Getting There Fly to Vancouver International Airport, from where it’s just over two hours to Whistler.
Sleeping In At Blackcomb, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (800-606-8244, $255-$1,150 nightly) delivers classic Canadian Pacific service and style. In Whistler Village, the Westin Resort & Spa (888-634-5577, $115-$370 nightly) and the Pan Pacific Lodge (888-905-9955, $180-$810 nightly) offer the best mix of cush and central, slopeside location. For package deals, call Tourism Whistler (800-944-7853).
Dining Out Araxi wins awards with its innovative fusion menu and decadent Bearfoot Bistro boasts the largest wine list in B.C., but most Whistlerites think the Rimrock serves the best cuisine in town. For breakfast, go to Chef Bernard’s.
Après-Ski Dusty’s for local lore; Garibaldi Lift Company for caesars and tasty apps; Tapley’s for sports and beer; the patios at Amsterdam, Brasserie or Citta’s on a sunny day.
Nightlife Check the entertainment listings in The Pique.
Kicking Butt Sign on with Extremely Canadian (800-938-9656) for a multi-day freeskiing clinic.
Kicking Back The Spa at Chateau Whistler and Avello at the Westin are the best, but watch out for steep mandatory gratuities at Avello.
Don’t Miss Whistler’s famed go-go dancers at Tommy Africa’s.
Vital Stats Skiable acres: 7,071; lifts: 33; vertical drop: 5,280/Blackcomb, 5,020/Whistler; trails: 200; average annual snowfall: 360 inches; lift ticket, $43; 800-766-0449, www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
Buying In At the low end of the spectrum, studio condos and one-bedroom quartershares cost $72,000. And a three-bedroom, two-bath home averages $780,000. Contact: Windermere Real Estate, 888-689-0070, or Whistler Real Estate , 800-667-2993.