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Whistler Welcomes TEDActive

By RACHAELA VAN BOREK

June Cohen, executive producer of TED Media, takes the stage in 2013. (Photo: James Duncan Davidson)

June Cohen, executive producer of TED Media, takes the stage in 2013. (Photo: James Duncan Davidson)

It’s official. After 30 years of spreading worthy ideas, the monumentally popular Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference known as TED is coming to British Columbia. The main event is being hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre with a live simulcast feeding to Whistler’s own TEDActive Conference at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The five-day retreat themed “The Next Chapter” is expected to bring hundreds of brilliant thinkers to the slopes. Ticket or no ticket, mountain visitors can count on some interesting chairlift conversation.

Fresh Fine Art Frost

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Harris' captivating canvases are sure to brighten your outlook.

Harris’ captivating canvases are sure to brighten your outlook

Baby, it’s cold outside. Warm up by checking out hot new artworks at Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, which features changing winter exhibitions, including Laura Harris’s richly saturated acrylic-on-canvas pieces (“Sunday Kisses,” pictured). The bold textures and colours in her gorgeous floral and abstract works make the perfect winter warmer.

Escape the Elements at Armchair Books

By JASON TWETEN

Shelves cover every inch of this book-lover's paradise. (Photo: Armchair Books)

Books cover every inch of this book-lover’s paradise. (Photo: Armchair Books)

Too chilly to hit the hills? Cozy up with a page-turner recommended by the staff at Armchair Books. This family-run bookstore is a staple of Whistler’s literary heritage and the only shop of its kind in the village. If you’re searching for contemporary fiction, store clerk Dan Ellis suggests author Joseph Boyden’s newest Aboriginal life portrait, The Orenda, an insightful representation of pre-nation conflicts fought on the lands that would eventually become Canada. This season, keep warm with a good read.

Come Fly with Me

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Get a birds-eye view on a thrilling ride over Whistler's stunning winter scenery.

Get a birds-eye view on a thrilling ride over Whistler’s stunning scenery.

Sure, scenic Whistler is pretty spectacular on foot. But there’s nothing quite like soaring over it with Superfly Ziplines. Take your sightseeing to new heights on two of Canada’s longest ziplines, both over a kilometer (0.6 mi) long. Buckle up, admire the winter wonderland and prepare for an exhilarating ride.

 

Totally Tubular

By JASON TWETEN

Winter fun for the whole family. (Photo: Brooke McDonald/Whistler Blackcomb)

Winter fun for the whole family. (Photo: Brooke McDonald/Whistler Blackcomb)

Thrill-seekers of all ages should check out the Coca-Cola Tube Park on Blackcomb Mountain. Reach the top aboard a conveyor lift and choose the best-looking lane for an exhilarating ride down. No special skills or equipment required—simply seat yourself in a tube and let gravity do the rest.

An Insider’s Guide to Whistler Inside

By CHELSEY ALLEN

Renowned for its spectacular all-season playground, Whistler also brims with indoor activities, come rain, shine or snow. Here are some of our favourite ways to explore the great indoors

Scandinave Spa. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Scandinave Spa. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

RELAX

If you want to unwind in a tranquil setting, look no further than Scandinave Spa Whistler. Relax with a Swedish or hot-stone massage followed by a eucalyptus steam and a dip in the world-class Scandinavian hydrotherapy baths. Thanks to the spa’s breathtaking scenery and an invigorating ambience year-round, you may never want to leave.

Scandinave Spa Whistler, 8010 Mons Rd., 604-935-2424, scandinave.com
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Marielle Thompson: No Place Like Home

By JASON TWETEN

2014 Olympic ski-cross hopeful Marielle Thompson enjoys some downtime in her home amongst the mountains

A busy schedule of training camps and competitions keeps Thompson travelling for over half the year.

A busy schedule of training camps and competitions keeps Thompson travelling for over half the year

Twenty-one-year-old Whistler native Marielle Thompson is the youngest member of the Alpine Canada Ski-Cross team. Her parents­, former instructors, placed her on a pair of skis as soon as she learned to walk. Now, a 2014 Olympic prospect who spends more than half the year travelling, Thompson savours breaks in her training regiment to reconnect with her favourite pastime: “When I’m skiing on the road it’s all very scheduled, you can’t really explore the mountains. So when I’m home I freeski on Whistler and Blackcomb almost every day. Especially when there’s fresh powder.” Read more…

Fondue Time

By RACHAELA VAN BOREK

Festive fun on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. (Photo: Courtesy The Fairmount Chateau Whistler)

Festive fun on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. (Photo: Courtesy The Fairmount Chateau Whistler)

Whistler is a long way from the Swiss Alps, but you’ll find all the Swiss you need—Emmental, that is—at The Chalet. Available evenings from Dec. through Mar., this European escape courtesy of the Fairmont Whistler makes for a festive family outing or a romantic date. Work up an appetite on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, then tuck in for a toasty warm three-course fondue dinner featuring the Swiss Classic, Fondue Chinoise and Chocolate for dessert. Go ahead and indulge. After all, you’re on vacation.

 

Where to Shop Awards

'Tis the season for great shopping in Whistler (Photo: Leanna Rathkelly)

‘Tis the season for great shopping in Whistler. (Photo: Leanna Rathkelly/Whistler Blackcomb) 

We asked. Where readers voted. Here are your favourite spots to shop.

Fine Art Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont.

Outdoor Gear Helly Hansen.

Clothing Lululemon.

Spas & Salons Scandinave Spa.

Souvenirs Cows Whistler.

Let It Snow

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

When the flakes start to fly in winter-friendly Whistler, the locals celebrate. Here’s how to make the most of the snow, whether there’s a little or a lot

Freshly falling snow in Whistler Village is met with a flurry of activity. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Freshly falling snow in Whistler Village is met with a flurry of activity. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Blizzards
Even in whiteout conditions, snow bunnies never miss a chance to hit the slopes. Some spend their days slaloming down Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, while others sit back and enjoy the ride at Coca-Cola Tube Park. If you really want your fill of the fluffy white stuff, go in search of untouched powder with Whistler Heli-Skiing. Stunning views and unparalleled conditions make this snow day one to remember. Cover even more backcountry terrain with Blackcomb Snowmobiles. After riding through Whistler’s winter wonderland, end your day with a fondue dinner in a remote log cabin—our favourite way to get warm. Read more…

Livin’ La Vida Low-Key

By RACHEL DUNLOP

Enjoying Whistler's après-ski scene doesn't require a day on the slopes. (Photo: Robin O’Neill/Tourism Whistler)

Enjoying Whistler’s après-ski scene doesn’t require a day on the slopes. (Photo: Robin O’Neill/Tourism Whistler)

Not outdoorsy? Not a problem. Whistler is a mountain-and-wilderness-lover’s dream, no doubt about it, but there’s just as much to do off the slopes.

Relax
Rest and recharge with a spa day. A massage, facial or manicure—or all three—will have you feeling like new in no time.

Sweat
Being inside doesn’t have to mean being a couch potato. Get energized with yoga, Crossfit and even indoor rock-climbing.

Spend
Keep your blood pumping with another high-energy activity: shopping. Whether you’re stockpiling souvenirs, fishing for the latest fashion or sussing out sports gear, you can shop till you drop.

Eat
Take your pick of high-end, casual, local or international cuisine—Whistler has them all. You can grab a burger and a beer for lunch, then go fancy with seasonal West Coast fare for dinner. It’s a foodie’s fantasy.

Drink
Whistler’s party scene is legendary. Sip a cocktail or a craft brew, then dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs.

Mile-High with Whistler Air

See stunning scenery from above with Whistler Air. (Photo: Whistler Air)

Want to take your travels to new heights? Hop aboard Whistler Air for a bird’s-eye view of the region’s stunning scenery. Waterfalls, alpine lakes and volcanic formations make for an unforgettable tour. Just don’t forget to snap a few photos while you’re ogling the view.—Jill Von Sprecken