Photo: Whistler Heli-Skiing / Neil Brown

Why shouldn’t the journey be as enjoyable and luxurious as the holiday itself? Transfer from Vancouver International Airport in high style by taking a private luxury SUV along the breathtaking Sea to Sky Highway, or begin your vacation with an awe-inspiring, 30-minute helicopter ride from Vancouver. Your first glimpse of the magnificent Coast Mountains is only the beginning.

Those seeking excellence will find it in Whistler.

North America’s largest ski resort has everything you need plus more than your heart desires. Skiing its beautifully groomed trails is just one of a day’s many attractions.

Stroll through Whistler’s charming pedestrian-only village and browse boutiques filled with furry boots and cashmere sweaters. Pick up a unique gift from one of the many fine art galleries or visit the Audain Art Museum, Whistler’s newest cultural hot spot which houses Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections.

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Afternoon means après-ski.

Technically, it occurs during those immediate post-sliding hours but it’s really more a state of mind. Après-ski Whistler-style ranges from local bands and pitchers of small-batch craft beers, to warming snifters nestled in a comfy sofa at the intimate Mallard Lounge.

And whenever suits, there is always a moment to sink into a steamy outdoor hot tub or fit in a limb-melting massage. The renowned spa at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a dip into well-deserved decadence – heavenly yes, yet also handy for pushing ski legs to the max.

Photo: Scandinave Spa, Whistler

Photo: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

What’s for dinner?

At Whistler’s culinary jewel, Araxi, there’s innovative farm-to-table cuisine and a wine list extraordinaire. After a delectable meal, perhaps you’ll try a little sabre-ing of the Champagne bottle in the award-winning cellar at Bearfoot Bistro, or a cheeky little boogie at the many clubs and bars in the village. It’s your choice, your way.

Sleep peacefully. Come morning, the snow is fresh and life’s little details have been tended to. From the ski valet who buckles your boots to – ready when you are — your private instructor who is waiting to guide you to the best terrain and as many oh-so secret powder stashes you care to handle. All lessons come with priority lift line status: that means no waiting in line… and no excuses.

Remember what we said about that massage?

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Robin O’Neill