2012 Telus Festival Whistler Getaway

We’re notable stoked having just received word on the West Coast that Whistler’s ski/snowboard season has been officially extended well into May. Any excuse to trade in the city streets of YVR for the snow-laden slopes of Whistler/Blackcomb is a welcomed one. With the upcoming two week-long Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival set to roll into town from April 13 to the 22nd, we’ve set our sights on the best ways for YPs to get out and enjoy all that this winter wonderland has to offer while the season lasts.

Not sure where to start your planning? No problem – let the folks at Enjoy Whistler assist you each step of the way. This noteworthy one-stop site is easy to navigate and offers great insight on where to stay, what to do and where to go, suited to all interests (and bank accounts). Peruse their events calendar for the latest scoop on what’s going on around town and get an idea of what you’ll want to be up to each night.

We’d recommend booking yourself a slope-side spot at the always awesome Fairmont Chateau Whistler conveniently located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. This luxe locale is a short stumble away from the cozy ambiance offered by the infamous Mallard Lounge, a perfect spot for apres drinks and entertainment (we can’t get enough of Aussie crooner Colin Bullock’s sets). Alternatively, cruise out to dip your toes into the trio of hot tubs the resort has to offer (with cocktail service, of course). 


If you’re pining for comfort food post-workweek or a day’s worth of skiing, might we suggest you head out to explore the village and all of its delectable dining options. Noteworthy mentions for consideration: a stop-off at The Bearfoot Bistro for a quick sip of bubbles is a must-do to get the night started. Next, head over to Whistler newcomer and culinary hot-spot Alta Bistro and choose from one of several tasting-style menus featuring plenty of locally-sourced finds sure to satiate your appetite. Recommended to us by Enjoy Whistler, we loved the modern decor and swanky sense of space imbued by this classy spot.

Another noteworthy dining option to visit during the festival is 21 Steps. It’s always a favourite and worth the trek up, well, 21 steps. Located in the midst of all the Village action (and a quick walk from your Fairmont base), this casual spot serves up an abundance of cool ambiance. A selection of cocktails, locally-sourced craft beer, well-chosen and priced wine list, not to mention great eats, will have you relaxed and happy. Be sure to head upstairs to check out their lounge space complete with looping flicks featuring extreme and backcountry skiing and boarding at its best.


Looking for brunch? Look no further than the Fairmont’s recently relaunched daily brunch offerings courtesy of the Wildflower restaurant. Craving King Crab Legs, custom-made waffles, Dim Sum and more? They’ve got it all taken care of.

Run – don’t walk – to the nearest spot to purchase remaining Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival tickets; shows, events and venues are selling out fast, if not already sold out. Take a look at the full line-up here. With fashion shows, art exhibits, free concerts and plenty more, this is definitely aimed to be a stellar year.

In between all the festival action, squeeze in a treetop trek and book the Eagle tour with notable favourite ZipTrek. We’ve recommended this adventure during the summer months, but urge you to test it out during winter’s wind down. Zipping your way through snow-covered ancient growth forest surrounded by snow-capped mountains can only be summed up in one word: spectacular!  


After your thrill-seeking self has been satisfied, we recommend scoring a patio spot at the always-fun-for-people-watching The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub  for a few pints of Irish brew while you recount your weekend adventuring before facing the work week ahead.

Bonus: As noted, the festival is on for two weekends. Our Notable advice? Rinse and repeat!