Home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America, Whistler in British Columbia, Canada, is a unique winter destination. By Rashima Nagpal
Winter is here. And so is the urge to make the most out of snow-clad landscapes. This year, the popular destination of Whistler in British Columbia is all set to welcome travellers with new norms of safety in place. The tourism hub has upgraded its health and hygiene protocols and introduced new features for a hassle-free experience.
At Whistler Blackcomb, for instance, a new reservation system will help manage traffic flow, enabling guests to explore while maintaining social distancing. The new rules also require everyone to wear a face mask on lifts and inside buildings (lodging, retail outlets, etc.) at all times. One can ski without a mask, but it must be worn in the queue for the chairlifts and gondolas. You’re also required to reserve your days of skiing in advance. Whistler Blackcomb is now a touchless environment, so bringing a credit card or debit card is important for any purchases. Dining will be full-service as well as grab-and-go style.
But it’s not just the rules that have been upgraded. Adding to the vibe at Whistler is a range of new openings. Among the culinary highlights is the recently launched Braidwood Tavern at Four Seasons Resorts & Residences Whistler, ready to serve delicious food with craft beer, cocktails, and the warmth of a cabin. Picnic Whistler combines the love for food and art into a gourmet picnic spread for gatherings of various sizes, while Fridge Full delivers fresh produce to your doorstep in Whistler, Pemberton, and Squamish.
In terms of experiences, Escape! Whistler is introducing two new themed rooms for your playdates. Explore the forested trails of the Callaghan Valley with a Canadian campfire cookout organised by Canadian Wilderness Adventures. Refer to the Door’s Open directory on the destination’s website for up-to-date information about everything at your disposal in Whistler.