Posts Tagged ‘Whistler’

Sigge’s P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event Returns to BC’s Whistler Olympic Park

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
P'ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event logo

P'ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event The P’ayak offers cross country skiers the chance to race for cash prizes in one of the most beautiful skiing destinations in Canada.

Amateur cross country skiers are gearing up for the 2013 P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, presented by Sigge’s, British Columbia’s leading supplier of cross country ski equipment and apparel.

This year’s loppets will take place on February 23 and feature 50, 30 and 15 kilometre cross country courses over a variety of terrain, plus a 2.5 km “sit ski” course for Para-Nordic sitting skiers.  Para-Nordic standing skiers are welcome in the 15, 30 and 50 km courses.

There are age divisions and cash prizes for the top three male and female skiers in the 30 and 50 km courses, plus a bonus for the first male and female to reach the top of the hill climb on the second lap. The self-seeding system, based on expected finish times, will keep the start-time action lively.

Participation is expected to be high in this largest amateur race of the season.  Whether you are coming to ski or just cheer on the competitors, it is recommended you make your Whistler, BC lodging plans now.  Our member bed & breakfast inns will give you personalized accommodations and a morning meal you’ll remember as you make your way to Whistler Olympic Park. (more…)

Whistler, BC Cornucopia Commemorates Local & Regional Food & Wine

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival in Whistler

Cornucopia festival (Whistler, BC) logo The finest in local and regional wine is celebrated at the annual Cornucopia festival in Whistler, BC.

The Cornucopia fall festival, happening Nov 7-11, 2012 in Whistler, BC, is the area’s most prestigious food and wine event of the year.

For five days, gourmet winery dinners, informative and interactive seminars, celebratory wine tastings and just plain fun after-parties combine to create an event that is a delight for the senses – an impeccable culinary experience that is recognized the world over as one of the most important on North America’s West Coast.

A large connoisseur, bon vivant and gourmand audience is expected to attend this 16th annual celebration and securing your Whistler BC lodging now is recommended.

A Who’s Who of Whistler & BC Culinary & Vinous Personalities and Producers

Many premier, local and regional restaurants & chefs and the producers, breweries, distilleries and wineries that stock them will be on hand for Cornucopia’s many events. (more…)

“Wow, it’s pitch white outside!”

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Last week it was still November here in the Comox Valley and it was snowing.  Lots of big, fat flakes drifting down.   I was raised in semi-desert and find snow pretty darn romantic, but I understand if many of our readers don’t.  Too much of anything is too much.  Anyhow, it wasn’t very cold near Comox and it took two days of snow before it began to stick, at least down near sea level.  Comic strip buffs may remember the “pitch white outside” line as one stolen, blatantly, from the Peanuts gang, Linus I think…  The line popped into my head as I walked through a local nature park with my dogs, Tip and Pocos, who both find snow to be almost as much fun as eating.  They rolled in it, plowed their noses through it, jumped and ran around in it until I was more than a bit dizzy from watching and breathless from laughing!

When I got back from my walk I decided to check the headlines (I’m a bit of a news junkie) and low and behold I read that Whistler/Blackcomb is opening early!  The next day I read that Mt. Washington is opening a week early too.  Skiers, I thought, you are in for a great season.  If the resorts close to the sea are ready already then those in the rest of the province must be looking at pretty nice conditions as well.   I’m not a skier myself.  I gave the slopes my very best for several seasons when my children were small and found that I spent most of my time trying to get up with legs akimbo and skis pointing all about at angles never intended.  I have poignant memories of a beginning ski class at a big resort.  I was about 28 years old with two children ages 6 and 2.  Mercifully the 2 year old was in a day care facility there, but the 6 year old came zooming past me waving and yelling “C’mon dad, I’ll race ya!” as I struggled to free my legs from the skis and get up off my back for the umpteenth time in less than two hours.  I recall two nuns in the class, clad in habits no less, who managed to stay on their feet/skis, get on and off the lift for the “bunny hill” and get down that gentle slope intact.  I, however, did not.

Spectacular skiing on Mount Washington

That’s enough of my rambling, I really want to remind you skiers, sledders, snowshoers and other daredevils of the powder to think B&B when you plan those sojourns to the mountains for skiing in BC.  Many of our BC Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members are close to great skiing and some offer special packages just for you.  Rest assured your owner prepared B&B breakfast will be far superior to the cup of waffle batter you pour into the waffle maker for breakfast at many of the big chain motels and hotels offering a “B&B experience”.  Have a terrific time out there and I will have a terrific time by the fireplace with a bit of brandy!

Paralympic Flame Ignited

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The inspirational 10 day Paralympic Torch Relay is underway as the first group of Paralympic Torchbearers- one from each province and territory- gathered in Ottawa and witnessed the lighting of the flame today, March 3, 2010.  Over 600 torchbearers will carry the flame on its proud journey through 11 communities until the the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron at BC Place in downtown Vancouver on March 12. 

 The Paralympic Flame has no ancestral home but was ignited and blessed by Aboriginal firekeepers of the Pikwakanagan and Kitigan Zibi Algonquin bands on Victoria Island during a special ceremony.  It then was placed in a lantern and delivered to the Parliament Buildings where it passed to three youth representatives of the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit, Kanatami and Metis National Council.  This trio of flames was brought to a stage located on the Hill’s historic front lawn where Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed and  Squamish Nation Chief Gibby Jacob, on behalf of the Four Host First Nations, reunited the flames in the Paralympic Cauldron.  Arnold Bolt, a multi-sport Paralympian with many world records, officially started the flame’s journey by dipping his torch into the Paralympic cauldron in front of a crowd that included Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Bolt then handed off the flame to 15 other torchbearers on the way to Vancouver. 

Paralymic sports include Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Cross country skiing, Ice sledge hockey and Wheelchair curling.  The events will take place at several of the Olympic venues in both Whistler and Vancouver.  Crowds will likely be smaller than at the Olympic Games, but the competition and excitement will be just as electric and memorable.  Click here for more information about the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games.   For superb Vancouver Bed & Breakfast accommodation and Bed & Breakfasts in Whistler, be sure to visit