Whistler is the jewel in the crown of Canadian après-ski destinations. This resort community is not only the ultimate Canadian winter getaway, but it’s also the ultimate North American winter getaway as the largest and most-visited ski resort on the continent. With 200 runs at Whistler Blackcomb, this resort is excellent for a weekend of skiing (or relaxing) and has the restaurants and activities to accommodate pretty much anyone.
Where to Stay: Splurge on a luxurious stay at Canada’s only AAA Five Diamond property, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler. You can pick up s’mores and hot chocolate in the lobby while you check-in, and new skiers can get help from the dedicated Ski Concierge for all their rental, lift passes, shuttle, and other skiing needs. Stunning mountain views, an award-winning spa, a heated outdoor pool, and a daily wine tasting reception — what more could you possibly ask for?
What to Do: Non-skiers, worry not; there’s plenty to do in this winter wonderland. Any snow sport you could possibly think of, Whistler has it: heli-skiing, tubing, luging, tobogganing, snowmobiling. The weekly Fire and Ice show features skiers and snowboarders performing death-defying acts with rings of fire. Crystal Hut Fondue transports you via snowmobile to a traditional fondue dinner perched 6,000 ft. atop Blackcomb (warm cheese on a cold winter’s eve? Yes, please!). At the end of a long day of skiing and eating, relax with your companions at the Scandinave Spa, where you can bask in the 25,000 square foot outdoor spa surrounded by incredible mountain vistas.
Where to Eat: Pick up breakfast at Purebread before you hit the slopes. Get there early to beat the line and prepare to suffer from serious menu anxiety: the choices are overwhelming and drool-worthy. After your day on the mountain, head down to the Village for a refined dinner at Araxi. A well-established Whistler favorite, Araxi focuses on local, seasonal ingredients; try their excellent selection of oysters and peruse the wine collection of over 11,000 bottles. For a casual meal, Creekbread makes the locals’ favorite all-natural, wood-fired pizza, while Splitz Grill has been churning out the best burgers on the mountain non-stop since 1997. Lastly, you can’t leave Canada without trying a BeaverTail, the national pastry and a Canadian treasure. While the majority of flavors are ultra-sweet and chocolatey, the best-kept secret is the simple lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon.