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99 things to do Winter 2019 volume 13: issue 1

the insiders’ guide to whistler


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Welcome to Whistler

WELCOME TO WHISTLER

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Welcome to the best ski resort in North America. Find out why in FAQ.

EVENTS CALENDAR

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ON THE MOUNTAINS

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99 Things to Do These are just the highlights to get you started on your Whistler adventures.

Health, Fitness & Spas Recharge the body, the soul and the mind in this mountain Mecca.

Shop Bring home a little piece of Whistler in your suitcase. FAQ is your one-stop shopping guide.

Food & Drink Foodies rejoice! Whistler has it all from burgers to fine dining. Use FAQ to help you decide.

F.A.Q., The Insiders’ Guide is published by Whistler Publishing Limited Partnership, 103-1390 Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler BC V0N 1B1. Phone: 604.938.0202 Fax: 604.938.0201. ISSN 1911 6535. © Copyright 2018. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission.

18 HELISKIING 32 SNOWMOBILING 34 WINTER ADVENTURES 36 FAMILY 38 99 THINGS TO DO 40

ACTIVITIES

HEALTH, FITNESS & SPAS

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SHOPPING & SERVICES

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ART SCENE

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FOOD & DRINK

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APRÈS

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F.A.Q.'S

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MAPS

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welcome to whistler

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histler is often defined by its numbers: The No. 1 ski resort in North America, two mountain playgrounds, three in-bounds glaciers. The numbers, however, only paint part of Whistler’s picture. They speak to its size and status but they don’t tell us anything about the true community at the heart of the resort. And that’s the thing that really keeps Whistler at the top of its game. That’s why people come to visit and that’s why people want to stay. Whistler’s heart is its people—the entrepreneurs that carve out ski businesses like Greg Dobbin, who co-founded the legendary Extremely Canadian. Read his story in this issue. Or the people that saw business and personal fulfilment beyond the skiing, like Jaime Hargreaves with her dogsledding tours or director Dave Mossop making movies in the mountains with Sherpas Cinema. Their stories are also part of this issue. FAQ is also your go-to guide for everything you need to know about Whistler—the best places to dine, shop, play and après. Have fun exploring and getting to know all about us!  4

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What’s the idea behind the FAQ name? A:

FAQ has been hitting stands in Whistler twice a year for more than 10 years. FAQs are those Frequently Asked Questions that visitors often wonder about: Which is better, Whistler or Blackcomb? (Read on). What can we do when it’s raining? (See our Top Ten indoor options in our 99 Things to Do section). Who lives here? (Read our seven insider profiles in this issue for a little taste of the true Whistler).


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TO OUR INSIDERS:

GREG DOBBIN Extremely Canadian Co-founder

JAIME HARGREAVES Trapper’s Run

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52 JILLIAN RYAN Be Beauty

KELLY CZEKURLON Great Glass Elevator

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Sherpas Cinema

PRIYANKA LEWIS Brickworks

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98 SCOTT BARBER Bearfoot Bistro

ILLUSTRATIONS

PUBLISHER

INSIDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Cover art by Lindsey Ataya

Sarah Strother

Lindsey Ataya is a graphic designer who has lived in Whistler for 12 years and still hasn’t checked off all 99 things to do.

Alison Taylor

PG’s 12,18 Andy Dittrich grip.tv

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Karl Partington SALES MANAGER

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event calendar

FIRE & ICE SHOW Skiers and snowboarders jump through blazing rings of fire at the base of Whistler Mountain. Sunday evenings from mid-Dec. to late March.

FAMILY APRÈS Family-friendly fun après at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 3 to 6 pm. Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Dec. 17-Mar. 27.

KOKANEE VALLEY RACE SERIES

11/NOV Nov. to Jan. 28 ANCESTRAL MODERN: AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ART This temporary exhibit at the Audain Art Museum features a collection of indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Kaplan & Levi Collection.

BRATZ BIZ Celebrating Whistler’s youngest artists in conjunction with established artisans, Bratz Biz is the perfect complement to the Holiday Market, also at the Conference Centre. Nov. 28–Dec. 2

Nov. 22 WHISTLER BLACKCOMB OFFICIAL OPENING DAY Winter has finally arrived. Let the skiing and riding begin. Nov. 24–25

Recreational race series open to all—skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders.

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Nov. 24–25

ARTS WHISTLER HOLIDAY MARKET Get all your holiday presents and goodies at this annual artisan market that takes place over two days at the Whistler Conference Centre. Find everything from cards and art to food and jewelry and everything else in between.

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL “Canada’s Coolest Film Festival” is back for its 18th year with more than 90 films, industry events and red carpet premières. Nov. 30–Dec. 1 VIESSMANN LUGE WORLD CUP More than 100 of the world’s top luge athletes will be hurtling down one of the world’s fastest sliding tracks at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Cheer on these competitors from around

PHOTOS: Holiday Market & Film Festival: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

Throughout the Winter


event calendar the world as they reach speeds of more than 130 kilometres per hour.

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PHOTO: Christmas Eve & Whistler Pride: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

SWEET SCARLET SINGERS Get in the holiday spirit with the Sweet Scarlet Singers as the group sings their way through a mix of choral seasonal music, including classics and contemporary favourites. At Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. Dec. 22–Jan.6 WHISTLER HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE A large indoor family zone that will keep kids entertained for hours with bouncy castles, a mini putt course, table games and more. Adults can chill in the lounge while the kids have a ball. At the Whistler Conference Centre.

CHRISTMAS EVE CAROL SERVICE Join the community at the Westin Resort & Spa for this interdenominational celebration which includes music by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers as well as readings about the birth of Christ. Dec. 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS Join in the festivities throughout the Village in this family-friendly outdoor party. The evening includes alcoholfree youth activities and fun-filled events.

WHISTLER PRIDE AND SKI FESTIVAL People from around the world come to Whistler for this long-running festival full of parties and group ski days. This is Canada’s biggest LGBTQ ski and snowboard week. Jan. 26 AUSTRALIA DAY There’s a reason this Australian holiday is on a Canadian calendar. Check out the shenanigans in Whistler to see why.

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Feb. 9–10 ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR For the first time, Whistler welcomes the Hometown Hockey Tour and temporarily trades in its skis for skates! This hockey celebration features two days of live entertainment, NHL alumni and an outdoor viewing party of the Toronto Maple Leafs/New York Rangers game.

watercolours, AstroTurf collages and a sitespecific installation. Feb. 22–23 PEAK TO VALLEY RACE For 25 years, amateur racers have been taking on one of the longest and most legendary races in the world. Anyone can enter a team of four to test their mettle against some of the best…if you dare. Feb. 25–Mar. 10

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always-epic party at the Roundhouse. Mar. 10 AD MARE WIND QUINTET Known as one of Canada’s best chamber music groups, the Ad Mare Wind Quintet offers a diverse performance covering the Classical and Romantic periods, World Music and modern works. At Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

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BMW IBSF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Bobsleigh and skeleton racers take centre stage at the Whistler Sliding Centre BC FAMILY DAY Enjoy your stat holiday on the slopes.

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Feb. 16–Apr. 29

TELUS WINTER CLASSIC Join in as Whistler takes part in one of its biggest fundraising weekends of the year. The Winter Classic includes the annual ski race and the

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Mar. 1–2

WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL Whistler always caps off the ski season with a party to end all parties in the mountains. The WSSF brings together sport, arts and culture, and music for the ultimate send-off.

PHOTOS: Family Day: JUSTA JESKOVA / TOURISM WHISTLER; Bobsleigh & WSSF: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

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Apr. 14

May 17–20

PHOTO: Whistler Cup: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER; GO Fest: JUSTA JESKOVA / TOURISM WHISTLER

JOE TRIO The Whistler Chamber Music Society presents Joe Trio, a classically trained violin-piano-cello threesome. At Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. WHISTLER CUP Cheer on the next generation of ski racers as athletes ages 12 to 15 suit up and put their skills to the test. The Whistler Cup is the biggest race of its kind in North America.

Apr. 22 BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN CLOSING DAY

05/MAY May 27 WHISTLER MOUNTAIN CLOSING DAY

GREAT OUTDOORS (GO) FESTIVAL Embrace Whistler as the seasons change and join in by celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of the summer. May 17–19 BICI GUSTI GOURMET RIDE Combining gourmet food and cycling—70 riders, 70 km, and ingredients from a 70 km radius.

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hether he’s skiing with his parents and his wife Charlie over the flowy terrain at the Symphony Chair or ripping down Blue Velvet with his daughter or dropping in to False Face, Greg Dobbin is equally charged up. That’s because he’s skiing; there’s nothing more to it than that. And so, after calling Whistler home for more than 25 years, Dobbin remains mystified when he sees a line snaking back from Peak Chair as impatient hordes wait for the alpine to open and the chair to start loading. “Just ski and ride until something opens and then go!” says Dobbin. “Ten cut up good runs with all your buddies are better than one run where you are racing down, frozen from waiting for two hours, with a horde of people on your tail.” This passion for skiing, and sharing that passion with others, was the genesis for Extremely Canadian, a company Dobbin co-founded after arriving Whistler in 1991. After all, what better job than showing off Whistler and teaching people how to ski? Extremely Canadian, however, was more than a job; it was a way of life, filled with colourful characters and endless adventures. “We taught people how to ski in Whistler, which is not the same thing as skiing at Blue Mountain or skiing in Colorado or at Whiteface in New York,” says Dobbin. It’s no wonder that Extremely Canadian quickly came to represent everything Whistler—pushing it in the steeps, living it up like a local.

The road trip west, with Whistler as the final pit stop, was destined. It was through Extremely Canadian that Dobbin carved out his next career, in the film industry, getting his start through the commercial work and movies that came to Whistler in the ’90s. He has been doing that almost 20 years. His passion for skiing, however, has never waned. And so he signs off with these pearls, among others: Don’t ski on skis fatter than 100mm underfoot! Do ski with your kids!  12

PHOTO: ANDY DITTRICH / GRIP.TV

Dobbin grew up skiing at the now-defunct Glen Mountain outside Montreal where “the chairlift broke down every day it ran and they never rescued anyone.” You either jumped down or you waited. “It was,” says Dobbin fondly, “the best ski hill on the planet to ski on.”


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on the mountains BLACKCOMB PEAK

2,284 M (7,494 FT)

HORSTMAN HUT RENDEZVOUS LODGE GLACIER CREEK LODGE CRYSTAL HUT

Blackcomb Mountain TOP ELEVATION: 2,284 M (7,494 FT) VERTICAL: 1,609 M (5,280 FT ONE MILE OF VERTICAL) RENDEZVOUS: HOME OF CHRISTINE’S RESTAURANT

WHAT’S NEW? 10-PERSON GONDOLA FROM THE UPPER VILLAGE BASE TO RENDEZVOUS LODGE. CATSKINNER UPGRADED TO AN EXPRESS 4-PERSON CHAIR. 14

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2,182 M (7,160 FT)

HARMONY HUT

ROUNDHOUSE CHIC PEA

RAVEN’S NEST

Whistler Mountain TOP ELEVATION: 2,182 M (7,160 FT) VERTICAL: 1,530 M (5,020 FT) ROUNDHOUSE: HOME OF STEEPS RESTAURANT AND THE UMBRELLA BAR

CREEKSIDE

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Whistler Blackcomb (WB) is at it again.

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Yes. And you’ll have to come back in the The 2018/19 winter season will see a summer to find out new gondola on Blackcomb Mountain that will take guests from the base in the why. Let’s give you a little teaser though. Upper Village (beside Milestone’s and Whistler has the best Merlin’s) to the Rendezvous Restaurant bike park in the world in the alpine. This is the first fullynot to mention some of enclosed lift from the Upper Village the best cross-country base, protecting skiers and riders from mountain bike trails; the elements as they head to the alpine. there are the pristine Meanwhile, on Whistler Mountain, the lakes for swimming, ever-popular Emerald Express chair, a sailing and fishing; quad, will be replaced with a six-person there’s hiking in the lift. All told, it’s part of a $66 million on- mountain peaks; and, if mountain project, designed to get skiers that’s not enough, there’s and snowboarders to more than 8,100 also a full calendar of acres of in-bounds terrain. events and activities to keep everyone Yet the question on many minds still entertained. remains: Which mountain is better— Whistler or Blackcomb? 16

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Is it really true that Whistler, the No. 1 ski resort in aving built more North America, is busier in the than 50 lifts in the last 50 years, summer?


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Let’s try to shed some light on this by the numbers. Blackcomb Mountain is one vertical mile high. Exactly one mile. That’s 1,609 metres (or 5,280 feet) from the top of the mountain to the bottom. And that’s a lot of skiing and riding. Think of it as the “Mile High Mountain.” Whistler is marginally smaller, standing at 1,530 metres (or 5,020 feet), though it’s difficult to use the word “small” when talking about this mountain! Whistler has more than 4,700 acres of skiable terrain with 25 per cent of that advanced; Blackcomb has less at 3,400 acres of skiable terrain with 30 per cent of it advanced. Whistler has access to the always epic Flute Bowl; Blackcomb has Spanky’s Ladder. You have to hike for your turns in both. So what it all boils down to is this: There is no better mountain. Have fun figuring out your favourite!   /faqwhistler

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aime Hargreaves wants to change the world one tourist at a time by teaching them what her sled dogs have taught her.

That is: That all relationships are based on give and take, on a symbiotic energy flowing back and forth. “They want to be a part of something greater than themselves,” says Hargreaves of her dogs. “We all do. We all function as a pack. People thrive on that.” That’s just one of the lessons learned over more than a decade working her dogsledding business Trapper’s Run, which runs tours throughout the winter through Canadian Wilderness Adventures and Blackcomb Snowmobiles. And to think: Fifteeen years ago Hargreaves was sitting behind a desk, working human resources at a Vancouver logistics company, itching for a different kind of life. She took the plunge into a 10-month adventure tourism course that changed her life and ultimately led her to Whistler. When she first opened her business, relocating to a shack in the Callaghan Valley with no power and no running water, people were skeptical. “Everybody in my life told me that it was never going to work,” she says. Her life revolved around her dogs—living with them, feeding them, exercising them, working them on tours and, perhaps most importantly, loving them. “That’s when I learned to speak dog,” says Hargreaves.

PHOTO: ANDY DITTRICH / GRIP.TV

The business didn’t make any money for the first five years but Hargreaves persevered. Now, in the height of the winter season, she’s leading a team of 25 staff. The dogsledding tours are unique and intimate, designed to accommodate two people plus a child on a journey through the snowy backcountry, pulled on a sled by a team of six to eight Alaskan Huskies. Now a homeowner in Pemberton with a young son, Hargreaves is thinking a lot about the future and looking at ways to reconnect with why she got into this business in the first place—to give back to the community. She has rescued more than 100 dogs from all walks of life in the last decade. Now she’s exploring ways that her dogs can help those with post-traumatic stress or depression or addiction. “It’s just like humans,” she adds. “We all come together to work through our issues and we do that through love.”  19


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n the winter of 1966, Whistler kicked off operations with just four chairlifts and whole bunch of grandiose hopes and dreams for the future.

As more and more people arrived in Whistler over the years, the town subtly shifted from old-school ski town to four-season mountain playground. It wasn’t long until we were heliskiing in the backcountry and cross country skiing in the valley and then snowboarding arrived, making its mark with a bang. That was just the beginning. It’s been a steady stream of adventures ever since from bungee jumping off a bridge to soaking in the hot tubs at the Scandinave Spa. While skiing is still Whistler’s raison d’etre, it’s no longer our sole passion. Far from it. What will your Whistler adventure be? Ziptreking over the forest tops or eagle watching in Squamish? Snowshoeing in deep powder or narrowing your sites at biathlon? Skating over frozen lakes or skinning into the backcountry? Whatever you decide, keep in mind one of our favourite local sayings: There is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices.  20

PHOTO: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

Skiing was the lifeblood of this little mountain retreat. It was why people made the arduous journey into the mountains every weekend; in fact, skiing was pretty much the only reason why people came to Whistler in the winter. From those humble beginnings, an international ski resort was born.


activities Ziptrek Ecotours This is Whistler’s No. 1 year-round activity! Activity Central Choose between 3 exciting multi-line Why shop around? We book for all activity zipline tours or “”go all in”” for a mammoth companies. We have the best options adventure. Experience ziplines, suspension and best rates. Receive 10% off when bridges and treetop platforms in the you mention this ad, plus discount Fresh ancient rainforest between Whistler and Tracks and Tube Park Tickets. (Offer Blackcomb mountains! Our unique Twilight excludes Bearviewing and Dogsled tours) Tours are offered in winter season.  Embarc Concierge 604.938.8153  604.935.0001 or 1.866.935.0001  Olympic Plaza 604.935.4528  ziptrek.com  Visitor Centre 604.905.4866 AD PG1 MAP  T11 AD MAP SPREAD MAP  I13, P12, K4

ADVENTURE TOURS

Blackcomb Helicopters Explore the Whistler/Blackcomb resort area by air with Blackcomb Helicopters. Choose your own adventure! Heli-picnics, glacier exploration, wedding proposals, backcountry ski drop-offs and more are available.  1.800.330.HELI (4354)  blackcombhelicopters.com AD PG33 Canadian Wilderness Adventures Explore the Callaghan backcountry and Blackcomb Mountain with Whistler’s premier year-round activity operator. Canadian’s variety of tours are suitable for groups, single riders, couples and families. Choose from snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding, or journey by snowmobile or snowcat to the Crystal Hut, atop Blackcomb Mountain for the famous mountain top fondue dinner.  604.938.1616  adventuredesk@canadian01.com  canadianwilderness.com AD INSIDE COVER MAP  T11 22

AXE THROWING

Forged Axe Throwing. Whistler’s No. 1 rated activity for groups. Don’t miss this exhilarating, uniquely Canadian experience. Reserve your axethrowing session today!  778.770.1439  events@forgedaxe.ca AD PG30 MAP  PG108 #10

BOOKING SERVICES Activity Central Why shop around? We book for all activity companies. We have the best options and best rates. Receive 10% off when you mention this ad, plus discount Fresh Tracks and Tube Park Tickets. (Offer excludes Bearviewing and Dogsled tours)  Embarc Concierge 604.938.8153  Olympic Plaza 604.935.4528  Visitor Centre 604.905.4866 AD MAP SPREAD MAP  I13, P12, K4


activities BUNGEE JUMPING Whistler Bungee Whistler’s ultimate adrenaline rush provides a 160 ft heart-pounding drop that no other activity can compare to. Booking location: No. 19-4314 Main Street, Whistler Village  604.938.9333 or 1.877.938.9333  whistlerbungee.com AD PG38 MAP  L12

Teepee Tours

CAT TOURS Snowcoach Tours Enjoy a backcountry luxury Snowcoach experience for the whole family. Private half day snowcoach tours to scenic vistas, includes lunch and family friendly activities along the way. Hilton Whistler Resort  604.932.8484  blackcombsnowmobile.com MAP  T12

CINEMAS

Imagine Cinemas Village 8 The Sea to Sky’s only movie theatre. Located next to Earl‘s on Whistler’s Village Stroll. For tickets, visit imaginecinemas.com MAP  P12  /faqwhistler

Whistler’s Newest

Après Snowshoe Experience

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activities CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Cross Country Connection Cross country ski and Snowshoe rentals, lessons, and trail passes in beautiful Lost Lake Park. Organically-minded café with deliciously hand-crafted food.  604.905.0071  info@crosscountryconnection.ca  crosscountryconnection.ca AD PG35 MAP  F6 Lost Lake Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails Walking distance from Whistler Village, enjoy over 30 km of cross country ski and snowshoe trails with incredible mountain views. Groomed daily for classic and skate skiing.  604.935.PLAY(7529)  parksrec@whistler.ca  whistler.ca/crosscountry AD PG21 MAP  F6

CULTURAL CENTRE Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) Whistler’s immersive indigenous cultural centre offers guided tours daily on the

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hour, every hour, connecting visitors with Ambassadors from both nations. Also on site is an indigenous-inspired café and Whistler’s largest First Nation gift shop.  604.964.0990  slcc.ca AD PG28 MAP  I5

DOGSLEDDING Blackcomb Dog Sled Get whisked away on our dog sled tour through the beautiful Callaghan Valley. Visit the dogs, learn about the sport of dog sledding and try your hand at mushing. The true Canadian experience! Hilton Whistler Resort  604.932.6681  blackcombdogsled.com AD PG24 MAP  T12 Canadian Wilderness Adventures A real “Canadian“ experience. Your eager & powerful dog team will lead you into the magnificent old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley. Join your professional musher in harnessing the dogs, learn about the sport of dog sledding and even try your hand at mushing.


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ECO TOURS TreeTrek Canopy Walk Discover the secrets of the world’s most productive forest from suspension bridges and observation platforms up to 200 ft in the treetops between Whistler and Blackcomb.  604.935.0001 or 1.866.935.0001  ziptrek.com AD PG1 MAP  T11

FREE Fire and Ice Show Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners – especially when snowflakes fill the air? Watch Snow School’s finest skiers and riders jump through the dazzling Ring of Fire at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola. The event takes place every Sunday at 6:30 pm from mid-December to late March. MAP  U10

HELI-SKIING

Whistler Heli-Skiing A classic Canadian heli-skiing experience, featuring 432,000 acres of exclusive terrain with 173 glaciers and 475 runs. Multiple packages available utilizing 5 and FAMILY FUN 10 passenger helicopters. Visit us in the Activity Central Carleton Lodge Why shop around? We book for all activity  604.905.DEEP or 1.888.HELI.SKI. companies. We have the best options  whistlerheliskiing.com and best rates. Receive 10% off when you mention this ad, plus discount Fresh HELI-ADVENTURES Tracks and Tube Park Tickets. (Offer excludes Bearviewing and Dogsled tours) Blackcomb Helicopters  Embarc Concierge 604.938.8153 Blackcomb Helicopters specializes in chartered adventures to otherwise  Olympic Plaza 604.935.4528 inaccessible peaks, opening up a whole  Visitor Centre 604.905.4866 new world of glacier hiking, sightseeing AD MAP SPREAD MAP  I13, P12, K4 tours, and backcountry experiences that

Mountain by Snowmobile or Snowcat

Private Dining experience in our remote

Backcountry chalet

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activities HELI-ADVENTURES - cont’

ICE SKATING

dreams are made of.  1.800.330.HELI (4354)  blackcombhelicopters.com AD PG33

Whistler Olympic Plaza Located in the heart of Whistler Village this outdoor skating experience is one you won’t soon forget. Admission is free, $5 skate rentals for children and $6 skate rentals for adults. Free (limited supply) of helmets.  604.935.PLAY(7529)  parksrec@whistler.ca  whistler.ca/skating AD PG21 MAP  I11

HORSE DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES Blackcomb Sleighrides It’s a Whistler tradition–horse drawn sleigh rides, optional dinner packages, covered sleighs, draft horses, scenic tours – Fun for the whole family.  604.932.7631  blackcombsleighrides.com AD PG34 MAP  PG110 #10

MOUNTAIN TOP DINING Canadian Wilderness Adventures Mountain Top Fondue Combine a snowmobile adventure with a three-course fondue dinner at the famous Crystal Hut, located 6,000 ft

HILTON WHISTLER RESORT

604-932-8484

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activities atop Blackcomb Mountain. Includes live entertainment.  604.938.1616  adventuredesk@canadian01.com  canadianwilderness.com AD PG89 MAP  T11

RENTALS

Black Tie Ski and Board Rentals Slopeside Come and be fitted with your rental equipment in one of our luxury fitting lounges. Located in Le Chamois, Blackcomb Base in the Upper Village. PRIVATE BACKCOUNTRY Open 7:30 am to 7 pm DINING  604.966.2122 Mountain Fondue  blacktieslopeside.com Enjoy exclusive backcountry dining at its best. AD PG2 MAP  N5 Private Snowcat available for groups of 10+ starting at $1,990. Enjoy traditional fondue SCANDINAVIAN BATHS or West Coast cuisine at our exclusive and Scandinave Spa remote log cabin. Hilton Whistler Resort. The Scandinavian baths experience, also  604.932.8484 known as hydrotherapy, is renowned for  blackombsnowmobile.com its energizing and relaxing properties. AD PG25 MAP  T12

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activities SCANDINAVIAN BATHS - cont’ SNOWMOBILING It cleanses the skin, improves physical conditioning and promotes a sense of wellbeing. Experience the essence of relaxation through our sauna, steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunges, solariums and outdoor fireplace.  604.935.2424  info.whistler@scandinave.com  scandinave.com AD PG36 MAP  PG110 #1

SIGHTSEEING Blackcomb Helicopters Get a bird’s eye view of the Whistler/ Blackcomb resort area by helicopter. A stunning tour includes views of the mountains, meadows, hidden waterfalls, and glacier-fed lakes that lie beyond the hiking trails.  1.800.330.HELI (4354)  blackcombhelicopters.com AD PG33

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Canadian Wilderness Adventures Explore the Callaghan backcountry and majestic old growth forest as you trek along the Medicine Trail. Let our guides introduce you to some philosophies of tree medicine that our great ancestors lived by along with a brief history of the area’s traditional use.  604.938.1616  adventuredesk@canadian01.com  canadianwilderness.com AD MAP AD PG39 MAP  T11

Teepee Tours Whistler’s newest Après Experience. Join us on a short guided snowshoe tour to a spectacular Teepee viewpoint and enjoy a mulled beverage and charcuterie. Day tours also available. Hilton Whistler Resort.  604.932.6681  blackcombsnowmobile.com AD PG23 MAP  T12

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activities Cross Country Connection Cross country ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons, and trail passes in beautiful Lost Lake Park. Organically-minded café with deliciously hand-crafted food.  604.905.0071  info@crosscountryconnection.ca  crosscountryconnection.ca AD PG35 MAP  F6

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Meadow Park Sports Centre Affordable fun for the whole family. Meadow Park Sports Centre offers an NHL-sized ice rink, a 4,500 sq.ft. fitness centre, a fitness studio, two squash courts, a half basketball court, a 25-metre lap pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a steam room and a kids pool. Located five minutes Lost Lake Cross Country north of the Village at 8625 Highway 99. Walking distance from Whistler Village, enjoy  604.935.PLAY(7529) over 30 km of cross country ski and snowshoe  parksrec@whistler.ca trails with incredible mountain views. Groomed  whistler.ca/recreation daily for classic and skate skiing. AD PG21 MAP  PG110 #6  604.935.PLAY(7529)  parksrec@whistler.ca TUBING  whistler.ca/crosscountry Coca Cola® Tube Park AD PG21 MAP  F6 The Coca-Cola® Tube Park offers tons

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Just picture Whistler Blackcomb’s colourful in-bounds map and multiply it by 50! That’s what heliskiing gets you. Now combine that endless terrain with no lift lines, no crowds and no one poaching your powder and you start to understand the reasons why heliskiing is top of the winter bucket list for diehard skiers and snowboarders. And there’s no better place than Whistler to check it off your list. Heliskiing has been an integral part of the ski experience here for almost four decades. It’s a rite of passage in Whistler because, as everyone who has ever done it knows, this an adventure you won’t soon forget. That deep history brings a wealth of knowledge to the experience as well as the comfort of knowing that you are in capable hands when it comes to finding the best powder on any given day. On top of the ski experience, there’s also the bonus of taking in a bird’s eye view of the Sea to Sky corridor along the way and there’s no better way of understanding the pristine natural majesty of B.C. and the special spot that Whistler holds in this province. 

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And yet, those two mountains are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Whistler and all it has to offer. There is a vast playground just beyond, stretching out into the untamed wilderness. And one of the best ways to see what it’s all about is via snowmobile.

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ftentimes, guests come to Whistler, stare up at the two mountains standing guard over the Village (Whistler on looker’s right, Blackcomb on the left) and think: This is it. This is what Whistler is all about.


snowmobiling Fast and fun, agile and nimble, snowmobiling is the perfect way to Q: get deeper into the backcountry and experience “supernatural B.C.” Check What is the out the renowned Pemberton Ice Cap to north or the spectacular Brandywine Pemberton Ice the and Callaghan Valley areas to the south. Whistler snowmobiling tours offer Cap? something for everyone. There are Fresh Tracks tours for the early birds in the A: crisp morning mountain air or Night Rider The Pemberton Ice Cap tours for those who want to adventure by is a massive area of thick moonlight. And there’s the gamut of tours snow and ice, stretching in between from easy-going beginner more than 300 square rides around old-growth forests to the kilometres in the Sea to extreme side of things where you can Sky corridor. This is the work the snowmobile over powder fields in southernmost ice cap high alpine bowls. It’s a vast backcountry in Canada and it’s right playground and that means there’s on Whistler’s doorstep. something for everyone. Even kids get to It’s a winter playground experience the thrill of snowmobiling too full of peaks and valleys with Mini-Z snowmobiles on a specially with powder perfect for designed track. snowmobilers. And you thought Whistler was all about skiing! 

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t would be easy to pigeon-hole Whistler into a ski town in the winter and a bike town in the summer. The truth is, there’s a whole world of activities beyond the obvious. Perhaps it would be more accurate to call this an adventure-lover’s paradise with year-round options to fuel your adrenalin. BUNGEE JUMPING , for example, isn’t what immediately springs to mind when you think about a Whistler vacation. It turns out this is one of the most popular adventures, winter or summer, rain or shine. The bungee bridge is set into the forest on the southern edge of Whistler. The jump takes place over the rushing Cheakamus River, a quiet magical spot whether blanketed in snow or heavy with summer’s warmth.

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up high. At Superfly Ziplines you can try out the longest tandem ziplines in Canada. At Ziptrek Ecotours you can do the Sasquatch, more than 2 kilometres, making it the longest zipline in Canada and the United States (this line is open only in the summer but Ziptrek has many other tours year-round). And let’s not forget about the fastest ice track in the world at the Whistler Sliding Centre, home of the sliding events for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In the winter you can try your hand in the BOBSLEIGH or SKELETON . In the summer it becomes Rolling Thunder, a bobsleigh on wheels with guests tucked behind a professional bobsleigh pilot. No excuses then for not getting your heart pumping while in Whistler. 

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ne look at Whistler Blackcomb’s ski school programs and it’s clear this mountain playground is a place for the whole family.

SKI SCHOOL is filled with eager young groms linking their first turns on their snowboards, or switching from “pizza” (snowplough) to “French fries” (skis straight) amid whoops and hollers. The idea is to create lifelong skiers and snowboarders, passionate about the sport.

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Families can head indoors to THE ESCAPE ROOM and put their minds to the test by combining the family brain power to figure out how to escape the challenges within. Of course, no activity in Whistler is complete with an APRÈS —one that the whole family can truly enjoy. At Family Après every Monday and Wednesday, there are no shot skis in sight but there’s outdoor entertainment, winter activities, and drinks to stay warm. 

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99 things to do If you don’t have a Whistler bucket list, it’s time to put pen to paper and figure out what you’re going to do while you’re here. These are 99 suggestions to get you started. It’s by no means a complete list! Our local insiders have offered up their top ten things too.

THE TOP 1.

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views are good from the valley, try it out from the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. It’s 11 minutes between Whistler and Blackcomb. Not to be missed.

TUBE PARK It’s not just for kids… or the faint of heart! The tube park on Blackcomb is another great way to slide down the mountain. WONDER ROUTE Pick one of

4.

GO BEYOND There’s a whole

WB’s Wonder Routes and see why it’s called a “Wonder Route.” world of fun out there, beyond skiing and snowboarding — dogsledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, ziplining. Spend a day exploring!

SOAK IN THE ALPENGLOW

It’s that magical moment in the

HYDROTHERAPY AT SCANDINAVE SPA This spa really

needs no introduction. It’s a mustdo. Heat up, cold plunge, relax. And repeat. Again and again. Truly decadent.

THE 360 VIEW If you think the

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afternoon when the sun dips down and bathes the mountains in a kaleidoscope of pink, red and yellow. Take a moment to look up.

7.

GET SKINNY Skis, that is. There are so many cross country ski options in Whistler. Get into the glide.

8.

HELI-ANYTHING Whether it’s a sight-seeing tour or a trip to the ancient ice caves, find a way to get on a helicopter and check out where we live from the best vantage point out there.

9.

PARTY IN YOUR SKI BOOTS Beer

tastes better in ski boots.

10. BE PREPARED There’s no such

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11. EAT Snow 12. EAT SUSHI At Kaze Sushi with Tokyo Tom.

13.

SKATE On any frozen lake. There

are five in the valley—Green, Alta, Alpha, Nita and Lost.

14. GET MUSICAL Go to a “She

Stole My Beer” show, a legendary “local” band hailing from North Vancouver.

15.

TUNE UP Get your skis tuned by Derek Rhodes. Check out Profile Ski and Snowboard shop.

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BOUNDARIES Go ski touring. DINE OUT Go to the Alta Bistro

and see Eric Griffith, co-owner and wine director.

18. DRINK BEER With Guitar Doug.

Or, at the very least, check out the Hairfarmers for an après show.

19. SKI With your kids. 20. SKI With your friends.


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24. EXPLORE BY SNOWMOBILE Go

backcountry snowmobiling with Canadian Wilderness Adventures (CWA) or Blackcomb Snowmobile.

25. X COUNTRY Hit the dog friendly cross country trails at Whistler Olympic Park.

26. GET IN THE ELEMENT Enjoy breakfast at Elements.

21. DOG PLAY Top of my list is to

howl with the dogs and watch them play all day with my son.

22. DOG SLEDDING Run my favourite dog team, which changes daily, through the old growth forest.

23. SHOW TIME Catch one of my

favourite local bands, Red Chair or Blame the Weekend.

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27. PERK UP With coffee at Alpine Café.

28. FEED THE HUNGRY Do a meat

run to the city and pick up 6,000lbs of chicken for the dogs.

29. AWWWWW Train puppies. 30. CHILL Stay at home, have a fire and hang out with my boy (the two-legged one) and whichever dogs we have at home that day.

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VISIT THE BROW QUEENS Get a

brow wax at Be Beauty.

32. CAESARS IN THE ALPINE Take

the gondola to the alpine, have a Caesar, ski out.

36. HAPPY HOUR At Earl’s. 37. CHANNEL YOUR INNER KID Build a snow fort.

38. GO OLD-SCHOOL Get a pair of snowshoes and explore.

33. OYSTERS At the Bearfoot Bistro. 39. SLEEP IN A HUT For the best 34. MILLION DOLLAR LAPS Head night’s sleep. up Whistler Mountain with your board and discover Million Dollar 40. VISIT THE CORNER DELI For a Ridge.

35. PEOPLE WATCHING Find a patio and watch the world go by.

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41. FREE SKATING Take the family 47. SUGAR RUSH Stop in for a sweet skating in Olympic plaza.

42. SOAKING AT SCANDINAVE Relax at the Scandinave Spa all year round.

43. VILLAGE STROLL Enjoy an

evening winter stroll through the Village looking at all the amazing festive lights!

44. BURGER AND BEER NIGHT Mile

One Eating House in Pemberton has the best burgers and our favourite is burger and beer night on Wednesdays.

adventure at Whistler’s candy shop, The Great Glass Elevator.

48. DOWN TIME Read a book in the library or take the kids to story time.

49. SNOW SHOEING Around Lost Lake.

50. BACK TO LOST LAKE Trade in the snow shoes for cross country skis and explore.

45. SIGHTSEEING FROM ABOVE Ride the PEAK 2 PEAK! Even if you don’t ski, it’s amazing!

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SPINE SKIING Find your favourite slice of gnar and shred it.

52. NOBOARDING Find some mellow pow and go for a snow surf. (Not a typo. Google it!)

53. VALLEA LUMINA It’s amazing!

(Stay tuned for spring re-opening).

58. WAFFLE FRIES Pretty much anything at après ski tastes amazing.

59. TIMELAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY

At night, the mix of Whistler’s minimal city lights with a full moon makes for great timelapse colours.

54. WATCH HOCKEY Whistler’s minor 60. AUDAIN ART MUSEUM So much hockey teams play at Meadow Park arena (Free admission, great snack shack!)

55. OSPREY WATCHING Big nest at south end of Green Lake.

56. CRAFT BEER SAMPLING The

scene is blowing up around here.

57. TOBOGGANING WITH YOUR

KIDS Have some good laughs at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

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61. WARM UP With a Blenz hot

65. DOGGIE DATES At the Meadow

62. WHISTLER HOLIDAY

66. SPRING SKIING Don’t forget your

chocolate and watch the kids play at Olympic plaza.

EXPERIENCE This is a must-do

with kids over the holiday season. The Whistler Conference Centre is packed full of family fun from bouncy castles to mini-putt.

Park fields with the beautiful views on a sunny day. sunscreen.

67. WHO NEEDS A REASON TO

APRÈS? Have an après on a bluebird day (even if you haven’t skied).

63. APRÈS Live music, French onion 68. FAMILY APRÈS Twice a week soup and a glass of wine at Brickworks.

64. OLD-FASHIONED FUN Snowball fights on a powder day.

at Olympic plaza enjoy the family fun. Be sure to stop in at Purebread for a treat while you’re there.

69. UNLOCK SECRETS At the escape rooms at Escape! Whistler.

70. PAUSE AND LOOK AROUND

Appreciate the beautiful town I live in, all in its winter glory.

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71.

GET ICY Sample vodka in the

Ketel One Ice Room—the coldest vodka tasting room in the world.

72. BOBSLEIGH Check out the

Olympic Sliding Centre as you race down the fastest track in the world.

73. HELI SKI Just do it. 74. SNOWMOBILE Explore the backcountry.

75. SKI/RIDE Shred both mountains. 76. ICE SKATING On Green Lake. 77. BUNGEE JUMP South of town, over the Cheakamus River.

78. SLEIGH RIDE Enjoy the magic of a sleigh ride on Blackcomb Mountain. Go for a delicious fondue dinner afterwards.

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79. DOG SLEDDING A different way to experience the backcountry.

80. MORE SLIDING A day in the tube park.


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TOP TEN INDOOR 81. THE REC CENTRE The Meadow

Park Sports Centre is one of the best spots in town: ice rink, squash courts, kids pool, big pool, hot tubs, gym, tons of classes.

82. THE MUSEUMS Take a stroll

down memory lane and learn more about Whistler’s past at the Whistler Museum on Main Street. Don’t miss out on our First Nations history too at the stunning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

You could even go as far as the “local” winery, Fort Berens in Lillooet.

87. IF YOU’RE A TEEN The Whistler

Youth Centre is the place to be between the ages of 13 and 18. Three rooms dedicated to skateboarding, video games, movies and music, including a mini-ramp with skateboards and helmets to borrow.

88. A SNOWCAT RIDE TO A CANDLIT DINNER Stay warm and snug in a 19-passenger snowcat while you’re ferried to a candlelit fondue.

89. CLIMB THE WALLS If ice

climbing outdoors isn’t your thing, try the indoor climbing wall at The Core.

83. THE SILVER SCREEN Go to the 90. READ ABOUT US Pick up Pique movies, get fresh popcorn! Village 8 Cinemas is located underground by Mongolie Grill.

84. LUNCH IN THE ALPINE Steeps on

Whistler Mountain, Christine’s on Blackcomb Mountain. This is how you truly dine in the alpine.

Newsmagazine, our sister publication, fresh on stands every Thursday. Find a quiet spot in the library and read up on all the latest local news and events.

85. PROGRESSIVE DINNER A

feast for the senses with Whistler Tasting Tours. This is a progressive dinner taking in some of Whistler’s best restaurants.

86. CHECK OUT THE CORRIDOR Get out of Whistler for a while and explore the Sea to Sky corridor.

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IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH… highest level terrain park to get air. In fact, we suggest you don’t. But check out the Big Easy Terrain Garden on Blackcomb and get that sensation of your skis leaving the snow. It may only be an inch; it still feels like you’re flying.

92. SPEAKING OF AIR Cheer on

skiers from the Peak Chair line as they hit Air Jordan.

93. HOT SPRINGS Explore a little of

B.C. while you’re here. Get out to the natural hot springs and soak in the good stuff. Tours can be arranged via helicopter with massage services awaiting on-site.

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94. FRESH TRACKS You’ll feel

SOME FINAL THINGS TO DO

pumped up as you get into the Whistler Gondola knowing you’re first up the mountains. Enjoy your breakfast buffet as you gear up for the fresh snow.

95. LAST DOWN Make it your

mission to spend all day on the mountains, from Fresh Tracks to final ski out. The beer will never taste so good!

96. HIKE FOR YOUR TURNS Even

if it’s just the short climb to the Blackcomb Glacier, find that boot pack. It’s worth it.

97. BEFRIEND A LOCAL We’re a

friendly bunch and we’ll give you the inside scoop!

98. FIRE AND ICE Watch skiers and

snowboarders perform tricks like jumping through a burning ring of fire. Every Sunday night at the Village base of Whistler Mountain.

99. PLAN AHEAD Winter may be

epic in Whistler but it goes off in summer too. Mountain biking, swimming, camping, hiking. In other words, there’s 99 more things to do! Plan your comeback while you’re here.

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health, fitness & spas

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illian Ryan is equally at home whether it’s snowboarding Million Dollar Ridge on Whistler Mountain or scuba diving in the ocean off Belize or even opening her own beauty salon in Whistler.

That, she says, was an opportunity she just couldn’t pass up, though she was taking a chance and betting on her future here. Five years ago she opened Be Beauty with her business partner and it didn’t take long for it to make a name for itself among locals and tourists alike. “We call ourselves the brow queens,” says Ryan of her tight knit team at Be Beauty. “That’s our speciality. We bring you in and we give you this big bold brow with the shaping and tinting.” And it’s totally on trend. It appears Ryan has the golden touch; six months ago she, along with two business partners, opened The Corner Deli, a sandwich shop, known for smoked meat sandwiches and Vietnamese bahn mis. Like Be Beauty, she was tapping into a niche market and the community embraced it. Ryan has a familiar Whistler story: She got in her car in 2011 and pointed west.

Ryan grew up in a small town in New Brunswick where she learned to snowboard on the handrails of the Royal Bank building. It’s no wonder then, that when she got to the top of Whistler Mountain in 2011, she knew this was where she wanted to be, listening to old-school rap music while snowboarding over West Coast powder. Whistler also offered a chance to carve out an “orphan family” with like-minded friends from around the world. As for Be Beauty, as it settles into its success at the five-year mark, she’s open to whatever the future holds. “I wanted it to be able to grow as its own brand,” she says. Maybe one day, she muses, there could be a Beach Beauty too!  52

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“You come out here to hike and ski and you just never take off again,” she says. “We’ve got the best of the best here from the lower class heroes to the big time stuff.”


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he Japanese call it “Shinrin-yoku.” Translated, it means “forest bathing.” Q: What it really means, however, is the idea that What is the coastal being out in the forest, surrounded by trees rainforest? and nature, is a form of A: relaxation therapy. Quite Whistler’s annual simply, the forest makes precipitation, which comes as lots of snow in you feel better.

Whistler doesn’t have a name for it per se. But it’s something we put into practice all the time. We ski among the trees, we snowshoe around them, we soar over their peaks while zip trekking. Little did we know it but this has long been our way of practising “Shinrinyoku.” Even if we’re not actively “forest bathing,” Whistlerites spend a lot of time outdoors. Try it while you’re here. Hug a tree. Take a walk down the Valley Trail. Cross country ski around Lost Lake Park. Stop and look up at the afternoon alpenglow. Be present. It does the body, the mind and the soul so much good.  54

the winter, is the reason for the lush, verdant forest all around us. This is a temperate rainforest made up mostly of coniferous trees such as the Western Red Cedar, the Sitka Spruce and the Douglas fir. In the Elaho Valley, south of Whistler, there is a stand of Douglas fir that is more than 1,000 years old.


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health, fitness & spas Blue Highways Our Canadian & internationally licensed Altitude Fitness therapists have served Whistler for Whistler’s newest fitness & health over 25 years. Implementing advanced destination featuring: state-of-the-art gym therapy techniques in a calm and cozy equipment, floatation therapy, infrared atmosphere, we tailor our treatments to saunas and massage on-site. Open gym. meet your specific needs. 206-4368 Main Yoga. Spin. BootyCore. BoxFit. Pilates. HIIT. Street. Personal Training. Float Pod. Creekside  604.938.0777 Village  bookings@bluehighways.ca  604.962.2600  bluehighways.ca  altitudecanada.com AD PG56 MAP  I14  altitude_canada Scandinave Spa AD PG59 MAP  PG109 #3 Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our MASSAGE spectacular 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa. Avello Spa There is no better way to complement Where health and luxury meet. Signature a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway treatments include: sports, hot rock than indulging in a soothing massage and Thai massage; European facials; and baths experience. For the ultimate manicures and pedicures in our state of relaxation, enjoy a Swedish, Restorative or the art pedicure lounge. Located at the Deep Tissue Massage. Westin Resort & Spa hotel.  604.935.2424  604.935.3444  info.whistler@scandinave.com whistlerspa.com  scandinave.com MAP  W13 AD PG36 AD PG58 MAP  PG110 #11

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Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation, Acupressure, Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, & Hot Stone Massage. Registered Massage Therapy, Counselling, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Naturopathy & Medical Skin Care are available on request. www.bluehighways.ca 604-938-0777 #206-4368 Main St, Market Pavilion

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SCANDINAVIAN BATHS

Whistler Physiotherapy Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage for chronic or acute injuries and relaxation. All of our therapists are BC registered. Two locations.  Marketplace: 604.932.4001  Garibaldi Highlands (Squamish): 604.898.1009  whistlerphysio.com AD PG55 MAP  F14

Scandinave Spa Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our spectacular 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa. There is no better way to complement a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway than indulging in a soothing massage and baths experience. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a Swedish, Restorative or Deep Tissue Massage.  604.935.2424  info.whistler@scandinave.com  scandinave.com AD PG36 AD PG58 MAP  PG110 #11

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The Loft Salon Award-winning cutting stylists, makeover specialists, and skilled colourists for both men and women. Convenient village location. Street parking, bus & shuttles right outside our door.  604.935.0044  theloftsalon.com MAP J14

Voted Best Dental Clinic

New Patients & Emergencies Welcome For appointments call: 604-938-1550 #317 – 2063 Lake Placid Rd., Whistler (next to Creekside Market)

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health, fitness & spas Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge Whistlers No. 1 Spa for all waxing, tanning, nails and lashes. One hour free parking in Whistler’s Marketplace.  604.962.6900  bebeautywhistler.com AD PG59 MAP  I14

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Avello Spa Where health and luxury meet. Signature treatments include: sports, hot rock and Thai massage; European facials; manicures and pedicures in our state of the art pedicure lounge. Located at the Westin Resort & Spa hotel.  604.935.3444  whistlerspa.com MAP  W13

The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge Indulge and feel the tension melt away. Our welcoming full-service spa provides an unforgettable experience that will relax and restore mind, body and soul. Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Road  604.966.5715  spa@nitalakelodge.com  nitalakelodge.com MAP  PG109 #11

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health, fitness & spas Scandinave Spa Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our spectacular 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa. There is no better way to complement a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway than indulging in a soothing massage and baths experience. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a Swedish, Restorative or Deep Tissue Massage.  604.935.2424  info.whistler@scandinave.com  scandinave.com AD PG36 AD PG58 MAP  PG110 #11

TANNING Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge Locals worst kept secret for all waxing, tanning, nails and lashes. Four stand up super beds and premium tanning products such as Hempz and Swedish Beauty.  604.962.6900  bebeautywhistler.com AD PG59 MAP  I14

state-of-the-art gym. yoga. spin. boxfit. massage. tanning. fascial stretch therapy. 604.962.2600 www.altitudecanada.com

YOGA Yogacara Studios Yoga and wellness services in the heart of the village! Promoting community, wellness & authentic yoga in a peaceful environment. Small class sizes (15 student cap).  604.935.2020  whistleryogacara.com MAP Q12  /faqwhistler

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ot many people go through an executive business coaching course for three months only to discover that they are meant to be exactly where they are.

But that’s just what happened to Kelly Czekurlon, the long-standing manager of The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop. Business coaching reaffirmed her love and passion for her job and set the wheels in motion for her to take over the business. Just over a year ago, she officially took the helm of Whistler’s landmark candy store, buying it from its original owner Kennedy Raine.

Part of the candy store’s charm, then and now, is that it is “like a little piece of sunshine on a rainy day.” With the colourful rows of stacked bulk candy bins—licorice, chocolate, gummies and more—it’s an adventure every visit. It has become a go-to, must-do spot for return visitors and first-timers alike. And a haven for those who may be feeling a little homesick too. Take the small British section that has been a huge hit over the years. “It’s fun to come in and be able to get something that you’re missing from home,” explains Czekurlon of its popularity. Czekurlon is subtly putting her own mark on The Great Glass Elevator, while staying true to its roots. This summer she launched a small book section, aimed at kids ages 3-5. It sold out within two weeks. Needless to say, Czerkurlon never made it to Australia with her friends after that first winter season. She met her future husband in Whistler, settled in Pemberton, had two children. “I come to work every single day happy about what I’m doing, so why would I try to change that?” she asks. “What more could you ask for?”  60

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“I started off as a part-time employee,” recalls Czekurlon, who had moved to Whistler for a winter season in 2005, with the idea it would be a short pit-stop before heading to Australia with friends. “I had just moved here from Ontario and I was working at Starbucks at the time and, like everybody else, I needed a second job.”


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cursory glance around Whistler Village would have you believe that the town is full of ski and snowboard shops, T-Shirt shops, and not much else. Let’s be honest, Whistler does have a disproportionate number of ski and snowboard shops—that’s what we’re all about in the winter after all. But tucked among the big ski staples, there are so many gems waiting to be discovered, some of which have nothing to do with skiing. The Village was designed with this in mind—pedestrian friendly meandering streets so that guests can take their time exploring. Get beyond the Village too. The Upper Village, just a short walk over Fitzsimmons Creek, is another great spot as well as Creekside and Function Junction. Check out the maps at the back of FAQ for more information. 

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Formerly knowns as Bizarre Bazaar, this is a collection of local artisans coming together in a large preholiday season market. There’s everything from made-in-Whistler balsamic vinegar and hand-made pottery to unique jewelry and cards. And there’s the always popular Bratz Biz too where local kids sell their awesome wares. November 24-25 at the Whistler Conference Centre.


shops & services Street (Village Stroll across from Cows)  604.962.0099 The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop  001@cudmoregroup.com Whistler’s candy shop is 1,000 square AD PG67 MAP  N12 feet of sweet located in Marketplace. Featuring bulk candy, Jelly Belly’s, British, nostalgic candy, gourmet popcorn and a great selection of cards, party supplies and balloons. Visit today and make all your candy dreams come true! #115Inside Out Boutique - Not Just 4350 Lorimer Road Lingerie  604.935.1076 Specializing in personal bra fitting  whistlercandyshop.com for over 31 years. Not Just Lingeriecollections of unique streetwearAD PG72 MAP  H13 supporting Canadian made. Tunics , tops, dresses, leggings, accessories, quality CAR RENTAL sleepwear and Saxx underwear for men. Avis Rent a Car - Whistler Also featuring intimate apparel from Wide variety of mid and full size cars Chantelle and Calvin Klein. Whistler Town for exploring Whistler plus a full range Plaza, #30-4314 Main Street of mini vans, 4x4’s, 10 passenger vans,  604.932.2145 | MAP  K 12 cargo and 16’ cube vans for moving!

CANDY STORES

One-way rentals available to Vancouver or from airport and downtown to Whistler. After-hours key drop! | Open 8:30am to 5:30pm - 7 days a week. 364 days a year! Cascade Lodge Lobby. 4315 Northlands Blvd.  604.932.1236  sheri.warm@abglocalmarket.ca MAP  M15

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Cool As A Moose Whistler’s largest and finest selection of souvenirs and resort-wear, with a wide range of gifts for the whole family and free balloons for the kiddies! #11-4308 Main  /faqwhistler

Peak Performance Clothing Peak Performance was born in Åre, in 1986, in the heart of Sweden’s great northern wilderness. Making technically advanced and innovative ski, golf, training apparel and more, comes from the love of the great outdoors—we simply want to inspire people to be adventurous. Town Plaza, Whistler Village North.  604.905.1183  peak-whistler.com MAP  L12

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shops & services Showcase Snowboard, Surf & Skate Shop The most recognizable retail brand in Whistler, Showcase continues to be the focal point of the local snowboard and skate community. Featuring the best in equipment and clothing, Showcase is the place for your winter rides and style. Located in the Sundial Hotel off Mountain Square  604.905.2022 MAP  S11 Snowflake Showcasing the best in great Canadian design, Snowflake carries a stunning selection of cashmere, fur and shearling in accessories, outerwear and boots for women and men. Incredible collection of

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capes, wraps, gloves and hats. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village.  604.938.2019  snowflakecanada.com AD PG71 MAP  N5

GIFTS Coast Mountain Brewing Boutique Craft Beer in Whistler’s, Function Junction. Our tasting room is where you will find a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere built for the mountainside local and enjoyed by the traveller far and wide.  604.962.3230  coastmountainbrewing.com AD PG31 MAP  PG108 #3


shops & services Columbia Renowned for developing innovative products that are functional and stylish, the Columbia Store is your source for outerwear, sportswear, rugged footwear or accessories. Gatehouse Building, Whistler Village  604.932.4106 MAP  P12 Patagonia Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. Marketplace, Whistler Village North  604.932.2526 MAP  H13 Quiksilver Surf-inspired, Quiksilver and Roxy have had a natural progression into the ski & snowboard world. Whether it is casual clothing or technical outerwear, the Quiksilver store has you covered! Crystal Lodge, Whistler Village |  604.938.7713 MAP  S12 Salomon Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports has led to an array of sporting goods. If you’re in the market for new skis, boots, bindings, apparel or rentals, come check out the Salomon store. Pan Pacific Mountainside, Whistler Village Centre.  604.905.2295 MAP  S11 The North Face Known for their technically advanced and innovative gear, The North Face store carries a range of outdoor equipment from tents and sleeping bags, to outerwear and footwear for kids and adults. Deer Lodge, Whistler Village North |  604.938.7432 MAP  K12  /faqwhistler

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shops & services Get The Goods. With over 1,000 unique items sourced from around the world, you will find the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Step into our Emporium of Wonder and get inspired to build, create, read, write, think & converse.  604.935.7878  getthegoods.ca AD PG73 MAP  PG109 #1

groceries. We deliver. Located 1km north of the village.  604.932.3545  nestersmarket.com AD PG112 MAP  PG110 #7

LIQUOR STORES

GOURMET CHOCOLATE Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Breathe in the sweet aromas and see fudge, caramel apples, peanut brittle and sponge toffee made before your very eyes. Be sure to try our delicious ice cream! Open late. Located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola  604.932.4100 AD PG68 MAP U12

GROCERY STORES Nesters Market & Wellness Centre “Where the Locals Shop.” Great fresh seafood and meat, deli, pharmacy, produce & wellness centre, bakery and

Roland’s Creekside Beer & Wine Store Open 11am -11pm 7 days a week, including holidays. 2129 Lake Placid Road.  604.932.5926 AD PG96 MAP  PG108 #1 Blackcomb Liquor Store Home of the finest in local and international beers, wines, and spirits! Coldest beer in town and best selection of premium BC wines. Located on the base of Blackcomb in the Upper Village. Delivery available.

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PHARMACY

Locally owned and operated since 1996. #1-4573 Chateau Blvd  604.932.9795 MAP  M5

MARKETPLACE Whistler’s Marketplace Experience Whistler’s premier shopping centre located next to Whistler Olympic Plaza. Offering a variety of specialty boutiques, restaurants and professional services. Owned and managed by headwaterprojects.com AD PG70 MAP  H13

Shoppers Drug Mart With a prestigious Beauty Boutique and a full-service pharmacy offering travel vaccinations, medication reviews, prescription deliveries and much more, Shoppers Drug Mart has everything you need for your health, beauty, and convenience.  604.905.5666  shoppersdrugmart.ca MAP  P11

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shops & services late until 10pm.  604.966.2122 Affinity Sports Rentals  whistler.blacktieskis.com Great selection of high quality equipment, AD PG2 MAP N5 MAP T15 switch equipment anytime, and free storage are just a few reasons to choose Whistler Blackcomb Rentals Affinity Sports. We are also conveniently Conveniently located at every mountain open until 10pm so that you can pick up base, Whistler Blackcomb rentals offer equipment to suit any level of skier or your gear the night before. rider. Get the best gear for the whole  604.932.6007 family, all at one convenient location.  affinityrentals.com Visit our boutique rental location in the AD BACK COVER Blackcomb Daylodge, the RDL Store, Black Tie Ski Rentals featuring equipment from Rossignol, Avoid line-ups and hassles! Call Whistler’s Dynastar and Lange. Original Ski and Board Rental Delivery  1.800.766.0449 Service. We bring the best new equipment  whistlerblackcomb.com/rentals from the top brands and fit you in the comfort of your accommodations. Open

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RETAIL Cool As A Moose Whistler’s largest and finest selection of souvenirs and resort-wear, with a wide range of gifts for the whole family and free balloons for the kiddies! #11-4308 Main Street (Village Stroll across from Cows)  604.962.0099  001@cudmoregroup.com AD PG67 MAP  N12

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Get The Goods. With over 1,000 unique items sourced from around the world, you will find the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Step into our Emporium of Wonder and get inspired to Build, Create, Read, Write, Think & Converse.  604.935.7878  getthegoods.ca AD PG73 MAP  PG109 #1

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shops & services Mountain Kids Outfitters Whistler’s outdoor store for kids and teenagers. Jackets, pants, helmets, goggles, gloves, base layers and much more from all the top brands. Conveniently located in Mountain Square near Lululemon. #207-4293 Mountain Square  604.932.2115  info@mountainkids.ca  mountainkids.ca AD PG69 MAP  T12

Whistler Kitchen Works Whistler’s unique gift and kitchenware store with fantastic product selection and friendly staff. A popular local store for 23 years! Pottery, linens, tea towels and souvenirs. Come visit us! Located in Whistler’s Marketplace  604.938.111 MAP  H13

Snowflake Showcasing the best in great Canadian design, Snowflake carries a stunning selection of cashmere, fur and shearling in accessories, outerwear and boots for women and men. Incredible collection of capes, wraps, gloves and hats. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village.  604.938.2019  snowflakecanada.com AD PG71 MAP  N5

Nesters Market & Wellness Centre “Where the Locals Shop.” Great fresh seafood and meat, deli, pharmacy, produce & wellness centre, bakery and groceries. We deliver. Located 1km north of the village.  604.932.3545  nestersmarket.com AD PG112 MAP  PG110 #7

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SHOPPING GUIDE

COAST MOUNTAIN BREWING

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$14.75

GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR CANDY SHOP

Helium Balloons Come in and pick them out yourself, or call to have them delivered! STARTING AT $2.50

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INSIDE OUT BOUTIQUE

RUELLE - TUNIQUE DARWIN

Made in Canada including the fabric. Sporty and elegant tunics, dresses and tops.

$110.00 TO $153.00

AUDAIN ART MUSEUM GIFT SHOP

Hollow Tree Candles Hand poured in Whistler, BC

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here’s no better place in the world than Whistler if you’re an aspiring ski filmmaker. Take it from Dave Mossop, co-founder of Sherpas Cinema.

“It’s like being in New York for jazz; if you’re a jazz musician, you can’t really be anywhere else, it’s just where the leading edge is,” says Mossop. After almost two decades, with the last eight years based in Whistler, there’s little doubt Mossop and the team of a dozen at Sherpas are on the leading edge and are, in fact, redefining it. Their short ski film Imagination recently took home a coveted Cannes Lion award for direction in the film craft category, in addition to a Clio gold award for music and Best of the Year award by Vimeo. And that’s just some of the accolades.

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What began as a dream of three Calgary high school friends to make ski movies has morphed into a steady stream of increasingly diverse, challenging and exciting projects, particularly for Mossop, known as one of the top aerial specialists in the business. One day he could be heliskiing with his camera for a new virtual reality project, another day flying in a helicopter over Iceland, capturing footage for the hugely popular FlyOver series. (He is the man behind the camera for FlyOver Canada). The next day he could be working on the roadmap for the two feature films that are quietly in the works. “It’s just this wild animal that we’re trying to tame constantly,” says Mossop. That’s, admittedly, not a bad problem to have. Though the business is constantly evolving, what remains at its core is Mossop’s passion for his craft. And while his ski bum days are fewer and farther between now that he’s a father of two young boys, he’s still deeply connected to the world around him, to the things that drew him to Whistler in the first place. “We’re always trying to make sure we’re listening very closely to what nature is telling us and responding to the film that nature wants us to make,” he says. “It’s always giving you something you didn’t expect and, if you’re there in that moment with a camera, you can capture this moment.”  77


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Aside from the epic parties and the free music line-up in the Village, WSSF is a celebration of mountain life. It’s a celebration of who we are and what we’ve become. It’s a chance to revel in our less-than-ordinary lifestyle, in choosing the path less travelled, and a time to reaffirm our mountain come experience Whistler’s unique history!

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or a community whose calendar year revolves around festivals and events from Whistler Pride and Ski Festival to the Whistler Film Festival, nothing sums up Whistler quite like the homegrown legendary World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF).


art scene mantras. It’s also one of the best times to come to Whistler and see what it’s all about. The WSSF has been a festival staple for more than 20 years. In that time, Whistler has honed the line-up, perfected the parties, and curated the best arts and culture events. The Pro Photographer Showdown, for example, brings together several photographers for a slideshow extravaganza of work that can make your soul sing. The 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown is an epic rush to the editing room as crews get a mere 72 hours to film and edit a 3 to 5-minute film. The results are often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always impressive. And there’s Art and Soul, the festival-long exhibition featuring Sea to Sky artists. Of course, it’s impossible to talk about the WSSF without also mentioning the athletes—the skiers and snowboarders tackling the Big Air competition and the amateur racers taking on the reborn Saudan Colouir Ski Race Extreme. No one says good-bye to the winter season quite like Whistler.  Scott Brammer

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UPPER VILLAGE GALLERIES

Mountain Galleries Celebrating over 26 years in Canadian fine art. The exhibitions range from abstract expressionism to magic realism, contemporary clay, glass, bronze and stone sculptures. Worldwide shipping. Located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  604.935.1862  mountaingalleries.com MAP  PG80 #1

VILLAGE GALLERIES

Arts Whistler The heart of art in Whistler! Centrally located in Whistler Village, the Maury Young Arts Centre is the perfect spot to explore local art, buy locally made gifts, check out the current art exhibit, and discover creative events around town. Free admission, open daily.  604.935.8410  info@artswhistler.com  artswhistler.com MAP  PG80 #6  /faqwhistler

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t It was a one-liner advertisement in the back pages of Pique Newsmagazine that changed the course of Priyanka Lewis’ life. “Space for rent,” it read. Three simple words loaded with promise. The space was Three Below, a restaurant/lounge tucked on the underground level beside Whistler’s Village 8 Cinemas. “We scraped up the money together and jumped in headfirst,” recalls Lewis of the decision to get into business in Whistler with her thenboyfriend and their business partner. It was a complete leap of faith for the couple from England who first came to Whistler for a winter season in 2005. The partners signed the lease on Three Below 10 years ago, back when they couldn’t afford new signage so they simply stuck with the name. Their idea was to bring a local and affordable place to the Village. For three years Lewis worked every day, long gruelling hours, often putting in night shifts at party bar Garfinkel’s until 2 in the morning to cover her own rent. “I don’t think people had faith that we were going to survive,” she admits with a rueful smile.

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Lewis and her partners did more than survive. Five years later they opened Brickworks, another restaurant/pub in the heart of the Village. Then they built on its success with Main Street Noodles. Lewis is the first to admit the journey has had its ups and downs. “I think there’s a perception that it’s easy to own a business…it isn’t,” she says. But failure, she adds, is simply not an option. As she was busy weathering the finicky ups and downs of the business in Whistler, Lewis was also carving out a life here. She married her business partner in 2010, children followed. The resort town became a close-knit community; it also became a home. “Whistler pretty much ticks all the boxes and many more that we didn’t even know we wanted or were even achievable,” says Lewis. “It is possible. If you want it, you can make Whistler your home; it just takes time and effort.”  83


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Blue Room

The Four Seasons Resort and Residence Whistler, in partnership with Head-Line Mountain Holidays, has launched a dining experience unlike anything ever seen here before. It’s called The Blue Room—a five-course meal in a secret ice cave cocooned in a frozen dome of sparkling blue walls. Guests travel to dinner via helicopter. After landing on an ice cap, a massive expanse of snow stretching for miles, they are then guided into the breath-taking ‘blue room’ where dinner awaits—champagne, caviar, oysters, grilled bone-in-ribeye. Of course, Whistler has long set the standards for one-of-a-kind experiential CONTINUED ON PAGE 86

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histler likes to do things in style— big, bold, pushing the boundaries kind of style, even when it comes to its food. Whistler’s latest culinary experience, however, really takes the cake.


European Comfort Locally Sourced

Wood fired pizza, steak, pasta and seafood. Lunch Friday - Sunday. Dinner Nightly Town Plaza

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dining—snowmobiling deep into the backcountry to dine or clicking out of ski boots and into a five-star lunch in the alpine or picnicking on glaciers during a heli-sightseeing tour. For visitors who don’t want to venture too far for their meals, options abound in the Village and surrounding areas with choices in every price-point. There are award-winning fine dining restaurants that that could be just as at home in New York or London or Paris. There are quick grab and go hotspots, like the poutine made right in the Village (just follow the delicious smells). There are family-friendly and health conscious options too.

INSIDERS’ TIP: If some of Whistler’s choicest restaurants seem a little pricey, don’t despair. Whistler still has what we call “shoulder seasons,” that period of time in between our two main seasons—ski season and bike season. Shoulder seasons come with great deals at the local restaurants. Grab the local newspaper Pique Newsmagazine to check out the dining specials. 

Sushi, tacos, curries, burgers, nachos— there’s a little taste of everything. And there’s little doubt that everything tastes better after a day in the mountains. 

4368 Main St., #201

604.905.4900 Entrees from $15 | Lunch Specials Great Vegetarian Selection Featuring Fraser Valley Farm-Raised Free Run Chicken Dishes Lunch from 11:30am | Dinner from 5pm Menu/Online Pick-up & Reservations: tandooriwhistler.com Online Dinner Delivery Direct @WhistlerDineIn.Com Or Phone: 604-966-6866

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TANDOOR OVEN The meat is first marinated in a blend of Royal spices and then BBQed in the Tandoor on skewers at high temperature


food & drink There are so many options to choose from when it comes to dining out in Whistler that it’s difficult to know where to begin. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, check out this dining guide for options on price and locations. Reservations Advised

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Mongolie Grill L A D $$ 604.938.9416 #201-4295 Blackcomb Way

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Roland’s Pub L A D $ 604.932.5940 2129 Lake Placid Road (Creekside)

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Sushi Village R6+ L D $$ 604.932.3330 2nd floor Sundial Hotel

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food & drink FAMILY FRIENDLY Caramba!

Aura Restaurant

R L D $$ 604.938.1879 #12-4314 Main Street

EAST INDIAN

AT NITA LAKE LODGE

R B D $$$ 604.966.5700 2131 Lake Placid Road (Creekside)

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Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine R L D $$ 604.905.4900 #201- 4368 Main Street (Corner of Northlands Blvd.)

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Old Spaghetti Factory

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R L D $ 604.938.1081 4154 Village Green

Christine’s Restaurant R L $$$ 604.938.7437 Rendezvous Lodge (Blackcomb Mountain)

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FINE DINING

Caramba!

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

R L D $$ 604.938.1879 #12-4314 Main Street

R L D $$$ 604.932.4540 #110-4222 Village Square

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Il Caminetto R L D $$$ 604.932.4442 4242 Village Square

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LOCALS’ FAVOURITE SINCE 1982!

Join us for après at Whistler’s most iconic bar, just steps from the Whistler Village Gondola Crowd around the cozy fireplace, taking in the mountain views while enjoying Daily Happy Hour Specials to start your après off right! Amazing Appetizers, Big Screen TVs & Pool Tables Breakfast, Lunch, Après & Dinner

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food & drink Steeps Grill & Wine Bar Cure Lounge & Patio

R L $$$ 604.905.2379 Roundhouse Lodge (Whistler Mountain)

AT NITA LAKE LODGE

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine

B L $ 604.966.5700 2131 Lake Placid Road (Creekside)

JAPANESE

R L D $$ 604.905.4900 #201- 4368 Main Street (Corner of Northlands Blvd.)

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R6+ L D $$ 604.932.3330 2nd floor Sundial Hotel

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R D $$$$ 604.938.1616 4282 Mountain Square (Below the Carleton Lodge)

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Brandy’s at the Keg L A D $$ 604.932.5151 4429 Sundial Place

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Fitzsimmons Pub $$ 604.935.3489 #3-4573 Chateau Blvd A D

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Coast Mountain Brewing A $ 604.962.3230 #2-1212 Alpha Lake Road (Function Junction)

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Caramba! R L D $$ 604.938.1879 #12-4314 Main Street

Roland’s Pub L A D $ 604.932.5940 2129 Lake Placid Road (Creekside)

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Whistler Brewing Company’s Tap House $ 604.962.8889 ext.105 1045 Millar Creek Road L A

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar R D $$$ 604.932.5151 4429 Sundial Place

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Sidecut Bar

AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES WHISTLER L A D $$ 604.935.3400 4591 Blackcomb Way

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OPEN LATE Mon. to Sat. till 3 a.m. Sun. till 2 a.m.

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The Cellar by Araxi

AT NITA LAKE LODGE

Brandy’s at the Keg

For private dining room Après, Sports, Lounge, Late Aura offers innovative dining events, The Cellar by Araxi Night and personalized service in is the perfect venue to enjoy 4429 Sundial Place an inspiring setting. Savour the true art of hospitality. 150  604.932.5151 the farm-to-table experience – 4222 Village Square at its freshest while enjoying  604.932.4540 stunning views of Nita Lake.  thecellarbyaraxi.com 2131 Lake Placid Road 

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WHY NOT

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Coast Mountain Brewing

Caramba! Restaurant

Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille

Boutique Craft Beer in Whistler’s, Function Junction. Our tasting room is where you will find a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere built for the mountainside local and enjoyed by the traveller far and wide. 2-1212 Alpha Lake Road.

Wood-fired pizza, steak, pasta and seafood. European comfort food prepared with a local flare. Take out. Our winter hours are lunch Friday - Sunday from 11:00 am and dinner nightly from 5:00 pm.

Unwind with a cool beverage around the cozy fireplace in one of Whistler’s iconic après bars, catch the game on the big screen, fuel up for your day with breakfast from 7am or enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest dinner.



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STEAK NIGHT BY SNOWMOBILE SPROATT CABIN, CALLAGHAN VALLEY

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Domino’s Pizza Pizza Delivery and Takeout 4368 Main Street. 

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Gibbons Hospitality Group Gibbons offers 7 iconic Whistler venues open 7 days/week for drinks, après, dancing and more. Join us at the Longhorn Saloon, Buffalo Bills, Tapley’s Pub, Garfinkel’s, the FireRock, Stonesedge & Milestones. Or #hoponit with a huge crew in weekly Bar Hop tours. 

604.938.0225



gibbonswhistler.com

Keg Steakhouse & Bar The Keg Steakhouse & Bar’s reputation has been built on great steaks, slow roasted Prime Rib, and succulent seafood. The Keg’s unmatched guest service sets them apart. 4229 Sundial Place. 

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Mongolie Grill

Mountain-Top Fondue

Combine your favourite ingredients with our gourmet sauces, then watch as our chefs theatrically grill your creation before your eyes! Join us for 20% off lunch before 4pm! 201-4295 Blackcomb Way. 

604.938.9416



mongoliegrill.com

WITH CANADIAN WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

Combine a snowmobile adventure with a threecourse fondue dinner at the famous Crystal Hut, located 6,000 ft atop Blackcomb Mountain. Includes live entertainment. 

604.938.1616

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Old Spaghetti Factory Whistler’s best dining value. All meals include hot sourdough bread, soup or salad, coffee or tea and our signature ice cream. Reservations of any size. Don’t forget to join us in the Crystal Lounge for Whistler’s most memorable après. 

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oldspaghettifactory.ca

a unique & upscale dining experience with stunning lakeside views

A RA fresh. modern. lakeside.

try our weekly meatless mondays 3-course menu from $39 pp

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Roland’s Creekside Pub SIDECUT Modern Steak Sushi Village + Bar The locals’ favourite in Discover Sushi Village and Creekside. Watch all the sports on our 9 flat screen TVs with volume! Delicious pub fare where the locals hang out. 

604.932.5940



rolandswhistler.com

SIDECUT serves Canadian prime steak and regional specialties with your choice of signature rubs and sauces. An extensive wine list and wine by the glass. Complimentary Parking. 4591 Blackcomb Way 

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sidecutwhistler.com

find out why Whistler locals and guests have been coming back for more than 30 years! Second floor of the Sundial Hotel 

604.932.3330



sushivillage.com

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Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine Great vegetarian selection. Gluten-free menu. Chicken dishes prepared from fresh free-run Fraser Valley farm chicken and grass-fed lamb are on the menu. Seafood is sustainably harvested. 

604.905.4900

For delivery, pick-up and reservations go to: tandooriwhistler.com 

Whistler Brewing Co. Professionally guided brewery tours will explain the brewing process with our use of 100% all-natural ingredients and brewing techniques plus four samples of our award winning craft beer. $15.95 tours begin at 2:30 & 4pm everyday. 1045 Millar Creek Road. 

604.962.8889 ext 105

Yukon Breakfast WITH CANADIAN WILDERNESS ADVENTURES Explore fresh tracks on a thrilling snowmobile adventure in the Callaghan backcountry to our rustic cabin on Sproatt Mountain for a full Yukon style breakfast cooked on an old fashioned, wood fired stove. 

604.938.1616

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o the bartender who has served every drink, from the fanciest cocktails with the coolest ingredients to the choicest champagne, it begs the question: What’s your favourite drink to make?

The answer, says Scott Barber, bar manager of the Bearfoot Bistro, is easy: “The one I’m making for myself!” Joking aside, Barber says the key to a great drink is all in the ingredients, and fresh is best, whether that’s just-picked rosemary and basil or freshly-squeezed lime juice. It’s doesn’t hurt that Barber’s bar, in one of Whistler’s long-established top restaurants, is stocked full of choice too—at least 24 different gins, more than 50 vodkas, and around 75 different scotches, whiskeys, and bourbons. Not to mention, the liquid nitrogen for those smoky martinis. “It makes my job easier when you have that to work with,” admits Barber.

Then again, this is not your average bartending job. Barber has served his drinks at five-course dinners on the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola; he’s bartended celebrity weddings and music festivals; he’s also served in the coldest vodka room in the world, nestled inside the Bearfoot Bistro. “It’s always strange putting long johns on to come to work in July,” he says. Barber got his first taste of Whistler while on a whirlwind visit during the 2010 Olympics. It was the electric vibe and the energy that drew him back here permanently from Ontario. It wasn’t easy leaving behind family and friends, a steady job, and starting from scratch, quite literally. On day one he was told: Forget everything that you think you know about bartending; it’s time to begin again. And the lesson in that, says Barber, is simple: “You’ll never find success unless you’re willing to put yourself in a position to fail.”  98

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Knowing that he would one day have this creative freedom was one of the reasons why he took a job as a food runner at the Bearfoot Bistro rather than taking a bartending job elsewhere. That was eight years ago, during his first week in Whistler, and Barber hasn’t looked back since.


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he secret to a good après lies not in the cold pitchers of beer, nor in hearty food or the stellar service. It’s not even in the live music. Though all those parts add to the whole experience, the heart of a true après lies in something intangible.

Whistler has long taken top spot for its après scene when it comes to this age-old tradition at ski resorts the world over. With three different ski bases, there’s a plethora of choice. Two clicks and you’re out of your skis, sitting under a heated patio lamp, ski buckles loosened, blood flowing back into your boots. Choices range from the table-dancing shenanigans at the Longhorn to the craft beer at Handlebar to the always-reliable, steady vibe at the Crystal to the sweet spot overlooking the mountains and the Village at the GLC patio. And that’s just to name a few. When in Whistler, keep true to the après tradition and raise a glass, or two, in your ski boots.  100

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The secret is simply this: après is all about embracing an epic day spent living large in the mountains with like-minded people. It’s about being with friends, new or old. It’s about celebrating that feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself. The beer, the food, the music, and inevitable shot ski, are all just the icing on the après cake.


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here’s some debate as to what constitutes a “local” in Whistler. Is it the length of time you’ve lived here? Your passion for the mountains? Is it because you don’t belong anywhere else but here? Whatever the reason, so-called “locals” have it dialed when it comes to living and loving Whistler. Read up on these FAQ’s and get a sense of what it’s like to “live like a local.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Resort. The events were split between Whistler and Vancouver. Check out the Olympic legacies at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, home to a world-class Nordic facility, and the Whistler Sliding Centre on Blackcomb Mountain, one of the fastest luge/skeleton/bobsleigh tracks in the world.

Q: WHERE DID WHISTLER AND BLACKCOMB MOUNTAINS GET THEIR NAMES? Q: WHAT’S WITH THE LOCAL OBSESSION AROUND THE A: In the 1930s, Whistler Mountain was WEATHER? IT’S LIKE THERE’S A known as London Mountain. Thirty years later the name was changed DIFFERENT LANGUAGE—VIZ, POW, in honour of the sound of the hoary FREEZING LEVEL, PINEAPPLE marmots who live on the mountain. EXPRESS. Blackcomb is a nod to another A: Understandably, a lot of our lingo animal—a rooster. The jagged edge of the mountain top looks like a rooster’s comb, only black.

Q: WHEN WERE THE WINTER OLYMPICS HELD HERE? A: Eight years ago, Whistler

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relates to the weather. It’s the thing we talk about the most before, during and even after the winter season: Is it an El Nino or La Nina year? What’s the freezing level? How many cms are expected? You’ll start to understand what we’re saying soon enough, and may even become as obsessed with freezing levels as the rest of the town.


frequently asked questions Q: SPEAKING OF THE WEATHER, WHERE DO THE LOCALS SKI ON A POWDER DAY? A: As you’ll soon find out, there are no

people who fall in, even if just up to their knees. You can always play it safe and skate outdoors on the manmade rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza. And it’s free too!

friends on a powder day. Equally, no one is giving up the goods on their secret pow stashes. We will, however, say this: With more than 8,100 in-bounds acres, you’ll get your powder… and then some!

Q: WHAT IF WE DON’T WANT TO SKI OR RIDE? A: Over the last 50 years Whistler Q: WHAT IS THE 20 CMS RULE? has come to terms with the fact A: For diehard locals, this is the only that not everyone in the world wants to ski or ride. We may not fully understand it but we accept it. There is so much more to this ski town than skiing. Think snowmobiling, ziptrekking, bungee jumping, yoga, snowshoeing, dogsledding, getting out into nature and soaking up the forest and the fresh air. And let’s not forget… fully relaxing at the spa just to top off the full experience.

Q: CAN WE SKATE ON THE LAKES? A: There are five lakes in Whistler —

Nita, Alpha, Alta, Lost and Green. Typically, they all freeze over and you’ll see people cross country skiing, playing shinny and walking their dogs across the frozen surface. Make sure conditions are safe before getting on the ice! Every year, it seems, there are stories of

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rule to live by in town. If it snows more than 20 cms, that’s carte blanche to go skiing or riding, deadlines be damned! There’s a reason people choose to live in Whistler, they say. This is it!

Q: WHERE ARE THE INUKSHUKS AND WHAT DO THEY MEAN? A: An Inukshuk is a landmark or a

cairn used by the Inuit and other peoples of the Arctic region. In Whistler, the Inukshuk was a symbol of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the welcome it represents has endured. There is a big Inukshuk at the entrance of the Village. It lights up at night, providing a great backdrop for a photo. There are also a few Inukshuks on the mountains — more great photo opps! 107


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hile it’s true Function Junction is the home of Whistler’s back-ofhouse operations—its warehouses and its construction base—Function Junction is turning into an eclectic hub of resort life, a place worthy of any curious tourist. You’ll find an organic grocery story, art studios and galleries, friendly coffee shops, a ski and snowboard factory. You can get your hair done, drop off the kids at the trampoline facility, get homemade treats and take home some made-in-Whistler beer Creekside—where it all began. This is the original ski base. When Whistler Mountain first opened in 1966, Creekside was it. There’s no denying it, there’s still a little old-school charm in this ever-evolving Function Merchants 1 2 3 4

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Located 1km north of Whistler Village at 7019 Nesters Road

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