Whistler is the place to explore and use as a base camp from where you can launch adventures. Really an exciting idea! With magnificent mountain scenery and an active après ski scene, this is an excellent plan. The alpine mountain village of Whistler is more European in flavour than most North American resorts.
Where in the world is Whistler
Whistler is located in the magnificent Coast Mountains of British Columbia, just two hours north of Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. The Village is the prime neighbourhood of Whistler town, located at the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
What is in a name
Before the skiers and snow boarders arrived, Whistler was a logging town with the name Alta Lake, well known for its snow. In 1900 settlers named the resort after the shrill whistle sound made by marmots who lived among the rocks. After Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, Canadian investors decided to build a winter ski resort on London Mountain. Eventually is was renamed to Whistler Mountain, and nowadays this is North America’s biggest ski area.
What is the resort like
The 3 main centres, Whistler Village, Village North and Upper Village are all traffic-free zones with varied architecture. The Upper Village is smaller and quieter, while Whistler Village is vibrant and busy. Whistler Village offers fine dining, a pulsating nightlife, boutiques and spas. Chalet-style apartments are perched on the hillside. All areas are connected by the paved, pedestrian-only Village Stroll. From both mountains you have a splendid, almost alpine view. Whistler is ideal for families as well, because there is always something to see and do. This makes every visit fresh and exhilarating.
Who enjoys skiing in Whistler
It provides opportunities for all levels, but is particularly good for snow boarders and experts who like challenging bowls. For the intermediates there are spacious areas to explore and excellent nursery slopes for beginners. The resort’s ski area is one of the largest in the world, with around 8,000 acres of pistes and 1,610m of vertical skiing. This results in a combination of high, open bowls and sheltered forest runs on both Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains.
Where to stay in Whistler
BR: 6 Sleeps: 12 – 15
Located in Stonebridge, Whistler’s most exclusive neighbourhood, this luxury rental chalet is a six minute drive to the ski lifts and a ten minute drive to the main Whistler Village. There is a private parking spot right at the base of the mountain. Being Whistler’s most exquisite home, built on a vast piece of land, it offers you 8500sq feet of classically designed upper–class craftsmanship. The adjacent guest house also has a full kitchen and living room with fireplace and terrace access.
Bedroom: 7 (2 in guest house) Sleeps: 7 – 16
Another chalet in Stonebridge, and one of Whistlers largest houses. The large estate features a helipad, making it one of the world’s only truly Heliski-in/Heliski-out properties. It is surrounded by crystal clear lakes, old growth trees and unmatched views of the local mountains. An environment of everyday luxury, a home for entertaining or a cosy alpine getaway. It is only a five minute drive from the ski lifts at Creekside.
Bedroom: 7 Sleeps: 10 – 18
Located at the end of a private lane, right on the slopes, the luxury ski chalet offers quiet privacy. You will feel at one with the surrounding forest. Set in Kadenwood, there is direct ski-out access to the base of Creekside which is a five minute drive away and access to the private Kadenwood gondola. Beautiful modern design, lots of space and great views crown this chalet as one of the very best!
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