Whistler, a charming village and ski resort in the heart of British Columbia in Canada, has captured the imagination of avid skiers and winter enthusiasts among Royal Holiday members. As the site of numerous events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, it serves as one of the top winter sports destinations in the world, with more than 2 million visitors a year traveling to enjoy the fresh powder and awesome sights of the Coast Mountains. Today, Royal Holiday members will find a year-round resort designed to put travelers at ease, with activities for every season and a friendly atmosphere that allows for true relaxation and vacation fun.
Royal Holiday members visiting Whistler will enjoy staying at the award-winning Westin Resort & Spa, which has earned recognition from travel authorities such as Condé Nast as one of the top ski resorts and hotels in North America. Featuring hydrotherapy baths in the spa and health club, as well as swimming pools, spa facilities, and steam and sauna rooms, the hotel itself offers every luxury imaginable and easy access to bike rental stores, a complimentary ski valet service, and courtesy shuttles to and from other Whistler hotspots. These amenities make it easy to use the Westin Whistler as your base of operations for a complete ski holiday. The guest rooms themselves are equally opulent. Many have fireplaces for added coziness. In addition, all of them are equipped with full kitchens and generous appointments.
The highlight of the resort is the Coast Mountain Range, which consists of more than 8,000 acres of rugged and handsome landscape that receive, on average, nearly 40 feet of snow per year at the summit. Offering 200 trails served by 37 lifts, the resort caters to every kind of skier, which makes it the perfect destination for Royal Holiday ski bunnies and aspiring Olympians alike. The latter group, of course, will be familiar with the resort’s alpine offerings, as it hosted many of the downhill events during the Vancouver-hosted 2010 Olympics. Skiers and snowboarders will find dozens of exciting new routes, while Nordic skiing, heli-skiing, and other offerings will keep the experience fresh for those looking for more than gliding down hills.
However, Whistler isn’t only for winter athletes. The mountains contain any number of activities well-suited for year-round enjoyment. Royal Holiday members will not want to miss the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, an exciting way to enjoy the majesty of Whistler Mountain and its environs from the comforts of a state-of-the-art gondola. Individuals looking for excitement may want to try winter bungee jumping or ice climbing, while travelers interested in more relaxing fare might try snowmobiling or taking a backcountry tour.
During the off-season, Whistler remains an exciting destination with bear viewing hikes, camping outlets, helicopter tours, and all manner of outdoor adventures. Royal Holiday members visiting the area in any season may want to take time away from the mountains to enjoy Whistler Village, which sits at the mountain’s base and around the Village Stroll, a causeway with all the shopping and dining options one expects from a luxury resort town. Between the shopping, dining, and nightlife options in the village and the outdoor adventures available everywhere you look from one of the many lifts carrying passengers up and down the mountains, Whistler is the perfect getaway for Royal Holiday member looking to reconnect with nature.