I was really looking forward to driving the famed Sea-to-Sky Highway, but rain and fog kept much of it hidden along the way. Even still, it's gorgeous and stunning countryside.
Mr. Sugarplum has a thing for waterfalls, and pointed at every
Since we always book deeply-discounted hotels, I'm usually anxious about what we'll find upon arrival. Obviously we were thrilled when we pulled up to the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center, right at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
Even more thrilled with our two-room suite with a fireplace and a beautiful view of the slopes.
Whistler is an outdoors-man's dream with sports for all seasons, and a completely pedestrian-friendly town center. The village walk is lined with shops, restaurants and hotels, and all of it was mere steps from our room.
It's such a perfect mountain town, that it almost feels like a movie set.
I was crazy for the huge rings, commemorating the 2010 Winter Olympics which were held here.
Our hotel's sister property, a short five-minute walk, had ski rentals and valet lockers, and was perched at the base of the gondola...ridiculously easy. What wasn't easy was paying the steep rental rates and lift tickets. Let's just say they are dang proud of this mountain! Whistler Mountain was closed, but Blackcomb Mountain remains open for skiing until the end of June! Crazy, right?
We had some pretty dense fog, which made for disoriented skiing at times, but when the sun did burst through, it was glorious. I don't have very many pictures, since our camera suffered it's second injury of the trip here....me face-planting in a powdery puff with it strapped around my neck. Oops.
With the limited visibility, Mr. Sugarplum got to look at this goob for two days of skiing.
Because of the off-season, we were often the only people on ski runs. One of my favorite memories of the entire trip was us sitting alone in the quiet, that only snow can bring, eating sandwiches while staring down at the valley. It was very romantic, minus the frozen arse.
After three nights, it was time to say farewell to the beautiful village of Whistler, and those magical rings.
The weather was clearer on the drive back to Vancouver, so we were able to see more of the stunning Sea-to-Sky. A train track hugged the side of the cliff most of the way....wouldn't that be an amazing experience?!
We had the absolute best time, and it was blissful to get away from life's responsibilities and just focus on each other. Thank goodness for grandparents and air miles!
I wish I could say I'm rejuvenated with a fresh new attitude, but I've been sluggish about facing reality again. Isn't that how it always is after a vacation? I'm so meant to be a lady-of-leisure, I just know it! Aren't you???
Thanks for sticking with me for these Trip Reports (read Part 1 on Tofino here, and Part 2 on Victoria and Vancouver here....and if you want the behind-the-scenes scoop on how we travel budget-style and packing tips, check out the Q&A posts here and here.) If you have any questions about this trip or traveling in general, leave them in the comments. I think it's been long enough, time to get some paint on my hands again!