By JILL VON SPRECKEN
On or off the mountains, there’s plenty to adore about this winter-friendly town
Dogsledding in the Callaghan Valley (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)
1. Slaloming—or at least attempting to slalom—down the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
2. Biting into a truffle or brittle from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Rogers’ Chocolates.
3. Braving ice cream headaches at Cows Whistler.
4. Marvelling at the jaw-dropping views from on board the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
5. Donning a parka to sip spirits in Bearfoot Bistro’s Belvedere Ice Room.
6. Joining the young and young-at-heart for a slide down Coca-Cola Tube Park.
7. Roots, a Canuck company that’s added a dose of Canadiana to wardrobes since 1973.
8. Making tracks in a pair of snowshoes from Cross Country Connection.
9. Practising our triple lutz while gliding around the free outdoor rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza, located right in the heart of the Village.
10. Feeling stress melt away with a massage, manicure and more at one of the resort’s many spas.
11. Channeling our inner Olympian on the bobsleigh and skeleton tracks at Whistler Sliding Centre.
12. Picking out a Coast Salish carving or handcrafted jewellery at The CRS Trading Post.
13. Digging into filet mignon or a New York strip at Hy’s Steakhouse, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or Sidecut.
14. Sampling a buttery croissant or melt-in-your-mouth pastry—or two, or three—at Purebread, a local favourite.
15. Soaring high above the scenery with Superfly Ziplines or Ziptrek Ecotours.
16. Getting a rush of adrenaline over the Cheakamus River with Whistler Bungee.
17. Sipping handcrafted beer at The Brewhouse or Whistler Brewing Company.
18. Pairing Araxi’s celebrated Pacific Northwest plates with one of 1,000 wines from the cellar.
19. Soaking up the area’s local history at Whistler Museum or the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
20. Admiring stunning local and international artworks at Whistler’s galleries.
21. Reliving the 2010 Winter Games at Whistler Olympic Park on snowshoes, cross-country skis and
22. Refueling with a sweet hand-stretched pastry from BeaverTails before heading back down Whistler Mountain.
23. Keeping toasty in a sweater from Amos & Andes or a fur shawl from Snowflake.
24. Warming up with a wood-fired pizza or other fresh regional fare at Grill & Vine.
25. Defying gravity on the indoor trampolines at Bounce.
26. Exploring the great outdoors on snowshoes, snowmobiles, dogsleds and more.
27. Partaking in Whistler’s post-black-diamond ritual with après-ski at Garibaldi Lift Co., Dusty’s or Merlin’s.
28. Going in search of untouched powder with Whistler Heli-Skiing.
29. Giving credit cards a workout at the shops.
30. Snapping photos by the Olympic Rings and the Inukshuks in the Village and at the top of Whistler Mountain.