Local Tips for a Seamless Whistler Ski Vacation

Vacation is a time to rest, relax and unplug from life’s stresses. While in Whistler, you will feel transported to another world, where your biggest problems are often as simple as what ski run to explore next and selecting just the right après cocktail. With that said, locals know that a bit of planning ahead can make all the difference in your holiday experience. To save you from waiting in unnecessary lines and experiencing undue disappointment, we have put together some of our best tips for how to have a seamless Whistler vacation.

Book Ahead

If there is one piece of advice you take from this that will make the biggest difference for your holiday, it’s this – plan and book early. Taking a little time from the comfort of home to secure your desired restaurant and activity bookings can make all the difference to having a carefree holiday.


Less waiting in line, and more fresh lines. PHOTO: TOURISM WHISTLER | MIKE CRANE
Skier on the slopes at Chateau Whistler


Don’t wait till your stomach starts grumbling to start making meal plans. Hungry can very quickly become hangry. You can reserve your meals at your favourite restaurants at your chosen times.

Reserving in advance is easy; deciding from the endless delectable options is another matter. Visit our Dine page to get inspired and start planning.

Here are a few options to get you started:

  • Wildflower Restaurant – Locally inspired dishes and innovative classics in a family-friendly restaurant setting,
  • The Mallard Lounge – Unforgettable après, Canadian and West Coast food, live entertainment and a spectacular mountainside setting.
  • The Chalet – Savoury fondues, house-made pâté, schnitzel, rösti and artisan charcuterie platters.
  • The Grill Room – Whistler’s AAA/CAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant destination for chops, steak and seafood..
  • Portobello – Made-to-order sandwich selection and gourmet pastry and coffee.
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Leave Your Car At Home

I don’t know about you, but cleaning snow off my car and driving slushy roads are the last things I want to be doing while on vacation. Whistler is designed to be pedestrian-friendly, and when staying with us, you are just steps away from the Blackcomb Gondola and a quick 10-minute walk to the Village Stroll.

With our festive lit paths, walking truly is the best and most beautiful way to get around town. For the times you do need a lift, our hotel shuttle and courtesy car are here to help.

Since you won’t need your car while you’re here, so you might as well leave it at home and let someone else do the driving to get here. Kick back and relax on a bus or private car and enjoy the views. You can learn more about your travel options with our transportation guide.

Take a walk in a winter wonderland. PHOTO MITCH WINTON | TOURISM WHISTLER
town and gazebo lit up with snow falling

Visit Mid-Week

Whistler locals love weekdays. From lift lines to restaurants and roads the whole town is quieter Monday to Friday. If you have the flexibility to plan a mid-week visit you can enjoy the slower pace and more space our locals love.

Of course, one of the most important things to get right for an amazing vacation is your accommodation. Whether a quick weekend getaway, a week-long retreat, or a mid-week getaway, we have the perfect vacation package for you. Explore our offers for the best rates on stays at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Secret stashes are waiting to be discovered. PHOTO TOURISM WHISTLER | MITCH WINTON
A lone skier shreds powder overlooking mountains and clouds.

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