If you live in Vancouver, the place to go for a quick winter getaway has got to be Whistler, BC. This small town is about a 2-hour drive north of the Lower Mainland and offers some of the best powder in the world. Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain are so amazing that they were competition sites during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
During the winter season, accommodations in Whistler Village, which is located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb, can be nearly impossible to get. In fact, we ended up staying in Creekside, which is a 15-minute drive from the village. This great alternative to the village is mainly made up of hotels and lodges, but there is a gondola here that will take you straight up to Whistler mountain.
Mmm… Hot Pot
Due to a car accident on the Sea-to-Sky highway (the only road that takes you from Vancouver to Whistler), we didn’t arrive at our Lake Placid condo until 11pm. The late hour didn’t stop us from having an epic hot pot feast though.
Hot pot is the cooking technique of boiling vegetables, thin slices of meat, and noodles in a flavourful broth. Once cooked, you dunk your goodies into a dip of your creation before eating.
A Day on the Slopes
The next morning, we headed up to Whistler for a day of skiing and snowboarding. The gondola’s in both Creekside and Whistler Village run from 8:30am-3:00pm (during the months of November to mid-January).
While you’re zipping down the mountains, be sure to stop every once in awhile to take in the natural alpine beauty surrounding you.
If you have only a day to spend in Whistler, I highly recommend dividing your time between the two mountains. You can take the Peak 2 Peak gondola, which gets you from Whistler to Blackcomb (and vice versa) in just 11 minutes! There are even two gondolas with glass bottoms that give you a fantastic view of the snowy land below.
After a day on the mountains, I make sure my après-ski time is spent soaking in the hot tub with some bubblies on the side.
Nightlife in Whistler is predominantly contained to the village. Garfinkels is always a great time, but I’ve heard good things about Buffalo Bill’s as well. If nightclubs aren’t your thing, I recommend checking out a bar like Citta. For dinner, you can go fine dining at Araxi or make your own delicious mix at Mongolie Grill.
On our last day in Whistler, half our group went to the Coco-Cola tube park, while the rest of us went strolling through the village. Shopping, lunching, and ice-skating are just some of the fun things you can do here.
Definitely grab lunch or a snack at Zog’s if you can. Their Canadian poutine is absolutely delicious and very filling. I also love Avalanche Pizza. They use organic ingredients in their dough, which has a subtle yeast flavour that had me reaching for slice after slice.