Whistler Blackcomb ticks all the right boxes. This international ski haunt is one of the largest in the world with over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes. 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers and more than 200 marked trails make it a skiers dream resort. If you couple that with Canadas breath-taking mountain landscape, youve got yourself a world-renowned ski destination.
Skiing and tours
For the ultimate ski (or snowboard) experience with zero lift lines, try Heli-skiing. Take a thrilling helicopter ride to the highest peaks unreachable by normal ski lifts then hit the slopes and enjoy the endless untouched powder and wide open terrain. There are intermediate, advanced and expert tours so skiers of all abilities can take part in the adventure. Prefer a simpler skiing experience? Excellent Cat Skiing Tours are available for bookings too, allowing you to explore the unknown at a gentler pace.
Fancy trying something other than skiing? Whistler offers a whole range of exhilarating activities on the slopes for all levels of ability. Race across the snow on a sled led by excited dogs or enjoy a classic Canadian pastime on skates in Whistlers Olympic Plaza, or take to the ice all year round at Meadow Park Sports Centre. Try touring the snowy landscape on a snowmobile – no skills needed, only a strong sense of adventure! And for an extra-special snowmobile experience, add a meal at a rustic mountain lodge or a night time tour under the stars. Even more alternative activities are the Whistler Zip-line and Coca-Cola Tube Park that guarantee adrenaline-charged fun for all ages.
Dine on the slopes
When you need to take a break from all the supercharged snow activities, there are plenty of options for gourmet dining. Rest up, refuel and feast in luxury at some of Whistlers best restaurants. For the taste of fantastically fresh, local flavours such as West Coast salmon and forest herbs, try Auras unforgettable seasonal dishes. If a hearty steak is more your style, Whistlers Sidecut has a succulent variety of regional surf and turf, cooked to culinary perfection in an infrared grill. But if its the perfect bottle of wine youre after then choose from the expertly curated wine list at Il Caminetto di Umberto.
Dont forget après!
The excitements not over when you hang up your skis; Whistler Blackcomb has an unforgettable après-ski scene you dont want to miss. Bar Oso is the ultimate all-round hangout with hand-crafted cocktails, an inspired selection of wines and a profusion of small plates and tapas. For a greater focus on Whistlers best wines, visit Basalt Wine & Salumeria. Youll find excellent local and international wines by the glass, as well as decadent selection of cured meats and cheeses.
If youre looking to treat yourself with a truly exceptional evening, then The Mallard Lounge is a must. Referred to as the gem of the Chateau, visit here to try The Mallards famous martinis or a warming cocktail while listening to live, word-class musicians.
Into the night
When après becomes night, there are a few vibrant places that will keep the party going. Garfinkels nightclub is undoubtedly one of the top party spots in Whistler. With music, dancefloors and wild contests, its guaranteed good fun. For a more casual night out, try Moe Joes where live music and DJs provide you with a chilled but fun-filled atmosphere to party in. And you just cant go wrong with Tommy Africas one of Whistlers longest running nightclubs boasting the most vibrant dancefloor in the region!
After days jam-packed with activities and lots of indulgences in Canadian food and wine, you will be in need of some serious relaxation. The Scandinave Spa is one of Whistlers most luxurious. The resort nestles into the mountainside and it is easy to spend an entire day trying out the different Scandinavian baths. Relax in the outdoor hot pools with snow surrounding you and views of Whistlers mountain valleys for an unforgettable experience. Hotels in Whistler also offer beautiful spas where you can relax in a hot tub with a drink. The Fairmont, Westin and Four Seasons hotels boast some of the best.
Finally, who cant resist some serious retail therapy? Youll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping opportunities as Whistler is a shoppers paradise. But it goes without saying that The Village is the best place to unburden your wallet. With everything from fashion and beauty to candy and sports gear, The Villages shops can cater for everyone. Even better, you can enjoy the comfortable neighbourhood vibe that The Village is famous for while you shop, recharge and get ready for another round on the slopes.
Its not surprising that Whistler Blackcomb has been named No. 1 Overall Ski Resort in North America for the third year running. From snowy adventures to spa sessions, theres so much to love. And to top it off, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday next year. So it really is the perfect time to go.
Kathryn Munro is Managing Director at Canadian Affair.
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