Whistler Mountain : A Family Ski Trip

 

Whistler Mountain : A Family Ski Trip

Growing up in NYC, outdoor sports like skiing, riding a bike or swimming were not easily accessible.  My parents thought it was too dangerous and didn’t have the money to get me lessons.  I promised myself that once I moved to the PNW, I would participate in more outdoor activities.
Well I’ve decided I need to finally get my act together and take some ski lessons, so I can spend time with my family on the slopes, especially with my daughter learning how to ski this year. I have what they call it FOMO, (Fear Of Missing Out).

When Kinsley had a week off from school, we took this opportunity to take a trip to one of the most luxe and beautiful ski resorts in Whistler, Canada.  White powdery mountains with peaks and glaciers for days! How cool is that?  In 5 hours we can be skiing in one of the most gorgeous mountains in North America.

I’ve listed out a few fun places to Stay, Do and Eat my family and I enjoyed during our vacation. Hope you find it useful on your next trip to Whistler.

STAY:

Whistler MontebelloTownhouses: We found this spacious cute home that had 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and hot tub, perfect for the six adults and 3 kids.  Best yet a kitchen is provided The location is conveniently 5 minutes drive from the gondolas and Whistler Village.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler: If you want to be spendy, this five star luxury hotel is located at the bottom of Blackcomb mountain. You can literally grab your skis and ride the mountain instantly.  There’s also tons of restaurants and shops since Iran located in the heart of Whistler Village.

There are other chain hotels in all sorts of prices in the Village. You can also find apartments for rent along the main road, Sea-To-Sky highway, that’s conveniently close to the ski resort. Do some research in Airbnb or VRBO to get the best accommodations?

DO:

Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb: Both Kinsley and I took ski lessons.  There are prepaid packages for adults.  Take two lessons and third one is free. Kids can attend their ski school which serves hot lunch and snacks.  It’s a great deal especially if you’re looking for some ski time for yourself. My husband had us take lessons so we were “babysat”, while he slay down the mountain.

Meadow Park Centre: I’ve only been to the aquatic centre with Kinsley and they have the best pool for kids. They have lazy river, wading pool for little kiddies, sauna and showers. For CAD$4.25 your little one can spend all day at the pool if they’re not too keen on skiing.

Photo courtesy of Scandinave Spa

Scandinave Spa Whistler: You’ll love the serene and relaxing vibe this place exudes.  Enjoy some R&R with the traditional Finnish outdoor baths and saunas for only $65 or book a massage for your sore muscles. Sorry grown-ups only.

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza: If you and your family’s legs are not too tired from all the skiing, try skating on the ice rink located in the heart of the Village.  It’s free admission with CAD$6 ice skate rentals.

EAT:

Photo courtesy of Sushi Village

Sushi Village: Well priced fresh sushi and authentic Japanese dishes.  They make the best cocktails and a long list of sake.  Great for family and large parties. Make sure you make a reservation and arrive on time. They will not seat you if your party do not all arrive.

Il Caminetto di Umberto: A fancier place to eat with al dente pasta and great wine. You deserve it after a long day of skiing. From ambience to service, this place is a must stop if your in the mood for delicious Italian dishes

Basalt Wine + Salumeria: Excellent food that’s wholesomely delicious and simply curated.  The restaurant has this cozy ambiance and not stuffy at all. They also have an “Apres” (happy hour) menu from 3pm-5:30pm. Don’t forget to try their cured meats and artisanal cheeses.

Mongolie Grill: A great place with family and kids. You get to choose your own ingredients from a variety of produce and meats.  Then bring it over to a giant skillet and they will cook it right in from of you.  Be careful on indulging as it can be a pricey meal if you’re not aware on how much you put on your plate.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Welcome to chocolate heaven! With it’s many locations, the quality of chocolate goods is up to par. We tried their ice cream selection and it craved our sweet tooth. Kinsley can attest to that! They also have a huge selection fudge, candy apples, gourmet popcorn and more. Make sure you take the time and stop by to answer those cravings.

We love taking family trips and hope the tips will make your next Whistler trip just as fun!

Xoxo,

E.

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