Village, face painting will be available and a hands-on experience provided by the Vancouver Aquarium to get up close and personal with various marine life. There is an entrance fee of $5.00 for adults and $10 for kids to get into Whistler Olympic Plaza, and children 2 years are under a free.

It’s the perfect time to bring the whole family to Whistler for the summer. This Whistler family event promises to keep the kids entertained, while learning new skills. There will be paid and free events offered, catering to every budget. Leave the car and walk around Whistler Village, public transit around Whistler is easily accessible.

If you’re going to head on up for this Whistler event, we hope you think about alluraDirect for your accommodations. Almost all of our Whistler vacation rentals provide a kitchen, making it easy for families to dine in. Rentals

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Whistler Summer Outdoor Music Festival Line-Up for 2015

Whistler Summer Music Festival Announced


The Whistler Summer Outdoor Concert Series will once again fill the mountains with music, and entertainment. Whistler has recently announced the line-up for the free outdoor concerts at Whistler Olympic Plaza on select weekends from July till September.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is returning to kick-off the free concert series with a special Canada Day Performance on July 1. On that same weekend, there will be a special, inaugural performance by the VSO Institute at Whistler – a special summer program that allows young students to engage and collaborate with the award winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and mentored by Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series

Wednesday, July 01
Friday, July 03
Saturday, July 04
Sunday, July 05

Thursday, July 30
Friday, July 31
Saturday, August 01
Friday, August 21
Saturday, August 22
Friday, August 28
Saturday, August 29
Saturday, September 05
Sunday, September 06
Saturday, September 12

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12:00 PM
2:00 PM
7:00 PM
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Canada Day Performance
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Rehearsal: Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute
Inaugural concert by the Whistler Institute Orchestra
High and Mighty Brass Band
Nahko & Medicine for the People
Michael Franti
Dal Richards
Moon Vs Sun featuring Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk
Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long
Blue Rodeo
Great Lake Swimmers
Spirit of the West

If you are looking for Whistler Summer accommodation and rentals, we hope you think about  We provide all sorts of incredible vacation properties and have great deals available. Rentals

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Whistler Blackcomb Introducing RFID Timed Hiking Trails in Summer 2015

Whistler Blackcomb Summer Hiking Trails

Whistler Blackcomb will be using the same RFID technology introduced this winter season to include timed hikes. In the same way guests were able to access chairlifts and gondolas hands free, the same technology will be put in place to scan your pass at the trail head and set-off a time so that your entire hike is tracked. I’ve you’ve ever done the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver, it works the same way. (Feature Photo: Photo: Su-Laine)

According to the Whistler Blackcomb VP of Business and Development, Rob McSkimming;”You’ll pass by the gate, a green light will go on so you’ll know that you’re being recorded, and away you go.” Your hike time and ranking will be accessible online. There will be three timing points; Whistler Peak, at the top of the Emerald Chair and Blackcomb Mountain near the Peak 2 Peak Terminal.

The timed trails are available on for Whistler Blackcomb guests with a 360 Experience Pass. This summer pass is valid from May to October, and will give you access to the world record holding Peak 2 Peak gondola and various hiking trails on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. An adult pass costs $69.95 and will also provides access to the Samsung Alpine Theater at the Roundhouse Lodge, and the Peak 2 Peak viewing Gallery.

Whistler Blackcomb is open for summer sightseeing beginning May 23. You can take the brand new Whistler Village Gondola to head up to Whistler Mountain, and the Peak 2 Peak, or the Peak Chair. Or enjoy the nice mountain breeze and head up Blackcomb Mountain’s open air chairlifts; Wizard Express or Solar Coaster, then take the 7th Heaven Chairlift to access the Alpine.

Make the most of your trip – make it a full weekend, or an entire week! Take advantage of all the various festivals and activities happening in Whistler, and book your accommodations early. Head over to alluraDirect to get the best deals on owner-direct accommodation options! Rentals

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