High in the mountains of British Colombia, lies one of the biggest ski resorts in North American territory. The town itself is compact, made up primarily of chalets, with the kind of cuteness that’s led to it being used widely on the large and small screens. An Olympic Park was built for the 2010 Winter Games (held chiefly in nearby Vancouver) providing copious facilities for ski-jumping, snowboarding, bobsled and tobogganing, as well as the resort’s main pastime, skiing. But it’s not all snow, lake watersports are popular, as are hiking, golf, ziplining, off-roading and bear spotting.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Since first opening its doors in 1989, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has become a landmark hotel. Standing proudly in the shadow of the Blackcomb Mountain with ski in and out access, it’s located in the town’s Upper Village, just a few minutes away from the centre. The prestigious property is one of 20 Fairmont Hotels in the country and was designed in a chateau-style. Be sure to enjoy some pamper time at Vida Spa and tuck into juicy steaks or seafood at the Grill Rooms. 519 rooms are spread across 12 floors, with 41 interconnecting rooms available. There are heated indoor and outdoor pools, with the heated cedar hot tub a real treat apres-ski.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler & Residences
Those searching for a home from home in Whistler can book one of the Four Seasons’ private residences with a pool and concierge service. Or choose one of the guest rooms – all offer five-star service and amenities, feature wood interiors, gas fireplaces, L’Occitane toiletries and balconies or terraces. The pet-friendly hotel has a AAA Four Diamond award and its spa is widely believed to be one of the best in Canada. Steam rises from the outdoor pool and hot tub, open throughout the year and there are three excellent eateries.
The Westin Resort And Spa, Whistler
This is the only all-suite resort in town, a modern take on the traditional chalet, where pine and stone blend with contemporary lines. Mountain gondolas are right outside, with the village centre steps away. The Westin has its own Starbucks onsite, grill and sushi restaurants and a sophisticated lounge. Guests can shop at the resort’s varied range of boutiques, hire equipment, make use of a complimentary ski valet, swim in the indoor-outdoor pool and relax with over 75 different treatments at the Avello Spa and Health Club. Studios through to two-bedroom apartments are available, in a total of 419 suites, all with their own kitchens.