In many respects, it was good that I didn't recognise any of Whistler since my last visit a couple of decades ago as I saw it through fresh eyes. Since then, the Winter Olympics has happened and the village has become a foodie town.
Arriving for three days to celebrate the beloved's birthday, his first abroad now that we've switched to spending his special day abroad. We took the bus from Vancouver on arrived on a magical journey, seeing more snow the near we got. The ski season had started early in Olympic Park.
Skiing is far too energetic for my taste though, but we fully intend to enjoy the snow, starting with the Peak-2-Peak gondola on it's first day of opening. We weren't expecting to queue in the cold for almost an hour before (why can't we book online?!) but the view from above was almost worth it. Especially as when we got to the peak via the cable cart, we had a gondola to ourselves, making it that much more magical. All my fears of height seem to evaporate when I'm in the majestic Rockies.
Restaurants are now more pricey than Vancouver since it's deemed a foodie place but we did enjoy Peaked Pies - also opened in Vancouver, Stonesedge Kitchen for birthday tapas but a highlight was Elements where we went for breakfast - twice. Hunter Gatherer was a pretentious disappointment, food wise. Just serve on plates rather than paper - especially at that price!
Summit Lodge hotel was amazing and the staff and comfort of this place really made our trip special. I won't leave it 20 years until the next visit.