Why you’ll want to add Whistler to your wish list

The Canadian ski resort is part of the select list of destinations desired by every skier – and now you! What we know as Whistler is, in fact, a ski resort formed by two mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. Together, they total the largest skiable area in North America, with more than 200 runs for all levels, 35 state-of-the-art lifts, snow powder (with an annual average of about 36 feet) and large 
areas for heliskiing. All these attributes made the resort, along with Vancouver, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Whistler hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010
Yet, Whistler offers much more than skiing. The village, which is at the foot of the two mountains, has its downtown closed for pedestrians to walk freely, and explore the intense cultural life, high quality gastronomy and thousands of activities besides skiing.
Downtown shopping area in Whistler
HOW TO GET THERE Whistler is about 75 miles from Vancouver and the drive take about 2 hours. But don’t worry about the time during the trip, you’ll won’t get tired of the scenic views!
Views from the train ride
WHERE TO STAY The ski resort is known for its ski-in/ski-out excellent options for hotels such as the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler, at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. GASTRONOMY Go for the skiing and stay for the food. There are more than 90 restaurants, cafes, lounges, and bars. The Cristal Hut is a famous option on the mountain for its Belgian waffles and fondues. To get there at night, you must climb aboard a snowcat that leaves from base of Blackcomb. But, if you want something truly exclusive, the hotel Four Seasons Resort Whistler offers dinner inside an ice cave in the mountains, with walls that change to every shade of blue. You arrive by helicopter and are greeted by a chef who prepares a 5-course meal – the first includes fresh oysters and caviar served on snow.
Dinner inside an ice cave
BEYOND SKIING The lift Peak 2 Peak is, technically, a transportation mode from one mountain to another, but it’s also an attraction for skiers and non-skiers alike. The trip lasts 11 minutes and the lift is so tall that the Eiffel Tower could stand underneath it. For those who want to relax, the Scandinave Spa has a two hour circuit, alternating experiences with heated and very cold water. Whistler also breathes culture, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre shows the customs and culture of the natives who lived in the area before the Europeans arrived there.
Peak 2 Peak
APRES-SKI There are many options for apres-ski on the mountain, but Dusty’s Bar was the first go-to place at the ski resort. Opened in 1965, it has a Western-style vibe and big screens which showcase sports programming and a stage with live music.
Dusty’s Bar
 

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