Audain Art Museum, Whistler, B.C.

Ski town art museum.

Why would Canada’s biggest art enthusiast—a non-skier—build a museum to house his extensive collection in a ski resort? Good question, and one that’s been asked of Michael Audain many times since he announced plans in 2012 for a 56,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility tucked into a quiet spruce forest at the Blackcomb base. For the beautiful setting, no doubt, which has itself inspired many artistic endeavors. And the opportunity to show an international crowd artwork exclusively from British Columbia, some of which dates back 200 years. The museum, which opened in March, has several temporary exhibitions in addition to the 200-work permanent collection, and in keeping with Audain’s belief that art should be accessible to the younger generation, admission for kids 16 and under is gratis. $18 ages 17 and up.


Morning Motivation

Whistler, B.C.

Travel: After a snow-starved season, the king of Canadian ski resorts comes back with new terrain, hotels, dining and deals. Let's get the ugly facts out of the way: It did rain in Whistler last January. For eight torrential, unheard-of days. "It was an anomaly, says mountain manager Doug MacFarlane, who's been here for 17 years. (Last year was the second-worst season on the books, with 33 fewer feet of snow than during the record-breaking '98—'99 season.) To Whistler's credit, the lifts kept running, but little could save the season—not even the sun that shone through clear skies for the next six weeks straight.