I’ve been on another exciting trip and I can’t wait to share it with you! This was one place that was at the very top of my bucket list and had been for many, many years. My Dad is turning 60 and to celebrate he asked if I would like to join him on a trip to Whistler, Canada – to say I jumped at the chance is a massive understatement. I couldn’t believe my luck!
We boarded the plane at the beginning of February, excited to see what one of the world’s best ski resorts had to offer. We were certainly not disappointed, as we arrived to a fresh snowfall of 30 inches! I think the biggest difference between Whistler and skiing in Europe was the amount of fresh powder there was at Whistler – almost every morning it felt like we were the first people to leave tracks in the snow, due to the continuous snow-fall and sheer size of the mountain. One morning we even went snowmobiling throughthe Callaghan Valley – thankfully we didn’t come across any bears!!
Anyway, I know you’re here to find out a bit more about the hospitality side of the town so I’ll do my best to cover everything.
First of all…. I have to mention cinnamon buns! If you follow my Instagram account, you will probably have already seen a picture but WOW – these were the most impressive I have ever seen/tasted! They were fist-sized and clarted in a cinnamon and caramel cream cheese icing – yes, you heard it here first. YUM! I’m definitely going to try and recreate these at home and will keep you updated with my efforts. The only thing that topped eating these was the fact that we were able to eat them at Glacier Creek Lodge on the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, (1,545m/5,069ft). I sure felt superior watching some skiers take a tumble whilst devouring my cinnamon bun (not the most athletic sentence).
Secondly, there was Baileys hot chocolate on tap! This was a first for me as well, and was a welcomed way to warm up from the -20° weather we were experiencing. Other favourites were the expected mulled wine and hot apple cider.
The culinary difference between Whistler and Europe is you can find pretty much anything you could ever want to eat in Whistler – it was very much a Disneyland for adult snow sports fans! They had a huge amount of pubs and après bars serving typical American cuisine, a sushi village, Mexican restaurants, Steak restaurants, Indian restaurants and I even spotted a speciality ice-cream shop – I certainly couldn’t manage ice-cream when I was still de-frosting after a day on the slopes! You (unfortunately) do pay the price for everything being so convenient though – we found the main town extremely expensive compared to European resorts we have been in the past.
I did do a lot of skiing, I swear. I actually had my tracker on the whole time we were there and counted over 200miles – not bad for a 60 year old and extreme foodie! Hopefully I’ll be able to return in the future but for now, I encourage you all to get on the next plane to Canada, if you can!