It’s official–winter has arrived in Western Canada! That means it’s time for fun in the snow to begin. For many, that’s skiing, and Whistler, British Columbia is truly “King” of the ski hills.
Whistler was recently named the #1 Ski Resort in North America by SKI magazine. I can see why! Whistler Village is a pretty amazing place to holiday and the slopes, of course, can’t be beat.
My visit to Whistler started with Perimeter Bus Transportation from Vancouver’s airport. After all, who needs a car when things are all within walking distance or you can take the free Whistler shuttle?
Whistler, as you might imagine, has numerous hotels with a full range of “stars” to choose from. I selected one in the Upper Village: Fairmont Chateau Whistler. It was the tops in comfort and had all the amenities required.
On the Slopes
There are plenty of ski runs to keep everyone from beginners to experts busy at Whistler.
I spent quite a lot of time watching the Whistler Kids Ski-School, thinking enviously that I might have actually been able to do more than limp along on skis if I’d started as a kid.
The line-ups for the gondola to the top can be long, but it’s worth the wait, that’s for sure.
It was fifteen minutes of fun gazing out on the snowy slopes as we climbed higher and higher. At the top, I caught the first gunshots to “shake up” the snow and make sure skiers are protected from avalanches. It was mayhem when the announcement came that “The runs are open!”
Here’s a great YouTube video from a Whistler enthusiast to give you a glimpse of the slopes.
Eating in Whistler
There’s lots of fine dining in Whistler, so no matter what type of food you like you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. If you’d like something more casual, there are numerous bars that also serve food. People I met in the ones where I stopped were still in ski boots, so you can come-as-you-are once you leave the slopes.
If you’d rather soak in a jacuzzi and relax with someone special back in the hotel room, there’s room service or you can pick up a few things from the Whistler grocers. They had a number of things packaged in individual servings from salad dressing in packets to salad greens by the gram, plus the usual array of buns and meats. If you’re on a budget, you may also want to consider this option.
More Things to do in Whistler
Whistler has a full range of events from bazaars and film festivals to the 2013 Iron Man event, which are offered year-round, so you may want to plan your ski trip to coincide with some other events, especially if not everyone in the group isn’t a dedicated skier. Here’s their calendar: http://www.whistler.com/events/
One of the most fun things I added into my trip was a zipline adventure where I flew back-and-forth between Blackstrap Mountain and Whistler Mountain. You can read more about it on my staycation post at: http://guide2travel.ca/2012/07/staycation-stop-30-jumping-off-whistler-mountain/
I also enjoyed (doesn’t everyone?) an amazing afternoon at the spa. What could be nicer on those muscles that are getting waaaay more exercise than they’re used to than a spa treatment? Once again, you have lots to choose from! http://www.whistler.com/spa/
Ski in Whistler, British Columbia
- Hotels in Whistler (alphabetical order, ranked by stars) – http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/hotels/index.aspx
- Map of the Upper Village at Whistler – http://www.enjoywhistler.com/maps/upper.php
- Perimeter Bus Transportation from Vancouver to Whistler – http://www.perimeterbus.com/
- Tourism Whistler – http://www.whistler.com
- Whistler/Blackcomb Hours of Operation and Ski Run information – http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/hours-of-operation.aspx
- Whistler Village map – http://media.whistler.com/downloads/Whistler-Village-Map.pdf