Most people when they think vacation, they think warm weather, sandy feet and a pina colada in hand. Well, I’m not most people, and I have to say that some of my favorite vacations have been; cold weather, a snowboard strapped to my feet and hot chocolate (spiked of course) in my hand. My recent trip to Whistler, Canada went a lot like that and I am far from mad about it! If you jump in the car (or even more conveniently, a ground shuttle from YVR) and head north from Vancouver, in under two hours you’ll find yourself in an idyllic, alpine village known as Whistler. Whistler is one of the world’s most popular ski destinations in the world, named after the whistle-like noises made by the furry marmots that populate the area.
I was lucky enough to spend 8 days in this beautiful place with an AMAZING group of friends. We were all there to shred some pow (lol had to) and have a great time doing it! There’s something to be said for a group of people brought together by all different reasons and enjoying the time they spend together. I can honestly say that I went into this vacation knowing some of the group better than others and by the end I couldn’t have imagined it with anyone else!
Whistler village is so big and to Coop’s dismay it’s like a huge outdoor mall! Definitely got our fair share of shopping done! It has plenty of tourist shops where you can pick up t-shirts and the souvenir shot glass but it also has some great boutiques and an enormous LuLuLemon!
Fun fact: Did you know that Whistler Mountain opened in 1966, and even though they made several bids over the years since it opened to become an olympic host, it took nearly 40 years to make that dream a reality!?
The most snow I have ridden in a longggg time. The terrain is endless and you are NEVER bored.
I would consider myself lucky enough to have snowboarded in some pretty spectacular places but the views I saw during this trip were UNREAL and have been permanently engraved in my mind. I’m not kidding, they looked they were straight out of a net geo magazine.
I will try anything once with little hesitation ( when I was 9 I received “Most Daring” in my ski group) but I’ll be honest with you, this one scared me a little. Spanky’s Ladder off of the Glacier Express quad is no joke!
When in Canada you have to do the most outdoorsy thing possible. And, what’s more outdoorsy than a snowmobile tour up Blackcomb mountain to a log cabin hut, where a fondue dinner is waiting for you? Answer… Nothing!
I am not sure who let us operate heavy machinery like a 600 lb snowmobile, but I am really happy they did because it was so much fun!
I’ll take an IV of this hot chocolate year round please (this was not spiked due to the 600 lb machine I was riding on and my high anxiety levels).
I didn’t quite master the close your eyes and then “1, 2, 3, Open” but it was bright and I didn’t know that was a thing.
Polaroids make for really fun and quick mementos that can be divided between the group at the end of the trip, so that everyone can take a piece home! 10/10 recommend.
Thank you Whistler for an unforgettable trip and an even bigger thank you to everyone who was there, it was a trip to be remembered and I couldn’t have imagined it any other way!