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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.