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Whistler Blackcomb Opening Early for 2014-2015 Ski Season

View of Whistler Blackcomb Chairlifts from Ski Run

Whistler Blackcomb will be opening 5 days early for the 2014-2015 Ski Season. The exciting news comes following snow in higher elevation areas in early November, followed by lower than normal temperatures giving way to perfect snow-making conditions. The Whistler Blackcomb Snowmakers worked hard to convert 60 millions gallons of water in the past few weeks. More snow is in the forecast before Whistler’s early opening this coming weekend, November 22, 2014.

Whistler’s Recent Upgrades – New Gondola Cabins and RFID

Whistler Village from the Whistler Blackcomb Resort Ski Runs Guests will get a first look at the brand new cabins of the Whistler Village Gondola, first upload starting at 8:30 AM. The Creekside Gondola will also be in operation at the same time. These new gondolas are meant to increase upload capacity by 12%, allowing eager riders to get up the slopes quicker. Blackcomb Mountain scheduled to open on November 27, 2014.

The following lifts will be running for the November 22 opening day:

  • Emerald Express (access to small terrain park)
  • Big Red Express
  • Franz Chair

The world-famous ski resort is planning on opening additional chair lifts, which could include Upper and Lower Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz’s, Papoose, Orange Peel and Pony Trail. Whistler Blackcomb suggest checking their Lift & Grooming Report for the most updated information.

This is also the first season that Whistler Blackcomb will be implementing the new RFID Technology to gain access to the mountains. Skiers and snowboarders are reminded to keep these new RFID passes on their left jacket pocket, away from all other electronic devices. With faster access to the lifts and bigger gondola capacity, this opening day will definitely be an upgrade from the past seasons. (Photo Credit: Ruth Hartnup)

Take advantage of big Whistler-Blackcomb lift ticket discounts when you book your lift ticket with your alluraDirect reservation. offers various Whistler Blackcomb owner-direct accommodation options from Studios to 6-bedroom houses. We hope to see you at the slopes this season! Rentals

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Whistler Halloween Celebrations: Events, Parties & Attractions

Whistler Halloween Events

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, which means celebrations don’t have to end early! It’s bound to be an all out weekend filled with ghouls and goblins, with perhaps the ocasional last-minute cat costume. If you’re looking for a bit of a different spin on your Halloween plans, make sure to plan a trip up to Whistler this coming Halloween.

Explore Whistler’s Eerie Side

Wander into the dark and walk around the creepy Parkhurst Ghost Town right at the edge of Green Lake way. The area used to be a thriving little town during town around a busy logger road – way before Whistler was Whistler. Step inside old abandoned cabins, and countless abandoned vehicles rusting amidst the thickening forest.

If you’d rather not wander too far from home, we hear of ghosts haunting a certain Creekside facility known as one of the oldest building in town. Perhaps it’s time for a little 3:00 am neighborhood walk, if you dare…

Frightmare on Hawthorne

October 27 – November 1
3145 Hawthorne Place, Whistler

A frighteningly fun live experience! The Whistler Haunted House was a community project fueled by Whistler’s love for Halloween. The idea was started by Brendan Cavanagh, and with the help of local volunteers, prop donations, and a creative mind and a passion for providing fun and entertainment, “The Hawthorne Asylum” was born. Admission $10 Minimum donation. A very generous portion of the proceeds for Whistler Community Services Society.

Full Scare Hours
Weekdays 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday Nov 1st 7:00 – 10:00 pm FINAL NIGHT

Family Fun Hours
Weekdays 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturday Nov 1st 12:30pm – 6:30pm FINAL NIGHT

Heavy Hittin Horror Fest

October 30, 2014
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler

The biggest Horror Film Festival in Western Canada is back for it’s 13th year. Prepare for a night of gore and horror as various independent horror films are screened in 5 various areas inside MacDonald Ballroom at the Chateau Whistler. The evening will start with cocktails, and will end with the awards party. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

Whistler Halloween Haunted House

Halloween Parties

October 31, 2014
Whistler Village

Halloween is also the time when the skimpiest outfits are passed off as ‘costumes’. If you’re planning on hitting the town, Garfinkels will be hosting a “Mad Decent Halloween Party” promising a straight up good time. There will be mystery headliners, creepy decor and party favors! Tickets are $35. Maxx Fish is also hosting a massacre-themed party, opening with Kori K and headlined by Freestylers. Advance tickets start at $5.

Trick or Treat at Tapley’s Farm

October 31, 2014
Tapley’s Farm neighborhood, 1000 Easy St., Whistler

What’s Halloween without Trick or Treat? Tapley’s Farm will be pedestrian-only beginning 5:00 PM on Halloween to allow ghosts, princesses, pumpkins and zombies of all ages to roam from house to house collecting goodies (or ancient spells). Enjoy the fireworks at 7:30 PM at Myrtle Philip Lower Playing Field.


There’s never a shortage of events happening in Whistler, and Halloween is definitely a fun day not be missed. It’s not too late to whip up a last-minute Halloween costume and head up to Whistler for a frighteningly good time. is your source for Whistler accommodation options for Halloween! Rentals

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Analyzing Whistler’s Mysterious Weather and Average Snowfall

Glacier skiing on Whistler Mountain


Last week marked the first major snowfall in Whistler Blackcomb, as freezing levels dropped to 1700 m leading to perfect snowfall conditions. Not a bad start for for mid-October conditions, where the typical daily high is around 16°C (60°F) and a daily low of 3°C (38°F). According to AccuWeather, more snow is expected to come in the next coming weeks as temperatures start to drop.

For the past 10 years, Whistler-Blackcomb has received an average snowfall of 1,154cm (38 feet) per year. But it’s the months in which it’s receiving the largest snowfalls that make you wonder. For the past six years, November and March have seen the largest average monthly snowfalls in Whistler at 270cm and 279cm respectably. Consequently, over the past 10 years November and March rank first and second.

Whistler Historical Snowfall


Year 13/14 12/13 11/12 10/11 09/10 08/09 Average Monthly Total
Source of data:
Month cm cm cm cm cm cm cm
November 112 217 312 266 560 150 270
December 74 343 137 363 148 169 206
January 123 117 244 196 291 118 182
February 238 128 151 259 132 143 175
March 270 228 405 315 222 236 279
April 76 60 133 143 107 72 99
May 12 19 7 38 34 42 25
Annual Total 905 1112 1389 1579 1494 930


Whistler-Blackcomb has traditional received approximately 40 to 45% of its average annual snowfall at the beginning of the snow season and at the end of it, making it one of the last North American ski resorts to close each season. This also allows Whistler-Blackcomb to have some of the best early season and late season snow conditions of any ski resort in North America. But why is this happening? Well that’s for Mother Nature to decide. We think it might have something to do with Vancouver, Whistler’s closest major city, receiving the highest average monthly rainfall in the month of November for the past 30 years.

Looking at Whistler’s Weather Mystery…

With Whistler only a 1.5hr drive away from Vancouver, the two city climates can be interlinked quite often. The reason why Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain may get more snow at the beginning of the season is likely because they’re at the right freezing elevation to benefit from seasonally wet periods of precipitation that fall on the ‘Wet Coast.’ Whistler’s seasonal November temperatures range from 5 degrees Celsius in the village to as low as -10 or -15 in the alpine, creating for the perfect snowfall situation with a fluctuating freezing level between 1000 to 2000 metres and elevation range of 675 metres in Whistler Village to 2,284 metres at the top.

Raining in VancouverVancouver’s coastal mountains don’t benefit as much from the early seasonal precipitation with warmer temperatures and elevation ranges that are lower than the freezing level. The elevation ranges on Vancouver’s three coastal mountains, Grouse Mountain, Seymour Mountain, and Cypress Mountain vary from 274 metres to 1440 metres.

With Vancouver receiving approximately 225mm of rain on average in the month of November, it makes sense that all that rain would translate into an epic snowfall in Whistler. We’re certainly not preaching that the best time to visit Whistler during the winter is in early or late season, but it does seem to be when the mountain resorts enjoys the largest average monthly snowfalls and possibly the best snow conditions for skiers and boarders. But whether there is a lot of snow or a little snow doesn’t really matter. There are still a lot of things to do in Whistler during the winter months, making it one of the great winter destinations to spend a family holiday.

Book your Whistler vacation through and take advantage of early bird lift ticket rates only until November 15th! alluraDirect has been serving Whistler visitors since 1997; offering various vacation rental options from studios to 6 bedroom units.

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Whistler Turkey Sale Returns This Thanksgiving Long Weekend

Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale

The legendary Turkey Sale returns to Whistler this Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. Once a year, bargain hunters trek off to Whistler before the winter season starts to get geared up for the upcoming powder adventures. This year’s, Turkey Sale will be at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, and will be on throughout the long weekend, October 10-14, 2014.

Tips for Making Whistler Turkey Sale Worth It

[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”6597″ align=”right” size=”medium”] You get the most value out of the Turkey Sale if you come prepared. Whether you’re transitioning from rental gear to having your own beginner skis, or your’re looking to upgrade, you’ll score some amazing deals if you approach this annual Thanksgiving sale with a ‘game plan.

Do your research.

Go on various online sites and get some ‘window shopping’ done. If you’re buying your own gear for the first time, read up on what type of ski or snowboard works best for your use, and which brand suits your style. If you’re looking to upgrade, check out product reviews. Doing your research beforehand will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed as soon as you walk into the sale.

Plan ahead, and only buy what you need.

It’s easy to overspend when you’ve got all these glorious top-notch riding gear within reach. If you’re looking to buy new goggles, make sure to spend the majority of your time trying out goggles. While it may be tempting to try out that amazing jacket, or weave through all the limited edition skis, make sure the priority is to see goggles.

Head Out Early & Make Visit At The End.

The most inventory and the best size selection will be when the sale first opens its doors. You’ll get the best deals by bee-lining for the items on your shopping list, and browsing the rest of the goods later on. Make it a weekend and head back for another visit at the end of the sale. Further markdowns may be available right before the Turkey Sale closes it’s doors.

Celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving in Whistler and take advantage of Turkey Sale and Whistler Mountain Ski & Board Swap! This annual pre-season sale also offers quality pre-owned equipment, for bigger savings on high quality gear. This long weekend is also the last Farmer’s Market of season – all the more reason to stock up! Make sure to visit the new and redesigned for your Whistler accommodation needs. Early bird lift ticket discounts are available for guests with an current alluraDirect vacation rental reservation. Rentals

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Whistler Readers & Writers Festival Honouring Sea to Sky’s Unique Literary Talent

Whistler Readers and Writers Festival

The Annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival is back in Whistler for it’s 13th year! This yearly Whistler festival is put together by a local non-profit organization called Whistler Writers Group to celebrate literary arts within Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor. The event runs from October 17 to 19, 2014 and will feature various workshops, panel discussions and readings.

Whistler Writers Fest, Promoting Literature Within the Community

The three-day event will include several workshops, discussions and book readings featuring authors of different genres; poetry, fiction and non-fiction. New this year is an expansion of the event’s reading series, which will involve the Opening Night Cabaret, where authors will read excerpts from their work in collaboration with music from local Whistler musicians.

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Workshops will include:

  • Memoir Writing
  • Writing for Young Readers
  • Writing Effective Prose
  • Self-Publishing Workshop

Ticket prices range from $12 to $35, except for Reading Event 1: Music is For Everyone with Jill Barber which is free and Workshop 1: A to Z of Self-publishing with Martin Crosbie for $85. The festival will be held in three venues around Whistler; Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Millenium Place and the Whistler Public Library.

Take advantage of off-peak prices, and head over to Whistler for the Annual Readers and Writers Festival. Meet internationally renowned authors, participate in interesting workshops all while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage around this popular resort town. have been providing Whistler accommodation options since 1997. Make sure to visit Vacation Rentals for your Whistler lodging needs. Rentals

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Whistler Blackcomb Implements RFID Technology for 2014 Ski Season

Whistler Blackcomb will now use RFID to in Lift Passes

This season, skiers and snowboarders at Whistler Blackcomb will be using the brand new RFID scanners to gain entry into the lifts. This new technology will be in full effect for Winter 2014/15 after a pilot run at the Bike Park in early September.

Hands-free Lift Entry with RFID

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Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), consists of a small chip and an antenna embedded on your your ticket, EDGE Card or Season Pass. This ‘tag’ will have the power to transmit information over to the scanners without lifties having to physically scan the card. Whistler Blackcomb assures that no personal information will be stored in the RFID tags, and all information communicated wirelessly would be transferred in code form. The new RFID cards are designed to work within a few feet of the scanner, which will allow hands-free access to the lifts – less fumbling for passes means shorter wait times.

Riders are reminded to keep your new passes on a separate pocket from your other electronic devices, specifically on the left side of your body. These new RFID enabled passes will be reusable and re-loadable, but there is a replacement fee for lost or damaged cards, so be careful about punching those holes! These RFID passes are meant to survive many washes, jumps, wipe-outs, bungee jumps and zip line rides.

Whistler Blackcomb will officially open for the winter season on November 27, 2014.

It’s time to start planning your next winter getaway in Whistler, and enjoy the endless riding Whistler Blackcomb has to offer. We hope you think about for your next winter getaway! We offer various ski-in/ski-out unique vacation rentals that are offered at very reasonable prices. Rentals

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Matching Discounts Offered for Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks Resorts Season Pass Holders

Season Pass Deals for Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks

Two of the biggest ski resorts in Canada are joining forces this winter. Season pass holders for Whistler Blackcomb will get half off Sun Peaks Resort lift tickets, and vice-versa. The discount will be applied to the current window lift ticket price.

Whistler Blackcomb, Adding More Value for Pass Holders

Whistler Blackcomb continues to be recognized as the #1 ski resort in North America year after year. With access to over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, visitors have endless ways to experience the biggest ski resort in the continent.

Morissey Lift at Sun Peaks Resort - Season Pass Discount for Whistler Blackcomb

Photo: Flickr/jhopkins

Sun Peaks Resort has recently undergone a massive expansion, adding 500 acres of terrain and allowing for 4,200 acres of amazing dry powder runs; making Sun Peaks the second largest ski resort in Canada.

The discount will be applied to the window rate at the time of purchase, with a valid 2014/15 Season Pass, and a form of photo identification. The 50% discount is applied to the following passes: 2014/15 Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited Season Passholders (including Whistler Blackcomb Spirit Passholders), and 2014/15 Sun Peaks Alpine Season Passholders. Opening day for Whistler Blackcomb is November 27, 2014 and Sun Peaks ski season starts on November 22, 2014.

Sun Peaks Resort is a 5 hour drive from Whistler Blackcomb, but the drier conditions in interior British Columbia makes for a completely different riding experience for skiers and snowboarders. offers various accommodations options in Whistler and Sun Peaks. If you’re planning on taking advantage of this great lift ticket deal, is your perfect one-stop-shop for your Whistler and Sun Peaks vacation rental needs. Rentals

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Whistler Farmer’s Market Brings Fresh Food, Local Art and Craft Brews

Whistler Farmer's Market

Every Sunday during the summer, the beautiful Upper Village is transformed into the Whistler Farmers’ Market. Jam-packed into the corridor between the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Blackcomb Day Lodge is an unbelievable selection of home made and organically grown products.

The Whistler Farmer’s Market, has been showcasing local produce from Pemberton and beyond, for the past two decades. Every Sunday from June, until October foodies head to Upper Village (between Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Blackcomb Day Lodge) to check out the amazing selection of local and organic produce.

Something for everybody at Whistler Farmer’s Market

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Attracting almost a hundred local vendors every week, the Whistler Farmer’s Market is not just an event for foodies. Many crafters and artists sell their hand-made works of art at a fraction of the cost. It’s the perfect opportunity to get that one-of-a-kind present, straight from the hands that made them.

With the recent change in liquor laws in BC, you can now sample various craft brews and wine at the Whistler Farmer’s market. This is an excellent addition to celebrate the local event’s 20th anniversary in 2014. The Market organizers ask that visitors finish the tasting at the booth, and not walk around the premises with alchohol in hand. The atmosphere at the Farmer’s Market extraordinary; you don’t have to shop to enjoy it. They have live musical performances, and fun activities for kids like face-painting and the summer adventure zone.

Since most alluraDirect vacation rental properties come with your own kitchen and cooking utensils, why not head to the Whistler Farmer’s Market as soon as you arrive? You’ll get the freshest ingredients to prepare beautiful meals that truly has the “Whistler taste” in them. Pick up some fresh fruits for that summer picnic, or some amazing organic ingredients for a nice dinner in. Of course, don’t forget that bottle of wine! Rentals

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Cornucopia – Whistler’s Premier Food & Wine Exhibition

Cornucopia - Whistler Food and Wine Festival

Autumn is just around the corner, which means Cornucopia, Whistler’s annual food and wine festival will be back in town. This 11-day will run from November 6 – 16, 2014, a hop and skip away from the opening of ski season. This Whistler festival is the place to be, and be seen, offering a well-rounded event line-up with dinners, seminars, gala tastings and after-parties.

More Than Just Wine Tasting, at Cornucopia Whistler

Whistler’s premier epicurean exhibition is not just one massive wine-tasting event. Although wine is a prominent feature for most events, Cornucopia will also be holding various food and drink seminars headlined by various industry professionals. This Whistler festival is open for everyone – from amateurs to devotees.

Cornucopia Whistler Wine and Food Festival

Cornucopia Whistler Annual Food and Wine Festival

Originally meant to feature only local establishments in Whistler, this event has now expanded to feature culinary greatness hailing from Vancouver, greater British Columbia and beyond. To date, this Whistler food and wine event continues to haul 6,500 attendees annually to the beautiful town of Whistler to see local and regional restaurants, chefs, producers, breweries, distilleries and wineries around town.

Featured Events

CRUSH Grand Gala Tasting (November 8)

Try the various red wines, white wines and sparkling wines to your hearts desire. This Cornucopia flagship event will be held in the Sea to Sky Ballroom at Whistler Conference Centre and tickets are $89.

POURED (November 15)

This intimate Cornucopia event is a feast for all senses. Explore your taste and style with an offering of wine, cider, beer and food tastings. This is food sampling at its finest! Tickets are $35.

Make sure you visit the official Cornucopia Whistler website  for details on these two events and more. Cornucopia organizers would like to remind participants to drink responsibly, and follow the Golden Rule of Tasting: swirl, sniff, sip, spit.



If you’re heading up for this sumptuous event in Whistler, we hope you think of alluraDirect to book your Cornucopia accommodation rental. Treat your tastebuds to an amazing culinary experience, then pamper yourself after a long day as you relax in your own private hot tub. With thousands of foodies attending this Whistler food and wine event, it’s best to book your accommodations early on. Rentals

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Whistler Village Beer Festival Showcases Excellent Brews, Benefitting Local Establishments

Whistler Beer Festival 2014

Soak up the last moments of summer at the Whistler Beer Festival on September 11 – 14, 2014! Make the drive (or flight) up the scenic Sea to Sky Highway and arrive in the beautiful Whistler Village, to be greeted by the most refreshing brews around town – 50 different breweries to be exact! This Whistler event is bigger and better the second time around, featuring cask nights, parties and brunches.

Whistler Beer Festival – Fastest Growing Local Event

It’s a well known fact that there are plenty of great brewing companies in Whistler and around the West Coast. It was only a matter of time before somebody took the initiative of organizing an annual event to celebrate blossoming craft beer trend while bringing brewers and beer-lovers together. Whistler Beer Fest was inaugurated in September 2013, spearheaded by Liam Peyton and backed by Gibbons Life. The aim of this event is to drive businesses to the Whistler community, and ultimately create a local legacy.

Whistler Village Beer Fest

Whistler Village Beer Festival

Now on its second year, this Whistler event more than doubled its size; gathering 50 breweries including Red Racer (winner of the 2013 best in fest award), Whistler Brewery, Deep Cove Brewers, Phillips, Granville Island, Deschutes, Gigantic, Four Winds, Parallel 49, and more. Whistler Beer Fest goers will enjoy their fill of 150 varieties of craft beers! As for the breweries in attendance, they get a shot at the “Best in Fest” which secures them a contract at various local establishments in Whistler.

Tickets are $30 for the early birds, $35 for regular price, and if you’re willing to shell out some money, for an additional $10 you can get access to the events an hour before the gates open for everyone else. Each ticket includes 5 beer tokens (4 oz. pour), souvenir mug, and $5 off-site food vouchers. But fret not if you need more than 5 tokens, tasting tokens are available on-site at $1.40 each.

According to Peyton, “The festival is a celebration of all things beer. It’s built on passion and we’re proud to share that with the world whilst benefiting our community.” Whistler Beer Fest will also be showcasing various industry events, from cask nights to educational seminars such as Beer 101, Craft Beer Revolution, and History of Beer. Make sure you visit the official Whistler Beer Fest website for the full festival schedule. [Photo Credits: Whistler Village Beer Festival]

This event is something not to be missed, and the best time to enjoy fine ales under the sun and bask in the amazing mountain atmosphere in Whistler. If you’re going to head on up for this Whistler event, we hope you think about for your accommodations. We provide various accommodation options in and around Whistler Village so you can head there early and avoid the crowd. Rentals

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