Whistler is one of the world’s greatest skiing destinations. Spend a weekend in the snow and you’ll never want to leave. There’s no need to stress about all the details such as where to hire your equipment or where to stay. We have it all sorted!

Once you fly into Vancouver airport, pick up a hire car and drive 2 hours north to Whistler. Here are five things you need to know before you stay there.

Where to hire your gear
Finding the right gear is perhaps going to be the most important part of your trip. While in Vancouver or driving to Whistler you can stop off at many cities or towns where you can hire your gear. There are some good websites too, such as where someone brings the equipment straight to your hotel.

Best run
Whistler has more than 200 trails along with more than 8000 acres of terrain for skiing or snowboarding. As for the best run on Whistler, it really depends who you ask. However, Surfs Up consistently ranks as one of the best with high quality snow. It’s a trail for the experienced, as there are steep cliff drop offs which can be rather daunting. Beginners can still access parts of the mountain such as Burnt Stew Trail. It offers 360-degree views and takes you straight to the village when you’re finished.

Where to stay
The famous Fairmont Chateau Whistler sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. Wake up in the morning, put on your gear, step outside and you’re right on the slopes. It’s a beautiful chateau with luxurious accommodation options. It also offers outstanding cuisine and gives you easy access to the mountainside whirlpools.

Best view
Between the towns of Whistler and Squamish is Panorama Ridge. It’s a scenic hike within Garibaldi Provincial Park, which takes you through forests and meadows full of wildflowers. The peak sits at 2133m and offers views of two stunning mountains and Garibaldi Lake. This hike can easily be accomplished in a day, but make sure you’re prepared and leave early.

Where to grab a meal
After a hard day of skiing, stop by Dusty’s Bar & BBQ for one of the best meals on the mountain! Dusty’s sits at the base of the Creekside Gondola and is open everyday from 11am until late. The BBQ is mouthwatering, the live entertainment is incredible and the story behind this venue and how it got its name is legendary.


Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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