DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: TRACEY DRAKE & JOSIE SALDAT Photo Credit: Paul Mor­ri­son

Get­ting ready for ski sea­son has been a big topic of con­ver­sa­tion at DRIFT and I took an ex­cit­ing trip to Whistler, B.C. and stayed at the most mag­i­cal boutique ho­tel. I can­not wait to share Nita Lake Lodge with you!

The moun­tain town of Whistler, Bri­tish Columbia has be­come a busy lit­tle mecca with a rep­u­ta­tion for world-class pow­der, ex­cep­tional din­ing, fine ho­tels and un­par­al­leled health, spa and well­ness ac­tiv­i­ties. North Amer­ica’s largest alpine vil­lage is lo­cated just two hours north of Van­cou­ver. Sin­gle trav­el­ers, cou­ples or fam­ily fun; ski snow­board or na­ture enthusiast - Whistler Vil­lage has it all and those who have been to Canada’s win­ter won­der­land know only too well that one visit is not even close to be­ing enough. Here is why we love it...

IN THE SKY • Peak 2 Peak Gon­dola – long­est and high­est lift in the world with best van­tage points of Bri­tish Columbia’s wilder­ness from the clouds above and val­leys be­low through the glass bot­tom cab. • Zi­pline through forests and across rivers. Try The Sasquatch, North Amer­ica’s long­est zi­pline.

ON THE SLOPES • En­joy ski­ing, board­ing or snow­mo­bil­ing on over 8,100 acres of snow cov­er­ing the two moun­tains: Whistler and Black­comb. • Black­comb’s Coca-cola Tube Park in­cludes 1000 feet of slid­ing ter­rain with a con­veyor to bring you back to the top so you can do it again!

ON THE GROUND • Stroll through Whistler Vil­lage amongst the thou­sands of col­ored lights that sparkle at night. • Skate in the Olympic Plaza – rentals, mu­sic and lights add to the ef­fort­lessly mag­i­cal evening! • Cruise the val­ley trail, a trail that con­nects Whistlers lakes, parks, trails and neigh­bor­hoods. • Dog sled across snow cov­ered land­scapes – a unique Cana­dian ex­pe­ri­ence pulled by a team of Arc­tic bred sled dogs. • Try Whistler Core, an amaz­ing 5500 sq. ft. in­door rock climb­ing wall. • Visit Whistler’s new Au­dain Art Mu­seum - with an ex­ten­sive B.C. First Na­tions col­lec­tion and the largest exhibit of Emily Carr art­work. • Eat, drink and meet the lo­cals in the dozens of walk­a­ble res­tau­rants, bars, gal­leries and shops to keep you warm and oc­cu­pied - many with breath­tak­ing views of the moun­tains. A few of our fa­vorites that you should try this sea­son:

1. In­cred­i­ble Span­ish small plates served at Bar Oso. At­mos­phere and vil­lage square lo­ca­tion are amaz­ing. 2. Uniquely Cana­dian pou­tine with caramelized onions at Zogs Dogs (ut­terly de­li­cious!). 3. Vodka room at Bear­foot Bistro is a must do! At -32C (-25F) the Ke­tel One Ice Room pro­vides the op­ti­mal en­vi­ron­ment for drink­ing this com­plex spirit.

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