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Embark on a guided Whistler tour

First-time visitors to Whistler, as well as returnees who’d like a geographic and historic overview of the community and all it has to offer, now have the option of taking a guided mini-bus tour that will give them a greater appreciation for the area’s history and geography. Starting in the summer of 2018, Whistler Valley Tours began offering the Valley Sightseeing Tour, a half-day excursion designed as the perfect primer for anyone yearning to find out more about the places, history and all that’s offered in the Whistler Valley.

“People always do the Village Stroll; and if the lifts are open, they’ll go up there. But a lot of people don’t get much further than that,” said Ryan Powell, the company’s owner. “When they go home, people might ask, ‘What do you know about Whistler?’ and that could be all they know. We just want to give guests a broader perspective.”

Knowledgeable guides escort guests to glacier-fed lakes, scenic viewpoints, Olympic venues and key historic and cultural landmarks. Want to know more about what was here before Whistler became a world-renowned resort? It’s all here. “When people get back from the tour, they have a good idea of what they might like to do with their time here,” Powell said.
Visit whistlervalleytours.com or call 604-967-3509. 

Enjoy an Ice Cave — or Ice Cap — Adventure

Does your “bucket list” include a unique and unforgettable adventure, or perhaps a special celebration, inside a spectacular blue ice cave? Does your ultimate outdoors adventure include a snowmobile excursion atop a remote, glaciated ice cap, with a chance to view wildlife in its natural habitat? Have you a special variation on any of those images in mind? If you can dream it, chances are that Head-Line Mountain Holidays (HLMH) can make it happen.

The five-year-old, Whistler-based company has regular experiences that include Heli Ice Cave Explore, The Blue Room (an extraordinary private dining experience prepared by Four Seasons Whistler’s Executive Sous Chef David Baarschers and served inside an ice cave), Heli Snowmobile and Heli Hot Springs. It also organizes special events including proposals, weddings, anniversaries or corporate retreats in unique and exclusive settings. Excursions are tailored to individual clients’ tastes and budgets, said Chantal Limoges, HLMH marketing and communications manager.

The ice cave and snowmobile adventures take place on an “Ice Cap” at Whistler’s doorstep that, at 320 square kilometres, is the largest in the region.
“There are multiple ice caves we can explore on our Heli Ice Cave Explore experience. Once we land on the ice cap, and subject to snow conditions and the guests’ ability level, we will take snowmobiles, snow bikes or snow buggies to explore other nearby ice caves,” Limoges said.

All tours are led by their wilderness experience expert guides and naturalists, who have been exploring and developing guidelines in the Sea to Sky region for more than 25 years. HLMH has a partnership with the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Earth Sciences Department’s Glaciology Group to share information and data — information that is frequently shared with clients. “We’re all about partnerships and relationship development to help ensure that we’re able to provide bespoke luxury wilderness experiences for our guests,” Limoges said.

In addition to providing distinctive guest experiences, 3 per cent of the revenues from the Heli Ice Cave Explore tours goes toward the company’s “White is Green” Ice Cap Research Initiative in partnership with SFU.

Visit headlinemountainholidays.com or call 604-902-6415.

Have your skis, snowboard delivered

For those who arrive in town without their personal ski or snowboard gear, Whistler has several rental shops that will get you outfitted with the latest gear and accessories. But for those wishing to skip the potential rental-shop lineups, there’s another option: ski delivery services. Ski Valet Whistler will deliver the latest in skis, snowboards, boots and even winter wear right to your hotel or even your favourite coffee shop. The company, launched in 2017-’18, focuses on exceptional service, said General Manager Lisa McGregor.

Last season the company had a request from guests who were coming to the resort for the day to partake in Whistler Blackcomb’s Fresh Tracks Breakfast and then a day of skiing. Ski Valet Whistler dispatched a ski technician to meet the guests at 6:30 a.m. in the gondola lineup and even held onto the guests’ shoes until the end of an amazing ski day, McGregor said. “We will bend over backwards to make sure you only have to worry about getting in some amazing turns on these beautiful mountains,” she said. “That’s why we are all here, right?”

Ski Valet Whistler has an extensive fleet of top-quality gear, and its friendly staff can even outfit guests with the gear that best fits their ability and the day’s expected snow conditions, she said. While most customers are fitted with the right boots the first time, “We will do any adjustments needed, or even a second boot fitting — whatever gives the customer the best experience possible,” McGregor said.

For details on Ski Valet Whistler, call 604-962-6364 or visit skivaletwhistler.com.
Two other companies also offer a similar delivery service: Spirit Bear Ski Delivery 604-938-4900, spiritbearski.com; and Black Tie Ski Rental Delivery 604-962-2122, whistler.blacktieskis.com.

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