Whether you are visiting Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor for the first time or you are a seasoned regular, no matter where today’s adventure takes place, there is one given: spectacular scenery will surround you. Although Whistler has the reputation of being North America’s top four-season resort and the heart of Sea to Sky Country, there is no question you will be equally entranced by the natural beauty in and around the neighbouring communities of Squamish and Pemberton.
Few travellers will have the chance to explore Canada from coast to coast to coast to witness the country’s raw beauty. This winter, however, locals and visitors have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the vastness of Canada’s landscapes — in particular, mountain landscapes — from the artist’s perspective. To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary of confederation, the Audain Art Museum features Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape until Feb. 26, 2018. The collection of artworks is a special exhibition that explores Canada’s alpine landscapes through photographs, watercolours, drawings, paintings and prints.
While Whistler has epic scenery, luxurious spas and first-class dining, many visitors don’t come here solely with the intention of relaxing or being pampered. Whistler was born out of a spirit of adventure, and if you’re looking to push your limits with some truly challenging and exciting activities, you’re in the right place.
Inspired by Whistler Blackcomb, Vail Resorts’ makes ‘Epic Promise’ toward sustainability. Arthur De Jong, Whistler Blackcomb’s mountain planning and environmental resource manager, has long been forthcoming about Whistler Blackcomb’s (WB) failures and shortcomings on the environmental front. It was one of those failures that led to a long string of successes — one that has seen it rise to the status of industry leader.
Cooking with smoke is a red-hot trend that reminds us of crackling fireplaces and toasting our frosty toes. Beyond traditional barbecue (which we love and have lots of in Whistler), smoke flavours penetrate a bevy of fine restaurant dishes, from steak medallions and potato tartiflette to carrots and carbonara.
The numbers speak for themselves: With more than 200 marked runs and 37 chairlifts spread across 8,171 acres of terrain, there is a lot of skiing and snowboarding to enjoy on Whistler Blackcomb. Deciding to visit is the easy part; figuring out where to begin is where it gets tricky. When it comes to navigating the mountains, there are a few key tools available to help steer you in the right direction — and toward the best ski runs.
Being an artist is risky. It takes years of practice, whether swinging a paintbrush, drawing a carving knife, or taking countless photographs. There’s no guarantee you will master your art form, or that collectors will buy your artwork if you do. And yet, courageous creatives take the leap. Some emerging artists, often with a modest body of work, are just starting on their careers.
Experience what we love this winter with some local Whistler favourites. Enjoy a refreshing brew with friends at Handlebar Café & Après. Experience great food, paired with local beer and wine in a casual atmosphere at Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse. Visit Fifi’s Bistro for gracious, welcoming dining and a menu packed full of “made-in-house” delights. Indulge in unique variations of the classics in the casual elegance of Legs Diamond Supper Club.
As the days grow longer and the Whistler Valley warms up, it’s time to immerse your senses in summer. Take deep breaths of pine-scented air on an alpine hike. Listen to the high-pitched whistle of the hoary marmot, for which Whistler is named. Dive off a dock into the fresh, cool waters of one of Whistler’s immaculate lakes. Sip a locally brewed beer on a sun-baked patio. Taste the bounty of produce from local farms. Take in the sights of the craggy peaks, lush valleys, rushing rivers and clear lakes.
The Bearfoot Bistro has earned an international reputation for doing things a little differently. Sure, there is the obvious. Champagne is sabered here, not popped. Vodka is drunk in Canada Goose parkas in -32 C temperatures. And ice cream is made tableside in a magician’s flash of liquid nitrogen. The Bearfoot Bistro is an experience. The open kitchen is designed as a stage. The patrons, the audience.
Chilled out? It’s time to warm up with a toasty winter sipper. From classic mulled wine to an avant-garde variation on hot buttered rum, these smoking hot cocktails from Whistler’s best bars will defrost your toes after a long day on the slopes.
We in Whistler love the winter, whether we’re spending it on the ski hill, snowshoeing in the backcountry, or building a snowman with the kids; but it does wreak havoc on our skin. Cold temperatures followed by blasts of central heating dry our skin out, leaving us feeling chapped, tight and sensitive. However, a visit to a local spa can help remedy the ravages of winter.