Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
“Shall I valet park your skis?” the attendant asks with a wink as you arrive out of breath at the Ski Concierge at the base of the mountain. Abandoning your skis you wander off in search of a drink. No schlepping ski-gear for you – this is the big time. You’re at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Whistler nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia.
Your Executive Suite does not disappoint. It is 800 square feet of pure comfort from the expansive marble bathroom to the sitting room, fireplace, down duvet and walk-in closet. You contemplate what to do first: soak in the oversized tub, have a drink at the Fifty Two 80 bar where celebrities Hugh Jackman and Eric Bana (mmm..) have been spotted in the past sipping on cocktails, or visit the Spa. You opt for the Spa…after all it does have a eucalyptus steam room to remind you of home. Returning to your room in a fluffy robe you pass out content.
Is it morning already? You make your way back to the Ski Concierge. In terms of glamour, this is the pièce de résistance where the staff’s sole purpose is to cater to guests’ every need – water? Check. Tissues? Check? Directions? Check. You can even rent Prada and Spyder ski gear – you’ve come a long way since that fluorescent pink one-piece.
The biggest decision of the day is where to go – with more than 200 ski trails for downhill skiers and snowboarders you feel spoiled for choice and overwhelmed by the great expanses of open space. We’re not in Thredbo anymore Toto. You brave the new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola linking Whistler and Blackcomb at 1,427 feet.
Back at the resort, you ease into one of three outdoor Jacuzzis. Just when life can’t get any better you’re offered a beer and a freshly baked choc-chip cookie. Yes, it’s still warm. You’re mind is made up, this is the only way to ski.
4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC, Canada
Qantas flies to Vancouver via Los Angeles daily from $965 each way.