TRAVELLER I LOCAL VIBE
Beginning next summer, guests will be able to enjoy the 360-degree vistas of Black Tusk and the surrounding Coast Mountains
from the peak of Whistler Mountain, while traversing a suspension bridge or soaking up the sun on a new cantilevered walkway
built expressly for that purpose.
The Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge will span 130 metres (426.5 feet) across the Whistler Bowl from Whistler Mountain’s peak to
the West Ridge, where a cantilevered walkway will extend 12.5 m ( 40. 7 ft.) out from the ridge, 50 m (164 ft.) above Whistler Bowl.
“It’s an all-season attraction,” Marc Riddell, WB senior communications manager, said of the new Whistler Peak facilities.
Part of an upgrade plan set to coincide with the full, official opening of new trails that make up the Creek Zone in the Whistler
Mountain Bike Park, the opening date for the new facilities depends partly on the weather. The Creekside Gondola and some
Creek Zone trails opened to bikers in the summer of 2017.
UMBRELLA BAR DEBUTS
Beginning this winter, guests will have a chance to
enjoy lunch or refreshments while soaking in the
stunning Coast Mountain views from the comfort
of Whisky Jack’s Umbrella Bar, a 160-seat patio
attached to the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler
Mountain. As a year-round facility, it will be fully
open when the weather is good, but can be closed
in inclement weather using a collapsible roof that
folds inward and outward like an umbrella.
“The Umbrella Bar is not unique to the ski world,”
said Marc Riddell, Whistler Blackcomb senior
communications manager. “The concept is popular
in places like Europe. It’s a platform that allows you
to sit and enjoy the landscape in all conditions.”
The heated patio, which was recently added to the down-slope side of the Roundhouse, is sure to be popular with guests, Riddell
said. This past summer also saw the completion of the Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck, a two-tiered structure
attached to the lodge next to the iconic Inukshuk, symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The upper terrace
and lower deck are set to open for guests in the summer of 2018.
NEW PEAK FACILITIES IN THE WORKS
PHO TO JORGE ALVAREZ