For a perfect day off the slopes, try one—or all—of these activities. There’s snow much fun to be had!
By HANNAH POAROS-MCDERMOTT
Five thousand twinkling lights illuminate nearly 300 trees in Whistler Village (Photo by Mike Crane courtesy Tourism Whistler)
Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola on a dizzying 4.4-km (2.7-mi) journey between Whistler and Blackcomb. Feeling adventurous? Catch the extraordinary glass-bottomed gondola and peek down at the powder-covered alpine fairyland 436 m (1,430 ft) below.
Need to chill out? Soak up magical mountain views from a rooftop hot tub at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. There are a plethora of tranquil treatments on offer, too: hydrafacials, massages, body scrubs, manicures and more.
Especially in Wintertime
By SHERI RADFORD
Nothing says “top of the world” like the stunning views from Whistler Blackcomb’s world-class ski runs (Photo by Vince Edmond courtesy Tourism Whistler)
1. Hitting the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb for an epic day of skiing.
Fall head over heels for summer activities, from sunny skydiving to serene spa retreats
By CHLOË LAI
Peak to Peak gondola (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)
1. Snapping photos of local bears—from a safe distance, of course—on a wildlife viewing tour.
2. Sabering a bottle of champagne at Bearfoot Bistro.
3. Ooh-ing and aah-ing over the incredible views from the world-record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola. (more…)
From skiing to bobsleigh rides to museum exhibits, Whistler’s 2010 glory lives on
By LUCAS AYKROYD
Father and son playing at Whistler Olympic Plaza. (Photo by Justa Jeskova)
It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since Whistler served as the official mountain resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, co-hosting with Vancouver. With the 2018 Olympics taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, now is an ideal time to explore all the Olympic-related activities and sights in Whistler. (more…)
By SHERI RADFORD
Break free from reality for a fun afternoon of puzzling and code-cracking at Escape! Whistler.
Karen Mizukami and Kori Klusmeier first noticed the trend of escape rooms while travelling around Europe. They then spent ages planning one of their own, developing a challenge of just the right level of difficulty—or so they thought. During test runs, participants were never able to complete more than a third of the scenario before time ran out. The couple have clearly perfected their craft now, and their four escape rooms are constantly busy. Locals who solved all four clamoured for a new challenge, so Mizukami and Klusmeier recently dismantled their very first room and set up a brand-new one. Each room is as elaborate as a small film set—complete with dramatic lighting and a soundtrack—and its secrets are more closely guarded than a Game of Thrones script. Are you smart enough to follow the clues and crack the codes? Find out at Escape! Whistler.
By LOUISE PHILLIPS
Small but mighty Coast Mountain Brewing pours a fine beer.
Coast Mountain Brewing puts the “micro” in microbrewery. This new boutique craft brewery at Function Junction, smallest in the Sea-to-Sky region, offers half its capacity on tap in a 27-seat tap room (along with BC wines) and half to Whistler eateries. Kevin and Angie Winter keep three beers on tap year-round and rotate a further five or six out of their ever-growing roster of seasonal recipes. Their “core” beers are “easy and approachable” German Kellerbier-style Treeline Lager; well-rounded Field Guide Ale; and The Surveyor IPA, “with massive tropical character and a good bitter framework—our best seller.” Winter aims for the “experimental, wow factors” that set his brews apart—quality over quantity.
By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Enjoy the view at the summit lodge. (Photo: Keegan Pearson Photography)
Want that top-of-the-world feeling? At the Sea to Sky Gondola, it’s just a 10-minute ride away. Perched 885 m (2,900 ft) above sea level, the summit lodge is a jumping-off point for further adventures, with pristine trails perfect for hiking and snowshoeing. The young—and young at heart—slide at the tube park, while experienced skiers glide into the backcountry. Others simply settle in for the breathtaking views of Howe Sound. Paradise, found.
By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Whistler Skier’s Plaza. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)
Whistler Blackcomb has never been afraid to think big. In fact, the ski resort’s foundations are built on the biggest dreams of all: the Olympics. In the 1960s, four Vancouver businessmen developed the area with the intent of bidding on the 1968 Winter Olympics. Three more bids and decades later, the town finally succeeded with the 2010 Winter Games. Along the way, the mountain resort accumulated its own accolades, including the number one rating overall by SKI Magazine—three years in a row. Add in awards for dining, après-ski and terrain, plus the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak, and it’s clear the resort never gave up its gold-medal bid
By LOUISE PHILLIPS
Audain Art Museum
The sheer numbers are impressive. The Audain Art Museum’s seven galleries of Northwest Coast art enshrine 200 works spanning 200 years of art-making in BC. Acquired by Vancouver philanthropists Michael and Yoshiko (Karasawa) Audain, the collection honours 11 indigenous cultures, from the Coast Salish in southern BC to the Tlingit in the north. Traditional ceremonial masks and textile art contrast with modern, genre-bending pieces by Bill Reid, Brian Jungen and Don Yeomans. Galleries celebrate the vivid marinescapes of E.J. Hughes and studies of Native villages by pioneer painter Emily Carr. Contemporary BC artists such as Attila Richard Lukacs and Ken Lum suit the minimalist design of this serene, airy space. It all adds up to a memorable journey through BC art.