DRIFT Travel magazine - - Whistler British Columbia - BY: JOSIE SALDAT

There is some­thing spe­cial about find­ing a ho­tel that make you feel at home while miles away. Re­sid­ing in the largest alpine re­sort in North Amer­ica, Pan Pa­cific paves its very own way in cater­ing to vis­i­tors as well as lo­cals. Within the pedes­trian Whistler Vil­lage hub are their two prop­er­ties – The Vil­lage lo­ca­tion and Moun­tain­side lo­ca­tion (where I stayed), both sit­u­ated at the bot­tom of the Whistler Moun­tain just sec­onds away from the gon­do­las – the con­ve­nience is un­de­ni­ably un­beat­able! Re­flect­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of the val­ley, Pan Pa­cific brings in el­e­ments of fa­mil­iar­ity and com­fort con­tribut­ing to an over­all “lodge” essence. Wooden at­tributes and warm­ing dé­cor are con­sis­tent through­out the suites. From the stu­dio to the pent­house, all suites in­clude a small bal­cony (with a view to die for), liv­ing room area and full-size kitchen mak­ing it a liv­able lay­out for fam­i­lies and travel groups.

What­ever you search for in an alpine es­cape, Pan Pa­cific is the per­fect home base to ex­plore Whistler. Whether it be re­lax­ing in the salt­wa­ter pool, ski­ing the slopes or strolling the vil­lage shop­ping, it is truly a des­ti­na­tion where there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Amidst an iconic Cana­dian land­scape of the moun­tains and val­ley, the sur­round­ings pro­vide vis­i­tors with the nat­u­ral play­ground they search for. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity is at the fore­front with their slope-side valet ski stor­age and com­pli­men­tary in­re­sort shut­tle, mak­ing it even eas­ier for guests to zoom in on their pas­sion – the pow­der!

As a dog owner, I was so glad to see that as a lux­ury ho­tel they pro­vide crea­ture com­forts for guests and their pets!

Lo­cated in the lobby of the Moun­tain­side lo­ca­tion, The Duhb Linn Gate Ir­ish Pub brings a warm wel­com­ing at­mos­phere for global guests. In a pris­tine lo­ca­tion this pub is quite pos­si­bly the num­ber one “hot-spot” in the après ski scene. From sautéing in the kitchen to shred­ding on the slopes, Chef Vic­tor Pul­ley­blank brings his down-to-earth at­ti­tude and use of fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents to the var­ied menu of el­e­vate pub dishes like his in­fa­mous Pork Belly – which is ac­quired lo­cally from Two Rivers, slow cooked with caramelized ap­ple sauce and roasted root veg­gies and fin­ished off with a touch of maple syrup.

Wake up and sip your cof­fee over­look­ing the chair­lift in your robe and slip­pers – the moun­tains are call­ing! Down­load the free Pan Pa­cific Moun­tain­side’s APP and search lo­cal events and view lo­cal res­tau­rants, pubs, fit­ness clubs and out­door tour groups.

Deer Val­ley Re­sort is nes­tled in the Wasatch Moun­tains of Utah in the his­toric min­ing town of Park City. Deer Val­ley is con­sis­tently ranked #1 in guest ser­vice among ski re­sorts in North Amer­ica and de­liv­ers an un­matched ex­pe­ri­ence. Deer Val­ley of­fers uni­formed ski valets, im­mac­u­lately groomed slopes and on-site child care. The re­gion in­cludes six moun­tains – Lit­tle Baldy Peak, Bald Ea­gle, Bald, Flagstaff, Em­pire and Lady Mor­gan – of­fer­ing a great snow ex­pe­ri­ence for skiers of all abil­i­ties.

Après ski is a big part of the Deer Val­ley cul­ture - al­though tai­lored to more fam­ily friendly and less about rowdy nightlife. There are lots of shops as well as non-skier ac­tiv­i­ties, along with an ex­cel­lent range of award-win­ning din­ing op­tions on the slopes and in Park City.

DEER VAL­LEY IS east of Salt Lake City, Utah - host of the 2002 2002 Olympic WIN­TER GAMES WHICH is now pre­dom­i­nantly a train­ing fa­cil­ity. In town, Main Street is lined with build­ings built dur­ing a 19th­cen­tury sil­ver min­ing boom.

I used to love to ski! Then life, kids and work got in the way and my skis sat (pretty much unused) for most of the last decade. So, head­ing to Park City, Utah on a ski trip left me feel­ing ex­cited for the ad­ven­ture and ap­pre­hen­sive if I could con­quer this moun­tain. In the end there was no rea­son to worry - it’s a place for ev­ery age and ev­ery skill level. I had an ab­so­lute blast.

Just a short thirty minute drive from the Salt Lake City air­port, Park City is a quaint lit­tle vil­lage with great old west his­tory. Orig­i­nally fa­mous for sil­ver min­ing, which brought Ge­orge Hearst (the father of William Ran­dolph Hearst) to Park City. His On­tario Mine, pur­chased for $30,000, pro­duced more than $50 mil­lion in sil­ver in its life­time.

In more re­cent times, the city is known for host­ing many of the 2002 Win­ter Olympic Games and of course, is home to the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val. Park City has di­ver­sity to of­fer vis­i­tors. Deer Val­ley Re­sort area of­fers a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, as well as se­lect prop­er­ties in the sur­round­ing Park City area. We stayed at Black Bear Lodge by Re­sorts West. This cozy chalet style condo felt right at home in the heart of Sil­ver Lake at Deer Val­ley Re­sort. The ex­posed wood in­te­rior, moun­tain-es­que in­te­rior de­sign, open plan liv­ing and mas­sive log framed bed meant I could kick back and re­lax after ski­ing, and most im­por­tantly, soothe my aching mus­cles in the pri­vate hot tub. I re­ally en­joyed the home-style fam­ily feel of our lodge ac­com­mo­da­tion and the gourmet kitchen that was open to the cozy liv­ing space.

This is not a ski-in, ski-out lo­ca­tion but the lifts were a short walk away. Per­son­ally, I pre­ferred that. It meant peace and quiet out­side my condo win­dows and the op­por­tu­nity to take in un­in­ter­rupted views.


The Za­gat Restau­rant Guide lists Deer Vally Seafood Buf­fet as “Amer­ica’s Top Restau­rant” and they were right. The choice of fresh seafood seems al­most end­less. Fresh Dun­geness crab, moun­tains of Pa­cific white shrimp, house-smoked wild Alaskan sal­mon, freshly shucked West Coast oys­ters and Hawai­ian poke tuna are just the tip of the ice­berg.

Blind Dog Sushi (I know sushi is not top of mind when you think ski­ing) but this place is a must. The at­mos­phere is laid back and well suited to the rus­tic Utah life­style. I rec­om­mend try­ing the Ha­machi Belly Sashimi Salad. It has in­cred­i­ble fla­vors. Also pop­u­lar is the Lol­lipop Roll - with tuna, sal­mon, av­o­cado rolled in cu­cum­ber & ponzu. I loved the chalk art on the walls, es­pe­cially “Peo­ple who love to eat are al­ways the best peo­ple”. True.


Belly up to the bar at High West Dis­tillery Sa­loon and en­joy some well crafted spir­its. Lo­cated on Park Av­enue in Park City, and sur­rounded by other early 1800s sil­ver rush build­ings, the High West Dis­tillery’s decor em­braces the re­gion’s old west roots.

Start off with a light cock­tail, maybe the Whiskey Collins or the Silent Stranger. Both are de­li­cious and made with Amer­i­can Prairie Bour­bon. Then move up to a shot of Dou­ble Rye. This is the most ex­cit­ing mem­ber of the High West Dis­tillery fam­ily. Dubbed as the spici­est rye whiskey in the world, this mar­riage of two rye whiskies from two dif­fer­ent dis­til­leries is per­fect for sip­ping.

SEEThe Alf En­gen Ski Mu­seum should be on your list of sights to see. You can share in the thrill, ex­cite­ment and un­sur­passed beauty of the 2002 Win­ter Olympic Games as it comes to life in this state-of-theart mu­seum. Upon en­ter­ing the mu­seum, you’ll be sur­rounded by the stun­ning ban­ner art that dec­o­rated build­ings in down­town Salt Lake City dur­ing the Win­ter Games. Touch screen dis­plays, videos and a vir­tual re­al­ity ski the­ater add to the ex­pe­ri­ence. Make sure you check out the dis­play show­ing the US Olympic Team’s ski fash­ion from years gone by.

PLAYSki­ing is al­ways great fun but there are so many other win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties you can do in Park City. For the snow­mo­bile enthusiast, Sum­mit Mead­ows Ad­ven­tures of­fers beau­ti­ful scenic views of the Wasatch Moun­tains - def­i­nitely a bucket wor­thy ex­pe­ri­ence. They also of­fer guided snow­mo­bile tours on groomed trails and com­pli­men­tary trans­porta­tion to and from Park City. Don’t for­get your ski gog­gles!

One of my fa­vorite mo­ments was reach­ing for gold with a speedy run down the Comet Bob­sled in the Utah Olympic Park. This is the same track used in the 2002 Olympic Win­ter Games - and man, it is ex­hil­a­rat­ing! From load­ing the sled for the jour­ney up the moun­tain, to climb­ing into the very tight quar­ters of the rocket-like frame, our four-per­son sled was driven by a pro­fes­sional pi­lot and reached speeds in ex­cess of 100km. Un­for­get­table!

MUST After a great morn­ing on the slopes, and proudly sur­vey­ing that my body was in­tact and no worse for wear, I was ready for a cel­e­bra­tory break. So I headed over to the Veuve Clic­quot yurt at the Mon­tage Ho­tel for a light lunch and a glass of pre­mium bub­bly. Their Après Ski menu fea­tures sa­vory gourmet bites in­clud­ing caviar, lo­cal cheeses and char­cu­terie, and (my fa­vorite) deca­dent white truf­fle pop­corn.

48 HRS Park City of­fers small town charm with a his­tory that you can see, feel, taste and ex­pe­ri­ence. The ski­ing is world class, the sur­round­ings are truly au­then­tic to their lo­ca­tion. If you are a lit­tle like me, and your skis are kind of rusty, and you look for qual­ity ac­tiv­i­ties off the slopes, this is the kind of place that you go back to time and time again. My two days spent in Park City were filled with high mo­ments - al­ti­tudes, ad­ven­tures, adren­a­line and awe­some­ness.

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