At the foot of Blackcomb mountain, Whistler Four Seasons blends into and complements its gorgeous natural surroundings with a kind of "chalet-luxe" style. The spacious public lobby areas feature earthy tones, wooden beams, granite, and limestone. All the rooms have cute gas fireplaces and mountain views. The private residences in the hotel’s adjoining condo make a smart choice for a group vacation; the largest has four bedrooms and a den, offering homey comforts plus the benefits of the hotel facilities right next door. Opened in 2004, the hotel has attracted a steady stream of A-listers, including Hugh Jackman and Eric Bana, and is especially popular during ski season. Summertime brings private access to the pro-rated golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and convenient hiking and biking along the network of lakeside and alpine meadow trails. Guests who really want to embrace the healthy West Coast lifestyle should sign up for complimentary weekend fitness and yoga classes upon check-in.
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The Whistler Four Seasons is just a 10-minute stroll through tree-lined paths from the boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and lively bars and nightlife of pedestrian-only Whistler Village. It’s close enough to be handy but not too noisy, and guests can browse everything from the latest designer snow wear and West Coast fashion to locally made candies, bath products, and books. For a different perspective on the area, the Peak2Peak Gondola was the world’s first to join two mountain ranges and offers jaw-dropping panoramic views of the region.
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Rooms: 182 rooms, 91 suites, 21 private residences; from $190. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The Sidecut steakhouse uses its infrared grill to cook the Alberta AAA beef perfectly evenly. Guests can book an hour-long blending session with the chef where they use herbs grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden to make a customized steak rub. The Fifty Two 80 Eatery + Bar has a cheery après-ski scene, with live music from Thursday to Saturday. Local beers, light bites, and burgers are on the menu. Spa and gym details: The heated outdoor pool looks out across Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, with three hot tubs available to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes. The high-tech 24-hour gym has full Matrix equipment, iPod-compatible treadmills, and personalized log-ins. Therapies at The Spa include treatments using local glacial clay and heated river rocks.
Who's it for: Groups and couples who love the great outdoors, especially skiers and boarders; families who want to take advantage of the extensive kids’ program, which includes everything from junior golf to dog sledding. Our favorite rooms: Guests who want to people-watch should ask for courtyard views so they can sit on the balcony and look out on the fire pit area; those who want peace and solitude should ask for a room with a forest view overlooking the base of Blackcomb. Cheers: There are free, sommelier-guided wine tastings each day in the bar from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants sniff, swirl, and sip their way through local wines paired with cheese, fruit, and crackers.