Four Seasons Whistler – Hotel Feature of the Month:
On Canada’s breathtaking west coast, just north of Vancouver, Four Seasons Resort Whistler is one of North America’s top year-round mountain resorts and is Canada’s only AAA 5-Diamond Resort. Superb summer golf and hiking are matched by world-class skiing on the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains – site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Encompassing 273 guest rooms, suites and townhouses, the Resort welcomes with cozy wood interiors and the atmosphere of a contemporary lodge. Private group events are flawlessly executed with great hotel function space, at Lost Lake, Squamish-Lil’watt Cultural Centre or on a glacier. Recreation includes a full-service spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool with three heated whirlpools. With distinctive settings and unrivaled service, Four Seasons sets the bar for memorable gatherings.
You’ll want to encourage your guests to explore everything this exhilarating destination has to offer. Even the most cultured travelers will be amazed. In the winter, the location pairs luxury with adventure, culinary excellence and wellness to offer one-of-a-kind backcountry experiences.
– Fly by helicopter across the Pemberton Ice Cap, British Columbia’s largest ice field
– Take an outdoor yoga class with a master instructor at a remote natural hot spring
– Tour vast ice caves via snow bike or snowmobile
– Enjoy a gourmet meal at the hot spring
CEM event Planner, Mollie Ross, visited Whistler early this year to learn more about the destination and to visit several of the properties including the Four Seasons. What she found is a destination perfect for even the most discerning group all year round. In planning client trips to Whistler this year, we’ve found that our clients are looking to differentiate themselves from their competitors and Whistler fits the bill as a unique escape that both rewards top producers and inspires motivation. Here’s what Mollie experienced:
On my recent trip, the events kicked off with a welcome reception at the Squamish-Lil’watt Cultural Centre, which was a great way to learn a little bit about and get immediately immersed in the culture of the area. Not to mention and experience the gorgeous views from the wrap around windows.
One thing that groups question right away is the travel time from the Vancouver airport to Whistler, but don’t let that deter you. The drive is about two hours by bus, but the views are absolutely breathtaking nearly the whole way, and if two hours is too long for your group to sit, there is a great stopping point about midway where attendees can grab a snack and check out a gorgeous waterfall spilling over the mountainside. Of course, you can always go all out and book float plane transfers for your group, ensuring some of the most incredible (and exciting!) views imaginable.
My favorite thing about Whistler was the availability of activities year-round. Anyone who knows me knows that I loathe the cold and snow, but in Whistler I had a blast. The professional ski instructors were fabulous, and made even a first-time skier like me feel like I belonged on the mountain. I also spent an afternoon snowshoeing, which made for a surprisingly tough, but fun workout that anyone can enjoy, and could even be made into an exciting team-building event. Whatever your activities include, be sure to end the day with an après-ski party, one of the most favorite traditions in Whistler.
Whistler certainly is not just a winter ski resort, the warm weather activities are nearly limitless as well. Groups can enjoy zip lining any time of the year and in the summer, the ski runs make for challenging mountain biking trails, and the lakes and rivers warm to make for great fishing and even white water rafting. One of the most appealing features is the Whistler Village, a pedestrian only European style village offering an array of year-round restaurants and shops, many locally owned. Groups offering free time to their attendees can easily direct them to the village for an afternoon of shopping, or to grab a bite (without hotel prices) – there is something for everyone.
Contact Mollie today to begin planning your group’s adventure in Whistler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credentials: Conference Event Management (CEM) is a woman-owned business enterprise and leading provider of unique, world-class event, conference, incentive travel, meeting experiences, reward strategies, hotel and cruise site selection and contracting, individual Travel MyWay® bookings, and national speaker’s bureau bookings. Mollie Ross, Event Planner, works directly with clients to plan events throughout the country and internationally, using her creativity and attention to detail to ensure each event is unique and leaves a lasting impression on each attendee.