Whistler: A Photo Diary

Peak2Peak Foggy Whistler via http://rtwgirl.com
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Getting There

If you’re wondering how to get to Whistler, sometimes it’s nice to not worry about driving. And with Whistler, it’s totally doable to go there without a car. I’ve rented a car before and not really used it once I got to Whistler, so the bus is a nice option. Whistler SkyLynx also has free wifi on board.


Our base camp was the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, where we stayed for a couple of days.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The Chateau

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Ahhh a bed! I love hotel beds…a lot!

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Pool
I had this view from my room’s window. It’s too bad I didn’t have time to dive into that bad boy while I was there. The Chateau is in the Upper Village and is perfect if you’re skiing and snowboarding. It’s steps away from the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It’s also walking distance to the Village but when it gets colder, the Fairmont has a car service that will drive you around the local area or to the Village.


Once we were checked in, we headed over to the Village to ride the Peak2Peak gondola but en route we got to pass by the Whistler Farmers Market which happens on Sundays.

Farmers Market

Thumbs up from this farmers market fan!

Farmers Market

The market has tons of great produce from farmers in the local area. They also sell crafts and prepared foods. There was some entertainment too!

Fitzsimmons Creek

We headed over to the Village so that we could ride the Peak2Peak Gondola but on the way we passed the picturesque Fitzsimmons Creek.  So pretty year round!

Riding the Whistler Gondola

Now going up….

Trees Whistler

A photo of the tree line as we head up on the gondola.

Gondola Fog Whistler

As we ride up the weather changes and yes I was freezing!

Snow Whistler Gondola


Snow Up On Whistler

I didn’t expect this much snow!

Olympic Rings Up At The Roundhouse

Whistler and Vancouver were the hosts for the 2010 Winter Olympics!

I'm A Wuss

Since moving to California and post-RTW trip I’ve become a wuss when it comes to cold weather. Please forgive me!

From the Roundhouse you walk over to the Peak2Peak Gondola and that takes from the top of Whistler Mountain over to the top of Blackcomb. Here’s a little Instagram video I made of the snowy walk from the Roundhouse to the Peak2Peak Gondola.

Thanks to Native Shoes for my boots. When I came to Vancouver I did not know I’d be experiencing snow so the “Jimmy” boots were super handy and waterproof!

There were only a couple of glass bottom gondolas and we were trying to make it back in time before they closed for the day, so we didn’t get to ride one. I feared being stranded in the snow haha. Next time!

Peak2Peak Whistler

Here’s the Peak2Peak Gondola!

peak2peak Whistler

Leaving Whistler’s Roundhouse and onto Blackcomb!

Peak2Peak Foggy Whistler

Literally, peak to peak. It’s high. :/

olloclip whistler

I used an Olloclip telephoto lens for this photo on my iPhone 5

Peak2Peak Snowy

This happened as we went from peak to peak. Another iPhone photo capture.



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**Disclosure: Many thanks to Whistler Tourism for their support with this trip, as well as Native Shoes and Olloclip. As always, all opinions are my own.

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