Featuring scenic skylines and world-class restaurants perfect for canoodling, a Whistler Blackcomb ski trip is one of the most romantic you can take. But, a couple’s ski vacation is obviously much more than snowy evening walks and blissful hot tub sessions—they’re all about skiing! Many of us have learned over the years that the actual skiing (or riding) can be both the best or worst part (for any couple of any ability level).
The best parts are obvious: conquering awesome terrain together, taking in the views hand-in-hand and enjoying the awesome off-mountain lifestyle with your partner. However, the worst parts can come as a surprise to the uninitiated. To help you avoid some of the pitfalls unique to skiing or riding lovebirds and/or simply make your ski trip extra romantic, we’ve compiled a list of relationship goals for a couple’s trip to Whistler
Know before you go isn’t just a slogan, it’s the No. 1 commandment for couples
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Even if you’ve skied at Whistler Blackcomb before, you’re going to want to better acquaint yourself and your cohort with the mountain. It’s 8,100-plus acres for pete’s sake! That’s 8,100 opportunities to get separated from your beloved and spend a night or maybe even your whole vacation in the dog house. It takes years for locals to really know all Whistler Blackcomb’s nooks, crannies and stashes, and that’s a huge part of the resort’s allure.
The complimentary mountain tour welcomes intermediate skiers and riders and above and meets daily at 11:15 a.m. at the top of Whistler Village Gondola and Solar Coaster Express.
Lessons are a couple’s best friend
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Whether you’re the instructor or the pupil, trying to teach that special someone how to ski or ride or improve technique can be sheer hell. There’s no candy coating it. Even the strongest of couples have trouble on this one. Luckily, Whistler Blackcomb has some incredible options for ski and ride lessons, for all levels, so you don’t even need to go there.
Private Lessons are probably one of the best ways to speed up the learning curve. Remember: U.S. skiers save 20% on Whistler ski trips. With a dedicated instructor of the highest certification focused solely on you or your dearest (or both of you), you’re going to see drastic improvements in your skiing or riding after just a day or two. Plus, you get priority lift-line access and the insider scoop on the terrain and off-mountain experience.
The Max4 Group Lessons are great for someone looking for a balance between price and more personalized on-hill instruction. You won’t pay top dollar, but you will still get plenty of one-on-one attention since the group is limited to four skiers or riders. It’s also a great option for two couples traveling together.
The Camp is ideal for someone looking for a very specific, multi-day learning experience. For example, your hubs is having trouble keeping up in the moguls and you’re worried he’s going to hurt himself trying to keep you in sight—because, men. The Camp will make him a better mogul skier, because he gets to set his own goals and skills he wants to focus on.
Extremely Canadian Steeps Camp is perfect for the skier or rider who is on the precipice of a major breakthrough in their technique and confidence. It’s for someone who wants to conquer the toughest terrain on the mountain and make it look good. After a couple days in this camp, you and your sweetie can shred side-by-side like the pow(d)er couple you are.
A couple that heli-skis together, stays together
If your special someone is adventurous and an intermediate skier or rider and above, a day in the bird together checks the ultimate relationship goal box. On a Whistler ski trip, a heli-day is entirely possible—thanks to the convenience of Whistler Heli-Skiing. If your honey is wowed by Whistler Blackcomb’s massive expanse, they will be floored to learn that Whistler Heli-Skiing’s tenure is 50 times that of the resort.
The village check-in location, powder rentals hut and apres-heli-ski hangout are all right there, making it extremely easy to tack-on a day of heli-skiing to your romantic ski vacation. Plus, the heli-pad is just a 10-minute drive from Whistler Village.
Romance is in the details
We all know that small upgrades can go a long way—especially when it comes to a romantic ski vacation. Use that extra 20% you’re saving on your Whistler ski trip (thanks to favorable exchange rates) and put it towards vacation upgrades that will bring you closer together. Here are some recommended ways to make your Whistler extra special for that someone special:
- If available, request a room with a fireplace. Nothing quite compares to snuggling up with your bae and a glass of wine and some snacks in front of a toasty fireplace.
- Splurge on at least one romantic dinner for two at one of Whistler’s fine-dining establishments. Top-rated restaurants include Araxi or Bearfoot Bistro.
- Spend an afternoon at the Scandinave Spa.
- If you’re planning to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, upgrade to the Fairmont Gold. An exclusive experience awaits on the 8th floor, featuring:
- Complimentary continental breakfast, honor bar, cocktail canapés and late-night sweet treats, all held in a private lounge.
- Fairmont Gold Concierge.
GTS (Get The Shot) and make your friends jealous
Photo: Paul Morrison
You’re going to want some photo evidence of this romantic ski adventure to post on social media. Choosing a spot to get that perfect shot is the hard part at Whistler Blackcomb, since there’s so many incredible views to choose from, so we tapped long-time local and Whistler Blackcomb National Sales Manager Steve Donohoe for his top pick.
“Head to the top of the Peak Chair and get your photo taken beside the Inuksuk with the Black Tusk in the background,” he recommended.