This trip to Canada has officially confirmed that Whistler is on the top of my list for ski destinations. Not only did I get to celebrate my birthday there but we also had four days of perfect skiing. Every day I couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the picturesque scenery around me. Hopefully I will get a chance to visit in the summer months but for now here are my reasons to visit Whistler in the winter:
| Natural Beauty |
If you’ve driven up from Vancouver to Whistler you know how absolutely beautiful the drive is. Once you leave the city you drive two hours up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the mountains. I didn’t manage to get photos as we were driving up unfortunately so instead I’ve put together some of the shots I took while skiing. It was rejuvenating to see all of the natural beauty and no matter which way you look the view is jaw dropping.
For those who get altitude sickness but love to ski/snowboard then Whistler is the place for you. At 2,198 feet above sea level you are not as high as other ski resorts. Each morning it felt amazing to walk outside and take in the fresh air. There is enough humidity in the air so your skin doesn’t feel as dry and you can breathe easy.
| Whistler Village |
One of the great things about Whistler even if you aren’t there to ski/snowboard is the Village. Located centrally in town, the Village is divided into several areas that are connected by paved pedestrian only zones. All along the path are stores, bars, hotels and restaurants. Open all year round the village has something for everyone. We spent an evening exploring the shops and taking advantage of the currency exchange (the US dollar is higher than the Canadian). The Olympic rings are still on display from the 2010 Winter Games, a perfect spot for a photo. While you are strolling around make sure to stop at one of my favorite stores: Roots. They sell the comfiest sweatpants and lounge wear. As I write this I am wearing my Whistler Roots sweatpants =o)
| Food and drinks |
Of course I have to mention the food! We took advantage of the variety of restaurants in the Village and treated ourselves a few nights: Earls for dinner with family friends to celebrate a special event, Splitz Grill for a fun and quick meal, Sachi Sushi for my birthday celebration and Teppan Village for the last night. For my birthday we were a part of twelve and Sachi Sushi was amazing at accommodating such a large party. I recommend all of these places, you really can’t go wrong. One night we stopped by Amsterdam Café Pub for warm drinks. Unfortunately we found out some bad news the first night: you can no longer get Beaver Tails anywhere in Whistler. I was so excited to indulge in the fried dough pastry but when we went to find the place they told us they no longer serve them. Thankfully Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory was open and went there instead.
| Blackcomb /Whistler – Peak to Peak |
Home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer various runs for all levels. We ventured to both ski resorts (your pass works at both) taking the Peak 2 Peak gondola ride each time. For eleven minutes you glide between the peaks for 4.4 km / 2.73 miles. While on the mountain you have to experience this ride whether or not you are skiing/snowboarding. They offer passes for those who simply want to take the gondola for the view and you can even wait for one of the few gondolas that have clear glass bottoms.
|Crystal Hut |
One of our favorite places to stop for lunch while we are on the mountain is at Crystal Hut, located on the Blackcomb side. The moment you ski up to Crystal Hut you are welcomed with the sweet aroma of Belgian waffles. The place is small so I recommend going before or after the lunch hour rush.
As you can see Whistler is pretty amazing. We had a blast the five days we were up there, I wish we could have stayed longer. Next time we will hopefully make it in the summer months, I’d love to see British Columbia when it’s warm =o)
x the Adventurer
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