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5 Things To Do Around Whistler This Winter

Whistler Holiday Market

With plenty of early season snowfall, opening day on Whistler Mountain is scheduled for November 24. To date Whistler Blackcomb has received 47cm of snow since November 1, as measured at the Pig Alley weather station located on Whistler Mountain at 1,650m.

But there's plenty of other non-ski related events coming up that we're really excited for! So here's a quick list of things to do in the Sea to Sky Corridor this winter.

Whistler Holiday Market

1. Whistler Holiday Market

November 26 | 11am - 8pm
Whistler Conference Centre

Arts Whistler Holiday Market is two days of hand-baked, hand-made goodness. Come out and grab some local artwork, a christmas gift, and a delicious treat. With over 100 vendors there is sure to be something for everyone on your gift list. Add live music, carols, a food court, a lounge with free wifi, and visits from Santa, and the market becomes a full-on festive bonanza. What better way to welcome the holiday season!

Come in your snow boots, ski boots, or slippers. Ski, ride your bike, or walk right on in, we don't care how you get here, we just want to make sure you don't miss out!

Check out the event on facebook!

 2. Pemberton Small Business Christmas Party

December 1 | 6:30pm - 11pm
Big Sky Golf Club

On December 1st, Fescues Restaurant in the Big Sky Golf Club will be holding a Small Business Christmas Party with a cocktail reception at 6:45pm, dinner at 7:30pm, and dancing to follow! With live music by Big Mountain Rhythm, get your tickets now. $60 per ticket includes a drink ticket, appetizers, dinner, music, and the shuttle

Shuttle pick up at 6:30pm at Blackbird Bakery, then PetroCan. Then shuttle pickup from Big Sky at 10:00pm and 11:00 p.m back to town. Tickets are available at AC Gas, Pemberton Valley Supermarket, and Whistler Real Estate.

Come out to support and learn more about local business! Bring some nonperishable food items for the Food Bank or toy for our Hamper Program!

Whistler Film Festival

3. Whistler Film Festival

November 30 - December 4

The Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 16th edition with fresh films, special guests, epic events, innovative industry Summit and talent programs, and time to play in North America's premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) combines an esteemed film competition with an intimate industry Summit that attracted 13,332 attendees last year!

To recognize the vitality of the art form, WFF 2016 will feature ten juried competitive sections with 15 awards and one audience award selected from up to 1,000 submissions. Approximately 90 films from Canada and around the world (including 45 features and 45 shorts) will be presented.

Whistler Film Festival

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

The Whistler Film Festival has been recognized as Canada's coolest film festival, 'one of the top 30 film festivals in the world' by Variety, and is consistently rated as one of the top film festivals in the country by film fans and filmmakers alike.

To find the whole schedule and more visit the Whistler Film Festival website!

Refresh Market

4. Squamish Refresh Market

November 18 -19 | Friday 5-9pm & Saturday 9am - 4pm
West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

Kick off the holiday shopping season by supporting local designers, artists and pop-up shops at Squamish's largest indie marketplace Refresh Market, back for the 6th time this Saturday, November 22 from 10am-5pm at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

There's going to be plenty to do for visitors of all ages including; a kids beading station, portraits by a local photographer, a fashion show, local food, and childminding provided by Little Twigs Playcare. With 95+ vendors ranging from Pemberton to North Vancouver, the Refresh Market offers a wide selection of vintage, handmade and curated goods alongside local flavours, music and your favourite retail pop-up shops! And admission is only $3 online, or $5 at the door!

Plus even better news we've heard that the first 50 people to walk through the doors receive a free swag bag! For much more information visit the Refresh Market website.

Whistler Skiing

5. Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day

BASE CAMP CELEBRATION
November 22 | 7 PM to 10 PM | Skier's Plaza, Whistler Village

FIRST DAY OF SKIING
November 23 | 8:30 AM to 3 PM

For the occasion, Whistler Blackcomb will be recreating an expedition base camp in Skier's Plaza near the Blackcomb Excalibur gondola. It's the perfect occasion for nature lovers seeking adventure to enjoy their first turn of the season around a bonfire with friends.

Come check out this FREE event that will set the tone to celebrate winter's arrival. Features include a 19+ beer garden, live music, prize giveaways, campfire treats, and a covered zone to just hangout in.

Photo Credit: Mike Crane

Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Whistler Alternative

When visiting Whistler, consider staying at Pemberton Valley Lodge. We offer several advantages over Whistler hotels…

 1  Only 20 minutes

You can get to the Village faster from our Lodge than you can from some parts of Whistler Resort.

 2  Save money

Whistler hotels typically charge for parking. We don't. And you get bigger rooms for your dollar.

 3  Ski shuttle

Our complimentary shuttle bus runs on weekends from the Lodge to and from Whistler Blackcomb.

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