Having not skied since Avoriaz nearly five years ago, we were a little nervous to visit Whistler, but since the city hosted the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, we eagerly anticipated all that Whistler had to offer aside from its slopes and were certainly not disappointed. Even though it did not snow while we were there, the trails were well-groomed and powdery.  We were warmly welcomed by the clear blue skies and the surprisingly international staff living and working in Whistler.  At times, it seemed as if no one was Canadian.  In fact, cheerful Australian accents abound.

Whistler, BC

We stayed at the cozy Nita Lake Lodge in a comfortably spacious room.  The lodge and its surroundings were tranquil being removed from the more bustling Whistler village.  We found it to be lovely and relaxing.  One night we roasted marshmallows at the outdoor fire pit with all the fixings for making s’mores laid out for guests.

Whistler, BC, Nita Lake Lodge

Whistler, BC

Food-wise, we had two outstanding dinners, the first being at Araxi {photos top row}. Everything was delicious and we would not hesitate to return.  The second outstanding meal was at Bearfoot Bistro, {photos middle row, plus bottom row desserts} which was more of a special occasion restaurant, but featured truly innovative cuisine that delighted our taste buds.  I highly recommend going to both when visiting Whistler.  Finally, we made a pit stop in Vancouver for lunch at our favorite ramen house on the way home {last two photos}.

Whistler, BC, Restaurants

Whistler, BC

The views were breathtaking in Whistler, although I found it impossible to go near the cliff’s edge for fear of falling off {a little fencing would be nice}.  The skiing was highly challenging for me, since the green beginner runs were actually more like blue intermediate trails in the States.

I made it to the peak, but then wondered {rather panicked} how I was going to get back down.  Every direction I turned seemed to be a deadly steep drop.  Thank goodness for my instructor, who patiently guided me to safety.

Whistler, BC

Whistler, BC

Whistler, BC

Whistler, BC

Whistler, BC

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