Whistler Blackcomb Information
Whistler is definitely one of the livelier resorts in North America.
If you're looking for a good atmosphere, Tapley's Neighbourhood Pub (tel: +1 604 932 4011; www.gibbonshospitality.com/tapleys) is one of the most loved, thanks to its welcoming staff and good beer selection. While Merlin's at the Blackcomb Day Lodge (tel: +1 604 938 7707) and Dusty's (tel: +1 604 905 2171) at the foot of the Creekside gondola are other animated venues that host regular live music.
There are several clubs. The free Pique News Magazine and the resort's website list all the best deals, latest news and upcoming gigs.
With a mammoth selection of nearly 200 restaurants to choose from, ranging from large canteen-style eateries to tiny huts specialising in soups, diners are spoilt for choice at Whistler Blackcomb resort.
Among the most highly recommended venues are the Cafe & Oyster Bar at the Rimrock Cafe (tel: +1 604 932 5565; www.rimrockcafe.com), which somewhat predictably specialises in shellfish, and Elements Urban Tapas in the Summit Lodge & Spa (tel: +1 604 932 5569), which has been trading for over a decade and remains a local favourite.
For a sweet treat, the Purebread Bakery (tel: +1 604 938 3013; www.purebread.ca) sells creative baked goods including a brioche-donut hybrid that's filled with lemon or strawberry cream.
Beyond the slopes
Whistler has a veritable A to Z of off-slope activities, from aerial sightseeing to zip lining. The latter, run by Ziptrek Ecotours (tel: +1 604 935 0001; www.ziptrek.com/whistler-canada), involves criss-crossing Fitzsimmons Creek (which can be seen below from the glass-floored Peak 2 Peak gondola cabins) via a series of suspended cables. Other options in and around the village include bobsleigh, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing in Whistler Olympic Park, spa treatments and a cinema.
For some cultural immersion, head to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (tel: +1 866 441 7522), a museum that provides a fascinating insight into Canada's indigenous population.
The resort’s ski school puts on five-day adventure camps (or ‘ride tribe' camps for teenagers) where kids ski or ride with the same instructor and group each day. Lessons are also offered to children aged three to 18, with a maximum class size of four children on a four-day course.
Easy runs for little skiers include Pony Trail and Bear Cub on Whistler, which meet at the incredible Tree Fort adventure area. The Easy Out run on Blackcomb – which passes the Magic Castle Adventure Park (complete with a castle to explore) – is also a popular route.
There's a fun tube park near Blackcomb's base, while other activities include sleigh rides, ice skating and swimming in the resort’s sports centre.
Childcare (tel: +1 800 766 0449) is available from the resort for children aged 18 months to four years. Other childcare providers include Babysitting Whistler (tel: +1 604 902 2229; www.babysittingwhistler.com) and Nannies on Call (tel: +1 403 351 0180; www.nanniesoncall.com).
Shops selling everything from high-street fashion to stuffed moose line the pedestrianised streets of Whistler Village, with a handful of other retailers located in the redeveloped Creekside area.
Popular Canadian clothing shop Roots (4245 Village Stroll) is a great place to buy branded casual wear. In the Upper Village, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel (4599 Chateau Boulevard) has an arcade hosting upmarket boutiques.
Unsurprisingly, there's no shortage of ski shops in Whistler Blackcomb, which stock the latest ski gear. Showcase Snowboards (4340 Sundial Cresent) has all the top brands for boarders.
Head to a remote backcountry log cabin for a fondue dinner with Blackcomb Snowmobile (tel: +1 604 932 8484; www.blackcombsnowmobile.com), which has offices in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Hilton Whistler Resort. To reach the cabin, drive a snowmobile or travel in the luxury snowcat, complete with a flat screen TV, DVD and games console.
There is a wide range of hotels in Whistler, including top-end options, rental apartments (some with ski-in/ski-out facilities) and luxury lodges with private hot tubs and saunas.
Nita Lake Lodge
A boutique hotel widely regarded as one of the best in town, the Nita Lake Lodge is located in the quieter area of the original Whistler Village with a free shuttle service to the resort centre. The hotel offers large and comfortable suites and houses a wonderful restaurant.Address: , 2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler, V0N 1B2
Telephone: +1 888 755 6482
Summit Lodge and Spa
With a range of rooms from basic twins to luxury suites, the Summit Lodge and Spa is a good choice at the southern end of the lower village. Facilities here include a pool, hot tub and sauna, and reputable on-site restaurant that can provide vegan and gluten free options.Address: , 4359 Main Street, Whistler, V0N 1B4
Telephone: +1 888 913 8811
The Westin Resort & Spa
This all-suite hotel sits in the ultimate slopeside location right next to the village gondola. One of the more luxurious options here, this resort has a spa, popular restaurant and cosy lounge bar.Address: , 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, V0N1B4
Telephone: +1 604 905 5000
Located a short walk from the lifts, this affordable Glacier's Reach complex includes town homes, condominiums and hotel rooms - some with private hot tubs. The hotel is also conveniently located opposite a supermarket.Address: , 4388 Northlands Blvd, Whistler, V0N 1B4
Telephone: +1 866 580 6645
Tucked behind Village Square just minutes from the slopes, this stylish, pet-friendly, boutique hotel has 41 contemporary rooms and suites.Address: , 4122 Village Green, Whistler, V0N1B4
Telephone: +1 866 502 3272
Previously part of the athlete's village for the 2010 Winter Olympics, this modern, sociable hostel offers an on-site café, free pool table and big screen TV to watch sports events.Address: , 1035 Legacy Way, Whistler, V0N1B1
Telephone: +1 604 962 0025