Rekindling my love for snow!
Since starting work, snow to me has become more of an annoyance, rather than something to be looked upon in wonder. Skiing in the pure mountain snow, I realized how much I love its serene beauty.
I spent two days skiing, and enjoyed every moment of it (minus the icy patches)! The runs were quite long, which meant more time skiing and less time on chair lifts. Although admittedly, I quite enjoyed the Peak 2 Peak Gondola which runs between the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb. The views from the mountains were incredibly majestic and mysterious, especially with the incessant streams of mist. Inspired by this trip, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to ski more and work on my technique. Ultimately, I would love to confidently conquer a black diamond slope.
A great time to purchase tickets for Whistler would be during the summer season due to the discounts available. Lodging is also discounted during this time. There are plenty of attractive packages offered during the off-season. There is also a Fresh Tracks package which offers early breakfast and first dibs on the runs before anyone else.
The drive to Whistler from Vancouver is about an hour and a half. The roads were well paved, but can get treacherous during winter weather and in the dark due to its winding nature.
In terms of après ski, Whistler Village is the place to go. There are tons of great options for food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment. There are also nice spa options available. Soaking in a hot tub or spring is a perfect way to wind down after a day on the slopes. In terms of food, I recommend Crepe Montagne and Gone Village Eatery for breakfast. For dinner, I quite enjoyed 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar. The linguine pasta was delicious, as were the various appetizers. A cheaper and just as great alternative would be to go to a grocery store and buy your favorite ingredients to cook with. Despite its immense size, skiing at Whistler and Backcomb is quite convenient in terms of being able to find readily available washrooms, restaurants, and whatever else you may need or want. I definitely understand why Whistler is considered one of the best ski towns in the world.