After helping to kick-start British Columbia's craft-brewery movement back in 1989, Whistler Brewing Company upholds its pioneering approach by crafting new and unique brews that brim with the tastes of B.C. The creations possess flavours for every palate, ranging from the 100-per-cent-organic B.C. honey of the Bear Paw Honey Lager to the chocolate and roasted-coffee notes of the award-winning Black Tusk Ale. The beverages can be savoured at home by the keg or bottle, or from the bar in the brewery’s tap house, which pairs its seasonal ales and current drafts with a menu of hop-complementing fare. The brewsmiths also open their doors twice daily to offer a glimpse of the facility's inner workings during brewery tours, which take patrons through the maze of copper brew kettles and bubbling witch cauldrons to illustrate the fermenting and flavouring process before giving guests their own suds to sample.
For more than two decades, hobbyists and comic fans have gathered at Big Pete’s Collectibles, perusing the ample selection of issues from DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and independent publishers or adding to collections with the shop’s enormous stock of toys. Latest editions of comics and voluminous backlogs of old issues keep readers up to speed on the exploits of superheroes or storylines of indie serials, and comic-themed T-shirts give wearers at least some protection from stray laser blasts. Guests can load up their shelves with Pete’s emporium of figurines and statuettes and plan for rainy-day entertainment with the generous stock of board games.
At Canyon Laser & Skin Care, clinicians of aesthetic medicine team up with skincare experts to provide clients with minimally invasive ways to keep complexions looking healthy and youthful. Peels and microdermabrasions work to slough off dead layers of skin and stimulate the growth of new skin cells packed with firming collagen. Medical professionals also harness the power of Botox Cosmetic and other cosmetic fillers to treat wrinkles and fine lines, and the nose's notorious fear of needles. All treatments incorporate top-notch products by ZO Skin Heath, ZO Medical, Pro-Derm, Medique, Colorscience, and the latest technologies.
Scrap Arts, a paper crafts boutique, hosts a wide range of classes and themed craft parties for children and adults surrounded by shelves lined with vintage and retro stamps, papers, and embellishments. From decorating Altoid tins to crafting memento boxes to creating mixed media mirror collages, students at Scrap Arts kindle their creative fires while transforming everyday objects into eye-catching keepsakes. The store also carries card-making kits to celebrate all occasions, such as anniversaries, weddings, and the swallowing of your last baby tooth.
When it comes to winter sports, Mt. Seymour doesn’t discriminate. Skiers can speed down slopes that see more than 1,000cm of snow in an average year, then zip back to the top of the runs on a quad chair lift that reduces travel time from 12 minutes to 4 minutes. Elsewhere, Seymour Park dares snowboarders to tackle the 30 trick features of its well-lit terrain. Soar across two jumps and grind on a 30' single rail.
The energetic team at Open Connection helps communication devices remain stylish and in top condition with the latest technologies and trends in wireless accessories. Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry phones line the interior of each location, along with the necessary accessories for adding style or keeping each device protected from drops or electric-slide-prone fingers. Customers can keep scratches away with a blue gel skin for the Motorola Defy ($9.99) or a Trü Protection screen protector for the iPhone 4 or 4S ($19.99). Phone memory gets an upgrade with a Telus 8GB microSD memory card ($34.99), and phones get an extra ally in powering up with a Telus car charger ($19.99). A premium plastic phone holster ($14.99) calls forth one's inner digital cowboy, perfect for quick-draw access when challenging a knowledgeable member of Open Connection's staff to a texting duel.