Powder, pow, champagne powder … whatever you call it, skimming through the soft, deep snow is what most skiers and snowboarders live for.
The cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, Canada’s West Coast hub, is known for its stunning scenery and many unique outdoor attractions — Stanley Park, Chinatown, Grouse Mountain, the Capilano Suspension Bridge and historic Gastown spring immediately to mind. But it’s also home to enough artistic, cultural and scientific attractions to keep young and old fascinated for days on end.
Go outside your comfort zone. Take a risk. Send it. The spirit of Whistler lives in these mottos. This winter, the Audain Art Museum will embody the spirit of risk and embark on a bold new initiative with an exhibition by artist Joseph Tisiga titled “Tales of an Empty Cabin: Somebody Nobody Was ...”
Nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains, Pemberton is a small, unassuming town. But despite its sleepy ambiance, it is home to a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it’s skiing steep chutes on the surrounding mountains, jumping off cliffs on snowmobiles or hiking from cabin to cabin through the backcountry, Pemberton’s residents make a lifestyle out of enjoying their natural playground.
Hosting the Olympics is a big job, but in 2010 Whistler’s long-sought-after dream became a reality when Vancouver won the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As the Host Mountain Resort, several of the snow sports and all the sliding sport events were held in Whistler, which spurred the construction of new facilities like Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Sliding Centre.
New chairlifts. New trails. New ownership for Whistler Blackcomb. Clearly, the resort is going through an era of major change. But when it comes to dining, there are certain dishes that remain constant. For a relatively young ski resort and municipality, Whistler boasts an abundance of beloved restaurants that have stood the test of time — in these cases, two decades or longer.
Whistler is known for its adventurous spirit, its “live life to the fullest” attitude and play-hard mentality. However, that kind of all-out energy needs to be tempered and balanced if you’re going to maintain it. Whistler’s spas know this and have a great range of treatments designed to help you unwind both physically and mentally. Here are a few of the many treatment options that will keep you playing in the mountains longer.
Female executive chefs are a lot like award-winning hotel restaurants — rarities in an industry where both still face bias. So, in some respects, Isabel Chung is practically a unicorn. Executive chef of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, she is currently the only top-toque-wearing boss lady in the entire group of 76 Fairmont hotels and resorts worldwide.