Spring is upon us and golf season is about to really take off here in Whistler!

You probably already know, but in case you don’t, Whistler is home to three world-class courses, all within a few minutes of Whistler Village.

Whistler Golf Course:

Beautiful 007 bent grass greens await you at the Arnold Palmer designed Whistler Golf Club. The par 72, 6,722 yard course makes the most of its scenic and pristine setting. Broad fairways, interlaced with gentle streams and lakes, are bordered by majestic old-growth cedars and firs. This course is also home to a public driving range.

Nicklaus North Golf Course

This is the setting that inspired the great Jack Nicklaus to create a golf course as unique as himself. This par 71, 18-hole course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacular setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course is 18-hole Audubon-certified, and traverses creeks, ponds, stands of ancient Douglas fir and granite rock, creating a naturally spectacular and challenging golf experience for all levels.

I hope I see some of you out on the links this summer!

Have you ever dreamed of living in the best ski resort in the world and also having an amazing lake front property? There are several lakes in Whistler, and some of them have really amazing real estate right on the shore.

Twin Lakes is a townhome complex on the shore of Alta Lake. This complex offers what no other complex in Whistler does; private beach and dock, in ground swimming pool, tennis court AND a shuttle to the gondolas all winter!

#31 is a fabulous floor plan with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus the quintessential sauna that people in ski towns love.

Send me a message if you want to more about lake front living in Whistler!

 

I’ve been noticing a little bit of a trend lately. Many sellers are hoping to capitalize on the hot real estate market but have tenancies in place.

In these situations, the seller can either wait the appropriate amount of time to legally end the tenancy in place or list it with tenants.

Ideally, before you list a property your home is vacant so you can have staging and a professional cleaner in. Not only will this make your home look its best, but it is also easier to show your home and easier for interested buyers to closer quicker. Listing your home with a tenant can create additional challenges, but sometimes it is the only option. If you do want to list your tenanted home, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

Work with an experienced Realtor

Real estate is one of the biggest investments and decisions most people will make in their life. It is crucial that you have a Realtor on your side to help you navigate your local market and make informed decisions. When finding the right Realtor for your situation, ask if they have ever worked with tenants before and how they navigate the challenges. Your Realtor should have a good understanding of the BC Tenancy Act and will help protect you from any legal action.

Understand the BC Tenancy Act

The BC Tenancy Act, linked here, is the legal guidelines that must be followed when listing your tenanted property for sale. These guidelines go into depth on the amount of notice that must be given for each type of lease, as well as, the rules which must be followed by the tenants, the landlord, and the real estate agent. Be sure to give this a deep read so you understand how to work with your tenants while your home is on the market and how to legally.

Be Open & Transparent

Everyone appreciates being kept in the loop. Let your tenants know ASAP if you are planning on listing your property. This will give them more time to start making arrangements. Have an open conversation about what your expectations and goals are with this sale. Why are you selling? What do you think the timeline will be for closing?

Most tenants will appreciate the honesty and be happy to work with you.

Consider introducing your tenants to your real estate agent. That way your tenants can direct questions to them that you may not know the answer to. This will also give them a touch point person to voice any concerns to. If your tenants feel involved in the process it is more likely that they will be helpful while your home is on the market.

Respect their schedules

If you have tenants, your home is also their home, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable at home! Ask your tenants about the best method of communication to use with them to request access.  Have a conversation with your tenants about what you can both expect while your home is on the market. Get your tenants to share their schedules so you and your Realtor can try to navigate showings while they are already out of the house.

Sometimes, finding a time that works for potential buyers and your tenant isn’t possible. . Ideally, your tenant is willing to work with you and either step out or be respectful while the home is being shown. If your tenant is being less cooperative, know your rights. You are entitled to show the home if you give them 24 hours’ notice.

Make it easy

In a perfect world, your tenants are clean and tidy people and have lots of time to help your home looks its best for showings. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Most tenants have their own busy lives to worry about and won’t bother to do a deep clean before your home is listed. Offer to get the carpets and the home professionally cleaned before it’s listed, your tenants will appreciate this and so will potential buyers.

Give as much notice for showings as possible so that your tenants can tidy up or make arrangements. Consider offering a free lunch or even a night at a hotel if there is a certain day that there will be multiple showings or an open house. If you can, offer to reduce rent a bit if they agree to help tidy up the property. Giving a little bit and being generous can make the transaction much more smooth for you.

If it goes wrong…

Keep in mind that no one wants to move or be uprooted. Having your house listed can bring up a lot of negative emotions for your renters. Despite your best efforts, they may still be uncooperative. If a tenant unreasonably refuses access to show the unit or provides misleading or inaccurate information to prospective buyers, the landlord could:

Make sure you and your Realtor have a game plan in place to deal with the tenants BEFORE you list. This can help your home earn more money and be a much less stressful experience.

 

If you’re thinking of listing your tenanted property email me at madison@madisonperry.com for more tips and advice.

Glide down a variety of trails at your own pace and explore the beauty of Whistler’s great outdoors on a set of skinny skis. This exciting and accessible sport is good for all ages and abilities and there are lessons and rentals suitable for anyone. The Whistler trail system includes novice trails, scenic lookouts, picnic shelters and heart pumping climbs deep into the coastal forest. Whether it’s Lost Lake in the heart of the village or Callaghan Valley just a short drive south of Whistler, there are plenty of options for the inexperienced and experienced alike. Maybe you’re looking to head out of Whistler for the day too…head north to Pemberton where you can find some great cross country skiing with the most beautiful backdrop of mountains in the much smaller but equally as gorgeous community.

Where to go? I’ve listed some great options in Whistler and Pemberton to get your cross-country fix in.

Whistler

Valley Trail (Alpine)

In the winter, a 3.8 km portion of the Valley Trail from Meadow Park Sports Centre to Rainbow Park is groomed to enable free cross-country skiing.  Additional sections of the Valley Trail groomed for multi-use include the section of trail from Fitzsimmons Trail to PassivHaus and from the Riverside Campground dyke at Mons Road along Green Lake at Nicklaus North to Alpine Way. Dogs are permitted but must be on a leash on the Valley Trail.

Lost Lake

Lost Lake is located steps from Whistler Village. Over 32 km of perfectly groomed cross-country tracks run through the picturesque Lost Lake Park, the Chateau Whistler Golf Course, and the Nicklaus North Golf Course. Both beginners as well as experts can find their own routes here. Incidentally, 4 km of tracks are illuminated so that even the night owls can make a few rounds. The cross-country season runs normally from December to March.

Whistler Olympic Park/Callaghan

For skiers of all abilities, Whistler Olympic Park provides access to close to 90 kilometres of well-marked trails from green/easy, blue/intermediate to black/advanced. The Nordic venue of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park offers snow activities for all ages and abilities. Rentals, lessons, adult, and kids ski camps are available, plus dog-friendly ski and snowshoe trails. The park has a full-service Day Lodge with cafe, retail and rental shop and ski school.

Pemberton

The Nairn Falls Trail

Located just three minutes south of Pemberton is Nairn Falls Provincial Park where the ski trails are located. People and dogs must not walk on the groomed trails at any time.

The Beer Farmers

Located 10km up the Pemberton Meadows. Is there any better option than enjoying a lap around a family-owned farm then heading inside for a tasty beer!?  The cross-country skiing track that spans their large farming parcel including trails that run along side the Pemberton Meadows rivers. Please leave your furry friends at home when heading for a ski at Beer Farmers.

The Cranberry Farm

Located 20km up the Pemberton Meadows. Gorgeous setting and perfect place to enjoy a quiet ski.

Also stay tuned for the Spud Valley Loppet race. The Spud Valley Loppet is a 12 km snowmobile groomed track through several private properties in the Pemberton Valley. It is an event made to celebrate nordic skiing and winter activities in the Pemberton & District area. The event usually takes place at the end of February/beginning of March and is open to various age categories.

 

Vallea Lumina!

Looking for a unique, illuminating activity to do over the holidays?! Vallea Lumina is it! Operating over the winter season, it turns the woods into a truly magical place. The whole experience takes place on trails that wind through the forests in Whistler. The beginning is at The Adventure Group’s Basecamp which is only a 10 to 15-minute drive from the Village. Vallea Lumina is a 1.5 km pathway through an old-growth forest that will take visitors of all ages on an hour-long night walk in pursuit of hidden wonders, telling a story that unfolds in chapters along the way.

Did you know that “Moment Factory”, a global leader in video, lighting, sound and special effects creates this magical world.

Check out their website for more details and information: https://vallealumina.com/

Whistler- Blackcomb is one of the finest and most luxurious ski resorts in the world. In the skiing community, Whistler-Blackcomb is well-known for offering massive snowfalls, unlimited access to the backcountry and slack country, and a huge area to ski with varied terrain.

All of these factors attract hundreds of thousands of snow bunnies to the resort each winter season. Despite being a top destination ski hill, not everyone is able to get out to enjoy the slopes. For those who prefer not to ski or snowboard this list of activities is for you!

1. Satisfy your need for speed with a Snowmobile Tour

Whistler has numerous companies that offer snowmobile tours for all skill levels! This is a great way to go fast and see some beautiful sights without strapping into bindings. Different tour packages may even include a fondue dinner or sunset views! There is so much variety in packages so you’ll be sure to find one that works for you.

2. Explore an ice cave with Blackcomb Helicopters

Have you ever wanted to see more? Helicopter tours offer a unique perspective of the beautiful Sea to Sky region from a comprehensive birds-eye view. Tours will allow you to do a full flyover of the wonders of Whistler. Upon landing you can explore a Glacial ice cave, that is thousands of years old! This is truly an incredible experience and will leave a lasting memory.

3. Try a new winter sport with the Whistler sliding center

Whistler’s Olympic history can be seen throughout the village. We even have an Olympic sliding Center from the 2010 Winter Games here! You can try Luge, Skeleton, or Bobsled on the icy track. You’ll have a blast learning a new sport and traveling at incredible speeds!

4. Relax and indulge at a spas

I’ve posted before about the incredible spas we have here in Whistler. There really are some 5-star treatments here in town that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Treat yourself You’re on vacation!

Find the right spa for you, click my Spa blog post here.

Pictured: The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

5. Get out on snowshoes

So maybe skiing is not for you, but you still want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, why not get out on snowshoes? Many different companies in Whistler offer rentals for snow shoes or guided snowshoe tours. Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace by renting your own snowshoes or go on a guided tour to get some tips and see some beautiful exclusive trails.

6. Let your inner lumberjack out with axe throwing

Is there anything more Canadian than putting on your plaid flannel shirt and throwing an axe at a log as hard as you can? Experience peak Canadian with Forged Axe throwing in Function Junction. This is a great activity to practise alone, but even more fun with friends. Convenitley located next to Coast Mountain Brewery, you can celebrate your lumberjack skills with a flight of local craft beer.

7. Aprés, Aprés, Aprés

Aprés all day! Whistler is not only famous for its skiing. We are also well known fo our amazing bars and restaurants. When the mountain closes, the party begins! If you’re looking for rowdy crowd check out GLC, Duhb Linn Gate or Longhorn Saloon, for a curated cocktail head to FireRock Lounge, Raven Room or The Mallard Lounge and for a laid back local atmosphere, check out RMU, Crystal Lounge, or Brick Works. What ever your style, you’re sure to have a great time.

Pictured: Longhorn Saloon

8. Look at some masterpieces at the Audain Museum

Did you know Whistler is home to a famous art museum? The Audain Museum is funded by Vancouver’s very own Audain family and features works from private collections as well as touring exhibits. Here you will find a large collection of traditional native art, classic Canadian pieces, and contemporary collects. The instagramable architecture alone is worth the visit.

9. Stroll through Valle Illumina

Valle Illumina is a surreal and truly unique experience. This holographic, laser light show is set in the forest of Cougar Mountain. As you walk through the trees., you’ll be greeted by magical talking trees, dancing campfires, neon fish, and millions of fireflies. This interactive walk is about 2 km and is self-guided so you can move at your own pace. With minimal incline and maintained trails, this path is family-friendly and can be enjoyed by all fitness levels.

10. Practise your back-hand at the racket club

If winter sports aren’t your thing, maybe stick with summer sports. Whistler has an awesome racket club with lots of indoor tennis courts to play on. Hone your skills with a private coaching session or team up for a match.

If tennis isn’t your thing, the racket club also features ax throwing,  a cafe, farmers markets, roller discos, pickle ball, and house DJs to get you into the groove. The Whistler Racket Club is open for all ages and skill levels, be sure to check it out.