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).
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.
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.
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.
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.