530 days since our last blog post. We know you all have been waiting with baited breath. A lot has happened since we last spoke—we brought snowboarding back into the fold via our Snowboard Freeride Camps , and invited kids on to the mountain to learn with us with our Big Mountain Awareness workshops. We’ve scouted out new locations to ski powder across the world in Hakuba, Japan and Disentis, Switzerland, and we have, of course, been skiing powder non-stop here at Whistler-Blackcomb. It’s hard to give updates with a season like last—almost no sunshine and non-stop powder poundage.
We hope our absence didn’t offend you. Our main guy and blogging king, Derek Foose, is busy running the Whistler Freeride Club and saying things into a microphone at Crankworx among other things. This season, our goal is to give you more—more powder, more local intel, and more knowledge of the mountains. Check out a few things that are new to the Whistler Village and our programs since we last spoke:
Early Booking Offers!
First things first. We’ll make this short and sweet–the sooner you book, the more money you save. Book a 2-day steep skiing clinic today for $409 CAD +5% GST ($50 CAD in savings), book a private clinic for $829 CAD + 5% GST, or book 3+ days of Private Clinics and save $100 CAD/day. Visit our site at www.extremelycanadian.com or give us a call at 1-800-938-9656.
Pangea Pod Hotels
In the past, these were a figment of my Instagram-brain imagination. I had watched countless videos of pro-skiers and friends who headed over to Japan and spent a night in these—but the possibility of one coming to our hometown never occurred to me.
Think of it as a sort of compromise between a hotel and a hostel. The extra space in a traditional private room is taken away—your pod fits only a double-size bed with some personal storage. The extra space you sacrifice is allocated to a common area to socialize and get to know your hotel mates. The private amenities include a bathroom, a double bed, and some personal storage. The public amenities include a common area (with a bar and restaurant), a rooftop patio, and a gear storage space for your ski’s and wet clothes. Travelling solo or with a friend? This seems like a pretty darn good way to get by on the cheaper end of things and still have a few extra bucks for some extra drinks at the bar.
Oh, and there are speakers in the shower. Nuff’ said.
Spearhead Huts Break Ground!
Not Bad… Photo: Spearhead Huts Association
If you have skied the backcountry with us, you may have toured across the ground of one of the 5 hut locations for the Spearhead Huts System. This summer, after years of proposals and planning, the Kees & Claire Hut has broken ground. This hut is estimated to sleep around 30-40 people per night with just a small fee needed to support upkeep and maintenance of the huts.
Future Hut Locations. Photo: Spearhead Huts Association
To get to this point has been a long, complicated process and it is a huge accomplishment. Tons of hard work, volunteer hours, and donations are needed to complete the vision and give backcountry users a world-class experience in the Spearhead Range that we spend much our winter recreating in! We strongly believe it will elevate everyones experience in the backcountry and encourage you to follow the progress and lend a hang any way you can. Anything that encourages powder skiing, we can get behind.
Check out the September 25th update on construction:
Big Mountain Awareness with Extremely Canadian
Prepare your kids for everything Whistler-Blackcomb can throw at them. Picture: Randy Lincks
For just over 5 years now, we have been leading Backcountry Adventures including ski touring trips, Avalanche Safety Training Courses, and other Mountain Skills courses. Our newest offering, Big Mountain Awareness camps, were developed with the help of Mitchell Sulkers, creator of Whistler Secondarys’ esteemed Outdoor Recreational Leadership and Keith Reid, whose list of accolades are too long to list, but most recently he has been the head of our Backcountry Adventures program.
The courses kicked off last season, with the intention of kick-starting the acute senses gained after years and years of experience in the mountains. The one-day course teaches kids how to manage the large-scale terrain of Whistler-Blackcomb, and give them the tools to manage risk by themselves, keeping themselves safe while having fun in the mountains. More details about the course can be found at the link below—get in touch if you have any more questions!
Thats a wrap, folks. We will be hitting you with a weekly blog with all sorts of pertinent information, interviews, reviews, and more. Thanks for reading and don’t forget– wear your PJ’s inside out, scream SNOW in the freezer every morning, and flush your ice cubes down the toilet…winter is coming!