A snow bunny’s magical playground.
Your curated guide to a completely cozy, totally romantic 48 hours in Canada’s poshest ski town.
DAY 1: SKI Whistler’s luxury properties register an 11 on the haute-hotel meter (see the Four Seasons, Nita Lake Lodge), but the Fairmont Chateau Whistler sweeps the “Wait—are we in an alpine storybook?” category. The rustic-chic lobby sets the tone, with a lofty peaked roof and evergreens laden with twinkling lights. MORNING Start your day at the hotel’s Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery, which features fruit smoothies (if you’re feeling healthy) and the Belgium Hot Chocolate Experience (if you’re really not). Opt for the creamy confection of caramel, maple, chocolate and whipped cream—it’s so rich that Forbes would be tempted to profile it.
Next, suit up for the day—you can rent everything from skis to stylish jackets at the Fairmont—and hit the slopes. There are two major mountains to tackle: Whistler (1,530 metres high) and Blackcomb (1,609 metres), both of which boast more than 100 runs and award-stacked pedigrees that would make Meryl Streep blush. The views on the mountain are similarly astonishing: Powdery peaks rise in the distance like giant snowy linebackers huddled against a cornflower-blue sky. (In addition to #nofilter, be prepared to add #nowayyy.) To switch mountains, take the Peak 2 Peak gondola, which glides along for more than four kilometres, offering gorgeous scenery and the perfect opportunity to warm up and chill out—or make out, depending on the state of your lips. AFTERNOON On Whistler Mountain, stop for lunch at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar, the most romantic restaurant in the sky. The locally sourced Hecate Strait Halibut is a favourite, as is the Pemberton Beef Burger with Tomato Jam and Caramelized Onion Aioli. Either way, order the Truffle Frites—at least once. Looking for an après-lunch challenge? Whistler Blackcomb is the only ski resort in North America where you can ski or snowboard on a glacier. Add it to your bucket list, and then cross it off with a swagger. EVENING Back in Whistler Village, your well-deserved drink options feel as limitless as the mountain horizons look. Hot spot Garibaldi Lift Company (affectionately nicknamed “GLC”) is worth dropping by for an icy pint, but if you stay long enough for a pitcher, you’ll inevitably start counting “The Situation” lookalikes. The Mallard Lounge offers a more refined après experience. Sit by the fire in a pair of overstuffed armchairs and order the Root Down, the bar’s signature cocktail, which is crafted from horseradish-infused gin, beet juice, lemon juice and maple syrup. By your second drink, you’ll need a little sustenance in the form of lobster mac and cheese (no judgment). After dinner, take your digestif outside for a starry evening stroll. h
Ski Whistler and Blackcomb via the Peak 2 Peak gondola.
Take an evening stroll beneath the snow-covered trees surrounding
the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Order the Belgium Hot Chocolate Experience at the Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery.