Greetings from snowy Whistler! I’m feeling very relaxed after spending the Holidays in my Canadian home town in the mountains. I didn’t grow up with a snowy white Christmas in South Africa, but enjoying the Holiday season here has been a tradition since we moved to Canada 15 years ago. If you’ve visited Whistler, you know what a fantastic destination it is, all year round. In early December, I was invited on a ski trip with Tourism Whistler and the Crystal Lodge to celebrate the start of the winter season. The team planned a fantastic itinerary for us, complete with great food, drinks and winter activities. It was so much fun travelling with two of my favourite Vancouver Bloggers, Cindy from The Vancouverite and Samantha Sito, capturing our adventure along the way. Thanks to the fantastic location of the lodge, we were able to do so much during our stay. I’m sharing my highlights and recommendations for a weekend getaway to Whistler, even if you don’t ski!
WHERE TO STAY
Situated in the centre of the village, The Crystal Lodge is the ideal location for a weekend getaway. It’s so easy to walk everywhere, including the gondolas. The bath tubs are deep, and the king size bed was very comfy. Two very important factors on a winter getaway.
The Crystal Lodge is also home to three restaurants, including my favourite spot for brunch, The Wildwood Pacific Bistro. Having a delicious breakfast before hitting the slopes was the perfect way to start the day. We grabbed our gear from the lodge’s ski valet, and were on the mountain bright and early.
Truth be told, I don’t ski often but I was really excited for the opportunity to get back on the slopes. Whistler Blackcomb mountains are world renowned for the many runs and incredible views. It was a beautiful blue bird day, and I had the best day skiing (and taking photos) with Cindy.
There are lots of other ways to have fun on the mountains if don’t ski or snowboard. My favourite mountain activity is a snow shoe hike. The Callaghan Valley is one of the best places to go explore. You can also go zip lining, tubing or take trip up the mountain to ride the peak to peak gondola, and enjoy one of the restaurants up at the top.
Our visit to The Audain Art Museum was fantastic. The gallery is a visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia. There are nearly 200 pieces of art in the permanent collection including an incredible collection of work by Emily Carr. Located opposite the village, the beautiful building was designed to integrate seamlessly into its surroundings. Stopping by The Audain Art Gallery is the perfect thing to do when you need a some rest from the mountains.
DINNER, DRINKS AND APRES SKI
One of the best parts of a winter getaway is après-ski! Translation: A meal you enjoy after skiing. We enjoyed fantastic food on this trip. Basalt treated us to incredible cocktails and charcuterie boards before dinner. They have a fantastic menu, along with a cozy heated patio.
Lunch at The Beacon is exactly what you want after a day on the mountain. It has one of the best patios in Whistler and is the perfect place to grab a bite, relax and people watch. I love a good caesar cocktail, and the one at The Beacon was delicious. Bonus that it was served in a ski boot shaped glass!
Thank you to The Crystal Lodge and Tourism Whistler for hosting us.
Have you been to Whistler before? Let me know what’s your favourite in the comments below