Even if there’s still fall color in the trees, it’s not too soon to book your winter getaway to Whistler, British Columbia, North America’s largest ski and snowboard resort.
If you’re thinking about a Whistler trip this winter, and you’ve got the budget for deluxe lodging, here are three of Whistler’s top hotels.
Why stay at the Four Seasons’ Whistler property? One word: service.
The chalet-style rooms are spacious and well-outfitted, of course. The outdoor heated pool and fitness center are both large, too, with plenty of room to soak, swim, or work out when you’re not on the slopes.
But this grand hotel distinguishes itself with its gracious staff who greets you by name and tries to anticipate your needs. Although the Four Seasons isn’t a ski-in/ski-out property, transportation to the mountain base is complimentary, as is a ski valet service to tend to your gear.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler isn’t one of the Canadian company’s grand railway hotels, but it does its best to look the part. From the massive lobby done in ski lodge-style stone and woods, to the large woodsy guest rooms — many with mountain views — the Fairmont feels like a well-appointed mountain lodge where a prime minister or a family on holiday would feel equally at home.
Like the Four Seasons, the Fairmont is a bit removed from the bustle of the main village, though you can walk to the restaurants and bars in 10-15 minutes. And you’re a short stroll from the Blackcomb base.
For the full Hotel-Scoop review of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, read more here.
Suppose you want to roll out of bed and onto the slopes? Or stay in the heart of the village action? Then the place for you is the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside Hotel.
At this all-suite property, you’re just steps from the village gondolas. The 121 guest units range from compact studios and one-bedrooms to more spacious two-bedroom suites, all with kitchen facilities. An on-site Irish pub is especially popular midday and for après ski.
Ready? Set? Ski!