Hotel at a Glance: Aava Whistler Hotel
After the snow melts on the trails at Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, wildflowers bloom and hikers head out to explore the mountain paths in warmer weather. Aava Whistler Hotel is a good place to rest your head after exploring the scenic surrounds. The bavarian-inspired resort features an outdoor pool and pet-friendly accommodations, and a concierge is on hand around the clock to help you learn more about the adventure-friendly area.
- Recent award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014
- Whistler Village is just a 2-minute walk away.
- Contemporary comfort: Guest rooms feature free WiFi and iPod docking stations so you can listen to your favorite tunes during your stay. Pets can tag along for just $25 each.
- Pool with a view: You can see the snowy peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb from the outdoor pool and hot tub, which stay open year-round. For further relaxation, dry off in the sauna.
Whistler, British Columbia: Mountain Biking and Golfing at 2010 Olympic Site
Connected to Vancouver—which lies about 80 miles (130 km) south—by the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort spans two mountains, each more than 7,000 feet in elevation, which are connected via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Since the resort contains more than 200 ski trails and more skiable terrain than any of its North American equivalents, it makes sense that Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked it the No. 2 North American Ski Resort in a 2011 poll.
The mountains gained worldwide recognition in 2010, when they hosted the alpine skiing, bobsled, and luge events of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The Whistler Museum tells the stories of those games with athlete memorabilia, including the uniforms of local gold medalists and an Olympic torch you can hold yourself.
In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb transforms from ski resort to bike park, with 124 miles (200 km) of lift-serviced mountain-biking trails. The warmer temperatures also allow for hiking along 18 scenic trails, including the Overlord Trail, which meanders past fields of wildflowers and glacier-fed alpine lakes. Animal lovers can inquire inside the Roundhouse Lodge atop Whistler’s peak for guided tours that focus on local wildlife, including black bears, black-tailed deer, the whistling marmot, and the nose-picking mongoose. And three of golf’s biggest names have chosen the Whistler area for their courses: choose from Arnold Palmer’s Whistler Golf Club, Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, and Jack Nicklaus’s Nicklaus North.