Whistler Vacay 2016

5:33 PM Daniella Bella 0 Comments

Hello,  just wanted to write a little bit about my recent Whistler trip for anyone who hasn't been and is possibly planning to go on their next trip to the Vancouver area. Whistler is about a 2-2.5 hour drive from Vancouver on the Sea to Sky highway. It's been ranked one of the most beautiful drives in the world, and it absolutely is!
Night time walk
Beautiful Sculpture inside the Four Seasons

 We stayed for 3 nights. I wish I could have stayed longer as that would be nice, but we didn't want to spend too much. It can add up quickly with eating out and lift tickets. Hotels can be pricey in Whistler so this time we stayed at one of the more budget friendly places which is the Coast Hotel.
I will talk a bit about this hotel if your're curious and never been....it's great for ski-in-ski-out, as it's literally right beside the slopes. Don't worry about getting your ski passes ahead of time because you can ski right down to where you buy them, and the lift back up is right there!
The Coast Hotel also includes a daily continental breakfast. They had boiled eggs, toast, bagels, fruit, oatmeal, waffles and Starbucks coffee (pretty decent for free). Every morning I would go downstairs and grab some food, then use the toaster in our room, as it's just more convenient that way. Your room will come with a full kitchen as well.
The outdoor pool and hot-tub are open year round, so it's great for kids and  adults to relax. Overall for the price the Coast Hotel is my favorite, especially for the ski-in ski-out convenience. We brought our pooch too, and all rooms are animal friendly (I believe anyways).

If you're looking for higher-end I would recommend the Fairmont as they have the best ski-in/out location and have the nicest amenities, including steam-room/sauna, hot-tubs and pools.

Whistler is incredibly beautiful, it was ridiculously cold this time though, but the sun was out which is kind of rare for up there.
 The village is large with lots of shopping and great restaurants. This time we ate at 21 Steps, which is always a favorite and for a more upscale meal we tried out Sidecut for the first time. We were so hungry after skiing we went to the Four Seasons (where Sidecut is located) and enjoyed some snacks first in the lounge, then moved over to the dinning room after for Dinner. The food was incredible, I can't recommend it enough! It is pricey, but if you feel like a well deserved meal, you won't be disappointed. They also had live music in the lounge area which was really nice.

Now to the slopes.
Whistler can often tend to be icy but this time was incredible! If you're an avid skier you won't be disappointed as there are two mountains to ski.; Whistler and Blackcomb. There's also well over 200 runs between the two. I've hardly skied even a fraction... I'm really not the best, I stick mainly to blue runs where I feel safe!

Even with the frigid temperatures -15 Celsius Whistler was still very enjoyable, and don't worry it's usually not that cold!
We didn't do too much, just relaxed and ate some really good food, as well as did a bit of shopping and wondering about through the stunning art galleries and larger hotels. There are so many great places to stop and grab a hot-toddy too, so yes, I did that :) I LOVE hot Toddies! 

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