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Avacation in Whistler is the enchanting getaway you didn’t know you needed. The prestigious mountain locale has outstanding views, excellent gastronomy and there are plenty of choices for accommodations from mountainside hideaways to lake-front suites. The only thing visitors will find themselves craving is more time spent in this charming town.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Another high-octane adventure is to try heli-skiing and snowboarding designed for expert skiers.
From our coverage of Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to sumitting Mt. Kilimanjaro, our search for steep peaks continues with Whistler. A stunning location that offers both adrenaline-pumping activities to romantic dining slope-side. There are many top things to do for everyone at the majestic Canadian resort town, with its powdery winter snow providing endless fun from skiing and snowboarding to sitting back and enjoying the glorious views while zip lining above the forest.
It is not for the faint at heart, but a zip line tour through the Douglas Firs and cedars shows you a breathtaking perspective of Whistler-Blackcomb as you soar over the canopy, rivers and rocks.
Of course, there are expert guides to show you the ropes, literally, and who will also provide a unique perspective on the area’s natural flora and fauna and local animals roaming the landscape. Another high-octane adventure is to try heli-skiing and snowboarding designed for expert skiers. This option ensures no lift lines and untracked powder with outstanding scenery of the sweeping mountainside. All heli-adventures are undertaken by certified heli-ski guides who have the latest technology, utilizing their avalanche transceiver, probe and technical shovels for navigating the steep terrain. Riders will also receive an on–mountain lunch and then return via ground transportation from Whistler Village.
Peak to Peak Gondola
For avid athletes and those mountain-obsessed folks who are looking to flex their downhill skiing and snowboarding skills, the “Ultimate Excursion” is the trip to take. It is a fast-paced experience with steep verticals up to 15,000 feet to challenge and thrill. The maximum group size they will take is five people and all transported in a Bell 407 Helicopter. The pace will get you hungry, but even that is provided for with a picnic lunch by the delectable Bearfoot Bistro. However if you are looking for a more mellow way to view the spectacular sights than you can take a ride in the Peak to Peak Gondola. This record-breaking gondola was launched in 2008 and joins Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains in only 11 scenic minutes. It hosts the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 1.88 miles, and it’s also the highest lift of its kind at 1,361 feet. Review this expert guide to traversing Whistler before pointing your tips down the peaks and tackling the epic backcountry.
In the summer of 2018 the Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk on Whistler Peak were both added to the region. The 130-metre suspension bridge spans from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge over Whistler Bowl. And you can’t miss the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk for a 360-degree viewing platform with views from Whistler’s Peak.
Scandinave Spa Whistler
After a rough day on the slopes, try the Scandinave Spa Whistler located in a serene setting at the edge of Lost Lake. The spa offers a traditional Scandinavian bath experience and visitors can enjoy a massage and try out numerous relaxing treatments. The spa’s unique rustic outdoor installations allow guests to plunge themselves into cold and warm waters as well as relax in the dry saunas for a restorative day—off the slopes.
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Whistler also offers culinary tours that take visitors to a variety of note-worthy restaurants. If you want to learn how to saber a bottle of champagne and enjoy an outstanding meal, go to the Bearfoot Bistro. Venturing into their ice-bar is a freezing but fun experience. However, if farm to table food is more your style, Araxi is known for their innovative and delicious dishes. Dessert-lovers will want to stop by Rogers Chocolates to enjoy their mouthwatering treats while wandering through Whistler village. Be sure to try out the “Whistler Chocolate” bars that come in several flavors—the dark chocolate with orange is a top contender, making for the perfect snow day snack.
Fairmont Whistler Canada
The fabulous Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a personal favorite as it combines classic elegance within a modern alpine setting. You can also rent skies here as well as enjoy the featured ski-in/ski-out access, so, skiers can immediately get on the slopes from the heated comfort of their hotel. The rooms at the Fairmont are spacious, elegant and many have a gas fireplace, complimentary Wi-Fi and incomparable views. The hotel also boasts excellent dining choices as well as a par 72, 18-hole Audubon-certified championship golf course.
Fairmont Whistler Canada
Well-heeled travelers will enjoy the Fairmont Gold experience, an experience that starts upon arrival where you are directed to the private Fairmont Gold reception area on the 8th floor. In the exclusive area, the team ensures that every need of the guest is met. What is extra special is the intimate Fairmont Gold Lounge, which includes complimentary continental breakfast, cocktail canapés and late-night sweet treats, as well as a self-serve Honor Bar.
Nita Lake Lodge Whistler
Nita Lake Lodge is also a lovely option to consider. While it is not located in Whistler village itself, it is located on the lakeshore with mountain and lake views that will leave you in awe. The view does come with a price as it cannot offer ski-in/ski-out access, but a free shuttle takes guests to the slope in mere minutes. The lodge is breathtakingly scenic and some rooms even include a two-person soaking bathtub, a rain shower and a fireplace. The restaurant offers many locally-sourced ingredients while the spa offers plentiful options for deep relaxation and an über romantic spot perfect for a couple who craves serenity and privacy.
Your winter wonderland awaits—get there before the snow melts!