Our family was presented with a very special opportunity to experience a weekend away in Whistler, in partnership with Amex Canada, the official card of Whistler Blackcomb. We just got home last night and I am still digesting the excitement and adventure from two days in the fresh mountain air.
There really is no place on Earth like Whistler, which makes us Vancouverites so lucky to be living a short 1.5 hour drive away from the magic of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains! I grew up spending so many weekends up at Whistler and it’s very special for my husband and I to be able to bring our own children up there now to experience everything Whistler has to offer. And experience it ALL we did, just this past weekend!
As soon as we got up to Whistler on Friday night, we headed out for dinner, as we were all very hungry! We checked into our hotel room at the Delta Whistler Village Suites afterwards and settled in quickly, as it was already past the kidlets’ bedtime.
The Delta Whistler is a great hotel to stay in as a family! There are full kitchens in the suites and the hotel is right in Whistler Village… minutes from the base of Whistler mountain. We used the free shuttle service to get us to and from the mountain for our ski day. My husband walked to IGA to get some breakfast staples. It was convenient all round! The rooms were super comfortable and their mini shampoo & toiletries set was right up my alley. On the first night, Madeleine was asleep in the room that had the robes hanging in the closet. Because I couldn’t grab a robe, I went down to the hottub wrapped in a towel and 5 minutes into my hottub, the bell-woman came out and brought me a robe. It was extra attention to details like that that helped make our stay so special!
(Ps. If you are an American Express Cardmember, you can get 20% off your hotel rate at the Delta Whistler right now! Win-Win! American Express wants their Cardmember to know they are appreciated by receiving unique offers, purchase incentives and rewards for Whistler Blackcomb guests.)
Our first day of activities was a very exciting one for us all, but especially Portia. She has been wanting to learn how to ski for a while now and, at age 4, it seemed like a great time to get her out on the slopes! This being her first time ever on skis, I felt slightly nervous about dropping her off at Whistler Kids Ski School and letting her take off without us, but I was assured by friends that the instructors are excellent with the kids and they were RIGHT! Portia raved about her day of skiing and when we wen to pick her up, her instructor told us that Portia is a natural little skier.
We dropped Portia off at Ski School and Madeleine off at the Whistler Kids Daycare,pretty much right next door, for added convenience! The daycare was amazing! Madeleine leapt right into the arms of one of the staff, at the mention of playing with some trucks. All the snacks and food are provided at the daycare, which makes life a whole lot easier (especially when you’re trying to get the family ready for a day of skiing!) We found out at the end of the day that they took the little daycare kiddies for a walk through the village in a wagon and they even took them up the gondola! Apparently Madeleine loved it (almost as much as she loved the pizza they had at lunch!)
Once the kiddies were settled, Brian and I were off for an adult day on the mountain. A very special added bonus to our weekend was that we had our own private instructor for the entire day! If skiing is new to you, or it’s been a few years since you’ve been on skis, I highly recommend getting a ski instructor. Even though Brian and I skied for most of our lives (pre-twenties), we loved all the tips and tricks that Suzie gave us after every run on how to improve our stance or where we should be shifting our weight, for example. It was a great way to feel more confident in our skiing!
There’s something very calming about being up on the mountain. Since it had been a few years since I had skied, I had forgotten how nice it feels to have the cold air on your face and to be breathing in that pure mountain air. (You better believe our whole family was asleep by 8pm that night from all the fresh air!)
We finished off our day with some après-ski at the infamous Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill at the base of Whistler Mountain. It was ‘THE place to be’ and we couldn’t get over the happy energy and the constant stream of people piling into the restaurant/pub while we sat and enjoyed nachos, beer and live music compliments of The Hairfarmers.
“Après” ended up being “end of day” for us. We headed back to our room at the Delta, watched some shows with the girls and were all sound asleep by 8pm.
Our second day in Whistler, we woke up to snow covering the ground and the treetops. The girls literally squealed with delight as we watched giant snowflakes falling from the sky.
I got totally spoiled and got to go spend some time in the pools at the Scandinave Spa first thing in the morning.
Scandinave Spa is definitely a major attraction at Whistler, and if you’ve never been, I strongly suggest you get there someday soon! I love that nobody speaks. That everyone just relaxes and smiles and enjoys the hot pools, the cold pool (Yup- I made it in… brrr!), the steam room, the spa treatments and the quiet! As a busy mama, silence is definitely a great luxury these days.
After some R&R at Scandinave Spa, I met back up with Brian and the girls and we headed up Blackcomb to the Coca Cola Tube Park. We had no idea what to expect and I really thought Portia wouldn’t be that into it, but she loved it.
Madeleine was too young to go down in a tube, but she loved the trip up with daddy and Portia!
Before we hit the road down to Vancouver, the girls had some fun in the snow, seeing as it’s so rare down in the city
Within minutes of driving down the Sea to Sky, both girls were completely asleep and stayed that way the whole drive.
All in all, it was truly a great weekend and we are so grateful for the opportunity to have had that experience as a family! It’s experiences like these that really highlight the benefits of being an AMEX Cardmember!
While we tried to pack in as many of the great Whistler activities as possible over the weekend, we missed out on quite a few family favourites that we’ll hopefully get to check out still this winter. Here are some other not-to-be-missed family friendly activities currently going on up at Whistler:
As for accommodation, here’s how to book your room at the Delta Whistler using your American Express card:
OFFER VALID 02/22/2015 – 04/19/2015
Disclosure: Our family received special perks and compensation from Amex Canada to facilitate this review post. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own. Special thanks to Amex Canada and Whistler Blackcomb for making our weekend so memorable.