Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fabulous Four Season Whistler

Think Whistler and think snow.  This Canadian town which was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics is frequently rated in the top 5 when it comes to ski resorts.  Because of this it is understandable why Whistler is synonymous with the winter season.  But if you don't take a bit of time looking into what this amazing city has to offer, you might miss out.

When spring bursts onto the scene in British Columbia, Whistler is still alive with tourists.  Although the slopes may not be treating the skiers or snowboarders to a thrilling descent, they are still open for business.  The lifts remain open throughout the year offering travelers the option to venture up to the highest peaks to hike and explore.  The landscape is a masterpiece displaying crystal lakes and stunning waterfalls.  Rugged outdoorsman love to spend a few days backpacking or camping.  The slightly less adventurous can take a day and traverse the trails.  Want to defy gravity?  Head up the lifts to experience the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.  It's the largest mountain bike park in North America and also hosts a yearly mountain bike festival. 

Spring, summer and fall are also a perfect time to venture onto Whistler's many lakes and rivers.  Fishing enthusiasts will be in heaven trolling for trout and salmon on the unspoiled waterways.  Check out the canoeing, kayaking, river rafting or swimming during the summer months; just make sure the water has warmed up first. 

Once you are exposed to all there is to do during the non-ski season, it can be difficult to remember the main reason Whistler is so popular, the winter sporting season.  With over two million lift tickets sold in a single season, this winter destination is extremely popular.  However, with over 200 trails and 12 alpine bowls, the crowds are dispersed over a large area.  This resort town also consists of two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, each with their own lifts but a joint ticket system.  Enjoy any winter activity you can imagine in this immense resort area. 

After all of the outdoor activities, it is nice to soak up the some culture in Whistler Village.  Considered the heart of Whistler, it is pretty much the center of everything.  This year round village offers many of the amenities of larger cities, but the feel of a small town.  It is filled with shops and restaurants that will please even the most particular traveler.  Stroll through this quaint town and experience the unique shops, art galleries, and the divine restaurants and cafes.

Wondering where to stay while visiting Whistler?  Check out our Best Hotels and you won't be disappointed.  The Four Seasons Resort in Whistler offers amazing amenities.  Nestled on the Blackcomb side of Whistler, Four Seasons blends rustic charm with undeniable elegance.  Enjoy dining mountainside at their fabulous on site restaurants or spend some time relaxing in the tranquil spa. Delight in the comfort and luxury of Four Seasons Whistler.  For the ultimate ski vacation, check out The Fairmont Chateau Whistler offering true ski in and ski out convenience at the base of Blackcomb.  With Vida Wellness spa and exquisite dining options, this resort will soothe your tired body and entice your taste buds. 

Is Whistler the perfect cold weather vacation destination?  Absolutely!  But don't underestimate this amazing town, because in the spring, summer and fall, it can really sizzle.

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