Weekender in Whistler

Hope you all had a great Easter long weekend.  Just got back from a surf jaunty to Tofino, meeting up with pals Allie and Allan for little splish splash in the sea.  It’s amazing what a weekend getaway can do for the soul; I always come back feeling refreshed.
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This post on my previous weekender to Whistler is long overdue.  I think I went sometime in March when my mom was here.  The snow season this year has been amazing, with Whistler Blackcomb getting heaps.  We rode freshies for most of the morning, with nearly no wind and mild temperatures.   I only recently got back into snowboarding, after a hiatus for a few years.  I used to absolutely love the sport, but it got put on the backburner for a while.  I still didn’t go that much this season but it’s a start.  Lucky for me there’s muscle memory!

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Every time I go to Whistler I always look forward to staying at the Four Seasons. I’ve stayed at a lot of places in Whistler, and by far, the Four Seasons is my favourite.  We booked a 2-bedroom suite and had the chance to upgrade to the 2-bedroom townhouse which is just about as large as my place at home.  The townhouse was spread over two floors, with a gourmet kitchen, dining room, two sitting rooms and a bathroom upstairs.  The bottom floor had two bedrooms each with full ensuite, and a deck with a private hot tub.   We were sold on the hot tub, and it was sure worth it after a full day of play in the snow.  I also found out that the hotel is dog friendly which I will keep in mind for next time.  What makes the Four Seasons so outstanding is their service – from the efficient ski valets to the front desk, they go the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable and attended to in every way.
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We had a fantastic meal at Araxi the first night.  They didn’t have my favourite deep friend zucchini flowers this time but everything we had was delicious (with one minor exception – see macaroons).  First up we had an array of uncooked foods: lime, saffron, and chile scallop ceviche, beef carpaccio, and oysters on the half shell.  The ceviche was fantastic; I don’t usually love ceviche but this was well executed with a perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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For my main, I indulged in the wild mushroom risotto with black truffles.   The wild mushrooms were deep and earthy, and while the risotto hit the spot, I think I still prefer my hubby’s version.  The truffles were great, but not like the ones I had in Provence. For dessert, I ate the panna cotta trio (dark chocolate and caramel, toasted coconut, and Tahitian vanilla), which was delicious except for the presence of macaroons.  As much everyone else loves them, I just don’t get it.  They just seem hard and dry to me.
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There were tons of sales too at this time of the year so I picked up a new bright yellow Burton jacket – you can’t miss me now on the mountain!

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Wishing you all a great week ahead, and of course, GO CANUCKS GO for Game 7!!

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7 Responses to “Weekender in Whistler”
  1. Melissa says:

    Haha love that we both posted about Whistler today ;)

    So i’m kind of jealous of your post because 1) you’re snowboarding and 2) You were able to eat at Araxi.

    When we were up there, it was SO busy because of a music/ski festival that we seriously couldn’t get into any restaurants. We ended up at Milestones one night and our hotel restaurant the other night.

    I haven’t attempted skiing since my car accident but that was years ago so i’m just a scaredy cat. I think I want to start up again. So scary

    PS, you look adorable in your snowboarding outfit!

  2. MizzJ says:

    Haha you look so cute Liv in your big helmet! I think macarons are something that have to be done really well in order to fall in love with them, but the rest of the food looks delish!

  3. That looks so magically – especially the hotel diggs! I’ve never tried snowboarding, but you look like a pro in the pics.

  4. Teresa says:

    Look at you carve! I’m so jealous that you went to Whistler…I only headed up to Cypress once and I had bought a pass too! ugh. The food at Araxi looks delicious…as good as Bearfoot Bistro?

    • next season we should head up together! then we can load up on carbs afterwards =)

      I used to LOVE Bearfoot but this time I was more disappointed by it. I’ve eaten there 2 other times and they were both great. Araxi feels consistently good – I like that it’s no fuss and I feel like I can always get a table. Bearfoot can feel a bit overly fussy sometimes. But the nitrogen ice cream is the best.

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