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Fairmont Chateau Whistler – It’ll be hard to leave…

The Team August 1st, 2011

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Whistler in April and needless to say when my time was up, I didn’t want to leave…

Without a shadow of a doubt, this hotel deserves it reputation, it’s Whistler’s flagship property but it’s more than just another luxury hotel. It really does have a great slope side location – I don’t think I’ve ever actually stayed somewhere and been able to ski right back to the door, but you can here. I stayed in a Mountain View Suite which was huge and had great view of the mountains and Blackcomb slopes. I had a sitting room, 2 bathrooms and an amazing bed, it’s well worth the upgrade! Read the rest of this entry »

Best Family Restaurants in Whistler

The Team July 22nd, 2011

When on a family ski holiday one of the biggest expenses is eating out, and whilst choosing a self catered property provides you with the flexibility of heading to the supermarket and eating in, it’s always nice to try some of the local restaurants in resort.

This might bring a bead of sweat to the forehead of some parents who may panic at the thought of finding somewhere where their children can relax and be themselves, that the bill for a family of four for a simple dinner will be over £100, or that they don’t want to have their food served on a tray and have to unwrap it before eating. So to help you ahead of your holiday to Whistler, we’ve pulled together some of the recommended family restaurants which all come in at under $50 all in for four hungry skiers! If you have a favourite, we’d love to hear from you. Just comment at the bottom of the blog.

Pasta Lupino

You can’t go wrong with an Italian restaurant and certainly not with Pasta Lupino. A firm favourite amongst the Whistler locals, there is always a good atmosphere here. The mac & cheese is one of their top selling dishes and they’re more than happy to put together half portions for children. During the day, for lunch and an early dinner prices range from $4.25 for kids to $7 – $13 for adults. It’s worth noting though that prices increase after 5.30pm for a more formal dinner experience.

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Where are you going skiing in 2011/12?

The Team March 24th, 2011

This season is still in full swing, and with record levels of snow in WhistlerMammoth and Colorado my feet are still itching to get some more turns in before packing away my boots.

However, I’ve also been tempted by some of next season’s early booking offers available in both North America and Europe. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler have a superb 50% off early booking deal, resulting in some of the best prices around. These are proving very popular with many clients having taken advantage already for next winter. I have to say that I’m pretty tempted to get my ski holiday booked early too!

Superb March conditions in Whistler

Some of the French properties are getting involved as well and have released their rates for 2011/12 – the earliest we’ve ever seen. We’re delighted to offer 10%  off a range of luxury self catered properties including four in Tignes, a brand new property in Alpe d’Huez and a new property in the resort of Val Cenis, which is on the French/ Italian border and is a very exciting addition to our European menu.

Choices, Choices… If you’re looking to next season and want to get the best price, just drop us a line and we’ll let you know the latest offers. There’re certainly some crackers out there, and it seems that the topic of conversation at the moment is “Where will we go next year?”…

Whistler Blackcomb beats average annual snowfall

The Team February 18th, 2011

Whistler Blackcomb has seen 186cm (73 inches) of fresh snow in the past 7 days, which takes the season’s total to 1,033cm (407 inches), beating their annual snowfall with three months remaining in the ski season.

“Each day over the past week I’ve been overhearing friends and guests’ claiming ‘this was the best day ever,’ as they describe their day at Whistler Blackcomb; claims that are immediately trumped the next day with the new ‘best day ever’ claim,” says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations Manager. “And they’re right. Whistler Blackcomb has seen an incredible storm cycle resulting in 186 cm (73 inches) of snow this past week. Couple this with our operations crews efforts; grooming 1,000 fresh acres each night and patrol working hard to open alpine lifts as early as possible after each dump of snow, it’s an incredible time to ski and ride at Whistler Blackcomb.”

There are some amazing late season deals available to Whistler, starting from only £849pp for 7 nights at the Tantalus Resort Lodge, with the resort open until mid-May with skiing available on Blackcomb Mountain. Call the reservations team on 0131 243 8097 for more details.

To view other fantastic Whistler offers – click here

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Whistler Blackcomb in Miniature

The Team January 3rd, 2011

A day in the life of a miniature Whistler, the biggest little ski area in the world. This video documents a bird’s eye view of teeny, tiny Whistler Village and surrounding Whistler Blackcomb mountains, making it a real life snow globe.

We think you’ll agree that this is pretty awesome and offers a true reflection of everything on offer at this fantastic resort – which is far from miniature in real life!

Non-Stop Fun In Whistler

The Team December 23rd, 2010

The excitement in Whistler doesn’t stop with the 8,000 plus acres of ski terrain; there are endless opportunities for adrenaline fuelled fun off the slopes. Here’s the latest low down on just some of the activities available from Leanne at The Adventure Group.

“Intro to adventuring in Whistler” could take a few pages, but I’ll try and keep it short and sweet – the Coles Notes of how to effectively have FUN!  With endless opportunities in this winter wonderland, it can sometimes be daunting to choose the best option for your group or family.  You want something unique, that you can’t experience anywhere else which make you laugh, right?!  Let me give you some “insider tips” to make your holiday that extra bit special… Read the rest of this entry »

Whistler To Open 6 Days Early

The Team November 15th, 2010

The office was buzzing with excitement on Saturday when the news came in that Whistler Mountain will be opening 6 days early thanks to new snow and low freezing levels.

Skiers and snowboarders will get their first turns at Whistler Blackcomb this Friday, with Blackcomb Mountain opening shortly after on Thursday, 25th November, 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.”

The Snow Cats are ready to get to work

Possibly the luckiest guy this season?

The Team November 11th, 2010

Last month we announced that Neill Hadden was the lucky winner of our Ultimate Ski Holiday to Whistler, BC. After being somewhat overwhelmed, he has kindly put together this blog post. Warning it has the tendency to make your rather jealous…

I took up snowboarding quite late at age 26, young enough to be enthusuastic, brave and possibly a little reckless but old enough to find the first week a brutal and bruising experience! Since then I have been at every opportunity including trips to Switzerland, Canada and NZ. This year I had been travelling in August including a couple of days boarding in Cardrona, New Zealand and so on my return got cracking with organising the Hadden ski trip for Feb 11. Was looking at various North American options but was beginning to feel the pressure of making all the arrangements for a party of 6 so asked one of the others to help with some research. In the course of this he stumbled on the Ski Independence prize draw and sent me (and probably half his address book!) the link to enter. Read the rest of this entry »

Powder Alert in Whistler

The Team October 29th, 2010

Snow covered peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains show the first hint of the snowy La Nina winter ahead during a short reprieve from the recent winter storm.

A base of nearly 40 cm (16 inches) has formed in the alpine with the forecast calling for mid mountain freezing levels and more precipitation in the five day forecast. The countdown to the 2010-2011 winter season at Whistler Blackcomb is officially on; 25th November, 2010 marks the official opening day.
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Whistler Season Extended By 1 Week

The Team April 1st, 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.

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