“And now we welcome in the New Year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
A fresh new year is once again upon us and 2017 is already shaping up to be memorable for Whistler. There were a number of changes that occurred in 2016, for instance, the purchase of Whistler Blackcomb by Vail, that set in motion events that will transpire over the course of the next 12 months. In addition to the already exhilarating winter and summer line-up of activities that Whistler has to offer, expect updates that will enhance the resort’s existing experience. Just what does 2017 have in store for Whistler?
In 2014, we saw the beginning of being able to upload into the Whistler Bike Park from Whistler Creekside. This development opened up terrain for building to begin on new trails and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Expect new trails to pop up in 2017, furthering the riding experience that can be had from Creekside.
Improved Learning Areas
Whistler has continued to view developing and growing the sport of skiing and snowboarding as part of its future. With that, they have put $2.4 million towards improving the learning areas on Whistler Mountain. Many of these improvements can already be experienced.
Since Vail announced it’s acquirement of Whistler Blackcomb in October 2016, pass holders have had access to receive five days between the Vail owned U.S. resorts and vice versa. In March, Vail plans to announce 2017-18 season pass line-up that includes full Whistler Blackcomb access. The absorption into the Epic Pass will also make Whistler’s season pass less expensive.
Alpine Biking Experience
For years, the only alpine biking experience in Whistler was Top Of The World which has limited access through the Bike Park. Well, brace yourselves, this year will mark the opening of a different trail of sorts, a backcountry adventure and on the opposite side of the valley. Since 2014, WORCA trail builders have been working on new trails on Sproatt Mountain, opening up 8km of flowy descent!
Upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge and GLC
With improvements already under way, 2017 will see guests being able to enjoy upgraded upper and lower patios at the Roundhouse Lodge as well as the revamped Garibaldi Lift Company!
In spring 2016, Whistler Blackcomb announced the Renaissance Project, a multi-phase series of investments into the mountain worth $345 million with an objective of making Whistler a multi-seasonal resort. Since Vail’s acquirement and the increase in available capital, this project may be off to a start sooner than expected.
In addition to these advancements, Whistler Blackcomb will continue to improve on its current line-up of activities and events. Expect bigger festivals with even more exciting line-ups and attendance. With a focus on the future, Whistler is one to watch. Don’t miss out on experiencing what’s new during 2017 and being part of the excitement, book your holiday today!