5 All-Season Ways To Enjoy Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb ski resort has been consistently named one of the best in world. The mountain venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, it's continued to develop into the ultimate nature-soaked getaway that can be enjoyed year-round. Here are just five of my favorite ways to enjoy this stunning part of the world, throughout every season.
A Meal To Remember At Araxi
Ever since working the Olympic Games, I have been meaning to dine at Whistler’s finest restaurant, Araxi. Sourcing fresh, local ingredients from the surrounding area, Chef James Walt creates stunning seasonal dishes, to be enjoyed in a warm, contemporary atmosphere. The five course tasting menu was simply fantastic . From course to course, the quality of the dishes was consistent and superb. From a beautifully curated charcuterie board, to perfectly seared duck breast, each bite was completely satisfying. The cherry on top: an extensive wine menu - both old and new world - clearly selected with great care and discernment. This is a dining experience not to be missed!
A Stress-Busting Escape To Scandinave Spa
Nestled in the cedar and spruce forests just about Whistler Village, you’ll find the serene sanctuary that is the Scandinave Spa. A collection of various saunas, steam rooms, ice pools, and solariums are scattered throughout the property for you to hop to and from at your leisure. Once warmed up in the Finnish Sauna, or perhaps the Eucalyptus Steam Room, the kind staff here recommends a full-body plunge into one of the frigid Nordic pools or waterfalls, before you retreat to one of the silent solariums to relax. Repeat this three step routine to your hearts content (in my case, five hours worth of content) and I assure you, you’ll find release and renewal like you never thought possible.
A Fireside Beverage (or two) at the The Mallard Lounge
Inside the grand Fairmont Chateau Whistler , you’ll find the cozy and elegant Mallard Lounge. Snatch up a comfy arm-chair next to the massive, wood-burning fire, or cuddle up by the slope-side windows for stunning views of Whistler mountain. If you’re feeling the effects of last night’s festivities, be sure to try their “Triple Pepper Caesar” - an extra-spicy version of the Canadian classic. Otherwise, you can never go wrong with a bottle of bubbly. After all, Whistler is worth celebrating!
A Hike Around Stunning Joffre Lakes
Year-round, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park provides a beautiful setting for nature hikes of all levels. However if you’re especially lucky you just might catch it transformed into something even more special. If the temperatures are just right and the snow has yet to fall, the turquoise lake waters will freeze into every canucks dream - a massive outdoor ice rink, perfect for a round of pond hockey complete mountain view! When I arrived, some ingenious locals had lugged up party speakers, blasted some winter grooves and the place was transformed into an ultimate and festive Canadian paradise. So, just in case, be sure to pack your skates!
Shop 'Til You Drop
The streets and lanes of Whistler Village are lined with stores and shops for every need and desire. What sets Whistler apart however are the quality, home-grown vendors, supplying locals and visitors with truly special goods. From mouth-watering breads & pastries baked fresh daily at PureBread, to in-studio hand-carved art pieces at Fathom Stone Art, local artisans are creating beautiful, unique products. Make an day of it and be sure to finish with a pint of craft-brewed suds at Whistler Brewing Company! .
A kind thanks to Tourism Whistler and Scandinave Spa for welcoming A Pilot's Daughter. My opinion, however, remains my own.