Nestled in the spectacular Coast Mountains less than three hours from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler is Canada's premier year-round destination and Host Mountain Resort for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Distinguished by impressive twin mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, and surrounded by forested valleys, rivers and lakes, the resort offers countless outdoor adventures. Skiing and snowboarding are the biggest draw, but golf, mountain biking, and a long list of other winter and summer activities bring people back again and again.
Skiing on Whistler
Whistler is about five hours drive from Seattle depending on the wait times at the border. We had to wait for an hour being a long Weekend. We started around 8:30 am on Saturday morning and reached Whistler around 3pm after having lunch at Vancouver. We checked in at the hotel at Whistler and that evening we spent some time around the Village.
The mountains blend seamlessly with Whistler Village, a vibrant town centre with every amenity for the traveler: Next day we had our breakfast at a Crêpe Montagne.
Inside Crêpe Montagne.
Around 11am we took the Gondola ride above the mountains and it was surprising to see the amount of snow during the end of May (Whistler has one of the longest ski season which runs from November through August). We went on a Snow Limo tour which got us close to a Skiing experience and it was most spectacular. We came back in the evening after having lunch at Roundhouse Lodge and saw few bears with their cubs while coming back on the Gondola.
Bear and preparations for the Olympics
Sunday we checked out of the hotel and started back to Seattle stopping at every view point on the Sea-to-Sky highway. Squamish-the world's second largest granite monolith, Shanon Falls and few other places.
We reached Seattle around at around 5pm on Sunday after having Lunch at Green Lettuce, an Indian Chinese restaurant in Vancouver.