Destination Dispatches: Whister Ski and Snowboard Festival Weekend

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

With its second snowiest season on record (1,516 centimetres so far) and an extended season (till May 30, 2011), Whistler, BC is the land of milk and honey right now. And by milk I mean fresh pow and by honey I mean lager at après hour.

With a room awaiting us at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, my pal Kate and I hit the Sea to Sky Highway for a sunny drive up into the mountains (the scenic stuff of car commercials).

Chowing down on crab fritters and a white cosmo at the Mallard Lounge.

On arrival, it was first things first. Food and bev at Mallard Lounge. In keeping with the milk and honey theme, we dove into a white cosmopolitan and ale-battered crab fritters. Word of warning on the drink, be sure you’re done with your downhill time, because one is strong enough to make your legs wobbly.

Taking the Peak 2 Peak plunge pays off in scenic dividends.

We managed to gather our wits and hopped on the Peak 2 Peak, a record-breaking gondola that stretches 4.4 kilometres between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Be sure to ride a glass-bottomed one to peek the creek below from 436 metres up.

During Tokyo Police Club’s set, three paramedics are on hand in case of rock star swooning.

With the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival on, and in its sweet 16th year, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in addition to making tracks. We took a seat outside at Longhorns, right at the base of Whistler, for a few local brew beers and some live music from the likes of Tokyo Police Club and Black Mountain. Later that night, it was arts and images at State of the Art and sold-out Pro Photographer Showdown. Local shutterbug Blake Jorgenson took home the $10,000 prize for his stunning slides set to the shiver-inducing Inception soundtrack. On your next Whistler vacay, plan a stop in at his gallery in the Westin Hotel.

The view from our slope-facing room foreshadows our morning activity–not a ski, but a hot tub soak.

In the morning while the keeners were already careening down Blackcomb, we took to the hot tub for a morning soak followed by a spa sess at Vida Spa. Nothing like a deep tissue massage after a day of skiing. Not that we did in fact ski or snowboard this trip. But that’s the thing about Whistler. It’s a crime not to hit the slopes, but there’s no shortage of things to do if you don’t.

Whistler-time and the living is easy.

  1. momochii says:

    found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  2. Oh I guess my husband who loves skiing would love to go there! Guess i could come along even though I not like winter vacations that much.
    Looks great!!