Growing up in downtown Toronto my idea of skiing consisted of a day trip to Blue Mountain. My idea of a challenge was the double black diamonds sprinkled throughout the ski resort, so you can imagine my shock when I stepped foot on the black diamonds at Whistler for the first time.
From the natural beauty of the mountains, to the lifestyle in the village, Whistler is a real life winter wonderland and nothing short of the perfect ski destination.
My most recent trip to Whistler was pretty magical. It was early in the season, probably the second weekend the slopes were open. The night before we went up there was a huge snow fall. About three feet of fresh snow covered the mountains when we arrived bright and early. We were one of the first in line when the lifts opened.
We made our way over to the far end of Blackcomb and were literally the first run of the day. The sun was shining bright in the sky and felt warm on my face. Blue above and white below as my skies sunk into the fresh powder. I sped down the hill taking in the picturesque views along the way. From white covered trees to hidden creeks it was like I had the entire mountain all to myself. I could smell how fresh the snow was below me, and with the sun beating down it was actually the perfect day.
Whether you love to ski, snow shoe, relax, or taking in the stunning scenery, there truly is something for everyone. Here is my guide to visiting Whistler.
Where to stay
While it is pricier to stay in the Village I would highly recommend shelling out the extra dollars for the experience. You are closer to all the Apres parties, shopping, restaurants, and of course, mountains.
I also recommend that if you are a skier you will want ski in ski out access because trust me after a day on the slopes, the last thing you want to do is carry those skis while walking in those snow boots for a long time.
Pinnacle Hotel: This beautiful boutique hotel is right in the heart of Whistler’s pedestrian village and is seconds away from the mountains as well as fine dining and a bustling nightlife.
Delta Whistler Village and Suites: I felt like an absolute princess when I had a chance to stay at the Delta Whistler Village and Suites. From the beautiful newly renovated bedrooms to the 2 outdoor hot tubs and relaxing sauna this is the place to feel pampered for your entire stay.
Hit the Slopes
This is the reason you make the trip to Whistler right? Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are the ultimate big mountain experience. There is over 8,100 acres of snow covered slopes, 16 alpine bowels, 3 glaciers, world class terrain, and more than 200 marked trails.
Like I mentioned, my most recent trip to Whistler was truly spectacular. The mountains were so quiet and clear and I had the chance to ski on the freshest natural powder.
If you plan on skiing, my biggest suggestion is plan ahead. Make sure that your passes are booked and your equipment is ready to go. That way you will be able to beat the crowds.
Experience Peak to Peak
Whether you are skiing or not, you need to take a ride on the Peak to Peak gondala. On the ride you will get stunning 360 degree views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glacier and forest. What more could you possible ask for? How about a bird’s eye view of the forest below by riding the special glass bottom gondola.
If you aren’t hitting the slopes, you can dine on the rooftop of the world at some of the delicious restaurants at the peak.
Go on a tree top adventure
If skiing ins’t your thing, you can still get outdoors and explore the beauty that whistler has to offer deep in the beautiful forest. A network of bridges, boarwalks and platforms suspended in the trees make it easy to weave through the beautiful greenery. Up for an adventure? You can try your hadn at tightropes, ziplines, and swinging logs.
Relax at the spa
The Scandinavia Spa Whistler is the perfect place to rejuvenate and recover after a hard day on the hills. The spa provides an age-old Finnish tradition of soaking in soothing outdoor baths, transitioning from hot water to cold. The unique spa is located in the forest and has breathtaking scenery. It is secluded and tranquil which offers the perfect relaxing environment.
Après Ski like a pro
You earned it. That cold beer at the end of a hard day on the hills. Reward yourself like the champ you are and find the best après spot in the village. Toast to a successful day.
Whistler Après Guide
The Longhorn: This is the après of après. Located right at the bottom of Whistler Mountain it is the perfect spot to grab a drink after a long day. The heated patio is the perfect spot to sit and take in the scenery. They also serve delicious nachosThe Longhorn is the most noticeable après mountain establishment in Whistler. Located right between Blackcomb and Whistler Gondolas in the Village looking up
Dusty’s: This is the original watering hole in Whistler. Located right at the base of Creekside Gondola, Dusty’s has delicious wings and Caesar to satisfy you after a long day.
Whistler Brewing Company: Why not try some delicious crafted and local brews and even take a tour of the brewery while you are out.
Eat world class food
Hands down my favourite restaurant in Whistler. It is located right in the heart of Whistler and is famous for its casual yet vibrant atmosphere. Eating here is an experience from start to finish. When we arrived we were asked to take off our shoes and sit on billows at a square table. You cannot go wrong with the sushi and I highly recommend trying some of the sake margaritas. My personal favourite is a mix of the strawberry and lime!
The Mexican Corner
In the mood for tacos and margaritas? This is your spot. It is a fun latin atmosphere that serves up some spicy authentic Mexican cuisine and some of the best margaritas I have ever tasted. Choose from originally, strawberry, and mango. Trust me you cannot go wrong.
El Furniture Warehouse
I don’t usually like putting chains on here, but I love the Warehouse. Good food and super affordable it is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. I mean Whistler is expensive, so why not enjoy a full meal for $4.95. Plus there are daily drink specials to complete your dining experience and with a live DJ the party never stops.
Whistler in Pictures
Well there you have it. My guide to everything Whistler. This truly is a spectacular place that you have to see to believe. Whether an avid skier or not, this is a must do.