Travel Diary: Winter in Whistler, Canada

Just got back from a dreamy winter destination. It was cold, snowy white, far away from home (Miami) but ohhh so worthy! It was Whistler in Canada!!

It was my first time visiting Canada ever. I heard so much about Canadians hospitality and how nice they were but didn’t expect it Canadians to be so friendly, warm and welcoming. Canadians are awesome!

Our winter ski trip to Whistler started in Vancouver where we didn’t have the time to explore, just glance out during the airport in our rental car to Whistler but the drive was really pretty surrounded by mountains, lakes and many pine trees.

We choose to winter ski in Whistler because it usually comes out as the top destination for skiing and winter activities in North America. As we love skiing (yes myself and hubby) we decided to give it a try! And yes Whistler will not disappoint!

Where to Stay:

There are a few luxury 5 star hotel properties in Whistler to stay, we decided to book at the Four Seasons Whistler. The Four Seasons Hotel is a beautiful property located at upper Whistler, 10 min walk to the village and the lift chair to the Peak of Blackcomb.

Our deluxe room at the Four Seasons was cozy and spacious with a king comfy bed, a fireplace, a living seating area with a TV and a balcony overlooking Blackcomb mountain. The resort amenities include outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, a full spa with steam room there’s no sauna which is a disappointment specially if you are traveling during the winter. Other facilities at the resort are a restaurant and free shuttle to the town.

The Four Seasons customer service is kind of a disappointment for a 5 star luxury hotel. I personally didn’t like that it doesn’t fell like a Four Seasons. Upon our arrival, the check attendant was very rude just handle us our room keys, we weren’t welcome with a drink nor show the facilities of the hotel and we were not even show out way to the room. When we arrived to the room, there was no welcome letter or little gift like every luxury hotel in the world does. The concierge at the hotel was the only ones super nice and welcoming who addressed our concern and actually care.

What I did like about the Four Seasons was that they offer many activities on the hotel and that there is a doggie called Maola.. She is the cutest! The activities at the resort include S’mores party at the courtyard fireplace served by the hotel staff from 4 pm to 6 pm and complimentary wine tasting from 6pm to 7pm. They also have kid’s activities going on daily. There’s also a ski concierge shop right inside the hotel perfect to rent your skis and boots. The best thing is that they have a ski concierge right down the Blackcomb village where your skis are taking there and you pick them up early in the morning before going to the mountain. After skiing, you just grab your comfy shoes from the ski concierge and remove your boots while sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies. You don’t have to carry your skis or boots for a long distance! That’s a plus!!!

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What to do:

Whistler is all about the mountain life! The town is very laid back but there are so many options and adventures during the winter. The most important and fun activities if you visit Whistler during the winter are:

  • Skiing or snowboarding! If you are a snow bunny (that’s me!), pro skier or a super pro snowboard you don’t want to miss Blackcomb mountain and Whistler Mountain. I love that Whistler offers to very different mountains for different levels. The views from both are just amazing and there are fun slopes on both! The best views I think are from Blackcomb Cloud 9 or the glacier. And around Whistler they are from really up.
  • Cross from Blackcomb to  Whistler mountain or vice versa on the only cable car in the world that connects to mountains. It’s called Peak to Peak and trust me you won’t be disappoint by the ride and amazing views. If you get to Peak to Peak at the right time you can ride the glass bottom car! Amazing!!
  • Explore Whistler village and shop around! Good local shops with some great Canadian finds.
  • Skate at the ice rink at the village.
  • Rent snowmobiles to run up the Blackcomb mountain. There are many companies that offer the service but we booked with Canadian Wilderness Adventure and it was amazing! We did the snowmobile tour with special fondue dining at the peak of the mountain. The tour started at 7:30pm where we ride the snowmobiles for about 45 min up to the top of the mountain to an old cozy hut for candle light fondue dinner with live acoustic music and hot chocolate. It was just a beautiful experience. The best part were the night views of the village and the rain of shooting stars that were going on that night. It is a special night! If you like adventure and a fun experience this is just for you!

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Where to eat:

Didn’t expect it but Canada has pretty amazing food! The places I recommend are the ones that are worth every penny because of the yummy food and ambience.

  • Trattoria di Umberto it was my favorite in Whistler. It’s authentic Italian cuisine. The service is just beyond any expectations! Love that everything is fresh and is always book out so make reservations in advance.
  • Bearfoot Restaurant it’s a fine dining restaurant that offers fixed menu of 3 or 5 course. It’s pricey but the food is just so good!! Service is great too! Reservations strongly suggested.
  • Araxi is another popular restaurant in Whistler with good food.
  • Aura At Nita Lake Lodge is a trendy spot at the chic Nita Lake Lodge. The creamy tomato soup is divine!
  • Christine’s at Blackcomb is the only seating a la carte restaurant in the mountain at the peak. It’s more upscale than all the other restaurants are the mountain which involve getting your own food (not a fun of this!) but Christine’s offer a more sophisticated approach in the mountain with some amazing views.
  • Horstman Hut also at Blackcomb is great for lunch, I like the view and that’s a really tradition place in the mountains with some casual food and yummy pancakes!
  • Crystal Hut is also at Blackcomb and it is the oldest hut in the mountain perfect for lunch after skiing. Breathtaking views and some good fondue and hot chocolate. You can also dine here if you book the snowmobile tour with the special fondue dinner.

Whistler is just a nice destination for your winter vacation. I really love both mountains, the village and how nice people were! If you are going for skiing or snowboard, the ski lifts are slow comparing to other resorts in the USA or Europe but they have plans to upgrade them for next year. What is really awesome is peak to peak and Whistler views from up there on the glacier. I would 100% recommend visiting!

Love, Live, Travel ✌️ 💗

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