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TELUS WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER (1/2)

Allan and I just got back from a FANTASTIC extended weekend up at Whistler Blackcomb for the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

Should have picked up our passes yesterday! So much to do @wssf #TWSFF

We were invited by the amazing Whistler Blackcomb media team (thanks Michelle, Tabetha, Amber!) to check out some of the festivities and attend some events. This was our first year attending as “media”.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

We rushed to Whistler Blackcomb after work on Thursday and checked into our hotel for the night — the Coast Hotel Blackcomb Suites (thanks Danny!).

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

The hotel had tons of amenities such as a gym, full breakfast room, outdoor pools and hot tub, not to mentioned located right on the side of a run for ski-in ski-out access.

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We loved our room! Super comfy and had a full kitchen too.

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Then, it was off to Araxi Restaurant for a dinner hosted by Cindy of the BC Ministry of Tourism and Breton from Tourism Whistler. Araxi has been one of our favourites restaurants for many years (long before Hell’s Kitchen and the crazy amounts of press it has been getting over the past year or so)… and still is.

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As soon as we arrived I was peer pressured into “sabre-ing” the champagne… my first time ever! It was pretty scary but very cool. I got to use a real sabre to chop off the top of the champagne bottle. Videos to come.

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Araxi is well-known for its seafood, sustainable food, and local and organic cuisine.

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Chef James Walt makes some amazing dishes. He actually lives in Pemberton on a farm and partners with the producers out there to source seasonal foods. The gnocchi and souffle were to die for.

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It was also my first time ever tasting venison… and I loved it. So tender. Allan also loved his lamb.

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For dessert we had the pistachio ice cream covered in chocolate and an apricot cheesecake. Yum. Also to note — it was my first time ever really trying champagne, red wine, white wine and dessert wine. Steve Edwards (restaurant manager and sommelier) gave me tons of information and some really amazing recommendations. I may slowly be starting to be a convert.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

Here’s Michelle, Steve (thanks for all the wine tips!), myself and Cindy.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

The next morning (Friday) we woke up and had a hot breakfast at our hotel.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

Then it was off to Scandinave Spas in Whistler.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

I can’t say enough good things about this place. The eucalyptus steam room (mmmmm), the cold baths, the hot mineral baths and the waterfalls everywhere. We spent about 4 hours here before we were completely shriveled and jello-like, and then it was off to dinner.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

We decided to try the Rimrock Cafe in Whistler (by Creekside) as it was recommended to me by one of my coworkers as her favourite restaurant in BC. The drinks we had were a great start — Allan had some wine and I had a kiwi lime Brazilian caipirinha . My drink was sooooooo good.

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The appetizers were also pretty good… I had the scallop lobster capellini (very delicate… loved it), and Allan had the cariboo medallions (good, but not as good as the venison at Araxi).

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For dinner we had the gnocchi, mushroom risotto with sablefish, and salmon stuffed with crab. I personally thought the gnocchi and the sablefish were pretty good but the mushroom risotto was terrible. Very acidic and not creamy at all — more like a rice pilaf. Would not order again. Allan liked his salmon but thought it was too rich and the crab overpowered the salmon. The dessert was the toffee pudding which was AMAZING. So basically — we would go there for drinks and dessert but probably not dinner again.

Overall… a pretty good couple days in Whistler so far! Next post coming soon with the last few days of the weekend. What did you get up to this past weekend?

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11 Responses to “TELUS WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER (1/2)”

  1. Caryn Says:

    I am dying to know – what kind of camera do you have? Your pictures always look amazing.

  2. Vancity Allie Says:

    I use a Nikon D90 :) Nothing special… there are way better DSLRs out there! Thanks Caryn!

  3. Allan Says:

    Great post you! watching the champagne bottle saber-ing was definitely a highlight to an already fantastic weekend :)
    Oh, and I don’t know how you were able to sit in that cold plunge pool for so long. It’s like you were training for some cold water event

  4. Nikki Says:

    I’m drooling. It all looks amazing!

  5. John Biehler Says:

    Hey…”way better DSLRs” out there? Maybe but the D90 is still the sweet spot unless you want to spend $2000+ on one…it’s all about the lenses anyways :)

  6. Laura Says:

    I’ve just posted some of my weekend!

    Yours look so complete! I’ve always wanted to try some spa and I’ve never went to any.. Seems you had fun.

    I always feel hungry with the food photos ^^

    xxx
    - Laura

  7. Cristina Says:

    You had a really good time! I’m a little jealous of these amazing spas and everything, I have to say :)

    The food looks delicious! As Laura said, when I see the food pictures it’s like I’ve never ate something before xD
    And the place seems so comfortable! Huge room.

    And you got media passes! Cool! *Waiting for the next post of the trip*

    Love!
    xxx

  8. Tawcan Says:

    The food pics are making me HUNGRY!!!

  9. Samantha Says:

    Can you elaborate on the trying wine part of your post Allie? I didn’t know you didn’t drink wine. Maybe I haven’t read your blog for long enough?

  10. Amy Says:

    Awwww, I’m disappointed that you weren’t as blown away by Rim Rock as I was. Just seeing the pictures of their food makes me so happy!

  11. Edwin Says:

    Allie,

    You have an awesome blog. I love your photos! What kind of camera do you use? I’ve been considering a DSLR somewhere down the line, but would welcome some advice on choosing the right one.

    Thanks,
    Edwin

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