winter vacation guide: whistler

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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.

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Where to Dine

Brunch at the Grill & Vine at the Westin Resort and Spa.

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Apres Ski at Longhorn Saloon and Grill. Image by Gibbons Whistler

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Dinner at Dups Burritos.


What to Do

Explore the trails around Whistler Village.

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Dance under the twinkle lights.

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Hang out with the dogs at Alta Lake Dog Park.

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Enjoy your first day on the slopes.

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Ice skate on the Village’s free outdoor rink.

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Watch the sun go down over a frozen Alta Lake.

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Walk on water at Alpha Lake (okay, snow, but still cool).

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Enjoy epic apres-ski views.

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Trek through untouched snow.

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Enjoy all-you-can-eat brunch at the Westin.

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Go for a walk in the snowy sunshine.

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Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails.

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Walk through the Fairmont’s snow-filled golf course.

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Conquer a black run.

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Hit the tube park and spin yourself down the mountain.

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And above all, have fun!

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This post includes content sponsored by Fjallraven Canada. All opinions and ideas are completely my own.


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