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Whistler Blackcomb

Big, dazzling, daunting, popular. It’s the Paris of North American skiing—but neither Paris nor Whistler Blackcomb is for everyone. Locals love the frequency of high-quality snowfall in the high alpine, which brings fresh powder as often as seven days a week. But for visitors, the same equation can mean valley drizzles, mountain clouds and a holiday in which they never glimpse the Coast Range’s remarkable glacial landscape. Locals love the brilliant sunshine of the Arctic outflow, a weather pattern that delivers weeks of blue skies, cold temps and astounding views. But for visitors, everything depends on the roll of the weather dice. Come during a bad week and you may never see more than five feet in front of you. What doesn’t change is Whistler Blackcomb’s terrain: 16 sprawling alpine bowls, serious steeps, World Cup race runs, thousands of vertical feet of uninterrupted tree skiing and summit-to-base fall-line nonstops that can last as long as the queue for the Eiffel Tower on a sunny spring day. Also unmatched: The cosmopolitan, all-ages liveliness of Whistler at full rip. “This place is a game changer!” Oh, yes. —Susan Reifer

What’s New » Keep an eye out for new dining options, including Alta Bistro, Fuji Market, Harajuku Izakaya, David’s Tea, Chinese Bistro and the reborn Uli’s Flipside.

On-Hill Lunch » Christine’s at Blackcomb’s Rendezvous, where regionally sourced entrées paired with award-winning Okanagan wines cost only a few dollars more than lunch in the cafeterias.

Family Activity » Riding the Peak 2 Peak for an unforgettable “Wow.”

Taman Sari Spa

Taman Sari Spa
taman sari
This authentic Javanese spa will make you feel like you stepped out of Canada and into Indonesia.

The only authentic Javanese spa in North America, Taman Sari has a truly Indonesian feel. All of their artwork, fabric, flooring, furnishings, and wall coverings were imported from Indonesia, and all of their therapists are from Indonesia and have at least five years of experience. Try the Javanese massage to loosen your muscles and reduce tension after a long day of skiing. Feeling indulgent? Try the Jamu Massage and treatment, which is a combination of thermal, herbal, and aromatherapy as well as traditional massage therapy.
British Columbia | 604.938.8836 | tamansarispa.com

Three Below

Three Below
It’ll take a few hours to get to Whistler from the airport, but you’ll be traveling along Highway 99, a.k.a. the Sea to Sky Highway, and you’ll be too distracted by the views to notice the drive time. Fly into the Canadian metropolis of Vancouver and take a two-hour bus or shuttle into Whistler. Or you can take a dramatic train ride along the Sea to Sky corridor for just an hour longer. The WAVE, or Whistler Transit, buses will take you all around town, almost 24 hours a day.

More Info: www.whistlerblackcomb.com, www.transitbc.com, Sea to Sky Highway Update
Stop in this family-friendly restaurant for some butter chicken and mac-and-cheese.

This family-friendly homestyle restaurant is located right in the heart of Whistler in the Village Common building. They have ribs, butter chicken, and mac-and-cheese, as well as a 10-dollar kids menu that includes a drink, an entrée, like grilled cheese, and dessert. Grab a beer and settle down in the cozy atmosphere to watch the game after a long day of skiing.
Whistler, British Columbia | 604.962.0601

Southside Diner

Southside Diner
Southside Diner
Get a taste of old-school Whistler at this local diner.

This local diner is open all day, everyday. Located in one of the oldest commercial buildings in Whistler, visitors are transported back to the resort Whistler was 30 years ago when they sit down amongst locals for a Beltch Sandwich: bacon, eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and ham. If you’re in for dinner try the homemade chicken pot pie and meatloaf, or, if it happens to be a Friday, the Barbecue Spareribs.
Whistler, British Columbia | 604.966.0668

GPS Scavenger Hunt

GPS Scavenger Hunt
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Test out your wilderness skills during a family-friendly GPS treasure hunt.

This modern-day scavenger hunt is fun for the whole family. Using a GPS, visitors seek out and find hidden treasures, called caches, which contain a logbook and a prize. This treasure hunt is also known as “geocaching,” and takes place in the normally-unexplored terrain of Whistler. You can participate in geocaching year-round, and there are a variety of different adventures to embark on. There are family adventure-stay packages available through Four Seasons Whistler, as well.

Splitz Grill

Splitz Grill
splitz grill
If you're craving a burger, head to this joint and you won't be disappointed.

This local burger and hot dog joint has been voted best burger in Whistler by Vancouver Hot Spots Examiner and Taste Magazine. They’ve got a selection of 14 homemade burgers and hot dogs, and are open everyday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stop in after skiing for a burger and a beer on their year-round patio.
Whistler, British Columbia | 604.938.9300 | splitzgrill.com

Ziptrek Tours

Ziptrek Tours
ziptrek tours at whistler
These year-round canopy tours let you sail through the tree tops side-by-side with your friends and family.

Over 4,000 LED lights make the forest sparkle during Whistler’s winter evening canopy tour, the “Zip n Chill.” Riders are guided through the trees and taken to a cabin on Blackcomb Mountain where they enjoy dinner with the group. The resort also offers two other tours that run year-round.
Whistler, British Columbia | 800.944.7853 | whistler.com/zipline

 

SNO-LIMO

SNO-LIMO
snolimo
If you want to experience the thrill of the mountains, but aren't a skier, call SNO-LIMO and they'll tour you around on a ski-mounted chair.

This service offers an adventure that brings non-skiers to the ski hill. Riders—often non-skiing family members, small children and older adults— sit in a chair operated by a guide on a controlled run down green or easier-blue runs. The service has catered to everyone from 6-month-old twins to 105-year-old great grandmothers, and makes sure that each ride is unique to the person whom they’re guiding. If you want to experience the mountain in a safe and unique way, this is the way to do it: they’ve been serving Whistler for five years, and have guided over 23,000 tours.

WildPlay Whistler

WildPlay Whistler
monkido
Spend a summer afternoon on the Monkido ropes course where you'll navigate suspended bridges and hanging logs.

Year round visitors can take a Ziptrek tour along the treetops at Whistler. If you’re in town for the summer, try the family-friendly Monkido course, an aerial adventure course in the treetops that progressively gets more challenging and higher as the participant goes. The course takes about two and a half hours and is open to children 7-years-old and up.

Vida Spa

Vida Spa
vida spa whistler
This spa has great packages for skiers that include massage, steam rooms, and take home supplies to make your experience last.

Located at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, this spa takes catering to skiers very seriously. They offer a service menu based on Ayurveda, an ancient Indian science that consists of herbal therapies, massage, and yoga for healing purposes. Try the Ayurvedic Massage, where you’ll get special treatment for your head, neck and scalp, or a skier’s package that consists of a private steam room, Jacuzzi soak, and a 90-minute Sports Deep Tissue Combination Massage. They also offer a complimentary take-home Epson salt soak to ease further muscle pain after a long day on the slopes.

Dog Sledding in Whistler

Dog Sledding in Whistler
Dog Sledding in Whistler
Learn how to drive your own sled during this Whistler dog sledding adventure.

Alaskan Racing Huskies, bred specially to perform in the southern-Canadian environment pull your sled at Whistler. During your two-hour-long ride you’ll learn how to drive your own sled, basic commands, and sled-handling techniques. You can also ride with a guide. During the summer they offer dog-sled tours on the still-snow-covered trails at Whistler Mountain.

Whistler, British Columbia | 604.932.0647 | adventureswhistler.com/dogsled-tours

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