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Personal View Of Whistler
a Vancouverite, Ive always had a soft spot for North Americas
favourite playground. Long before the marriage of Whistler to Blackcomb,
I had joined other skiers at Creekside, where wed escalate
from base to summit in an ice box-like gondola followed by the pokey
Red Chair. The journey took a frigid forty-five minutes and in spite
of all the shivering, the end result was worth every chilly second.
Over the years
theres been a lot of bonding between these two peaks and now that
its the venue of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
this mountain resort just keeps getting better. Not only has the downward
descent broadened immensely since my childhood days but so have the
year-round adventures and opportunities for overnight pampering, as
I discover during this recent visit to the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside.
This boutique-suite property provides a front row and centre location
to both gondolas. Whether its to bike in summer sunshine, or ski
the cloaked pathways of winter fluff, you cant get any closer.
Just footsteps away is the Excalibur, a covered joy ride that whisks
boarders to Blackcombs Excelerator Chair, then onto a bounty of
chiseled alpine runs. If Whistlers more your style, load onto
the adjacent Village Gondola where this solo scenic lift will transport
you from ground level to the grand level of 1850 metre (6069 ft) in
a quick twenty-two minutes. From top to bottom, theres every pitch
to suit any need; steep and deep, bumps and jumps, and all of those
glorious groomers take your pick. This downhill expedition is
guaranteed to satisfy.
To Check out Both Mountains In The Same Day?
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola (debuting December 12, 2008) allows you
to soar between these two mile-high mountains in just eleven minutes.
This revolutionary wonder ties the two summits together like the
ribbon of a wrapped present, and what a sweet gift it is! Not only
is there one pretty panorama when taking this aerodynamic lift high
above Fitzsimmons Valley, theres easy access to both mountains
and enough ski-able terrain to pacify any powder hound.
Click on Pic for details of the ride
dreamy Seventh Heaven and Angel Dust in the morning, then dig into Whistlers
wide open Glacier, Sun and Flute bowls in the afternoon. Grab breakfast
at the Rendezvous on Blackcomb then nip into Whistlers Roundhouse
for lunch. With the union of these symbiotic soul mates, you can do
it all, and now in the same day! Over two hundred manicured runs wrap
the sensuous mountain contours, some of which funnel all the way down
to the pedestrian Alpine village where youll find two hundred
shops, ninety plus restaurants and five star properties like our weekend
retreat, the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside.
Treasures and Pleasures
tiles lead the way into this cozy lobby area where indoor indulgences
mix insouciantly with west coast architecture. Walls paneled with
rich fir host paintings of indigenous wildlife, butter soft leather
work handsomely with rich earth tones and tapestries, and an antler
chandelier overrides an intimate sitting area thats warmed
by a crackling fire. Its all delightfully designed and wonderfully
The adjacent reservation
desk is just as unpretentious and our check-in is a breeze. The property
hosts a hundred and twenty-one luxurious suites and in minutes were
escorted to ours, a two-bedroom sanctuary on the sixth floor.
Over the next couple of days we whip up creative cuisine in our fully
stocked kitchen, cozy up in front of the fireplace while watching a
favourite flick, and get pampered by Aveda salon amenities in both of
our granite-swathed bathrooms. Feather beds, down duvets, thirsty robes
and high-speed wireless add to the divine mix, and floor to ceiling
shuttered windows remind us of why were here. Like living life-size
photos, each pane frames those omnipresent peaks that constantly emit
that adventurous call.
pampering pass times
But before we steel away from this awesome posh spot, there are other
leisure-loving moments to check out. Just down our hallway is the Vital
Spirit Spa where we can book a massage or manicure and by descending
to the second floor well splash about in the outdoor pool, sooth
in the eucalyptus steam room and take in more mountain views from two
bubbly hot tubs. The full fitness centre helps burn off vacationing
calories, the quaint Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub helps put them on, and
the eclectic array of shops lightens our load. (from our wallets, that
This world-class wonderland hosts an abundance of year-round activity,
and the concierge at Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside will book any
adventure to suit your desire.
Advanced winter warriors wanting more than a glide down the slopes,
may choose to go go heli or snowcat style where adept guides lead the
way through uncluttered virgin terrain. Or check out the backcountry
thats closer to sea level. Thirty-two kilometers of Nordic track
trail over icy lakes, encircle championship golf greens and weave through
winter-quiet forests. Hop on a snowmobile, clip into snowshoes, mush
a dogsled fuelled by Alaskan Huskies. There are lots of ways to discover
Whistlers roads that are less traveled.
Whistler is synonymous with winter wonderland, there are over forty
summer sensations to feed the adventurous soul. When weather warms,
these powder pathways become a paradise for hikers, bikers, horse
lovers and the occasional black bear. While some go in search of
undulating terrain, others check it out with birds eye view
on a flightseeing tour. Activities comes in every category, and
whether its zip trekking through a coastal temperate rainforest,
bungee blissing over raging whitewater or rap jumping (a face-forward
free-fall) from Whistlers summit, the exhilaration and excitement
will suffice every adventurous pursuit.
Image Jane Cassie
This favourite mountain resort has unsurprisingly received countless
accolades over the years. SKIING, SKI, Outside and TransWorld SNOWboarding
are just a few of the more recent publications that have cast the much-deserved
limelight their way. And in a recent issue of the prestigious Condé
Nast Traveler, not only did Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre make
the list of the top one hundred resorts in the world, but her sister
property and our sweet retreat, the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside,
was included in the list of the top twenty Canadian resorts. After this
recent visit, I can certainly see why!
at only $219CAD (or @USD$170) per night up to December 18th, and
$319CAD (or @USD$248) from January 4th through April 25th, those
who book online at www.panpacificwest.com will enjoy increasing
savings for booking multiple nights, adding up to a free nights
stay for those reserving five consecutive room nights. The
ascending savings scale is as follows:
10% discount per night off any room type for three nights booked
15% discount per night off any room type for four nights booked
20% discount per night off any room type for five nights booked
In order to secure
these great rates during Whistlers coming high season, guests
must book and pay in advance through the online booking engine at www.panpacificwest.com
to secure the incredible current exchange rates. The
offer is available through April 25th, and subject to limited availability.
Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
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