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contents Connecting Cultures. 20 Aboriginal tourism is on the rise BY BRADEN DUPUIS

Raising the Bar. 26 Inspiration for your evening out, with fabulous clothes and accessories from Whistler retailers BY LOGAN SWAYZE

Staying on Top. 36 From enticing new skiers to pushing backcountry boundaries, Whistler looks to its next 50 years BY ALISON TAYLOR

Dining with Your Boots On. 74 Park your skis and enjoy the best Whistler has to offer BY BRANDON BARRETT

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BRANDON BARRETT is a reporter with Pique Newsmagazine. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, he arrived from Medellin in 2012 where he was reporting South American news to an international audience for Colombia Reports. 4

DAVID BUZZARD is a busy commercial, architectural, and food photographer based in Whistler and Vancouver. He has won nine press awards for photojournalism for the Whistler Question and Squamish Chief since 2012.

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BRADEN DUPUIS is a transplanted Saskatchewan flatlander lost in the Whistler mountains. He spends his days working as a reporter for Pique Newsmagazine. His mom thinks he is brilliant.

Ex-pat Winnipegger DAN FALLOON serves as Pique Newsmagazine’s sports editor. Away from the keyboard and camera, you’ll find him pickin’ guitar or at the microphone doing stand-up.

Born and raised in Ottawa, MEGAN LALONDE is a graduate of Carleton University. She writes for the Whistler Question. She has never won a single award.


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DEPARTMENTS

BY BRIGITTE MAH

FACES OF WHISTLER: The Contenders. 55 BY DAN FALLOON

WHISTLER HOMES: A Different Angle. 58 BY LYNN MITGES

CASUAL DINING: Deliciousness in Your Future. 87

Editor’s Greeting. 8 Fresh Tracks. 12 Bits and bites of information about winter in Whistler

Events Calendar. 18 Recreation Guide. 44

BY BRADEN DUPUIS

Shopping Whistler. 64

AFTER HOURS: That’s the Spirits. 93

Services Directory. 96

BY MEGAN LALONDE

SOCIAL PAGE: Scene in Whistler. 98

COVER PHOTO: Lon and Dana dine at Christine’s on Blackcomb Mountain. Photo by Logan Swayze, coastphoto.com

CONTRIBUTORS

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BRIGITTE MAH is a writer living the dream in Squamish, B.C. When she isn't pecking at her keyboard, she can be found climbing rock somewhere high.

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LYNN MITGES likes to ski, but also likes to take out her frustration on punching bags after she repeatedly falls off her bike trying to ride single track.

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TESSA SWEENEY moved to Whistler in 2000 and contributes to many local publications. She enjoys the beauty of the outdoors and all of the wonders that resort living has to offer.

ALISON TAYLOR is a freelance writer based in Whistler, where the people and the stories are a constant source of inspiration and fun. She moved here from Toronto on the one-year plan; that was 15 years ago.

Freelance writer EMMA TAYLOR hails from the Yorkshire Pennines, U.K. Her love of the outdoors brought her to Whistler's mountains in 1998, where she thrives on the creative and sporting opportunities Whistler has to offer.


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HAT DOES comfort look like? Does it look like a nice bed and eight uninterrupted hours in the best accommodation? Is it knowing you’re wearing the right clothes for a day on the mountain — no freezing, no sweating? Is it a smile in the eyes of your children as they skate under the lights at Whistler Olympic Plaza? Or is it the waiter placing a plate of slow-cooked lamb shanks with jus on the table and pouring more Bordeaux into your glass? Winter is Whistler’s season, and comfort is Whistler’s aim. There is the necessary comedy of clipclopping ski and snowboard boots through the Village as people look for a little lunch or après after four hours of action — hanging onto their hunger as tightly as they hang onto their boards and skis. There aren’t many towns where you can park your planks and clip-clop

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to your table for a spot of fine dining — but you can in Whistler. This issue of Whistler Magazine is full of great stories — including an exploration of the resort’s fine dining while wearing ski boots — plus where to find the best casual eats, drinks and experiences the resort offers. Check out our galleries or activities like wildlife watching, snowmobiling and even ziplining — something all ages can try out.

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And then there are stories about a few of our amazing residents. Meet three Olympians who call Whistler home, explore the numerous options to experience the culture of our two regional First Nations communities, and check out a gorgeous local property that was designed by two of the best architects in Canada. We also have shopping suggestions, with tips about some of Whistler’s unique locally owned shops, and a fashion section full of intel on what to wear for a night out on the town. From jewelry to outerwear, you’ll be well covered. Our events calendar tells you what is happening from November until May, and our Fresh Tracks section describes in detail the many activities and attractions Whistler and the region have to offer and where to go to check them out. Welcome and enjoy!


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I'm all about the festivals and events in the winter, loving the chance to talk about them over a glass of wine at the Mallard Lounge or a hot chocolate at Purebread afterwards.

There's nothing better than hitting the slopes early so there's no guilt with a 1 p.m. lunch reservation at Steeps or Christine's to finish the day.

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STRAP ON THOSE SKATES

HEAD-LINE MOUNTAIN HOLIDAYS / MARC DIONNE

c WHETHER gliding under the stars at Whistler Olympic Plaza, playing shinny on surrounding lakes, or hockey at Whistler’s Meadow Park Sports Centre, skating is fun for everyone. The resort’s much-loved circular rink under the stage at Whistler Olympic Plaza is lit up at night and has a dreamland kind of quality, with lighting and music. Skating there is free each day, starting at 11 a.m. and going until 9 p.m., from mid-December until the end of March. Instructors are on site to help. Rentals are available, or you can bring your own. whistler.ca

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he Sea to Sky region has some of the most dramatic and spectacular glaciers in southern Canada. Visitors can get to know them better during one special day out from Whistler. Head-Line Mountain Holidays offers an unforgettable four-hour round trip by helicopter to the Pemberton Ice Cap, approximately 300 square kilometres of ice. The fully guided tour explains glacier science as visitors explore the stunning blue and aqua interiors of the ice cave. Gear and snacks are provided, too. Head-Line also collaborates with the Four Seasons Resort Whistler to offer a luxury ice-cap tour. headlinemountainholidays.com

c YOGA IS A four-season sport in Whistler. Whether intense or mellow, the self-exploring ways of yoga show that sometimes not everyone is in a rush to get to the top of the mountain and race their way to the bottom. There are many yoga studios in the resort that cater to all experience levels and all preferences. Yogacara Studios is open seven days a week and offers hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative, kundalini, and yin/yang. whistleryogacara.com The Four Seasons Resort and Residences offers yoga through its fitness class program, which is also available to those not staying at the resort. fourseasons.com/ whistler/spa

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BEND IN THIS DIRECTION

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OOEY, STICKY, BUTTERY cinnamon buns are wonders of Whistler — you can spend the whole winter trying different types. Park yourself across from a friend with a steaming coffee or hot chocolate and share your news while enjoying these magnificent, sugary creations. The resort has many wonderful spots to indulge in fresh, house-made cinnamon buns, including Purebread — with locations at Whistler Olympic Plaza and Function Junction, Hotbuns on the Village Stroll, and Fix Café in the Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside. purebread.ca, nitalakelodge.com, hotbuns.ca

c YOU COULD TRY a new service every day for a year if you decided to test out what is offered at the many different hotel-based and independent spas in Whistler. Signature treatments vary depending on the location, but include hot rock massage, Thai massage, body mud wraps, hydrotherapy and soaks, as well as yoga. Want a facial or another skin treatment, or a mani/pedi? Are you on your own, with a loved one, or a larger party? Whistler spas can cater to groups or individuals. After an energetic day on the mountain, what more could you ask for? 12

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THE MEDIUM IS MASSAGE


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When the Living is Easy

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ummer in Whistler takes many of the great events we do indoors in the winter and returns them to the great outdoors. Come back and check it out! You can try yoga on your paddleboard or at the beach, dancing and music moves outside the pubs and clubs and into the Village or Whistler

Olympic Plaza, people watching in coffee shops and hotel lobbies can be replaced by guided wildlife tours to find bears, eagles or deer — a different kind of meeting of Whistler personalities. As well, hikes to the top of Whistler Mountain replace the wonderful skiing, and the mountain bike knocks the snow-

board off the podium. And then there are the activities that are year round, including riding the Peak 2 Peak Gondola with its panoramic views from a kilometre off the ground. Lakes and rivers cool things off in the summer, as opposed to hot tubs that heat things up in the winter. Eating and drinking outside in parks, on

your condo deck, or on restaurant patios comes into its own, with clear views up the mountains in the Village and at Creekside. Other tips: Look out for the myriad of festivals and events, including Crankworx, Ironman Canada, Tough Mudder, The Pemberton Music Festival and Wanderlust.

MAJESTY OVERHEAD c DECEMBER AND JANUARY sees the 31st annual

Brackendale Eagle Festival return to the Brackendale Art

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c WHISTLER HAS MANY classes and workshops for artists wanting to paint, take photos and even make sculptures. It’s a great way to spend time developing skills, or with with family and friends. The Audain Art Museum holds monthly family studio Sundays. They will be exploring Snowscapes (Dec. 18), Life in a Snow Globe (Jan. 15), Weaving with Kindness (Feb. 19) and Colouring Book Creation (Mar. 19). Spring break art camps are also offered. And look out for In the Studio sessions with Audain artists. audainartmuseum.com Arts Whistler offers classes through the winter; previous subjects include drawing and painting, photography and scrapbooking. For details visit artswhistler.com There are stone-carving classes for adults and kids at the Fathom Stone Art Gallery in the Westin Resort. Classes take place on Saturdays and can range from one to six hours, carving inukshuks, bears or “whatever people would like to make.” fathomstone.com The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery offers regular Wine About Art evenings on Fridays, and Beer and Bears nights, too, with the aim of working with the gallery’s artists and creating an original piece of art in just two or three hours. For details visit crystallodgegallery.com

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TAP INTO CREATIVITY

Gallery, along with the hundreds of bald eagles that winter in the Squamish Valley. The festival includes talks on the birds (did you know a bald eagle’s eyesight is 25 times stronger than humans’?), and the annual eagle count, which is always looking for volunteers. brackendaleartgallery.com For those wanting a river ride, eagles can also be spotted from Eagle Float Tours at Sunwolf in the Squamish Valley. They begin in December and trips depart daily. sunwolf.net WHISTLER MAGAZINE WINTER/SPRING 2017

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Gliding Along on Skinny Skis

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ombining exercise with a non-stop glorious view, cross-country skiing draws families and those wanting a new way to experience the outdoors. There are two official crosscountry areas in and around the resort. The first is Whistler Olympic Park, which became famous as the cross-country venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics, with one-third of all medals at the Games and the Paralympics being awarded there. Now locals and visitors

enjoy the same trails — 130 kilometres dedicated to crosscountry and snowshoeing. The park is located in the Callaghan Valley, 15 km south of Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway. For those not driving, there is a daily Whistler Village shuttle bus. Ski jumping and biathlon are also on the menu for more daring visitors. The 2016/17 season is scheduled to begin on November 24, and there are season and day passes, cross-country packages for adults and youth that include

shuttle, admission and rentals. Classic ski lesson packages are also available. whistlersports legacies.ca. Whistler’s second cross-country hotspot is Lost Lake, located right on the edge of the Village. It includes 25 km of groomed and trackset trails, including four km of night skiing after 3 p.m. Ski and snowshoe rentals, as well as a full-service café with soup, sandwiches and coffee, are available on site. crosscountryconnection.ca

c POWDER IS FOR more than just skiing. Sit behind a roaring snowmobile engine and glide over banks of snow through forests and hills. One of the beauties of winter here is that you are able to cover terrain that might be impossible in the summer, thanks to the fact that Whistler and the region gets roughly 10 metres of the white stuff each year. Check out Canadian Wilderness Adventures’ threehour Blackcomb Mountain Safari that takes riders on a tour up to 1,800 metres. They also offer a night tour and multiple tours in the beautiful Callaghan Valley. canadianwilderness.com Blackcomb Snowmobiles offers scenic, family and wilderness tours in Whistler’s backcountry. Private tours and backcountry dining are available, too. blackcombsnowmobile.com

SLIP SLIDING AWAY

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c KIDS — AND BIG PEOPLE who think like kids — all know the value of a good toboggan and tube ride. Whistler Blackcomb’s Coca-Cola Tube Park at Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain has seven tube lanes, with adult and child-sized tubes available. The location is fully lit for downhill fun in the evenings, and the park is filled with family-friendly music. whistlerblackcomb.com Tobogganing is also available at Whistler Olympic Park, free with a day admission ticket. Sliders under 18 must wear CSA-approved helmets. whistlersportslegacies.ca Snacks and beverages are available at both locations.

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SUSTAINABLE SKIING c LEGENDARY SKIING pioneer Johnny “Foon” Chilton handcrafts his custom-made Foon Skis from locally harvested yellow cedar at his Pemberton workshop, 35 kms north of Whistler. As a former big-mountain pro skier and trained cabinetmaker, Chilton utilizes 15 years of industry knowledge to create light, strong skis capable of gliding through our world-famous deep pow lines or carving the groomed runs. Each custom build starts with choosing a platform (model) then handshaping the ski to produce the flex, rocker and camber profile to match the individual rider. For powder and backcountry, check out the Redneck Superstar, Tyfoon, Gretski and Neo models and — new this year — the women’s Tyfoon. For on-piste, select the Ginsu yellow cedar, a carbon carving ski for tearing up the groomers, or the Instrument, the 90-mm underfoot all-round ride. All wood is sourced through sustainable logging practices in the Sea to Sky area. foonskis.com. 16

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SEE WHAT’S BREWING c ATTENTION ALL CRAFT BEER lovers! Coast Mountain Brewing is a small-batch, boutique craft brewery located in Function Junction. Owner and brewmaster Kevin Winter and his wife Angie opened the 27-seat tap house and brewery last September. The customdesigned brewhouse produces 1,700 litres per batch, which is rotated to offer an exciting lineup of fresh taps. Artisan styles utilizing historical English and German traditions and North American hop-forward beers tantalize tastebuds. Top up your growler with tasty Treeline Lager or Field Guide Ale, indulge in a bottled B.C. cider or try from a selection of boutique B.C. wineries. Delicious appies from nearby Whistler Cooks Catering are available daily. coastmountainbeer.ca

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ake your Whistler experience memorable — check out our local shops. The community is bursting with independent small businesses. — Emma Taylor

NOW RISING IN WHISTLER c OWNER AND HEAD BAKER Jiyeon (Jen) Park has brought back the old-world style of bread baking at 200 Degrees Bakery, located in Function Junction. Park moved to Whistler in 2012 and finished her Red Seal apprenticeship under the Bearfoot Bistro’s renowned executive pastry chef Dominic Fortin. The bakery specializes in organic whole-grain breads using sourdough fermentation, with all flour milled in B.C. and using water filtered daily. Warm up your winter with the mouthwatering kamut sourdough or five-grain loaf, or indulge in an exquisite signature 200 Degrees cookie made from almonds, walnuts, cocoa nibs and finished with whisky bitters. 200degrees.ca

c NO VISIT TO WHISTLER would be complete without a visit to Keir Fine Jewellery, the town’s browser-friendly jewelry store, now run by locals Lana Beatie, Maryse Morin and Nicole Shannon. The Village Stroll location opened in 1993 and now guests can also check out its streamlined sister store, located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which opened last summer. The luxury store sells exclusive jewelry handcrafted in Canada, showcasing the Maple Leaf Diamonds Boutique with stunning Canadian diamonds. Discover unique Canadian designers and exceptional classics with high-end flair. Keir’s goal is to “seek out the unusual” — check out enchanting designs by Vancouver Island designer Ross Haynes, the Jeanie Bear diamond-set pendant and the Inukshuk pendant, set with a certified Canadian diamond. Find your perfect Whistler memory. For more information: keirfinejewellery.com


events calendar SPORTS & RECREATION

FESTIVALS

SEASONAL

Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Nov. 26

Whistler’s own film festival is in its 16th year, showcasing features, shorts and documentaries from Canada and around the world. Expect special guests and hotticket events, as well industry summit talks. whistlerfilmfestival.com

This seasonal market promotes the creativity of young entrepreneurs. bratzbiz.ca

BRATZ BIZ ARTISAN MARKET

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WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL

Jan. 20 – 21

Whistler Blackcomb’s biggest fundraising event of the season is a weekend of wine tasting, gourmet food and ski events, capped off by the epic Mountain Top Gala. Not to be missed. whistlerblackcombfoundation.com Jan. 22 – 29

WHISTLER PRIDE AND SKI FESTIVAL

Whistler Pride celebrates its 25th anniversary as the biggest and best gay ski event in the world with a week of snow, shows and parties. gaywhistler.com WSSF

PEAK TO VALLEY

Sunday nights

FIRE & ICE SHOW

Catch the action with Whistler’s best skiers and riders performing big air jumps through blazing rings at the base of Whistler Mountain. Free. whistlerblackcomb.com Monday and Wednesday afternoons FAMILY APRÈS

Activities and fun for the whole family, but especially the kids, held at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Free. whistler.com/event November 24

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB OPENING DAY

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The season officially starts on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. whistlerblackcomb.com Dec. 2 – 3

IBSF WORLD CUP – BOBSLEIGH & SKELETON

April 7 – 16

WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL

Join Whistler’s world-famous celebration of mountain culture with snow sports, music and arts. Includes art exhibits, film and photography screenings, shows, parties and the best of skiing and snowboarding. wssf.com

Check out the world’s best bobsleigh and skeleton athletes at Whistler’s impressive Olympic sliding centre facility. whistlersportlegacies.com Dec. 9 – 10

VIESSMANN LUGE WORLD CUP AND VIESSMANN TEAM RELAY WORLD CUP

The Whistler Sliding Centre hosts 120 athletes from more than 20 countries. Come out and cheer them on at this impressive Olympic venue. whistlersportlegacies.com

Feb. 24 – 25

PEAK TO VALLEY RACE PRESENTED BY SMIRNOFF

Teams of four will compete in the legendary race finishing at Dusty’s in Creekside. The course showcases a 1443 m vertical drop, 180 gates and runs over five km in length. whistlerblackcomb.com Feb. 25 – 26

SIGGE’S P’AYAKENTSUT CROSS COUNTRY SKI EVENT

The P’ayak is the largest crosscountry skiing event in B.C. with racers competing in 15-km, 30-km and 50-km courses at the Whistler Olympic Park. payak.ca April 1

20TH ANNUAL SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN

Canada’s longest-running snowboard competition, with athletes riding in a slopestyle event for cash and prizes. whistlerblackcomb.com April 13 - 16

MACKENZIE INVESTMENTS WHISTLER CUP

ARTS WHISTLER’S HOLIDAY MARKET

Whistler’s favourite artisan market takes place over two days at the Whistler Conference Centre. Carols, food, fine art, ceramics and more. artswhistler.com Dec. 10

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Arts Whistler Live! presents the Dufflebag Theatre Company at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com Dec. 16 - 31

WHISTLER HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

The Whistler Conference Centre turns into a family fun zone for kids of all ages with bouncy castles, crafts, mini putt and more. Adults can relax in the lounge area with a coffee while the kids play. Free. whistler.com Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

From 6 p.m. to midnight Whistler Village turns into a family-friendly outdoor party. Alcohol-free youth activities and fun-filled events throughout the Village Stroll. whistler.com NEW YEAR’S EVE

The biggest juvenile ski race of its kind in North America for athletes ages 11 to 14, with racers from more than 21 countries. whistlerblackcomb.com April 23

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN CLOSING DAY

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BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN CLOSING DAY

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WHISTLER BLACKCOMB FOUNDATION’S TELUS WINTER CLASSIC

Nov. 26 - 27


ARTS & MUSIC To Jan. 9

FROM GEISHA TO DIVA – THE KIMONO OF ICHIMARU

This Audain Art Museum exhibit features clothing and personal objects of one of Japan’s most famous geishas, Ichimaru. audainartmuseum.com To Feb. 6

INTERSECTIONS CONTEMPORARY ARTIST FILMS

This Audain Art Museum exhibition explores ideas related to intersecting time, space, place and larger social narratives related to the environment and the migration of peoples and ideas. audainartmuseum.com Jan. 26

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT

An Arts Whistler Live! presentation at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com Feb. 16

VANCOUVER THEATRE SPORTS

Pants on Fire at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com March 3

ALYSHA BRILLA

Juno-nominated funk, pop and world-beat singer at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com

March 15

LION, BEAR, FOX

Vancouver folk, rock and gospel band at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com April 1

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

By Monster Theatre at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com April 22

THE MYSTERY OF THE HUNGRY HEART HOTEL

With comedy sketch duo Pete n’ Chris at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com April 29

THE BOOM BOOMS

Vancouver indie band The Boom Booms at the Maury Young Arts Centre. artswhistler.com Ongoing until April

WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?: HEALING THE LEGACY OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

This Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre exhibit explores Canada’s history of residential schools between 1831 and 1969 through stories, archival photographs and documents curated by Iroquois artist Jeff Thomas. slcc.ca For up-to-date event listings and information, visit piquenewsmagazine.com or whistler.com

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CULTURES

ABORIGINAL TOURISM IS ON THE RISE


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O M E Y E A R S BAC K , in the early hours of the morning, Allan Crawford felt compelled to head into the Callaghan Valley forest, where his tourism operation, Canadian Wilderness Adventures (CWA), holds tenure.

FAR LEFT: THE DANCE SCREEN (THE SCREAM TOO) BY HAIDA ARTIST JAMES HART, AT THE AUDAIN ART MUSEUM. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SNOWSHOERS TAKE ON THE MEDICINE TRAIL; MUSQUEAM ARTIST SUSAN POINT WITH HER BRONZE SCULPTURE, A TIMELESS CIRCLE; AN ABORIGINAL YOUTH AMBASSADOR DRUMMING AT THE SQUAMISH LIL'WAT CULTURAL CENTRE.

“It came to me to go out to this particular area in the forest, long before we’d developed any kind of facilities there whatsoever,” he recalls. With one of his colleagues along for the trek, the pair had an astonishing moment. “We came across this tree that was just incredibly energetic,” he says. “It had been struck by lightning and it was hollow, and we both were taken aback.” Conferring with some indigenous friends afterwards, Crawford was told he likely encountered a tree spirit. “I went back several times to try and relocate this spot, and I had constant resistance. I’d get fatigued and I couldn’t get back there, and it was like something was stopping me from going,” Crawford says. “It was almost like an internal conversation was going on… it makes me sound really crazy, but it was sort of like this spirit was protecting the trees.” The experience reaffirmed Crawford’s commitment to protecting the natural beauty of the area, and after consulting with >>

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SIGNS ON THE SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY ARE IN BOTH LOCAL INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES, HINTING AT A RICH CULTURAL HISTORY.

Vern Shanoss of the Samahquam Nation — who Crawford calls his “First Nations mentor” — he decided to designate the area as a Medicine Trail. Shanoss was invited to perform a traditional First Nations opening ceremony, which included blessings through songs and drumming. “Very humbling experience,” Shanoss recalls. “There’s no dollar value to what he does, and what we do.” The area is of great importance to the region’s Lil’wat Nation, Shanoss says. “It’s traditional territory of the Lil’wat and we also had traplines there, and not only that, it’s the place where the medicine men used to stay the winters,” he says. Visitors to CWA’s medicine trail have had nothing but glowing reviews, Crawford says. “They’d go to bed after touring in there and wake up nine hours later and say it’s the best sleep they’ve ever had,” he says. “It’s effective. It’s stunningly beautiful. We left it very natural. It’s just a really special place to me, and for the guests that we bring in there.” canadianwilderness.com

WHERE TERRITORIES MEET THE Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is a must-visit while in Whistler. It explores the history and contemporary life of the two indigenous nations whose traditional territories meet here — the Squamish, located primarily to the south of the resort, and the Lil’wat, located primarily to the north. “Year after year we see larger volumes of

people coming to our front doors, and every time we have a large corporate group at the resort, whether it’s direct business or coming indirectly from one of our partners, we’re a stop,” says executive director Brady Smith. “People are coming to our country and wanting to learn more about our culture and our roots, and in the (Sea to Sky) corridor we have incredible facilities, one of them being the SLCC.” With Whistler’s new Cultural Connector — a scenic pathway linking local cultural and arts institutions — the experience will only be enhanced in the coming years. Along with the SLCC, another stop on the connector is the Audain Art Museum, which is home to dozens of breathtaking works of B.C. First Nations art, both traditional and modern. Visitors are greeted at its doors by a large aluminum totem called “He-yay meymuy (Big Flood),” by Squamish Nation artist Xwalacktun (Rick Harry). The piece has a dual meaning, Xwalacktun says — it’s based both on a local First Nations myth that tells of a massive, ancient flood, and is a nod to the fact that the museum was built on a floodplain. Xwalacktun says First Nations art is popular with guests. “They come out and ask for it,” he says. “People ask me where they can purchase some native art work. “It makes me feel good, and also (makes me feel good) for the nations themselves.” slcc.ca, audainartmuseum.com >>

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FIRST NATIONS TOURIST attractions are becoming more popular, even down to the Squamish- and Lil’wat-language location names used on road signs on the Sea to Sky Highway. “Aboriginal tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in all of British Columbia — what we’re seeing is one in four visitors are seeking an aboriginal experience to add to their trip,” says Paula Amos, manager of partnerships and special initiatives for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC. Aboriginal tourism is a $50 million annual industry with more than 90 experiences on offer. Experiences range from arts and culture museums and accommodations to cuisine and wildlife viewing. Aboriginal tourism comes with a deeper connection to land, history and culture than the typical offerings, and visitors learn a lot. “They learn about the territory that they’re in and the stories about the different animals, and they actually get really emotional about the whole experience, because they’re learning about how significant the territory is to the First Nations people,” Amos says. “It’s such an opportunity for us to be able to tell our own stories and educate people.” As a leader of cultural delivery for the SLCC, Josh Anderson of the Lil’wat Nation gets to share his culture with thousands of visitors every year. “One of the things that we get to do is that, ultimately, we get to eliminate those barriers,” Anderson says. “We’re not the ‘Hollywood movie’-type of nations that people would generally mistake us for. We get to showcase the real deal, that our people are here and we’re alive and well.” Anderson and the SLCC are also making a difference with First Nations youth in the corridor, through the SLCC’s Aboriginal Youth Ambassador Training Program. “We’ve had over 400 of our youth from the nations actually come through our doors to do (the program),” Anderson says. “For the region, for the nations, you definitely see a lot of pride that takes place with the young ones, and it brings out a lot of self-confidence — pride in themselves, their culture and, of course, with the nation.” aboriginalbc.com W


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HISTLER ISN’T JUST ABOUT Gortex and fleece. It’s also a great place to kick it up a notch and head out for an evening on the town. Scattered all over the Village, in hotels and restaurants, and amongst the shops and boutiques, are lounges, bars and nightclubs where you can enjoy a craft beer, a glass of Okanagan merlot, or a fine cocktail made from small-batch local gin. Here we present some inspirations for your evening out, with fabulous clothes and accessories from Whistler retailers.

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BAR OSO, A NEWCOMER ON THE SCENE IN WHISTLER, IS THE ULTIMATE PLACE TO MEET FOR HAND-CRAFTED COCKTAILS AND INSPIRED WINES. RACHEL ENJOYS A G&T IN CLOTHING FROM OC2: A SOYA CONCEPT DRESS WITH A SOIA & KYO LEATHER JACKET. HER NECKLACE IS A 14K WHITEGOLD, ROUND BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND PENDANT SUSPENDED ON AN 18" VERY FINE BOX CHAIN. EARRINGS ARE 14K WHITE-GOLD ROUND BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS. HER BRACELET IS A 14K WHITEGOLD ROUND BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND MULTI-LINKS BANGLE WITH ADJUSTABLE CHAIN. THE RING IS A 14K WHITE-GOLD ROUND DIAMOND “LACE CROWN” DESIGN RING. ALL JEWELRY IS FROM KEIR FINE JEWELLERY.

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THE SIDECUT BAR IN THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES IS A WELCOMING LOUNGE WITH A RELAXED AMBIENCE. THE PERFECT PLACE TO ENJOY A LIVELY CONVERSATION WITH FRIENDS. AOIFE SHINES IN A MICHAEL KORS DRESS AND TIMBERLAND GLANCY BOOT FROM OPEN COUNTRY, AND SCARF FROM SNOWFLAKE. SHE CARRIES A HERSCHEL MONTAUK DAWSON BACKPACK FROM HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. OR THE CIRCLE WHISTLER. HER BRACELET IS AN 18K WHITE-GOLD NATURAL CANADIAN ROUND BRILLIANTCUT DIAMOND TENNIS BRACELET WITH VINTAGE HEXAGONAL SHAPE CLASP. THE RING IS AN 18K WHITE-GOLD NATURAL CANADIAN RADIANT-CUT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING WITH 96 ROUND BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMONDS AND TWO ROUND RUBIES. ALL JEWELRY IS FROM KEIR FINE JEWELLERY. BARRY WEARS A WHITE BUGATCHI SHIRT, BUGATTI SCARF, BUGATTI SPORT COAT, MAVI INDIGO JEANS, AND TIMBERLAND WEST HAVEN BOOTS, ALL FROM OPEN COUNTRY. HIS 14K BLACK-AND-WHITE ROUND BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND DINNER RING IS FROM KEIR FINE JEWELLERY.


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THE FIREROCK LOUNGE IN THE WESTIN RESORT AND SPA OFFERS AN INTIMATE SETTING WITH UNUSUAL FINISHING MATERIALS SUCH AS RIVER ROCK, LOG ENDS AND HICKORY STICKS. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO ENJOY A BEER AND GAME ON TV. BARRY SPORTS A BURTON BRIGHTON FLANNEL SHIRT, A BURTON EVERGREEN SYNTHETIC VEST AND VOLCOM VORTA PANTS, ALL FROM SHOWCASE. HIS EPICTION POLAR BOOTS ARE FROM SOLES OF WHISTLER. THE MOMENTUM TITAN III TITANIUM WATCH AND MEN’S 14K WHITE-GOLD RING ARE AVAILABLE AT KEIR FINE JEWELLERY.


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BRANDY’S SPORTS BAR, LOCATED IN THE KEG, IS A YEAR-ROUND, POPULAR HANGOUT FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE. VICTORIA, LEFT, WEARS A CHEAP MONDAY TURTLENECK FROM THE BEACH, AND FIDELITY "BELVEDERE" DENIM AYALABAR BRACELET AND ETERNAL FREEDOM NECKLACE FROM RUBY TUESDAY. RACHEL WEARS A GENTLE FAWN TANK AND GENTLE FAWN BLAZER FROM THE BEACH, AND A FIDELITY "BELVEDERE" DENIM CHARMED TEAR DROP PENDANT AND BOX CHAIN, FROM RUBY TUESDAY.


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N THE START GATE AT THE TOP OF WHISTLER MOUNTAIN, 82-YEAR-OLD GRACE OAKS STARES DOWN THE COURSE STRETCHING OUT OF SIGHT BELOW. There are no fluttering nerves; after 20 years, Oaks is no stranger to the resort’s legendary Peak to Valley race, the longest Giant Slalom race in the world. She has roughly 180 gates ahead of her. She’s going from the top of Whistler Mountain to the valley, more than five kilometres, and she knows she’s going to feel the burn. “I just get out there and I know I can do it,” says Oaks simply. “So, that’s about all I’m thinking is: Just do it.” While Oaks could be the poster child for positive attitude, she is also perhaps the quintessential Whistlerite — pushing boundaries and unapologetically breaking everyday rules. Not every octogenarian can pull off this punishing course with grace, fearlessness, and an impressive time to boot. Now entering its 51st season as North America’s No. 1 ski resort once again, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) looks for new ways to push the boundaries and stay on top, while offering the best of what it’s known for — skiing and snowboarding experiences that are unparalleled, wonderful snow, and praiseworthy après. >>

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MYTH SURROUNDING WHISTLER and its epic alpine, its legendary terrain parks and its vastness, perpetuates a misconception about this resort — that you have to be extreme to be here, that you have to be like Grace Oaks. But others also meander from the peak to the valley below on cruising, green runs. The pleasure is in both. There is something for us all — and if we need it, there are teachers to take us there. Last year WB sold 262,000 lesson days, ranging from three-year-old skiers putting on new boots for the first time, to seasoned adults looking to hone their skills. It was one of the biggest years for lessons, says Bart Barczynski, general manager of WB’s Adult Snow School. “If you truly love something, whether it’s mountain biking or skiing, by taking lessons you can get better at it,” he says. “It opens so much more terrain for you to ski and it gives you so much more confidence.” Even adults are starting from scratch. Just look at WB’s Never Ever Days — a special weekend that offers beginner skiers all their gear and lessons for just $25. In the last five years, this campaign to entice new skiers has been wildly popular, so much so that the Canadian Ski Council adopted Whistler’s program this season, with dozens of resorts taking part. Barczynski says about one-third of its Never Ever students come back for more, roughly double the industry average for retention, just going to show that once you get a taste of Whistler, you’ll be back. And WB is spending $2.4 million into on-hill improvements this year in terrain specifically for beginners — two new covered magic carpets, re-grading at the Olympic area on Whistler Mountain, and levelling and grading the fall line on the green Whiskey Jack run from the top of the gondola. >>


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NCE YOU BECOME number one, how do you stay number one? Arguably, it’s harder to remain on top than it is to get there; as well, the ski industry as a whole looks for solutions to issues such as climate change, shifting economics, and everevolving technology. WB’s CEO and president Dave Brownlie knows all too well how quickly tailwinds can quickly turn to headwinds and vice versa. Oftentimes, it’s out of Whistler’s control. Take the Mexican visa requirements imposed in 2009, which had immediate ramifications on Whistler’s business. In December 2016, the visa requirements were dropped and two new flights were added between Mexico and Vancouver. “Our Mexican business pretty much doubled from where we were when that visa restriction came in,” says Brownlie, adding that overall business grew to over 2.1 million skier visits last season. “I think we’re on a roll… What we need to do is we need to set ourselves up for success for the long term.” And in the long-term, Whistler Blackcomb’s plan is called Renaissance — a $345 million investment that includes highend real estate development, a massive water park, an outdoor adventure park, an indoor sports complex and much more. It was announced months before Vail Resorts’ $1.4 billion takeover of WB in August. Renaissance is still on the books and it’s set to change the game, to really make Whistler a year-round weather-independent destination. “If you get families and kids here, and they have an experience at Whistler, it’s something they will remember for the rest of their life,” says Brownlie. “The amenities and the attractions are a way to introduce those kids to the thrill of adventure and, ultimately, in an ideal world, turn them into mountain enthusiasts.” Oaks, for example, wasn’t always a mountain enthusiast. There was a time she was a new skier herself. She began skiing in Montreal when her children were young and began racing when she was 52 years old, joining the Toronto Ski Club at Blue Mountain. “That’s really where I started to race because it was so boring just (going) up and down,” explains Oaks. And then she heard of this legendary race at Whistler called the Peak to Valley, dreamt up by Crazy Canuck Dave Murray. For the first four years, Oaks travelled out from Toronto to do the race and then decided she would move to Whistler for six months every winter. “I’m a real snowbird,” she jokes. It’s a lifestyle that allows her to ski roughly 160 days every year. SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS have been changing the way they enjoy the local peaks — beyond the boundaries and into untracked snow. In the last decade, more have been heading into the backcountry in search of a new snow experience for those willing to hike to reach the best turns. Whistler is the ultimate testing ground. Long a part of the local ski tradition, backcountry skiing is changing the game, no longer purely an activity for hard-core and elite skiers. “It’s affecting the industry worldwide,” says Jayson Faulkner, founding chair of the Spearhead Hut Committee, which aims


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to change the backcountry experience in Whistler with the Spearhead Huts project (see sidebar for more details). “It’s symptomatic of an aging skier population that is bored of doing laps inbounds on groomed slopes that are typically quite busy, line ups that aren’t exactly fun and a kind of antithesis to the whole ski experience, and wanting something different. We’re fortunate we’ve got the terrain to do that.” The backcountry is the vast, rugged and unpatrolled area, and in Whistler, it’s just beyond WB’s ski area boundary ropes and seemingly endless. “I think that’s what’s unique about Whistler, relative to a lot of the other resorts you would go to,” says Faulkner. “You have that terrain just right there. It’s directly adjacent to the ski area boundary and it’s spectacular. It’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s dramatic, and people can access that. We have the terrain that supports that so beautifully, and that doesn’t exist at any other resorts.” The Spearhead Huts project, with its three backcountry overnight huts in the alpine, will just make it easier and more >>

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accessible for so many people, foster a growing culture and an interest where people get to experience the mountains on a much deeper level than they would otherwise. “The opportunity (for Whistler) to really differentiate is very significant,” says Faulkner. “More and more what people are looking for in that ski experience is that versatility and opportunity to do more than just what they can do at their regular resorts on a weekend.” You don’t have to tell Grace Oaks about that. “I love it,” she adds, of racing in the Peak to Valley. “There’s so much excitement. That’s what it’s all about.” Not to mention crossing that finish line with burning legs and another story for the books. “You feel so good when you finish,” she says. And that’s just another day in Whistler. W

This is a $3.5 million project that will see three large backcountry “huts” in the alpine throughout the 40-kilometre Spearhead ski traverse in the Spearhead and Fitzsimmons ranges adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb. The huts will have kitchens and bathrooms and will sleep up to 40 people. Roughly 7,000 people are expected to use the huts each year, in summer and winter. Construction is set to take place on the first hut in May 2017. Meanwhile, fundraising continues for the project.

THE PEAK TO VALLEY RACE is a Whistler tradition. The average GS race has 35 gates and a vertical drop of 250 metres, while the Peak to Valley has 180 gates and a vertical drop of 1,443 metres. All you really need, however, is the right attitude (see Grace Oaks), a little gumption, and a strict regime of thigh-burning squats in the month leading up to race day.

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THE ART OF WINTER

WHISTLER’S ART GALLERIES BRING IN WORKS OF INTERNATIONAL STANDING T’S A WELL-KNOWN secret that Whistler has a vibrant arts and culture scene, but few realize how many galleries there are. (Answer: around a dozen.) They offer a range of collections and exhibitions from local to internationally renowned artists, with works for everyone to appreciate, get inspired by, and add to their homes.

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The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery is celebrating the beauty of arts and winter, with over half a dozen exhibitions and events lined up this season. “We can’t help but get excited for the upcoming winter season in Whistler,” said the gallery’s director, Amy Billinghurst. “We are gearing up for our characteristic busy winter schedule of both solo and group exhibitions with some of our most sought-after artists.” The gallery kicked off the season in October, with a pop-up ceramics shop and glazing demonstration by Canadian ceramist Rachel Grenon, who is known for her generous plate, bowl and serving platter sizes. >>

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Saturday, Nov. 26 is the gallery’s 24th Annual Art of Winter Group Exhibition. In February, the gallery will host solo exhibitions by Laura Harris (Feb. 11), Angela Morgan (Feb. 18), and Mike Svob (Feb. 25). March will see a solo exhibition by Paul Paquette and a group exhibition featuring Rick Bond, Dana Irving and Jennifer Sparacino.

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ONCE YOU’VE OWNED one Nicholas Bott work, you’ll want another. And another. The Dutch artist, who came to Canada at 17, carries the influence of Van Gogh and captures the rugged British Columbia landscape with vibrant colour and brushwork that radiates the forces of nature. Some buyers who have purchased one piece have returned and acquired over two dozen. One owns 42 works. Bott will be the featured artist in the Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont in Feb. 2017, with two dozen new paintings that capture the spirit and beauty of this province. Throughout fall and winter, the gallery will feature a selection of Canada’s top artists in Wild And Sacred Places, a revolving exhibition that showcases works by Shannon Ford, Brent Lynch, Linda Wilder, Karel Doruyter, Doria Moodie, Charlie Easton and Arnt Arntzen. Covering over 6,080 square feet of exhibition space, Mountain Galleries offers an impressive stage to view some of Canada’s finest art.

PLAZA GALLERIES WHEN THE PLAZA Galleries opened its doors over 20 years ago in Hollywood style, with heartthrob actor and painter Tony Curtis in attendance to celebrate his art, it set the stage for its eclectic collection.

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he Audain Art Museum, Whistler’s newest addition to the art gallery scene, hosts an impressive permanent collection of Canadian works by Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt. In addition to the permanent collection, the public gallery hosts temporary exhibitions. This winter, two shows will take the stage with the museum hosting Intersection: Contemporary Artist Films, an exhibition designed to explore the idea of intersecting — of time, space, place, and larger global social narratives related to the environment and the migra-

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tion of peoples and ideas, from Oct. 28 to Feb. 6, 2017. The powerful exhibition will feature recent work by Matilda Aslizadeh, Patrick Bernatchez, Stan Douglas, Pascal Grandmaison and Marie-Claire Blais, Lisa Jackson, Fiona Tan and Althea Thauberger. Alongside Intersection, is From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru, running from Oct. 21 to Jan. 9, 2017. The rare textile exhibition will showcase several precious kimonos and personal objects by one of Japan’s most famous geishas, Ichimaru, whose voice and talent in the shamisen guitar brought her from poverty to fame in Japan in the mid-1920s.


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With art ranging from masters like Curtis to modern-day pop art full of colour and texture, Plaza Galleries represents over 85 Canadian and international artists including Kal Gajoum, Alexei Butirskiy, Maya Eventov, Andy Nichols, David Kracov, Vladimir Kostka and Robert Kwon. “We collect pieces we love as well as what our clients love, and we strive to have something for everyone to come in and enjoy,” said the Plaza’s Tamara Cooke. Regardless of which gallery you visit this winter, you’ll be surrounded by exquisite art that reflects the spirit and natural beauty of everyday Whistler.

WHISTLER CONTEMPORARY GALLERY THIS WINTER, Whistler Contemporary Gallery is showcasing one of Canada’s signature artists, Jane Waterous. The gallery’s two locations, in the Hilton Whistler Resort and the Four Seasons Whistler will light up with Waterous’ whimsical fine art from Dec. 28, 2016 to Feb. 20, 2017. “This winter season is shaping up to be an exciting one,” said Jeanine Messeguer, the gallery’s director. “If you missed Jane Waterous’ sell-out show last year, you will be able to enjoy a feature of her works (during) Christmas week and an artist-in-attendance show on Presidents’ Day in February.” The Waterous exhibition is one of the many shows by fine contemporary artists you can find in the gallery each year. The gallery will also showcase the work of André Monet, who created the portrait commission of the century, capturing Prince William and Kate Middleton as part of the celebration of their 2011 wedding. The gallery will also introduce a number of new artists, including Niso Maman, who creates striking figurative sculptures from everyday W objects like nails, coins, or keys.

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whistler galleries ADELE CAMPBELL FINE ART GALLERY Open daily from 11 a.m. in the Westin Resort, 604-938-0887 ART JUNCTION GALLERY & FRAME STUDIO Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. 1068 Millar Creek Road, Function Junction, 604-938-9000 BLACK TUSK GALLERY Open daily from 11 a.m. in the Hilton Resort, 1-877-905-5540 THE CRYSTAL LODGE GALLERY Crystal Lodge, 4154 Village Green, 604-902-5483 FATHOM STONE ART GALLERY & STUDIO In the Westin Resort, 604-962-7722 MARK RICHARDS GALLERY Open daily from noon in the Hilton Resort, 604-932-1911 MOUNTAIN GALLERIES AT THE FAIRMONT Open weekdays at 9 a.m. and weekends at 8 a.m. in the Fairmont Chateau, 604-935-1862 THE PLAZA GALLERIES Open daily from 10 a.m. at 22 – 4314 Main Street, 604-938-6233 THE GALLERY AT MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m., Sunday from 4 p.m. 4335 Blackcomb Way, 604-935-8410 SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4584 Blackcomb Way, 1-866-441-SLCC (7522) SUZANNE JOHNSTON STUDIO GALLERY In the Westin Resort, 604 -935 -3444 VINCENT MASSEY STUDIO 8605 Forest Ridge Drive, 604-932-6455 WHISTLER CONTEMPORARY GALLERY Hilton Resort, 604-938-3001 (main) Four Seasons Resort, 604-935-3999 W 52

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I thought why not go and live where I’m happiest? I wouldn’t be training with my team as much, but I would be getting more benefit out of the training that I would be doing.” The 2016-17 IBSF World Cup season will open up in Whistler on Dec. 2 and 3, and Spring would certainly appreciate starting the season on a roll. “I definitely want to pick up where I left off, by winning a World Cup in Whistler. I have a very good feeling for the track and I’m always very comfortable here. The town gets behind the event, which is great, and I definitely want to begin by starting off with a win,” he said. Spring represented Australia at the 2010 Games here in Whistler, placing 22nd, before jumping to 13th as a member of Team Canada in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. “I’m not sure if this will be my last one, but more than likely, it will be. I haven’t had the success at the Olympic Games yet that I have had on the World Cup tour, so it would be nice to finish it off with a medal and the next two years will definitely dictate how we do at the Games,” he said.

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ustralian-born bobsledder CHRIS SPRING, a recent arrival to Whistler who is now competing for Canada, came off a strong 2015-16 season in which he picked up his first International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup win right here in the resort. “I’m not really used to the concrete buildings anymore, the concrete jungle. I miss the mountains already,” Spring said from Calgary during a recent three-week trip east. Spring, 32, explained at this point in his career, he appreciates Whistler’s atmosphere much more than Canada’s other Winter Olympic host city. “I moved out to Whistler earlier in (2016),” he said. “I needed a different training environment. It was feeling pretty stale, training in Calgary. I’d lived there for 10 years already and I’m always so happy in Whistler. I have a great feeling on the track in Whistler and I always seem to be successful whenever we race here, so

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Whistler’s most famous active local athlete is arguably MARIELLE THOMPSON, who continues the tradition of the resort’s dominance in ski-cross, taking the torch from Ashleigh McIvor-DeMerit. Thompson, the 2014 Olympic gold medallist in ski-cross, has also taken home two FIS Crystal Globes as the overall season champion, winning her first as a 19-year-old in 2011-12 before repeating the feat two years later. The past two seasons, Thompson’s dash for a third title has been halted by injury, though she finished second to Sweden’s Anna Holmlund this past winter. But when she’s been on snow, she has been dominant, winning four races last season and eight of her last 13 completed World Cup races overall. Thompson has worked hard this off-season to continue that stretch. “I was on snow in July, so I got in a little bit of skiing in. I’ve been training down at the (Whistler) Athletes’ Centre in the gym and then also doing gymnastics training there. “(With gymnastics), the idea is balance and air awareness for potential crashing so we can roll out. We’ve included it in our training for the past three or four years. We’re just building on the basics that we’ve had and we’re getting better year by year.” With the off-season training humming along, Thompson has her eyes on the crystal prize, looking to take her third overall title. “I feel like I’m going into this coming season more prepared physically, for sure,” she said. “It’s definitely a goal of mine.” Though the tour won’t be swinging through Whistler this year, Thompson will look to hit the top of the podium on Canadian soil at Ontario’s Blue Mountain, where she made history in February 2012. “It has that sentimental value for me because it was my first win, my first World Cup win and being home in Canada, it’s nice to be going back there, for sure,” she said. And with the 2018 Winter Olympics fast approaching, a rebound into the top spot would be a nice boost for the 24-year-old.


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Meanwhile, luger REID WATTS is likely looking more closely at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Though just 17, Watts already has international experience, winning a bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, last winter and having already won the FIL youth ‘A’ Crystal Globe on a doubles sled with fellow Whistlerite Matt Riddle for the 2014-15 season, before switching to singles full time. Though the World Cup competitive schedule is packed into three short months, there isn’t much downtime in between as athletes strive to be ready for that short, compressed burst as they reach for gold. “The summer was great. I was doing lots of training just to get as strong as I could and as ready as I could for the next season,” he said. “I’m really excited to get back on the ice.” During the summer, Watts worked out five days a week and two to three times a day to prepare for the season ahead. “(We’ve been doing) lots of weightlifting so we can get the necessary muscle for the start to make those as fast as we can and really perfecting our start technique on the ice rink, paddling and doing a bunch of stuff like that,” he said. “We’re getting stronger and making everything perfect.” While Watts is still on the development side of things and looking for a podium finish in China, he still might make leaps and bounds and put himself into Olympic consideration a little earlier than planned. “In our program, the NextGen team, that’s really looking forward to the 2022 Olympics and getting a medal result there,” he said. “That’s what we’re really looking at. The 2018 Olympics, that would be a nice one to go to, but that’s not our priority right now.” At press time, it wasn’t yet determined which circuit Watts would compete on this year, but he hopes to compete on the full-fledged Viessmann World Cup tour, which is set to make its third stop of the season at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Dec. 9 and 10. “If all goes well, I’d love to be competing in that race, for sure.” W

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ABOVE: HADAWAY HOUSE IS APPROXIMATELY 5,000 SQUARE FEET, WITH THREE BEDROOMS AND FOUR-AND-A-HALF BATHROOMS. EVERYTHING INTERSECTS WITHIN THE HOME, WHICH CREATES A SLEEK, GEOMETRIC DESIGN THAT GOES BEYOND THE USUAL CONTEMPORARY STYLE. THE PRECISE GEOMETRY OF THE DESIGN DICTATED AN EXTREMELY HIGH LEVEL OF PRECISION WHEN IT CAME TO ASSEMBLING THE HOME ON SITE. RIGHT: ARCHITECT JOHN PATKAU SAYS THE DESIGN OF HADAWAY HOUSE HAS NO VERTICAL WALLS AND EVERY CEILING PLANE HAD TO FIT INTO A PERFECT TRIANGULAR FORM.

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OR MOUNTAIN ENTHUSIASTS, the pursuit for gear begins soon after the leaves start turning. As North America’s #1 ski resort, our shops deliver, with shelves stocked with the latest and greatest seasonal equipment and clothing. We’ve gathered some great items to add to your shopping list this year. — Tessa Sweeney Specifically designed with professional freeride skiers in mind, the HELI VERTICAL LIMITED EDITION JACKET is all about maximizing performance and reaching new ground in style and technology. In a block-printed Gore-Tex® C-knit fabric, inspired by stealth technology, it offers you robust, durable protection with wind and waterproof properties to ensure wet-weather conditions don't disturb. This one really has got it covered. Available at Peak Performance on Whistler’s Main Street. $900

The new ATOMIC HAWX ULTRA 130 is the lightest alpine ski boot Atomic’s ever made. It includes Memory Fit for the personalization of a custom ski boot in minutes, plus a Memory Fit 3D Platinum liner with pre-shaped heel and ankle areas for an even better first fit. Hawx Ultra also features an asymmetric Energy Backbone that provides extra strength and edge grip for super strong skiing. Available at

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OAKLEY’S PRIZM INFERNO is a revolutionary heated lens technology developed to combat goggle fogging and improve performance and safety by enhancing vision. Designed with simplicity, form and function in mind, Prizm Inferno allows those heading down the hill to worry less about their equipment’s performance and more about the runs ahead. Available at Showcase,

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Goggle and helmet pairing is key to comfort and performance on the hill. The perfect fit is finally possible with Oakley’s new line of helmets. Designed for the extreme rider who wants the most premium technology available, MOD5 is a quality frontrunner, available at Can-Ski locations,

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The KJUS BLACKCOMB JACKET is an effective insulator with high-end synthetic down that is wind-resistant, breathable and super warm. Keep kids wrapped up and warm when freezing temperatures hit the mountain. Below-freezing temperatures are no problem: this jacket’s high-end synthetic down provides great insulation from extreme cold, while Fast Thermo Core insulation keeps body temperature balanced. Even storms are no match for this fast-wind-resistant jacket. KJUS kids clothing available at Can-Ski.

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Marketplace, Whistler. Open 9am - 9pm daily. Free Parking.

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This WHISKEY JACK BEANIE’s outer shell is spill-resistant spun poly printed with Heidi the Artist’s “Whiskey Jack on a Ski Pole” drawing. The fun all-over print won’t ever fade. Wear this cutie x-country skiing, running, or just enjoy it lounging après style. Printed with Whistler artist Heidi Denessen’s own photographs and designs. Available at the Maury Young Arts Centre shop and the Audain

Art Museum.

There’s nothing like a sunny bluebird day in the Village. Enjoy it in style with a pair of KUMA SUNGLASSES. Handcrafted using sustainable bamboo in the frames, these glasses offer 100 per cent UVA/UVB protection, with many styles offering polarized lenses. You can feel good about your purchase because Kuma plants one tree for every frame sold. Available at Open Country in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Alpine Cruiser – $35 >>

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The HELI 22 BACKPACK is a firm favourite. With the colour blue for this winter, this lightweight yet durable daypack offers space for all of your essentials and it’s easy to handle, even with gloves on. Skis are easily attached diagonally or on the side. Available at Peak Performance on Whistler’s Main Street. $180 W

Whistler’s Health & Wellness Store

BLACK BEAR COLLECTION A charming and whimsical selection of Whistler black bear gifts and souvenirs Mugs • Coasters • Tea Towels Trivets • Aprons • Oven Mitts Salad Servers and more

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8:24 PM

The moment you discovered a world of new experiences.

THE CHALET - EVERYTHING AN ENCHANTED EVENING SHOULD BE Twinkling lights and a crackling fire set the stage for a magical winter dining experience at The Chalet. Featuring European-inspired alpine cuisine, The Chalet’s menu offers the perfect collection of warm and welcoming dishes you’d expect in North America’s favourite mountain resort. Indulge in savoury fondues, house-made pâté, schnitzel, rösti and artisan charcuterie platters. Be sure to save room for the chocolate fondue dessert and an after-dinner selection from the schnapps wagon. Complimentary parking is available at Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler’s Upper Village or call for a private transfer from any Whistler location. FOR CHALET DINNER RESERVATIONS, CALL 604 938 8000 OR BOOK ONLINE WITH OPENTABLE.COM fairmont.com/whistler/dining


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HISTLER BLACKCOMB’S (WB) executive chef Wolfgang Sterr guides all culinary goings on at its two fine dining restaurants — CHRISTINE’S ON BLACKCOMB Mountain and STEEPS GRILL on Whistler Mountain — and encourages menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients and daring, international flavours. Christine’s, located in the Rendezvous Lodge at the top of the treeline on Blackcomb, has extraordinary, endless views. They seemed to inspire the restaurant's head chef Steve Ramey, who took a farsighted approach when creating the new menu after coming on board in 2015. “Definitely more local sourcing, more adventurous flavours, more refined plates and a different style of service,” Ramey says. Given its proximity to the slopes, Ramey wanted to ensure the updated menu still offered something for the lunch crowd and après set looking for those familiar, comforting flavours — but with a modern touch. “I always try to have something crunchy, something salty, something creamy and rich, something acidic — those addictive flavours,” he explains. “We’re taking those flavours that people love and repackaging them.” Ramey recommends trying the Keralan fish curry after hitting the hill. The delicate sablefish pairs beautifully with a rich coconut curry finished with at least 20 different Indian spices. It’s like a warm embrace on a cold day. >>

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Locally Inspired Executive Chef Bradley Cumming focuses on fresh, regional ingredients, paired with carefully-selected BC wines for a truly West Coast dining experience. For reservations call 604.935.4344 or visit grillandvinewhistler.com

Located in the heart of the village at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

Spectacular Mountain Views

Sustainable Seafood

Indulgent Breakfast Buffet

Neapolitan Style Pizzas

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HE CINNAMON BEAR BAR & GRILLE, located in the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, is both a favourite neighbourhood haunt and an affordable, quality option for the resort guest. It is also steps away from the Whistler Village Gondola, drawing in locals with happy-hour specials and an abundance of big-screen TVs, as well as welcoming travellers searching for delicious, homemade eats served in a vibrant atmosphere close to the slopes. Favourites include buttermilk-battered wings, marinated for 24 hours — the maple chili sauce is a Whistler institution — and what executive chef Julian Owen-Mold calls “the best nachos in town.” For something more upscale, try the handmade Dungeness crab cakes, or the French onion soup served with smoked cheese rather than the traditional Swiss or Gruyere. “I find it gives (the soup) more depth of flavour (when paired) with the beef broth,” Owen-Mold says. He hasn’t forgotten the health-conscious diner either. He recommends the kale and quinoa salad packed with wheat kernels and drizzled in a spiced almond salad for a filling, nutritional option that won’t leave you stuffed. There are also shared plates and entrees available throughout the day. >>

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OU’RE COLD, you’re sore and you’re hungry. Good thing the INDIAN MASALA BISTRO has the cure for what ails you. “Indian spices are medicine,” says restaurant director Jinder Nijjar. The restaurant offers over 50 different spice blends or masalas, and rich, creamy sauces. A trip to the Indian Masala Bistro is the perfect way to cap a bluebird day. Run by the owners of Whistler’s Marketplace eatery, the Royal Taste of India, the bistro is a sleek, modern take on Indian cuisine, and reflects the wide-ranging regional diversity of a country that counts 26 provinces, nine major religions and 22 official languages. “Every province has its own culture, its own language, its own food,” says Nijjar. “If you go to Royal Taste of India, for example, and eat butter chicken and then come here, you won’t get fed up. Both are tasty and both are different styles, with different ways we prepare the spices.” Nijjar touts the restaurant’s lean, hand-cut New Zealand lamb, which is served a number of different ways, like the rogan josh, cooked in yogurt and a rich, onion sauce base and finished with mixed melon seeds; or the fiery Goan vindaloo, prepared with potatoes in a hot and sour, vinegary coconut sauce. Many Indians are vegetarian. We would be remiss if we didn’t also recommend the eggplant bhartha, baked first in a clay tandoor oven before being finished in the pan with onions, ginger, tomatoes and spices. >>


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Perched high in the Blackcomb Mountain alpine, Christine’s Restaurant offers an elevated dining experience. Through award-winning Head Chef Steve Ramey’s love for seasonal, fresh, and local ingredients, the menu at Christine’s showcases the flavour of modern West Coast cuisine. With panoramic views of the Coast Mountains, the experience is just as savory as the meal itself.

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The Nijjar family is pleased to have the Royal Taste of India in its fifth successful year. Our chefs provide the essence of traditional Indian Cuisine with a modern touch, preparing each dish to your specifications. Our sister company Kismet Estate Winery, located in Oliver BC, produces VQA quality red & white wine to pair with our exotic menu. Fine Dining & Take Out Catering Available WHISTLER MARKETPLACE

Addictive Italian cuisine since 1996 Inviting service Two private dining rooms Dinner nightly 4319 Main Street at the Whistler Pinnacle Hotel 604.905.4844

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fortingly familiar. Maybe it’s the dripping-in-wood décor, the roaring fireplaces, the inviting views of Blackcomb from the terrace, or the rotating cast of musicians — whatever it is, there’s no spot in Whistler quite like it. “I think the Mallard is the best place to après, and maybe that’s because I work here, but even in the years I didn’t work here I used to après here,” says Fairmont Whistler executive chef Isabel Chung. “I think there’s just that level of service and also a level of warmth.” Serving the finest in seasonally-inspired Canadian and West Coast cuisine, the Mallard puts an elegant spin on pub classics and international fare, like its Double Diamond poutine, topped with maple-glazed doublesmoked bacon and smothered in red wine gravy, or the ancho-grilled Pacific lingcod tacos with a red cabbage-corn slaw. “For the winter menu… we’re keeping in mind what we’ve been doing in terms of having a great selection of things that are local and comforting,” Chung says. “We make our burgers in-house; we have a salmon burger as well, just to speak to the Pacific Northwest. The crab and artichoke dip is staying for winter because it’s very filling — it’s great to share.” You can also sample one of the Mallard’s famous martinis, or warm up with Grandma’s Toddy, made from spiced, barrel-aged Hennessy VS cognac, spicy ginger puree and honey sourced from the Fairmont’s rooftop beehive. Oh, did we forget to mention the devilishly addictive Chocolate Bar, where you can sample rich, single-origin chocolate (made by one variety of cacao harvested in one region) by the piece? Indulge in a flight of six and try them all. >>

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EING INSIDE THE MALLARD LOUNGE AT THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER feels both luxuriously rustic and com-

aura

Fresh. Casual. Local. Inspired and influenced by our people, our produce and our place, AURA creates a casual and comfortable dining experience in a unique lakeside setting. Fresh and local; Chef Dean celebrates all things BC. this winter, try our 'winter trio' menu and enjoy three delicious courses from $49 pp* *blackout dates apply, vegetarian & vegan options from $39pp

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1:37PM

The moment you decided to cultivate a new afternoon ritual.

SO MUCH MORE TO THE MALLARD LOUNGE THAN MEETS THE EYE One of Whistler’s liveliest spots for après and evening entertainment, The Mallard Lounge is an iconic destination for visitors and locals alike. Live music, a roaring fireplace and master mixologists with their signature blends of house-infused spirits have created a legendary following. Also a popular location for lunch, The Mallard Lounge presents a casual, yet refined afternoon experience at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Try our Mountain Burger with truffle fries, fresh organic salads and selections from the Chocolate Bar. This might just be your new favourite afternoon activity in Whistler. Ski-in, ski-out or stop by The Mallard Lounge, slopeside at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. OPEN DAILY 11:00 AM TO 12:00 AM fairmont.com/whistler/dining


Classical References Lunch Fri-Sun from 11:00 am Happy Hour / Dinner 5 pm nightly and Casual Style. Wood fired pizza, rotisserie, pasta and seafood, prepared in traditional mediterranean ways.

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IN YOUR FUTURE WHETHER HOME DELIVERED OR ORDERED FROM A RESTAURANT MENU, WHISTLER’S PIZZAS ARE PEOPLE PLEASERS

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S CHILDREN, WE OFTEN dream of what the future might bring. I envisioned flying cars, getting anxious over hypothetical mid-air crashes. My mother used to say that her teachers promised that everyone would have a personal jetpack by the year 2000. We’re now way past Y2K, and while the lack of personal flying machines is disappointing, technology has made visionary strides in important areas — such as the creation of pizza. Exhibit A: The Domino’s Pizza Tracker. It is deeply satisfying to track the progress of your pizza using technology. First, place the order (using Domino’s handy, build-a-pie click-through menu), then watch with rapt attention. “Kieran has received your order — Kieran is placing your order in the oven — Kieran is checking your order for perfection!” And as the little progress bar fills itself up — Kyle is on his way to your house! — there is a contented little smirk of accomplishment. “I made this happen — my technology and I,” I like to say to myself, just before answering the door. Try it — it’s fun! Not all of Whistler’s many pizza offerings come with such techie futurism attached, but they’re all worth sampling as we wait for our jetpacks to be invented. >>

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pizzeria aims to take pizza back to its old-school, Neapolitan roots. “Everything is made fresh every day, from our sauce to our dough to our cheese,” says owner Maria Dente. “We’ve had a really good response, especially from the locals.” The menu is inspired by her husband’s Italian heritage, Dente says, as well as some of the tastes and ingredients they’ve encountered on their travels over the years. Visitors can choose from more than a dozen enticing Neapolitan, thin-crust pizzas, including the Napoletana (tomato, garlic, anchovies, oregano and olive oil), the Carbonara (olive oil, parmigiano, egg, cream and pancetta), the Quattro Formaggi (fior di latte, parmigiano, fontina, gorgonzola, garlic and oregano) and the Capricciosa (ham, artichoke, mushroom, chives, fior di latte and basil). On any given night, any of these could be a top seller, but Dente says her favourite is the Diavola (tomato, calabrese salami, fresh fior di latte, parmigiano and red onion). There are few Whistler hideouts better suited for winter warming than

CREEKBREAD. “We’ve got a nice, big, warm, wood-fired oven to come sit beside in the winter, and we have great local beers and feature cocktails all the time,” says kitchen manager Cameron Taylor. “It’s a place to come and hang out and feel warm and welcome and eat good food.” Creekbread is well known in the community for giving back, whether hosting fundraisers almost every Tuesday, or just making really good food. “We love our community, and love helping out others as much as possible,” Taylor says. “One of the ways to do that is by cooking good food that

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we love, and doing it as organically as possible, sourcing it from as many local farms and Canadian suppliers as we can.” Perhaps the best example of this ethos can be found on one of Creekbread’s top sellers — the Pemberton Potato Pie (thinly sliced, oven-roasted Pemberton potatoes, organic rosemary cream sauce, roasted whole garlic cloves, organic baby spinach, whole-milk mozza, fontina and Asiago cheeses). “We’re making hundreds and hundreds of those,” Taylor says. “We get the potatoes from Pemberton, from Across the Creek Organics, and all of our ingredients — our sauces and our meats — are all made in house, all by hand.” Another consistent crowd pleaser, he says, is Mopsy’s Kalua Pork (hardwood-smoked free-range pork shoulder, house organic mango BBQ sauce, organic red onions, fresh pineapple, Happy Days Dairy goat cheese, premium whole milk mozza, Asiago cheese and Creekbread’s own blend of organic herbs). Creekbread also does special “feature pizzas” like taco, chicken bacon ranch and even some veggie specialties like the potato rosemary or beetroot pizzas.

CARAMBA!

CARAMBA! RESTAURANTE has been a staple of Whistler Village for more than two decades, and according to owner Jay Pare, some of the pizza offerings on the menu have been big sellers since the place opened its doors. “Pizza is definitely a major percentage of our menu, as far as what people order,” Pare says. Caramba’s pizza offerings are decidedly traditional — from the Pizza Prosciutto (prosciutto, salami, arugula and parmesan) to the Pizza Calabrese (roasted garlic and boursin).

“Obviously, you have your traditional staples, like the margherita pizza,” Pare says. “Everyone has sort of a take on the margherita pizza, but ours, we really enjoy it. We use the actual bocconcini cheese and these little cherry tomatoes, with fresh basil on top.” But the kitchen isn’t afraid of a little experimentation. “We’re doing a mac n’ cheese pizza which has been a lot of fun. People are liking that one,” Pare says. “We always have a pizza of the day, so there’s always room to play with ingredients there.” >>

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HE GRILL & VINE, in the Westin Resort and Spa, puts a modern spin on the traditional stone- hearth oven. “The whole restaurant was built around the wood stove oven and Enomatic Wine Preservation System,” says the Westin’s food and beverage manager Jeff O’Brien. “It’s a beautiful match made in heaven.” The Enomatic allows guests to sample a variety of wines with their food, but it’s the flames in the heart of the shiny, modern oven that serve as the main focal point of the room. “When we did the renovation we spent three days angling it just right so we could get that flame trying to draw the attention of everybody,” O’Brien laughs. The attention to detail was worth it — the flames emanating from the oven create the perfect atmosphere for winter meals, and the perfect pizzas, too. “Chef is well versed in food and wine, so he’s always trying to look for items that can pair well with wines,” O’Brien says of executive chef Brad Cumming. “His influences are heavily Mediterranean, and Italian as well.” It is reflected in the menu. The Grill & Vine offers a savoury selection of Neapolitan-style pizzas, including a salsiccia (fennel sausage, olives, caramelized onion), funghi (wild and cultivated seasonal mushrooms, truffle cream, asiago cheese), Toscana (soppressata salami, chorizo sausage, chili flakes) melanzane (artichoke, roasted garlic, olives, feta cheese) and more. “The pizzas do change in what we have and what toppings go on,” O’Brien says, noting that the restaurant has a vegetarian option, and can do gluten-free crusts on request. W

LOCALS’ FAVOURITE SINCE 1982!

Executive Chef Julian Owen-Mold re-invents traditional gastro pub fare by infusing the freshest regional ingredients into classic comfort food favourites. Unwind with a cool beverage on our sunny patio or catch the game on the big screen inside. Fuel up for your day with a hearty breakfast available from 7am or enjoy a delicious meal any time of day. Located at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

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– Tandoor Oven – – Great Vegetarian Selection –

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine 4368 Main St. # 201, Corner Northlands Blvd.

604 .905.4900

Restaurant and Take-Out

ENTREES FROM $14

We serve free-run chicken dishes from the Fraser Valley Farm (raised with no added hormones or steroids), grass-fed lamb and OCEAN WISE (TM) Prawns and Fish

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TESTED TOUGH WHERE THE ONLY THING WETTER THAN THE RAIN IS THE SNOW.

At Columbia, winter isn’t just cold. It’s wet. Which is why we don’t have to go far to test our new OutDry Extreme Gold Down jacket. It’s everything you want in a down jacket plus our OutDry Extreme waterproof technology to keep you dry. When the forecast calls for snow, rain, or anything in between, it’s the only jacket you need. Learn more at Columbia.com #TESTEDTOUGH

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THAT’S THE

spirits

SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON B.C.’S

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ver the past decade, microbrewing has settled into its stride, with craft beers alongside mainstream brews on restaurants’ taps, and more craft breweries popping up seemingly by the minute. Hot on the heels of craft beer’s takeover is the latest trending wave in smallbatch liquor production: craft distilleries. Since 2013’s shift in provincial liquor laws to better benefit small-scale liquor producers, B.C. has seen a huge surge in the number of craft distilleries popping up throughout the province. Much more than backyard moonshine, B.C. distillers are producing high-quality, innovative spirits representative of the region’s unique environment. This boom is good news for cocktail drinkers looking for a departure from the big brands. But better yet, the best of these B.C. craft spirits can be found mixed into wonderful drinks right here in Whistler.

BEST CRAFT DISTILLERIES

“WHILE THEY’RE HERE, WE WANT TO SHOWCASE EXACTLY WHAT’S IN THE AREA, AND WHAT BETTER WAY THAN THROUGH A LOVELY DRINK?”

One needn’t look further than SIDECUT, located in the Four Seasons Resort. Known as one of the best places to find locally sourced fare in Whistler, this reputation extends to Sidecut’s beverages, particularly since launching their Sea to Sky cocktail menu. Each season, a new list of unique cocktails is developed by the restaurant’s bar staff, using ingredients sourced from the Sea to Sky corridor — including, of course, spirits. “We try to source things locally as much as possible,” said Sidecut bartender Tim Starritt. “We find that a lot of people who come (to Whistler) never really stay long,” added fellow Sidecut bartender Luke Splatt. “While they’re here, we want to showcase exactly what’s in the area, and what better way than through a lovely drink?” Behind the Sidecut bar, patrons can find regional spirits like Aphro by Gillespie’s Fine Spirits. It is an aphrodisiacal vodka-based elixir infused with chocolate, chili and vanilla, made in Squamish from 100 per cent B.C. grain. As well, Sidecut has Pemberton Distillery’s Schramm Gin — the family-owned-and-operated micro-distillery which produces the world’s only organic potato spirits. >>

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BASALT WINE AND SALUMERIA bar manager Kevin Broderick is bringing back last season’s Sea to Sky-centric twist on the Lemon Drop for the eatery’s second winter of operations. A simple combo of Gillespie’s lemoncello — the Squamish distillery’s take on the Italian liqueur limoncello — with vanilla vodka, simple syrup with lemon juice added, and garnished with a vanilla sugar rim. It makes the perfect afterdinner treat. Basalt’s seasonal beverages also include Broderick’s take on the classic cocktail, Bee’s Knees. Traditionally made with gin, lemon juice and honey, Broderick’s interpretation rests on Wayward Distillation House’s Unruly Vodka, produced on Vancouver Island. The first Canadian distillery to use honey as a base for all its spirits, the particularly innovative product was voted B.C.’s favourite vodka at the BC Distilled micro-distillery festival in 2015.

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EVEN MORE B.C. craft vodka is found just down the Village Stroll, where the LONGHORN SALOON — one of five food and beverage establishments owned by Gibbons Whistler — offers classic cocktail combinations using Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers’ products. The Longhorn, a legendary après bar conveniently located at the base of Whistler Mountain, first opened its doors in 1981. Today, its signature cocktail list has something for everyone, swapping out mainstream liquor brands in classic cocktails such as their Mountain Mules and Longhorn Collins in favour of Deep Cove’s craft gins and vodka. Longhorn’s twist on the arguably most classically Canadian cocktail, the Caesar, uses Deep Cove’s Mediterraneaninspired rosemary and olive gin.

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FOR THE TRUE gin lover, nothing in the Sea to Sky corridor is quite like the Village’s BAR OSO. The Spanish-influenced, small plates eatery takes its gin seriously, offering numerous gins and tonics from around the world that are as thoughtfully paired as they are crafted. Bar Oso’s bar manager Jason Redmond has taken particular care to highlight the best of B.C. craft products, with a cocktail menu that offers patrons an “ed-gin-cation.” The bar’s flight offering — a gin sampler — enables guests to try three different regionally made gins: Long Table Cucumber Dry Gin from Vancouver, made with Sunshine Coast cucumbers and bell peppers, is bright and refreshing; while Sheringham Seaside Gin, produced in Shirley, on Vancouver Island, is floral and slightly saline, even boasting local hand-harvested winged kelp among its botanicals. Rounding out the trio is Victoria Oaken Gin, a complex, full-bodied spirit with a tendency to remind its drinkers of a whisky. “They’re all different expressions, and nice regional expressions with the botanicals in the gin,” said Redmond. Bar Oso’s lengthy gin-and-tonic menu also offers another version of the cocktail crafted with one of BC’s newest gins, Phillips Fermentorium Stump Coastal Forest. This elixir showcases hand-foraged B.C. botanicals including cascade hops, grand fir, and bay laurel. “It’s really representative of a walk in the rainforest,” said Redmond. With regional craft spirits ranging as far and as wide as B.C.’s terrain itself, it’s clear that whatever your cocktail of choice may be, B.C. craft distillers — and Whistler bartenders — have got you covered. W


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