There aren’t many places in the world that can compare to Whistler, Canada when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. Whistler is the largest skiable area in North America and gets and average of over 450 inches of snowfall annually. With over 8,000 acres covering two separate mountains, Whistler, Canada was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics. With this much snowfall, 200 different runs, and a village full of breweries and world class restaurants, what reason do you have not to plan a trip to Whistler this year. I’ve put together a cheat sheet for your upcoming trip, to make everything that much smoother for you. Follow my guide, but make adjustments of your own, and you will have the trip of a lifetime. Go ahead and check another item off your bucket list.
|Top of the Lift|
First lets begin with where you will stay. My buddy searched high and low before determining Glacier Reach was the best bang for your buck. If you are looking for a nice condo at a reasonable price, with full amenities, walking distance from the mountain, and with your own personal hot tub, then look no further. Glacier Reach Condos offer many different layouts, all with full baths, full kitchens, cable TV, WiFi, washer and dryer, and a personal secure parking location out of the weather. We rented a two bedroom, 2 bath condo that slept 4 very comfortably but you could make 6 people work with the pullout couch. The hot tub was clutch after a long day on the mountain.
El Nino is a great thing for Whistler, Canada! The mountain has been dumped on with over 200″ this year and an 80″ base at the summit. Whistler has enough groomed runs, tree runs, and back country bowls for it to never get crowded on the busiest days of the year. The mountain offers everything from the easiest trails for beginners as well as the most difficult terrain for experts. CAT and Heli skiing is also an option for the real adventure seeker looking for the powder. You pay by time instead of by runs, so its up to you to determine how many epic runs you get.
The Peak to Peak Gondola between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain is the most important must see in Whistler, Canada. Even people who aren’t skiing can take a ride on the peak to peak gondola for the spectacular views of Black Comb mountain, Whistler mountain, and the valley below. You won’t get a better view than on the peak to peak gondola. This lift is the longest and highest lift in the world.
|The View from the Peak to Peak Gondola|
I recommend the 5 day gold package, this gives you any 5 days on the mountain this season with No Blackout dates. Buy through Liftopia for the best prices.
Spicy Sports offers easy and discounted prices online, and they are both friendly and helpful. Also if you rent with them, they will give you a 20% discount on any new or used gear they sell.
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar– This restaurant is very expensive but well worth the money, because the 40 dollar steak won’t disappoint or let you down! I had the full rack of ribs and although it wasn’t a Southern BBQ rack, it held its own and the delicious meat fell right off the bone. I highly recommend The Keg for not only a well deserved dinner after a day on the mountain, but also to watch any sporting event. The downstairs bar has multiple projection screens for any big game you want to watch!
4429 Sundial Place
Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
The Beacon Pub and Eatery– The Beacon was by far my favorite place to stop for a beer and food after a long day on the slopes. Located dead in the center of Whistler Village, it is easy to access from any lift, hotel or condo. They make a Butter Chicken Poutine curry style, and it was the best poutine I had the entire trip. After eating the best appetizer of the trip, we also found the best Beer of the trip here as well. The Whistler Chestnut Ale was the perfect beer for the setting and one of the tastiest beers I’ve ever had. Don’t let this beers dark color fool you, although it looks dark it has a smooth, sweet taste. Take a shot of Jack while drinking your beer and you’ll be instantly warmer.
4154 Village Stroll
Whistler, BC, Canada
Blacks Pub– Although service was slow, the Rosemary Jam Palata with goat cheese was worth the wait. Finish it up with their warm creamy Tomato Basil soup and your day is complete.
4270 Mountain Square
Canada, V0N 1B4
Whistler Bungee– For 130 dollars you can jump of a bridge in to a beautiful canyon.
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Brandywine Falls Provincial Park– Hike or bike to the falls on the Sea to Sky trail just 20 minutes south of Whistler Village. The park offers not only this 70 meter waterfall, but an amazing landscape and wildlife.