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1. Nita Lake Lodge

Set away from the bump and pump of Whistler Village – five minutes by shuttle – this is one of the most romantic of the ski resort’s properties, with 77 generous rooms overlooking a frosted, glacier-fed lake. The Valley Trail runs right into the lobby, integrating the Arts & Crafts-style compound into the landscape. Warm up around the tall fieldstone fireplace or load up at the s’mores station on the all-season patio. The spa eases quads with an Ila kundalini massage (“gentle” but plenty firm), steam room and rooftop hot tub. In the morning, Fix Café makes impressive baked goods, smoothies and lattes (coffee-savvy Aussie ski guides jog here from the village for a fix).
2131 Lake Placid Rd., 604-966-5700,

2. Red Door Bistro

At this semi-hidden, homey alternative to in-village dining, be sure to get the West Coast bouillabaisse: Dungeness crab, mussels, prawns, scallops and fish in a saffron-fennel broth, served with piquillo-spiked aioli. Pair it with peach-tinted pinot gris from the Kettle Valley Winery and you’ll soon feel like one of chef R.D.’s many regulars, whose farewells are either “See you next week” or “See you next season.”
2129 Lake Placid Rd., 604-962-6262,

Ziptrek Ecotours

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3. Ziptrek Ecotours

It’s like entering a giant snow globe: A network of towers and suspension bridges gets you right up into British Columbia’s temperate rainforest, where 800-year-old trees are draped in pale, lacy lichen. On the Twilight Zipline Tour, zoom between mountains and over creeks as flakes waft through the lush stillness. Once darkness sets in, you’ll harness a ride toward the twinkling lights of the village, before heading to the “de-wedgification centre.”
Carleton Lodge, 604-935-0001,

4. Ski with an Olympian

“Ski with your feet,” 2010 Olympic ski-cross competitor Julia Murray instructs, as we disembark from the Peak 2 Peak gondola. Spending a day with a local skier shows why Whistler Blackcomb’s 3,250 hectares are top-ranked in North America. She always finishes on the Dave Murray Downhill, named for her racer father, one of the legendary Crazy Canucks. At least you’ve got the Canuck part down.
Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, 604-905-2260,

5. Whistler Sliding Centre

Just a handful of the world’s 15 bobsleigh runs are open to the public, and the ice track at the Whistler Sliding Centre – also the site of luge and skeleton for the Winter Games – is the fastest, with the top speed clocked at 153 km/h. Snuggle in with two other thrill-seekers and a professional pilot and be transformed into a human bobblehead. Only the 4 G-forces on those final corners can silence your shrieks.
4910 Glacier Lane, 604-964-0040,


3 ways to wet your whistle

It’s all organic and locally sourced at the Pemberton Distillery, just up the road from Whistler, including the wormwood for the absinthe and the peat for the whisky.
1954 Venture Pl., Pemberton, 604-894-0222,

Start with a Kombucha Collins at Olympian Kristi Richards and pro freeskier Mark Abma’s nutrition-minded eatery Solfeggio, which caters to vegans, gluten-sensitives and carnivores alike.
7433 Frontier St., Pemberton, 604-384-5556,

Alta Bistro’s coolly crafted drinks, like the Granville 75, complement Nick Cassettari’s thoughtful cuisine – think elk tartare and Haida Gwaii kelp.
104-4319 Main St., Whistler, 604-932-2582,



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