No matter what time of year it is in Whistler, there are many locals and visitors for whom skiing, snowboarding and powder snow is always at the forefront of their mind. Skiers and riders chomping at the bit to get their first turns will only have to wait a couple more weeks until the ski lifts are open on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
Both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are due to open November 22 for the 2012/2013 winter season, and for many that won’t be a day too soon!!
Until January 25 the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort will have opening hours from 8.30am to 3.00pm.
From January 26 to February 22 the opening hours will be extended to 8.30am to 3.30pm and from February 23 to April 21 they will be extended further to 8.30am to 4.00pm. April 21 will be the closing day for Whistler Mountain, however Blackcomb Mountain will remain open from April 22 until May 20 with opening times of 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Whistler accommodations often have great deals for early season skiing, so now is a good time to start planning your trip!
Whistler can boast an excellent selection of hotels with spas ranging from luxury spa resorts to day spas conveniently located at your accommodation. Whether you want to keep your body in tune after a day on the mountain or spend the whole day relaxing and rejuvenating, there are many ways to find the perfect spa experience at your Whistler hotel.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a luxury Whistler hotel with a spa located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler’s Upper Village. The Vida Spa day spa offers a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments as well as massage, body wraps, facials, esthetics and couples massage. Vida Spa offers its own spa packages, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler also offers a hotel and spa package which includes accommodations and a choice of spa treatments.
Next to the Delta Whistler Village Suites, Eco Chic Spa prides itself on using the most natural products available for its range of services which include facials, massage, body treatments, waxing, makeup application, manicure and pedicure.
The Westin Resort & Spa boasts one of Whistler’s most impressive spa facilities at the Avello Spa & Health Club. Spa services include Hydrotherapy treatments using imported French Bouvier tubs, holistic treatments, Thalassotherapy wraps, and a selection of Spa Day Retreats. In room spa treatments are available for Westin hotel guests.
At the Summit Lodge & Spa, the Taman Sari Royale Heritage Spa is a Javanese style spa whose treatments take inspiration from the Javanese Royal Court. The range of massages offered include Javanese Massage, Taman Sari Massage, Balinese Massage, Prameswari Queen Massage, and Javanese Hot Rocks Massage. Body scrubs, wraps and exfoliation are also offered as well as facials, manicures and pedicures. If you are looking for a Whistler hotel & spa package, the Summit Lodge offers packages which include accommodation and spa treatments.
The luxurious Nita Lake Lodge enjoys a tranquil setting on beautiful Nita Lake close to Whistler Creekside. Ashram Spa is a luxury spa located at Nita Lake Lodge which specializes in Ayurvedic treatments including a 4 Hand Massage performed by 2 therapists, Ayurvedic Herbal Wrap, and the signature Shiro dhara. A wide range of massage treatments are offered including sports massage and couples massage, in addition to wraps, scrubs, facials and aesthetics. Various spa packages are offered which combine several treatments into one relaxing experience ranging from 2.25 to 5 hours in length, and there are also spa & hotel packages which include accommodation at the Lodge.
Located near the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler boasts a luxurious spa with 14 treatment rooms. Skiers and snowboarders will appreciate the On the Podium Après Alpine Treatment designed to rejuvenate the body and soothe aching muscles after a day on the mountain, while the Sea-to-Sky Signature Massage is a truly local experience using natural products from the west coast of Canada. A wide range of massage and body treatments are offered as well as manicures and pedicures, and guests of the hotel can enjoy private treatments in their own room. Their are also packages which combine a spa treatment with your hotel accommodations.
The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is a second hotel in Whistler benefitting from having the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa at the property. With roots which stem from Javanese royalty, this Javanese spa offers a wide range of exotic treatments in tranquil surroundings.
The Glacier Lodge offers hotel rooms and condo suites in Whistler’s Upper Village and benefits from having the Whistler Hidden Spa located at the property. Treatments include Hot Stone massage, Aromatherapy Massage, facials and hand & foot treatments, and treatments in your own suite can also be arranged.
As mountain resorts go, there is no denying that Whistler has more than its fair share of luxury accommodations, and if you are looking for Whistler luxury hotels there are several options available to you ranging from 5 star resorts to luxury condos and boutique hotels, with locations in Whistler Village, Blackcomb and Creekside.
The Westin Resort & Spa is a luxury Whistler hotel with an enviable location right at the base of Whistler Mountain, a stone’s throw from the main gondola lifts for Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and steps from the lively pedestrian zone in Whistler Village. The spacious guest suites benefit from a contemporary design, each having a kitchenette. Lodging is offered in studio style Junior Suites, one or two bedroom suites, or for the ultimate in luxury accommodation take a look at the Penthouse Mountain Suites which offer all the comforts of home in a state of the art condo spread over two levels with spectacular views. No matter which room type you choose, you can give yourself an upgrade by adding Executive Service which includes coffee and pastry delivered to your room each day, high speed internet access, and a turn down service. The comfort of your stay is enhanced further by the Avello Spa & Health Club which offers a wide range of treatments as well as a pool, hot tubs and fitness room.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler continues the Fairmont tradition of offering luxury hotels and outstanding service in some of the world’s most desirable and unique locations. Being one of the premium ski in ski out hotels in Whistler, this hotel is ideally situated for anyone looking for easy access to the ski lifts in the morning and the ability to ski back to their accommodations at the end of the day. Guest rooms sport a traditional elegant design, and are offered in a variety of categories including a selection of luxury suites. For the highest standard of lodging and service, the Fairmont Gold rooms enjoy a private reception, private lounge with complimentary canapes in the evening and breakfast in the morning, and a selection of rooms and suites a step above the already high standards enjoyed in the rest of the hotel. This 5 star Whistler hotel maintains equally high standards in its public amenities which include a selection of excellent restaurants and lounges where you can spoil yourself with fine dining, afternoon tea, or a drink in the private Spirit Room. The Health Club boasts a large outdoor heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, sauna, steam rooms, tennis courts, and an impressive gym, while the Vida Spa day spa is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a five star Whistler resort located in the Upper Village, just a short walk from the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain. Guest accommodations are beautifully appointed and come in different styles and sizes offering various levels of luxury from the Resort Room up to the Presidential Suite. There is a contemporary steakhouse restaurant on site as well as a cozy and sophisticated bistro and bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, three outdoor whirlpools, full servise spa and fitness centre.
Located at the foot of Whistler Mountain, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is equally well situated for the main ski lifts as for the attractions of Whistler Village. Standard guest rooms are spacious, warmly decorated and feature 37″ flat screen TVs. For a more luxurious experience there is a wide selection of suites with available features such as kitchenettes, deep soaker tubs, 2 person jacuzzi tubs, wood burning fireplaces, and balconies. Larger groups would benefit from the one, two and three bedroom suites which can accommodate up to 8 people, while the penthouse Mountain Suite offers the best in luxury accommodations with its 2 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, and 3 balconies with outstanding mountain views. The Cinnamon Bear Grille specializes in Pacific Northwest cuisine and there is a Javanese style spa on site. Other hotel facilities include an outdoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna, well equipped gym, and a tennis court.
Nita Lake Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel with a unique and stunning location overlooking Nita Lake. Here you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of a natural setting while being just 500 yards from the ski lifts at Whistler Creekside, and a quick 5 minute drive from the amenities of Whistler Village. Lodging is provided in studios or 1 and 2 bedroom suites. Impressive amenities can be found in the rooms such as 40″ LCD TVs, kitchenettes, double soaker bath tubs with separate rain showers, and heated stone floors in the bathrooms. The dining experience at Nita Lake Lodge is something to look forward to with European inspired Aura restaurant, which uses locally produced organic ingredients, and Cure Lounge & Patio specializing in cocktails and cured meats. Lodge guests can also take advantage of Ashram Spa, which offers a wide range of Ayurverdic treatments, including massage, scrubs, wraps and facials.
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is a luxury resort in the heart of Whistler Village. The impressive condo suites come in a variety of sizes and configurations, from studios to the three bedroom penthouse suite. Each suite benefits from a full kitchen and gas fireplace, and the two and three bedroom units also have a balcony. Resort facilities include a heated outdoor salt water pool, two salt water whirlpools, dry sauna, fitness centre, and Nochi Pan Asian Bistro which is due to re-open for the 2011-2012 ski season.
Whistler Village, Whistler Upper Village (Blackcomb), and Whistler Creekside have undoubtedly been designed to maximize convenience for skiers and snowboarders, and there is a large number of hotels in Whistler which are a very short walk away from the main gondolas and ski lifts. However, if you are looking for a ski in ski out hotel in Whistler resort, there are just a select few accommodations which meet that description. Below we have listed some of the best located Whistler hotels for sheer skiing convenience, and the list includes ski in ski out hotels as well as accommodations which are so close to the lifts that the few steps you have to take before getting to the slopes are negligible.
The Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside must be the most centrally located of all Whistler ski in ski out hotels. Located directly at the base of the gondolas for both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, guests can be at the lifts within seconds of leaving the hotel, and at the end of the day you can ski to the same spot, regardless of which mountain you have been skiing or riding. Being equally well located for the restaurants, shopping and nightlife of Whistler Village, it’s difficult to imagine a better location for your Whistler ski vacation.
Located in Whistler Upper Village, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler boasts an enviable ski-in ski-out location at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, close to both the Wizard Express and Magic Chair chairlifts. As well as enjoying one of the best locations for skiing, this luxury Whistler hotel offers impressive guest accommodation, an excellent range of restaurants and a full service spa.
Coast Blackcomb Suites At Whistler is located slopeside on the lower runs of Blackcomb Mountain. You can literally walk out of the back of the property, put on your skis or snowboard and cruise down to the base of the Wizard Express or Magic Chair, and then ski back to your accommodation at the end of the day. This property offers suite style lodging with full kitchens, free breakfast, outdoor pool and hot tub.
Located in Whistler Creekside, a five minute drive from Whistler Village, Legends Whistler offers ski in ski out condos situated at the base of the Creekside Gondola on Whistler Mountain. These condo style accommodations enjoy the convenience of being on the mountain, and boast one, two or three bedroom suites plus amenities such as an outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs, fitness centre and children’s games room.
Sundial Boutique Hotel is located just steps away from both the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas in the heart of Whistler Village. Lodging is in the form of spacious one or two bedroom suites with full kitchen and fireplace, and this is one of the few hotels in Whistler with private hot tubs.
Carleton Lodge lies on the edge of Skier’s Plaza, just a stone’s throw from the main gondolas to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Guests will find a variety of apartment rentals with full kitchen, fireplace, jacuzzi tub and washer & dryer. Being in the heart of Whistler Village, there is a wide range of restaurants, bars and shopping on your doorstep.
Although not strictly a ski in ski out hotel, the Westin Resort and Spa is located right at the base of Whistler Mountain, and its proximity to the main gondola lifts and the vibrant Whistler Village is difficult to beat. This luxury all suite hotel offers Junior Suites as well as one and two bedroom suites with kitchenettes and dining areas. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge, spa, and health club.
Le Chamois Hotel is located right beside the Day Lodge at the base of Blackcomb Mountain and is just a few steps from the Wizard Express chairlift. The suites each have a kitchenette or full kitchen and come in various sizes, with some units suitable for up to 6 or 8 people.
First Tracks Lodge offers designer suites with a ski in ski out location in Whistler Creekside at the base of the Creekside Express Gondola. Guest accommodations are elegant and tastefully appointed and for larger groups there are 3 bedroom units for up to 8 people and 4 bedroom units for up to 10 people.
From November 30 to December 4 2011, the 11th annual Whistler Film Festival will take place in Whistler, BC, Canada. The venues for the screenings are Millenium Place, Village 8 Cinemas, and Whistler Conference Centre, all within 10 minutes of each other in Whistler Village. The Festival will feature around 70 films from across the globe including a healthy number of Canadian films, with cash awards for various categories including Best Canadian Feature, Best International Feature, World Documentary, International Short Film, and Mountain Culture. From early November the Whistler Film Festival website will have full information about which films will be screened at this year’s festival.
For more information and for ticket purchases visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com
To find Whistler accommodation during the festival, visit Whistler Hotels.org.
If you are looking for a cat or dog friendly hotel in Whistler, you are in luck as there is a reasonable number of pet friendly hotels in Whistler to choose from. To make your search easier, we have made a list of Whistler pet friendly hotels and accommodations below. Pet policies differ from one hotel to the next and charges may apply. Please contact the Whistler hotels in advance to find out details about their pet friendly policies and fees.
Relaxing in your own private hot tub admiring the mountain views after a day of skiing or hiking is an appealing experience indeed. While many Whistler accommodations have hot tubs or whirlpools for guest use in their public areas, only a small number of hotels in Whistler offer private hot tubs, or hot tubs for personal use. Here are a couple of options:
In the heart of Whistler Village, the Sundial Hotel has a limited number of suites with private hot tubs. Some of these suites are on the third floor and the deluxe suites on the 7th and 8th floors have a private hot tub on the larger, more secluded balcony which offers more privacy.
Glacier’s Reach is a Whistler condo style building located in Whistler Village North which offers some hotel rooms, which have a private hot tub on the deck. They also offer one bedroom and two bedroom suites with private hot tubs as well as full kitchens, fireplaces, and washer/dryer.
Although it can be difficult to find private hot tubs in Whistler hotels, if you are interested in renting a townhome in Whistler, your options are much better.
For instance, Stoney Creek Resort Properties have several townhomes of various sizes which have a private hot tub.