Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day is set for November 22 and the countdown is on, not only for the first day of skiing and snowboarding, but also the unveiling of the new 10-passenger Blackcomb Gondola. The new gondola will keep guests warm and dry as it ascends from the base of Blackcomb Mountain to the top of the mountain adjacent to Rendezvous Lodge and the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Together – the new Blackcomb Gondola, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Whistler Village Gondola – form the first three-gondola connection in the world.

More laps can also be enjoyed thanks to additional lift upgrades providing quicker and easier access to all levels of terrain. These include a new six-passenger high-speed chairlift in place of the previous four-passenger Emerald Express chair in the Family Ski Zone on Whistler Mountain; and a new four-passenger, high speed chairlift replacing the triple-passenger Catskinner chair on Blackcomb Mountain.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and Head-Line Mountain Holidays have partnered to provide an extraordinary culinary experience set within an ice cave of cathedral-like blue. Introducing ‘The Blue Room’.

This unique dining adventure begins with a scenic helicopter ride to Canada’s largest, southernmost ice field, where wilderness experts provide a guided tour of natural ice sculptures and ice flows before arriving at the ice cave’s grand hall of aqua blue magnificence. Here, guests will be served Krug champagne and a five-course gastronomic experience presented by Four Seasons Executive Sous Chef David Baarschers.

The menu is designed to complement the essence of the location and includes Northern Divine caviar served on snow, oysters sourced from neighbouring Vancouver Island and grilled long bone with thyme roasted root vegetables.

Participating in this experience also contributes to Head-Line Mountain Holidays’ White is Green Ice Cap Research Initiative with Simon Fraser University, facilitating hands-on student learning in a real world ice cap. The Blue Room’s launch coincides with Whistler’s legendary food and drink festival, Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial.

Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial is Whistler’s must-experience celebration of food and drink, annually attracting more than 15,000 attendees and hundreds of key industry members and media. Returning for its 22nd year, the festival offers plenty of new and unique culinary experiences, as well as the return of popular signature tastings Crush Grand Tasting, Cellar Door, House Party: Best of BC, The Picnic, Poured, With a Twist Silent Disco and Night Market: Taste of the World.

The NOURISH series also returns to balance the decadence of the festival with health, nutrition and wellness events. Cornucopia’s plentiful “menu” caters to every taste and budget – from over-the-top indulgent to the budget-friendly – with a range of drink seminars, restaurant and bar events, Culinary Stage Series and Chef’s Table Luncheons.

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition from November 28 – December 2. From tributes to filmmaking luminaries to live music, parties and industry initiatives, WFF delivers an action packed lineup that includes over 80 innovative and original films from around the world and $146,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded. Special events include:

• The popular Signature Series including the Tribute, Spotlight, Contender Conversation and Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch
• ShortWork Showcase featuring an eclectic collection of short films in a relaxed bar setting
• Music Showcase, where up to 10 export-ready British Columbian artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum perform 30-minute sets for film fans and key international executives
• The second part to WFF’s Women on Top Series, featuring a keynote luncheon, workshop, screening and mentorship opportunities, focused on learning and growth around the issues of gender equity and cultural diversity in media
• A slate of 11 talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for over 70 Canadian artists looking to establish themselves in the industry and advance their projects from script to screen
• Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed, the Industry Summit offers over 20 interactive business sessions and networking events that address filmmaking and storytelling in the digital age
• Opening and closing night screenings, an awards celebration to honour the talent behind the finest films of the festival, and the annual festival party – this year titled Cabin Fever

Over the years, WFF has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a ‘filmmakers festival’ through its coveted competitions and non-competitive sections that celebrate the best in independent Canadian and world cinema.

Source: Whistler