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Whistler Travel Guide

I've been going to Whistler for years. I used to live in Washington so it was an easy and quick winter getaway and ski trip (fun fact: I also got engaged here!) So, I guess you can say I'm a bit of an expert by now, so I wanted to share an entire travel guide - from where to eat, stay and my favorite things to do. So, here are all my recommendations if you're planning a trip to Whistler.

I’ve been going to Whistler for years. I used to live in Washington so it was an easy and quick winter getaway and ski trip (fun fact: I also got engaged here!) So, I guess you can say I’m a bit of an expert by now, so I wanted to share an entire travel guide – from where to eat, stay and my favorite things to do. So, here are all my recommendations if you’re planning a trip to Whistler.


Flying into Vancouver International Airport is probably the easiest way. It’s a little over a 2 hour drive to Whistler from there! You can also fly into other major airports like Seattle or Bellingham in WA and make a road trip out of it.

Things to Do

Snow activities (obviously, lol). Whistler Blackcomb is one of the largest ski resorts in North America so it goes without saying that’s just what you do here. Besides the obvious snowboarding or skiing they also have things like snow shoeing, snow tubing, or cross country skiing.

Stroll through Whistler Village. This is the heart of Whistler that has the bars and restaurants for après ski. A lot of them have patio seating so it’s also great for people watching and taking in the views. This is also where all the stores are for shopping and is all paved so it’s pedestrian friendly

Where to Stay

This really depends on what you’re looking to do in Whistler and what your objectives are. I like to think of it separated into three parts:


  • The heart of Whistler but also the busiest side. We love staying on this side because whenever we go we liked to snowboard as much as we can, après ski, and just hang out at restaurants/ be surrounded by all the energy 🙂
  • I’d stay here if you’re looking for both après nightlife and quick ski access. Ski in ski out hotels are here or they’re just a short walk to the main Whistler Gondola (less than 5 min). I’d like to think of this as the party side lol. Après ski starts early and you can literally still hear the music when you get back to your hotel late at night lol (if you want quiet or sleep I don’t recommend to stay on this side). This is where most of the restaurants are located as well.

Some hotels I recommend:


  • I’d recommend here for something a little more quiet but also have proximity to the main village. It’s definitely more low key so its ideal for families! You can still access the slopes if you stay on this side as it’s a short walk over (about 10-15 minutes).


  • Stay on this side for something more secluded away from the main village center or if the loudness of après ski isn’t your thing. Luxe resorts like the Four Seasons and Fairmont Chateau are located here. I know the Fairmont has ski in ski out access and at Four Seasons you’d have to take the shuttle to get to the gondolas.

Places to Eat

Some of my favorites (although there’s sooo much we haven’t tried):

  • Araxi (more of upscale dining vibe — Ryan and I ate here right after we got engaged and it was delish!)
  • Raven Room
  • Bar Oso
  • Peaked Pies (low key and casual but so good!)
  • Longhorn Saloon (such a fun place for après ski! we go to right when we get off the gondola — be sure to pre-book a table because it gets so busy and the tables get sold out)
  • COWS (cute little ice cream shop that’s perfect for a nightcap!)
  • Crepe Montagne (cozy French creperie that also has fondue — the restaurant is super tiny and they don’t take reservations so plan accordingly)

What to Pack

Lots of warm clothing (obviously) but if you’re new to skiing, then you’ll want to dress in layers. You’ll definitely need all the ski gear – undergarments, ski suit, gloves/mittens, warm socks, goggles, and something to keep your head and ears warm. In addition to skiing, I like to do all the après ski things like go to dinner, grab drinks, etc. So, I like to bring lots of warm coats, boots, and chic accessories. I’m sharing everything I packed for my recent trip to Whistler down below – click any item in the collage to shop!

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ski suit

Water-resistant 4-way stretch material and a thermal fleece lining to keep you warm when on the piste

pointed boots

Leather upper, insole, rubber sole, plastic heel, pull-on styling for a comfortable fit


A sleek oval silhouette elevates Italian-made sunglasses fitted with scratch-resistant CR-39 lenses


Crafted of high quality faux fur and synthetic fur, and inside is lined with warm and super soft polar fleece. Elasticity suits most head circumference

white boots

Insulated, fitted with a lightweight mid sole and features suction pads on the rubber tread sole that offer serious ground control.

crop white jacket

100% polyester, front single hook and eye closure, and soft midweight faux fur fabric for a comfortable fit


Crafted with 78% polyester, 22% spandex, BomKinta Slouch Socks ensure comfort and durability


Leather belt with brass-tone buckle closure


Front zipper closure, side slip pockets, buckle detail at collar, cuffs and hem, oversized fit, and faux leather fabric with faux fur lining


Nano Luggage tote with gold accenting

brown boots

These boots provide a stylish look with their fur and fuzzy design, but they also ensure practicality with their water-resistant quality, making them perfect for the snowy season


These cloth headbands have a good elasticity fit women who have small head, average head or even big head

ear mufffs

Made with extra thick faux fur on the outside, these fluffy ear muffs gently hug your ears for warmth you can feel

ella jump

High collar and zip front that comes all the way up. With thumbholes at the wrist, this piece keeps your hands warm and slides under any jacket sleeve seamlessly.

black jacket

Detachable waist tie closure, heavyweight faux fur fabric

sparkle bag

This bag comes with a zip fastening and adjustable belt. Ready to accompany you down the slopes, store all your essentials for apres-ski or have your back (or front) on trips into town


Knitted from wool, it features a ribbed mockneck and the label’s signature star at the front and sleeves


These gloves are not only perfect to texting, typing, writing, driving but also good use for cold weather outdoor activities like running, cycling, hiking