Ski Butlers Blog - Karin Schulze

Spring in Whistler

It's hard to believe Whistler Mountain closes in one week - especially since it's snowing on the mountain again and still.  With a March record snowfall of 160 inches spring skiing is at it's best!

Lots of sunny days, the Telus festival in full swing with tons of free music, free swag, the ever sold-out film-makers and photographers showdowns, and many happy people.  After a tough week when hundreds gathered in the village to honour the fantastic yet tragically brief life of of Sarah Burke, the town is certainly ready for a fete.

With Whistler Mountain shut down, Blackcomb Mountain will continue to draw the diehard skiers until May 28th.  Whislter's renowned Bike Park opens on May 18th and summer sightseeing begins again.  Ski Butlers in Whistler also shuts down on April 22nd after another fun and successful season #5.  Thanks to all who helped make it such a great season!

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All This And Great Skiing Too: Fun Events in Whistler

I sometimes wonder how we find time to ski with all the other amazing events going on in Whistler.  Just this past weekend Whistler hosted the following events, some of which are still on-going:

Whistler Telemark Fest
February 4, 2012The Whistler Telemark Festival is a great opportunity for telemarkers get together and enjoy a day of skiing with instruction for everyone from beginners to steeps experts and all in between. There will be fun competitions, prizes and Apres! Participants are entitle to 50% off lift tickets and 20% off rentals.

FIBT: Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup
February 2 - 4, 2012FIBT: Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup

The world's top bobsleigh and skeleton athletes will hit the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre for thrilling sliding sport action on the fastest track in the world. Get dressed in red and white, and come on down to the Sliding Centre to cheer Canada's athletes to gold.

Callaghan Winter Sports Club Biathlon Series
February 4, 2012

From beginners to experts, the Biathlon Series is an excellent opportunity to experience biathlon and test your cross-country skiing and shooting skills in a fun environment. Similar to a sprint competition, each participant will ski three loops of a course, with two shooting bouts in-between. These events are open to all members of the public, ages 8 and up. Takes place at the Whistler Olympic Park.
 

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It's Turkey Time Again

I just ordered my free range turkey at the grocery store.   For those of you south of the border who think I might be a bit early, it is actually Canadian Thanksgiving next weekend.  And don't we all have so much to be thankful for!  Our family and friends, the amazing places we live, our health and of course the promise of a La Nina winter to blast us with another record snowfall.

Thanksgiving weekend in Whistler is a busy one and signals the end of many summer activities.  It's the last weekend the lifts run until the mountain opens for skiing, last weekend for the bike park, last weekend for most golf courses, last weekend of the farmers market.  It begins the true shoulder season when we jump up in the mornings to look for the snow on the mountain peaks and then for the snow outside our doors. 

The shoulder season is busy for Ski Butlers as we prepare for another exciting season of delivering legendary service.  From unpacking our shiny new Rossi skis, reorganizing our shops, getting our teams trained and vans tuned for the season, there's never a dull moment.  We also have the chance to work with our whole family of Ski Butlers as we come together in Park City later in October for the Operations meetings.

It's the American Thanksgiving we really look forward to in Whistler when the mountains open and it's time to ski once again.  Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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The Sweet Sounds of Summer in Whistler

Here I sit on yet another rainy summer day in Whistler.  But who am I to complain when for the past 2 nights I and mine got to enjoy 2 free- Yes Free! - outdoor concerts featuring 2 Canadian rock and roll masters.  Set up in the newly designed Olympic plaza, productions presented by none other than the Municipality of Whistler, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider on Friday night and Colin James and his Little Big Band on Saturday.

 

Bringing me back to my teenage years, Tom and the boys played both Tom Cochrane hits and the golden oldies by Red Rider.  For those of you non-Canadians, if these names don’t strike a chord, you’ll definitely remember dancing in the bar or the après ski club to Tom Cochrane’s greatest hit “Life is a Highway”.

 

Colin James’ magic on his guitar – trained by the one and only legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, sure can get the crowd to its feet.  Colin and his band thrilled the fans with some of his newer swing music and many of his original hits like “Just Came Back”, “Why’d You Lie”, and a great cover of Van the Man’s “Into The Mystic”.

 

All in all - a fantastic weekend for everyone.  While the diverse crowd was mesmerized by the performers on stage, the artists enjoyed views of their fans under the amazing vista of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains lit up by the full moon.

 

These are just 2 of many in a series of Canadian artists featured in the Olympic venue this summer.  Oh, and did I mention they’re all free?  Whistler in the summer – a pretty great place to be while waiting for the snow to fall once again.  It makes my heart glow, eh!

 

 

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