I’ve lived in Whistler for seventeen years and the first snowfall in the valley still lifts my spirits and makes my heart beat faster. I’m still overcome by that magical, childlike sense of awe when I wake up and peek out the blind, expecting a dark palette of brown and green, and discover a bright world dusted in pristine white. I feel extraordinarily lucky to live in Whistler. “Snow days” typically start in November and occur randomly all winter through April.
A Canadian with a passion for cocktails, 37-year-old Shane Clarke made his way behind the bar after first training behind the stoves. He began throwing pizzas at age 13, and by 19 was a sous chef at Earl’s in Edmonton. But after a few more years cooking full time, the more social front of the house is where he discovered his true calling. Clarke believes his culinary knowledge gives him an edge when it comes to creating the well-balanced, inventive libations he serves at the Bearfoot Bistro, where he manages the dynamic and always exciting bar.
A popular saying in Whistler is: “It’s not what you do, but what you have time to do!” Whistler’s stunning forests and mountains have diverse biking trails offering something for everyone: whether a casual pedal, a singletrack cross-country adventure or the momentum, thrill and challenge of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
This winter Whistler is set to become one of the world’s premier destinations for art enthusiasts. Known for its many unique and eclectic small galleries, in January 2016 the resort will celebrate the opening of the Audain Art Museum. The 56,000-square-foot facility, located just across Blackcomb Way from Whistler Village and a stone’s throw from the renowned Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, is sure to become one of the centerpieces of the cultural experience in Whistler and the region.
Like most first-time visitors to Lillooet, Rolf de Bruin remembers being awed by the rugged mountain scenery, grassy knolls and historic small town, once home to gold panning and mining. “It was a place where time seemed to have stopped still a long time ago,” he recalls. With its hot, arid summer weather and cool nighttime breezes, Lillooet is ideal for growing grapes with crisp acidity – the kinds that make fantastic wine.
It is rare that a complete novice can experience an activity that normally takes years of specialized training to master. As a beginner, you can’t jump into the cockpit of a stunt plane or grab the wheel of an Indy 500 race car, but during your visit to Whistler you do have the opportunity to scale a sheer cliff face and summit of one of the most famous mountains in Canada.