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An April 2002 trip to Whistler by jim

The Mountain Photo, Whistler, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: I needed my annual ski fix and had always wanted to go to Whistler...and the skiing was fantastic! I had the good fortune of being able to enjoy the super-luxury Fairmont Chateau Hotel.

Whistler in Style

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Overview

The Mountain Photo, Whistler, British Columbia
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In the winter, the highlight is definitely the skiing. If you want to experience the best skiing North America has to offer, Whistler is the place to go. As an avid skier, I had heard this many times. And now I know why. The variety and number of slopes at the Whistler/Blackcomb resort is mind-boggling. After three solid days of skiing, I just scratched the surface and spent most of my time on the Blackcomb side of the resort.For some specific skiing highlights, try the following:- Go up to the glacier. It isn’t the best skiing, but the views are incredible, the snow is amazing, and it is a unique challenge due to the ungroomed conditions.- My favorite runs included Southern Comf...Read More

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Hotel

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Photo, Whistler, British Columbia
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Several friends were jealous when I mentioned I would be staying at the Fairmont. I shrugged it off, until I checked into the hotel. It was magnificent! At first glance, I was impressed by the imposing presence of the chateau. This impression was furthered when I walked into a very grand lobby area…very classy, yet comfortable and not overdone. I checked in late, but even at 2am the staff was exceptional. This high level of service and friendliness was consistent in every single interaction I had at the hotel…not a surly person in the bunch.As for the room, I still chuckle when I think about it. I had a suite that was twice the size of my apartment in New York. It had an entrance area with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 CHATEAU BLVD
Whistler, British Columbia V0N1B4
1-604-938-8000

Sushi Village

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Restaurant

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I was craving something healthy, and the concierge at the hotel recommended Sushi Village. The sushi was better than average great, the atmosphere was lively, and the staff was very friendly. This place is definitely a little bit of a scene given its popularity with tourists and locals alike. But once you get seated (prepare for a wait, especially if you don’t have reservations), it is a very enjoyable dining experience. I sat at the sushi bar and ordered different sushi rolls and pieces as well as a seaweed salad. I particularly enjoyed the eel roll and spicy California roll, but everything I had was fresh and tasty. My sushi chef was happy to give a recommendation and quick to put the sushi in front...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Sushi Village
4272 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia VON 1B4
604/932-3330

Rimrock Cafe

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Restaurant | "Rimrock Café and Oyster Bar"

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I wanted a really nice meal and felt like seafood. The concierge at the Chateau and everyone else I spoke with recommended the Rimrock Cafe. It is a favorite for locals and tourists alike (make reservations early if you want a chance to dine here). Its reputation is definitely well deserved. The food was very nice. We tried the appetizer sampler which included selections with a local flavor and some Asian inspiration. My favorite appetizer item was the shrimp tempura sushi. As for entrees, you have several meat and fish dishes to choose from. I chose the fish trio (three different fish selections) because I couldn’t decide which I wanted more. It was a good choice because everything was delicious...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Rimrock Cafe
2117 Whistler Road
Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B2
(604) 932-5565

Portabello Cafe

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Restaurant

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If you are staying in Whistler Village and want a casual place to eat, try the Portabello Restaurant. It is located in the Chateau Whistler hotel in the area of shops on the bottom floor (there is access directly from the outside). I found some nice places to eat in Whistler, but this became my standby, and I ate here three times (twice for breakfast and once for dinner). The breakfasts were fantastic. There is a breakfast buffet that is really nice, and I highly recommend you try it at least once. It has everything you would want, including sweets, meats, omelets, fresh fruits, granola, and much more. The only downside is that I stuffed myself before going skiing. For my second breakfast, I c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Portabello Cafe
Fairmont Hotel in the Upper Village
Whistler, British Columbia
(604) 938-8000

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

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Attraction | "Whistler/Blackcomb Resort"

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Photo, Whistler, British Columbia
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This was some of the most incredible skiing I have ever experienced. The variety of runs, the massive size of the ski area, the breathtaking scenery, the quality of the facilities, and the amount of snow all combine to make this a ski destination that any avid skier must visit. To be fair, it is probably not the best resort for the beginner skier. There are green beginner runs, but this is a mecca for the intermediate or expert skier. You will be challenged to say the least, and you will uncover amazing runs all over the mountain. I feel like I am better skier having been to Whistler and pushed myself down some of the tougher runs (of course, I had my share of tumbles).Make sure you go up to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler, British Columbia