Hotel at a Glance: Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel Whistler
Conveniently located in Whistler Village, Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel Whistler puts guests just a short walk or shuttle ride from the lifts going up Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak. When snow falls, the mountain turns into a winter wonderland with dozens of ski runs, a tubing park, and snowmobile tours.
- Deluxe studios: These rooms come with complimentary WiFi, a kitchenette, flat-screen TV, and bathrobes
- Grab n Go breakfast includes your choice of breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked pastry, as well as coffee or tea from Mount Currie Coffee Company
- Pet-friendly lodge: The hotel rolls out the red carpet for canines at no extra cost, greeting them with treats upon arrival and setting up the guest rooms with pet bowls before they arrive.
- $25 spa credit: This deal includes a $25 spa credit at the onsite Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, which you can use towards a papaya-enzyme body polish or a 60-minute javanese massage.
- Year-round swimming in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub
Whistler, British Columbia: Olympic History at North America’s Largest Ski Resort
Connected to Vancouver—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. Since the resort contains more than 200 ski trails and more skiable terrain than any of other resort on the continent, 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 served as the setting for the alpine skiing, bobsled, and luge events of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The Whistler Museum tells the stories of those games with exhibits of athlete memorabilia, including the uniforms of local gold medalists and an Olympic torch you can hold yourself.
Although skiing and snowboarding are the main draws (visitors usually number more than two million annually), the area is also well-suited for snowmobiling, ice climbing up frozen waterfalls, and dogsledding across the Soo Valley Wildlife Reserve. For a break from the outdoors, peek inside the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which celebrates the cultures of two peoples indigenous to the region via displays of their goat-wool weavings, dugout canoes, and rock paintings.