A snow bunny’s mag­i­cal play­ground.

Your cu­rated guide to a com­pletely cozy, to­tally ro­man­tic 48 hours in Canada’s posh­est ski town.

ELLE (Canada) - - Elle - By Laura de Carufel

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

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.

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