This story originally appeared in the November (44.3) Resort Guide.
8 a.m.: First things first: grab a Caesar and breaky at Alpine Cafe. Quick and friendly if you’re trying to get to the hill fast.
9 a.m.: Head up them hills! At Whistler/Blackcomb (which turns 50 this year) you’ll have a few options. Most days I am on Blackcomb—lots more alpine terrain to choose from. If it’s a good pow day to the valley, I would probably choose Whistler.
10 a.m.: Grab a midday hot cocoa or mocha, my personal favorite, at one of the many mountain lodges. Crystal Hut on Blackcomb has waffles that are insane. Fully loaded!
12 p.m.: Go for a hike or tour. Blackcomb Peak is a great top-out. Another option here is if the lakes are frozen, go for an afternoon game of “shinny,” aka pond hockey. Many locals will be out there playing. Great Canadian past time.
3 p.m.: Après beer or, heck, another Caesar at Merlins or my dad’s new restaurant, Legs Diamond, opening in the upper village at the base of Blackcomb, which will have a dress-your-own-Caesar option.
4:30 p.m.: Head to the wonderful and relaxing Scandinave Spa. Best way to get rid of any soreness from givin’er on the slopes. They have hot tubs, steam rooms, a wood-burning sauna, and the real key part—cold pool plunges. This helps your muscles a ton. You will most likely pass out, which will help give you a second wind for later in the night.
7:30 p.m.: Dinner time. Depending on your budget, there are many options: On the cheap, go to El Furniture Warehouse for $5 for every meal; balling out calls for Araxi or Rim Rock; but one of my fav’s is Pasta Lupino.
10 p.m.: After dinner you’ll probably be feeling a little bit of the Whistler buzz in the air and want to go get more bevvies. Walking up the stroll on a snowy night is very pleasant. The Beacon and Cinnamon Bear have pool tables and some good ol’ hockey games on TV.
12 a.m.: The Crystal Lounge, GLC, and Tapleys are known to have live music. I prefer live music over DJs. If you feel like pounding more cocktails and dancing the night away, head underground. Sweat most of those beers away. Mind you, this may not help your hangover.
3 a.m.: Late-night pizza or poutine. Debatable if this will help your hangover or not. I think it helps. If you’re coming from abroad, it’s mandatory to have a poutine before you leave the country. I think they even ask at customs now.