Must-stops along the way
Just a few snowball-throws up the road, Whistler hums with skiers and boarders in winter and hikers and mountain bikers in summer. A compact pedestrian-friendly village at the base of two lift-accessed mountains, it makes for the perfect jumping-off point for adventure near and far.
- Whistler Blackcomb: Reach this resort’s 200-plus runs and 8,150 acres of terrain via the world’s first three-gondola connection. New for the 2018-2019 season, the 10-person Blackcomb Gondola will join the Peak2Peak and Village gondolas to form a nearly 13.5-kilometre loop. Which means less time waiting and more time schussing.
- Cloudraker Skybridge: Spanning 130 metres from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge, this seriously high walkway above the resort’s Whistler Bowl joins up with the also-new Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk platform – which means unreal views for summer sightseers.
- Ziptrek Ecotours: Hang in there for the two-kilometre Sasquatch Tour, the longest in North America. Or break things up across five shorter ziplines on the Bear Tour, ideal for first-time zippers. Either way, you’ll appreciate the slopeside scenery below.
You don’t have to go far in the village area to find a spot to nosh or après-ski. Proven winners include Araxi for farm-to-table fare, the Garibaldi Lift Co. for elevated pub grub, and Hunter Gather for craft beer and house-smoked goodness. But don’t miss the newer one-of-a-kind players at the table too.
- Umbrella Bar at the Roundhouse Lodge: Amp up the mountain views by stepping out onto this popular lodge’s latest addition – a round, wood-lined space serving cold brews and hot chocolate under a retractable roof.
- First Nations Winter Feast & Performance: Bite into baked bannock, cedar plank salmon, braised bison short ribs, and other Indigenous-inspired dishes at this twice weekly winter dinner – traditional dance on the side – at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
- The Blue Room: For a mere $20,000 CAD, you and your bestie could be whisked by helicopter to a secret cathedral-like ice cave for a five-course dinner, prepared by no less than Four Seasons Resort Whistler executive sous chef David Baarschers. You only live once, right?
End your day
Rest your weary toque-topped head in a luxury hotel, townhome, chalet, or condo. Looking for something a little different? Whistler has those too.
- Nita Lake Lodge: Take a break from the bustling village and retreat to Whistler’s only lakeside hotel. Kick back in rooms with heated floors and basalt-rock fireplaces, then ogle lake views over French plates – served up in the recently-renovated Aura Restaurant’s open-concept kitchen.
- Pangea Pod Hotel: Not your typical Japanese pod hotel, this new, hip, and surprisingly comfortable accommodation boasts memory-foam mattresses, wood-lined walls, and storage spaces in its private sleeping spaces. Savour snacks and cocktails in the communal living room while people-watching from the ample windows.
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