Fairmont Chateau Whistler
What it is
Ski-in/ski-out luxury at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
What it isn't
Boutique or romantic: It's a big resort that attracts families and frequently hosts large groups.
What we think
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has golf, a swimming pool, a holistic spa, yoga classes—even a rooftop wedding chapel. But let's be real: You come here because you want to ski Whistler Blackcomb, arguably the best downhill resort in North America. The 550-room hotel sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, with the Magic Chair and Wizard Express lifts right out the back door. That puts all of Whistler Blackcomb at your fingertips: 8,100 acres of skiable terrain, the incredible Peak 2 Peak gondola connecting the two summits, glacier skiing, backcountry access, and the impressive ski and snowboard school, which includes camps for women, kids and teens. Though it only dates to 1989, the hotel shares the distinctive castle-like look of Fairmont's historical Canadian Railway hotels. The lobby has high timbered ceilings and stone columns, and rooms sport a mountain lodge feel, their gold and brown tones brightened by colorful fabrics and cheerful tartan bed skirts. Add in various dining options and consistently excellent service, and you've got an ideal ski resort—even for non-skiers.
You're here because
You want to ski Whistler Blackcomb amid a friendly, casual atmosphere, with a host of other activities and amenities close at hand.
The adrenaline is still tingling in your veins as you step onto the Mallard Terrace and sidle up to one of the roaring fire pits—one eye on the slopes you just descended, the other on the waiter balancing a tray of martinis.
Whistler's quieter Upper Village, which is at a slight remove from the main village (15 minutes by foot; there's a free shuttle). Vancouver's airport is three hours away via the stupendously scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway.
The Wildflower Restaurant - Open for breakfast and dinner in Whistler. Sunday Brunch is offered on all major holidays (only).
The Grill Room - Wonderful fine dining in Whistler. Restaurant showcasing chops, steak and seafood.
Portobello Market, Fresh Bakery & Smokehouse - Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the summer.
The Chalet - Evening alpine cuisine and fondue dining mid December through March, located on-site at The Clubhouse.
The Clubhouse - Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the summer golf season (May through September).
The Mallard Lounge & Terrace, Private Spirit Room - Open daily for lunch, light evening meals and cocktails.