Even before the attention of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler was a place that needed no introduction. For Seattleites, the long-term love affair with Whistler grows stronger with every powder turn and seven mile run. Like any relationship there are always new things to discover, here are a few suggestions for your next visit that will keep things exciting and fresh.
A Solid Foundation
Every relationship needs a solid base to grow from and Whistler has always been there for Seattle. Widely regarded as the number one ski resort in North America, skiers and snowboarders delight in Whistler Blackcomb Resort’s dual mountains that offer 36 lifts, 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, and over 200 trails. The longest run, from the peak to the base is seven miles long and visitors never leave disappointed. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, built in 2009, provides skiers with the opportunity to mountain hop between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, busting a Harlem shake along the way.
Time to Relax
Whether spending your time pushing your body to new extremes or perusing the galleries, shops and restaurants in the village revel in the ultimate relaxation experience at Scandinave Spa. Post several iterations of 20 minutes in the eucalyptus steam bath, hot baths or wood burning Finnish sauna, a quick ice plunge and 20 minutes in a hammock your muscles will melt into your bones, leaving your mind, body, and soul in a gentle state. This outdoor spa, spread over three acres of natural land and overlooking Whistler’s incredible landscape, offers the experience of hydrotherapy in the heart of nature. And for the ultimate relaxation, enjoy Thai yoga or a Swedish, deep tissue or hot stone massage. Only minutes away from Whistler Village, this experience will quiet unsettled thoughts and allow you to appreciate the moment.
A Place to Sleep
Uniquely situated on the shores of Whistler’s Nita Lake, the luxurious, 77-room Nita Lake Lodge features spacious delux studios, along with one and two bedroom suites. Interested in renting something for the season? Nita Lake Lodge offers season long deals on their rooms, giving you a “home away from home” without all of the hassles of owning something. Lakeside Aura restaurant showcases bright, modern Pacific cuisine made with local ingredients. Cure Lounge and Patio serves creative cocktails and Old World house made charcuterie, while Fix Café and Deli features wholesome snacks and take-home treats. If your muscles are still feeling sore from the mountain, spend some time in a restorative yoga class next door at Loka Yoga you will quickly recover.
With a room overlooking a snow covered lake, visitors get to enjoy a nice relaxing atmosphere, counter to all of the activity in Whistler Village. The lodge has shuttle service to Whistler Resort and the Village, keeping things as simple as possible for guests.
Whether you spent the day on the bunny slopes, hit the park, or enjoyed some of the peak runs, everyone deserves a drink. Folks wanting to share a pitcher of beer and plate of nachos must check out Longhorn Saloon and Grill. If you are feeling more European head to Araxi for fondue paired with a delicate Austrian Riesling. Wherever you end up for après ski follow a few simple rules, ski boots are encouraged and calorie counting is not allowed.
Plan Your Trip
Whistler misses you but like any good relationship it’s waiting unfailingly for your return. Head to www.whistler.com or call 1-800-WHISTLER for all of your bookings, recommended itineraries and latest events going on in the Village and on the slopes. The Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival is coming up April 12-24. With free concerts in the village every afternoon you can end your long run from the top of the mountain and land right in the heart of the party, spring skiing doesn’t get more fun than that! Keep in mind that Whistler isn’t only a winter destination; the summer season is actually the busiest time of the year. With festivals and activities year round, stretch your imagination (and love-affair with Whistler) into the other s