Chalet-Style Lodge with Ice Bar near Whistler Mountain
A portion of the 2010 Winter Olympic ski events took place on the powdery slopes of Whistler Mountain. While the area is probably known best for its world-class ski runs, it's also popular in fall, when crimson-leaved maples and wildflowers color the trails. The Listel Hotel Whistler is not far from Whistler Mountain, and it's conveniently located if you want to hike or bike through the mountain scenery.
It's always winter at the Belvedere Ice Room in Bearfoot Bistro. It's constantly kept at a frigid -40 degrees Celsius, and houses a selection of 50 vodkas from countries all over the world. Guests are provided with a goose-down parka to keep warm and snuggly in the room. It's warmer in the bistro area, where you can savor Quebec foie gras (C$25) amid hand-painted venetian masks and live piano music. Beneath the dining room, there's a cellar stocked with more than 20,000 bottles of wine.
Feel free to play chess in the lobby, which has a stone fireplace and overstuffed leather stools. The guest rooms are outfitted with modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet access, and self-fluffing pillows.
Whistler Village, British Columbia: Mountain Recreation in Quaint Village Setting
More than 8,000 acres of pine-fringed terrain and glacial lakes stretch between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. This sprawling wilderness is home to bears, bald eagles, and the hoary marmot, whose patented slide-whistle solos gave Whistler its name. Whistler is also a destination for outdoorsy activities. Before ski season starts, many people rent kayaks or take zipline tours, in which they can get a close-up view of the mountains when they're not blanketed in snow.
There's plenty to do indoors, too: more than 200 quaint shops and boutiques are scattered throughout the area, stocked with everything from handmade fudge to organic body butters. The village also has a strong artistic presence; numerous art galleries spotlight the work of First Nations and other local artists.