Whistler is a winter wonderland filled with endless things to do, some of the best food BC has to offer, and the most accessible inbound terrain in North America. It has so much to offer that it can be overwhelming your first time around, so we asked a Whistler local (and photographer) Erin Hogue to share a few of her secrets with us:
1. Fresh Tracks:
It’s important to start your day off early. This season Mother Nature has given Whistler over 1256 cm of snow, which means we have had endless powder days. The key to getting the best runs is starting early! Be one of the first people out there by purchasing a Fresh Tracks ticket. This gets you up the Whistler Gondola before the mountain even opens and you can fuel up on an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at the top of the mountain. As soon as the bell rings you’ll want to be first out the door. A few warm up laps under green chair are important but as soon as you have your legs back, head to Unsanctioned or Indeep. Harmony and Symphony are also excellent.
2. Sip Away:
If you weren’t up early enough to catch fresh tracks, start your day off on the right foot next to the Whistler Gondola at Lift Coffee Company. Their large selection of breakfast sandwiches, wraps and pastries will give you fuel to get you through the morning. I recommend taking some time on their beautiful heated patio and really enjoying that first cup. It’s a relaxing change from the hectic mornings at home. It’s moments like these that are ever better when spent with a loved one.
When the mid-day munchies hit, head to the village for a healthy home cooked meal at Ingrid’s. This place has been a Whistler staple for over 25 years. Although Ingrid herself is no longer around, her perfected recipes still thrive. Try the Chicken Schnitzel or veggie wrap with sweet chili sauce.
4. Treat Yourself:
Head down to Gone Bakery for a warm drink and delicious treats. This bakery is well known for their soups and massive cookies, however they recently added three must-try desserts to their menu. The greatest part? Items are inexpensive and made from scratch without chemicals or preservatives. Try out a bowl of the hearty, homemade soup that is served with a wedge of fresh bread.
5. Ride the Gondola:
In 2009 Whistler Blackcomb opened the largest one in the world so it’s time to test your fear of heights and make the 20-min Gondola trip from Blackcomb to Whistler. Once you’re there, make sure you ride the 7km down from Whistler Peak to Creekside.
After completing your ride down to Creekside, treat yourself to some apres drinks at Dusty’s where they serve the best Caesars in town!
7. Glam it Up:
In Whistler, at least one night of glam is always fun. Try some Cocktails at Cure Lounge in Nita Lake Lodge. Mixologist Hailey Pasemko makes her own bitters, syrups, and infusions, so it would be a shame not to experience it! Strange Attraction, and Like Cockatoos are merely some of the amazing menu items but the staff there are so fabulous they will make you a custom cocktail with your favourite ingredients.
After cocktails, head to Aura for dinner. Combining locally sources ingredients with a genuine passion for culinary art, executive chef Tim Cuff sends your taste buds into ecstasy.
9. Play in the Snow:
Not feeling the mountains today? Whistler’s Outdoor Adventures offers plenty other activities to entertain you. From zip trekking to snowshoeing or snowmobiling, it’s completely up to you. I recommend an afternoon on the snowmobile. You start off on a beautiful guided trail then let lose on a wide open lake. It’s a real rush going at tops speeds and is so incredibly fun.
10. Have a Spa Day:
Feeling some muscle aches today? It’s a proven fact that your muscles will ache in places you didn’t even know could ache, so it’s time to give them a bit of a break. Spend an afternoon relaxing at Scandinave Spa. Your body will love you as you move through their multi bath system.
Whistler has so much to offer that you really need to experience it for yourself.
Thinking about booking your next vacation there? Contact one of our Flight Centre agents or call 1-877-967-5302 to book your Whistler adventure!
*photos courtesy of Erin Hogue Photography.