Unforgettable views, terrain for every level, state-of-the-art grooming capabilities and lift facilities and an abundance of fine-dining restaurants and shopping options within large contemporary base villages are just a few of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb is a favorite ski resort among the international jetset. Whistler is just two hours from Vancouver International Airport making it a very accessible mountain destination from just about anywhere in the world. Offering luxe-seekers top-of-the-line services, relaxing amenities and unique attractions and activities, Whistler Blackcomb provides an unrivaled experience because of British Columbia’s vast amount of world-class options.
With the help of Mountain Travel Expert LuAnn Craig we compiled an itinerary to help you capitalize on the best of Whistler’s luxury experiences and attractions within the span of a five-day ski vacation.
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Day 1: Explore the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Village shopping
The drive to Whistler via Sea-to-Sky highway only takes about two hours, but many vacationers choose to take the more scenic route, the Sea-to-Sky Climb on the Rock Mountaineer train, which is a relaxing way to start your Whistler ski vacation. Once you’ve arrived in Whistler, get acquainted with your hotel’s amenities and services.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is my recommendation for a classic luxury hotel experience. The hotel is gorgeous and offers a full-service spa, a beautiful indoor-outdoor pool and relaxing hot tubs, as well as incredible onsite restaurants.
Get the lay of the land and walk around the Whistler Blackcomb base villages. You can check out the many designer shops while you scope out the restaurants and lounges you’d like to visit during your stay in Whistler. Araxi, Bearfoot Bistro, Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Bar, Hy’s Steakhouse, Quattro, Rim Rock Cafe & Oyster Bar and The Wildflower are among Whistler’s most popular fine-dining establishments. Reservations are recommended at all of them. If you can’t decided where’d you like to dine you can always sign up for a Whistler Tasting Tour. Guided by a local foodie, the tour features a five-course meal with each course at a different restaurant.
My favorites include Araxi for its fine, fresh local ingredients and its central location, and Bearfoot Bistro for glasses of Dom Perignon and live jazz music.
Day 2: Discover Whistler’s world-class groomers and end the day at the Scandinave Spa
Start your first ski day out on Whistler’s renowned groomers. Whistler’s impressive fleet of state-of-the-art snowcats do an impeccable job of maintaining the 8,171-acre resort. The wide-open trails provide you with plenty of room to carve up that perfect corduroy. If you’ve never skied at Whistler Blackcomb, great places to scope out the two mountain’s massive terrain offerings—and take in some spectacular views—are at the Top of the World routes, which include the top of the 7th Heaven Express on Blackcomb Mountain and the top of Symphony, Harmony and Whistler Peak on Whistler Mountain.
The Scandinave Spa requests that no one speaks throughout the hot tubs and steam rooms so ultimate serenity can be achieved.
Day 3: Experience Whistler’s pristine powder and celebrate a great ski day at Bearfoot Bistro’s Belevedere Ice Room
Whether Whistler is in the midst of a snow storm or the resort hasn’t seen fresh snow in a couple days, there’s always plenty of soft snow to be found within Whistler Blackcomb’s 8,171-acre boundary. Some of the best powder can be found in the perfectly spaced trees, located around the mid-way points on the resort. Favorites include the trees around Chunky’s Choice and Seppo’s on Whistler Mountain and Arthur’s Choice, Staircase and The Bite, Upper Gear Jammer and Expressway to Where’s Joe on Blackcomb Mountain.
Celebrate your powder day with some chilled Belevedere vodka in Bearfoot Bistro’s Ice Room. Here, you can sample 50 vodkas from around the globe, some of which are distilled from rye, wheat, soya and even hemp seeds. A vodka expert explains the intricacies of distillation and filtration and their effects on the flavor profiles. It’s an apres-ski experience not to be missed!
The Bearfoot Bistro provides Canadian Goose down-filled parkas so you'll stay nice and toasty in the Ice Room.
Day 4: Enjoy Fresh Tracks Breakfast followed by an adventurous afternoon wth Ziptrek Ecotours
Get a leg up on the ski day with Fresh Tracks Mountain-Top Breakfast. Guests load the Whistler Village Gondola between 7:15 a.m. and 8 a.m. and enjoy a classic breakfast in the Roundhouse Lodge, and when ski patrol says the word, you can ski! You’ll be on the slopes almost an hour before the rest of the crowd. Just be sure to sign up early as this exclusive experience typically sells out on powder days.
Continue the adventure with an afternoon of ziplining. Ziptrek EcoTours Mammoth Tour includes a gourmet lunch in a rustic A-frame cabin and 10 different ziplines over a 4.5-hour period. You’ll get see Whistler Blackcomb’s old and new growth alpine rain forests in ways few have.
The Ziptrek is the most fun! There are awe-inspiring views down into the valley and to the creek running directly below.
Day 5: A full spa day and an evening horse-drawn sleigh ride with Blackcomb Sleigh Rides and fondue dinner at Table Nineteen
Wind down your Whistler ski vacation on a relaxing note and book a full day of wellness at Scandinave Spa. If you’re still feeling adventurous you can even book cross-country skiing or snowshoeing tour along with your Swedish, Thai or deep-tissue massage. You can rejuvenate in the eucalyptus steam rooms, Finish saunas, cold baths, hot tubs or in the solariums in between your treatments
Celebrate your unforgettable luxury ski vacation with a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride with Blackcomb Sleigh Rides that drops you off at Nicklaus North Golf Course for an intimate fondue dinner at Table Nineteen.
If experiencing a world-class Whistler luxury ski vacation is something you’d like to make happen this winter, enter to win one of three trips to Whistler Blackcomb. If you don’t want to leave it to chance start planning your Whistler Blackcomb luxury getaway now! LuAnn, or any of our other Mountain Travel Experts, can help you customize and book your flights, rental cars, lodging and more on your Whistler Blackcomb luxury ski vacation. Call or click to chat with one of them now! You can also customize and book your vacation using our online booking services.
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