Whistler will remain as one of my favourite destinations for family holidays for years to come. With two spectacular mountains, visitors can expect majestic slopes, spellbinding scenery and varied terrain. I’m always particularly impressed with the range of abilities that are catered for – whether you are an avid skier or starting from scratch – Whistler will accommodate you with everything you need. I experienced everything from snowmobiling and zip-lining to relaxing in an outdoor heated pool surrounded by the sparkling snow-capped mountains. One of the highlights of my trip was being welcomed by the ski concierge at the bottom of the mountain with a delicious hot chocolate after a thrilling day on the slopes. Mallard Lounge at Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also a wonderful setting to enjoy an après ski drink following an action-packed day.
The acclaimed ski resort sits on the rugged west coast of Canada, just a short drive from Vancouver – a direct flight makes it the perfect alternative to European skiing. With the rumours of an El Niño winter (a promise of plenty of snow) and the favourable Canadian Dollar exchange rate, there couldn’t be a better time to visit Whistler – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Formed by two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, there are endless challenges on both peaks including extensive off-piste and back country skiing with a guide. The blissful variety and scope of the area provide an intermediate’s pic’n’mix of long cruising runs mixed with steeper challenges; superb heli-skiing terrain can also be appreciated by good intermediates. At the foot of the slopes, Whistler’s traffic-free village is awash with upscale boutiques, restaurants and bars. The scintillating scene is bedecked with thousands of colourful lights and further enhanced by winter events including the annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival and the weekly Fire and Ice Show – a skiing and firework spectacular. Carrier features some of the best hotels in Whistler, such as: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and The Westin Resort and Spa.
The best time to visit Whistler is in the winter months. With plenty of powder, an array of winter sports choices and extraordinary festivals, it is suitable for both skiers and non-skiers alike. Whistler is currently going through La Nina so be sure to pack plenty of layers and a warm winter jacket. The best hotels in Whistler tend to get fully booked quite far in advance for the winter season; we recommend you book your next luxury ski holiday as soon as possible.
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