An Olympic Guide: Best Breakfasts in Whistler

Whether you’re recovering from a late night of revelry or gearing up for a big day on the hill, here’s a guide to Whistler’s best breakfast spots. Check them out if you're heading to the Winter Olympic Games later this month.

Best Early Breakfast: First Tracks at the Roundhouse. With a Fresh Tracks ticket, early birds upload between 7:15 am and 8:30 am, get freshies, and a killer breakfast spread all before the mountain officially opens. Once you’ve had your fill, head to one of the on-mountain Olympic viewing areas where you can watch racers bomb the downhill, GS, super G and slalom courses. Not a bad way to start the day. (7:15 am - 8:30 am; $17.25 adults, $12.60 for kids 7-12, free for children 6 and under. Does not include lift access.)

Breakfast on a Budget: Dups Burritos. Tucked behind the 7-Eleven in the village, Dups serves up bang-for-your-buck burritos packed with fresh ingredients like beans, peppers, chicken and guac (they scoop the avocados in front of you) wrapped in homemade tortillas. Try the PR—the pre-rolled, walk and eat option—or the Phatty, a two pound bomb that earns those who finish it a place on the wall of fame. You’ll be in and out and up the mountain in a flash. (11am - 9pm; $4 - $16.75).

Breakfast Splurge: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Ski in, ski out convenience, a cozy fireplace, floor to ceiling windows offering stunning views of Blackcomb, and a breakfast buffet piled high with homemade granola, caramel bananas, and made-to-order omelets make the $31 price tag easy to swallow. After breakfast, slip into the Chateau’s award-winning spa, Vida, where Aryuvedic-inspired treatments await you. (6am – 11am; $31 pp).

The Hangover Cure:
Southside Diner. It’s morning. You’ve been out all night and an Olympic-caliber hangover is settling in. Make like a local and beeline to Southside in Creekside to refuel with super-sized portions of diner favorites including brie-stuffed French toast, fluffy eggs and heaps of hog. And the Sketcher? Have one. It’s a massively supped up bloody that will have you back in the saddle and ready to rally in no time at all. (7am - 11am; $3.99-$13.99).

Best On-Mountain Breakfast: Hmmm, the sweet smell of waffle wafts through the air as you ride up the Crystal chairlift. Coincidence or genius marketing ploy? Hop off the lift, cruise down to the Crystal Hut, a cozy cabin set at 6,000 feet on Blackcomb, and dig into a chewy Belgium waffle hot off the iron. The signature Fully-Loaded waffle is stacked with blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream, and finished with chocolate chips. It’s the mother of all waffles. Try one. (10am – 2:30pm; $1.50 -$13.95).

Freelance writer Kelley McMillan will be reporting on all-things Olympics for the next few weeks. Check out her blog here.


Nothing to see here but free concerts, free outdoor theater, and huge screens broadcasting all 17 days of Olympic events. The official parties last until 11:30, culminating in a nightly “fire and ice” show, but count on late nights, especially given that some restaurants are expected to be open around the clock. Whistler’s official Olympic website,, has all the info you’ll need.The mountains may be empty but when you ski back to the village, expect the same kind of pulse you associate with a vibrant city. Other than the media and medal-presentation areas, the village is free of security barricades. You can walk, mingle, and party with the world. There's a reason Whistler was voted Best Nightlife in our 2010 Resort Awards.

An Olympic Guide: The Best Après Spots in Whistler

So you’re heading to the Olympics in Whistler. Be prepared for deep snow (they’re already reporting one of the best seasons on record), world-class terrain, sporting, and revelry. Whether you’re celebrating an American victory or kicking up your boots after a day on the hill, Whistler’s watering holes elevate après to an Olympic level. Here’s a guide to the best après spots in Whistler.

No, that’s not a typo. The Games are notoriously poorly attended. For 2010’s events, just 12 of Whistler and Blackcomb’s 200-plus runs are closed. Better still, Whistler insiders told Skiing that January bookings are lagging, meaning for several weeks leading up to the Games you won’t be fighting for first tracks. Lucky you. Plus, Whistler won our Best Overall Resort in our 2010 Resort Awards.

7 Reasons to Ski Whistler During the Olympics

Unless you live in Whistler, you wouldn’t know that a certain segment of the community is opposed to hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. Some locals have decided to leave town for two weeks, rent their houses to “some rich Americans,” and go surfing in Mexico. Let them. Here are seven reasons why the 2010 Winter Olympics are the perfect time to hit Whistler.