Whistler is a true winter wonderland.
Bursting at the seams with all sorts of snowy activities and postcard-worthy views, I spent a week in -15 degrees enjoying all the things on offer.
The easiest way to arrive to Whistler is by flying in to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and then either renting a car at the airport to drive yourself up, or doing as I did which was to book a cheap ticket on the Greyhound which departs from Main Street Skytrain station. Direct trains run between the airport and downtown, where you can transfer to take a few more stops to the Greyhound depot.
What to Pack
(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
I stayed at my boyfriend’s ski-in-ski-out cabin right on the hill next to Blackcomb. Neighbouring townhouses are often available for short and long term rentals on sites such as Air BNB. 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 Dine
Brunch at the Grill & Vine at the Westin Resort and Spa.
Dinner at Dups Burritos.
What to Do
Explore the trails around Whistler Village.
Dance under the twinkle lights.
Hang out with the dogs at Alta Lake Dog Park.
Enjoy your first day on the slopes.
Ice skate on the Village’s free outdoor rink.
Watch the sun go down over a frozen Alta Lake.
Walk on water at Alpha Lake (okay, snow, but still cool).
Enjoy epic apres-ski views.
Trek through untouched snow.
Enjoy all-you-can-eat brunch at the Westin.
Go for a walk in the snowy sunshine.
Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails.
Walk through the Fairmont’s snow-filled golf course.
Conquer a black run.
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 are completely my own.