In the nine years since Whistler attracted global attention as the host of the Winter Olympics, the mountain town’s popularity skyrocketed. Whistler is widely considered one of the world’s greatest ski resorts (it’s also the largest on the continent). Here’s how we spend a long weekend in this alpine playground.
Get settled – 7 p.m.
Touch down at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in the afternoon and enjoy a scenic two-hour drive to Whistler along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, an engineering marvel of a route that wends through the Coast Mountains and climbs through old-growth rainforests before ending in Whistler, more than 2,000 feet above sea level.
Make use of your groceries—delivered and put away before you arrive, a complimentary Inspirato service—to whip up dinner at home and enjoy a soak in the hot tub.
A sweet snack – 1 p.m.
Refuel after your runs and choose from a wide range of freshly made sweet and savory pastries, breads, and more at Purebread, a bakery so popular there’s guaranteed to be a line. It’s worth the wait. Pair you pastry with locally roasted coffee.
Explore the Village – 4 p.m.
Admire this pedestrian-only Village Stroll, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This quaint hamlet was designed to feel like a village in the forest, with shops and cozy restaurants. Split a charcuterie board and a bottle of regional wine at Basalt Wine and Salumeria, a minimalist eatery with a breezy outdoor patio in the village.
Elevated Surf and Turf – 7 p.m.
One of the most popular restaurants in Whistler—and for good reason—Rimrock Café and Oyster Bar is the area’s go-to eatery for fresh seafood and game. Start with raw oysters and work your way up to the main event: filet mignon, venison steak, or rack of lamb, to name just a few. A global wine list rounds out the offerings.
Relaxation, Swedish-style – 2 p.m.
Reward sore muscles with a visit to one of Whistler’s most iconic spas: the Scandinave Spa. Nestled on the edge of Lost Lake Park amid spruce and cedar forests, the spa offers rustic installations of traditional hot and cold Scandinavian baths. Take your pampering to the next level with a Swedish massage.
Dinner at Araxi – 5 p.m.
Enjoy an upscale meal at Araxi, a Whistler staple that’s been voted the town’s best restaurant for more than a decade. Executive Chef James Walt, touted as an early pioneer of farm-to-table dining, creates seasonal menus that celebrate the excellence of locally sourced ingredients. Try the five-course dinner to fully explore Walt’s culinary creativity.
A bit of history – 11 a.m.
Admire First Nations art and delve into the history of the area’s indigenous people at Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre. Learn about the traditions of the ancient Salish people as you tour exhibits housing artifacts including baskets, blankets, canoes, totem poles, drums, and regalia.
Grab a snack at Thunderbird Café, featuring an indigenous-inspired menu, before making the two-hour drive back to Vancouver to catch your flight home.