Winter Holiday Guide: Whistler, BC
Whistler is a true winter wonderland and an outdoor lover's playground. Bursting at the seams with all sorts of snowy activities and postcard-worthy landscapes, I spent a week in -15 degrees enjoying all the unique things to do in Whistler. To get to Whistler, you'll need to fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and then either rent a car to drive yourself up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, or book a ticket on the Greyhound. Buses run from YVR or from Main Street Skytrain Staion.
What to Pack for a Whistler Vacation
(1) To stay warm and dry in the snow – Fjallraven Canada Parka
(2) To ensure all your belongings arrive with you safely – Kenneth Cole Suitcase
(3) To insulate yourself under your snow gear – Lululemon Leggings
(4) For a comfortable ski experience – The North Face Ski Pants
(5) To keep your ears snug against the cold – Oak and Fort Toque
(6) For top quality gear on the slopes – Patagonia Ski Jacket
(7) To keep your phone fully charged for photo-ops – RAVPower Battery Box
(8) To keep your toes warm and dry – Sorel Snow Boots
(9) To curl up under in front of a fire – Hudson’s Bay Blanket
(10) To combine warmth and style – Aritzia Knit Gloves
(11) Ski Gear – I rented skis, boots and poles from the Blackcomb Base Lodge. Rental shops are available throughout the village and in most lodges and hotels.
Where to Stay in Whistler
I stayed at my boyfriend’s ski-in-ski-out cabin right on the hill next to Blackcomb. Cabins are often available for short and long term rentals via the Whistler site. I suggest this sort of accommodation, in order to feel a bit more at home and to be able to spread out your gear a bit more. If you’re looking for a full-service option instead, I suggest both the Fairmont Chateau and the Westin Resort & Spa – located within close proximity to all the amenities of Whistler, including ski/board rentals, dining and shopping.
Where to Eat in Whistler
Brunch at the Grill & Vine at the Westin Resort and Spa. Dinner at Dups Burritos.
What to Do in Whistler
Explore the Lost Lake trails around Whistler Village. Dance under the twinkle lights.
Hang out with the dogs at Alta Lake Dog Park. Then, watch the sun go down over a frozen Alta Lake.
Enjoy your first day on the slopes. Then, enjoy epic apres-ski views.
Conquer a black run. Celebrate with a walk on water at Alpha Lake (okay, snow, but still cool).
Go for a walk in the snowy sunshine. Walk through the Fairmont’s snow-filled golf course.
Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails. Finish off with an ice skate on the Village’s free outdoor rink.
Hit the tube park and spin yourself down the mountain.
And above all, have fun!
This post includes content sponsored by Fjallraven Canada. All opinions and ideas, as always, are completely my own.