Whistler, British Columbia is widely considered Canada’s top ski town. Drawing visitors from the world over, Whistler-Blackcomb competes with any of North America’s top resorts. At 8,171 acres, it’s officially the biggest ski area on the continent, and it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. So it has quite the track record. Add to the mix its charming Whistler Village, and you have all the makings of a well-rounded ski vacation — except for one thing: where to stay. Thankfully, vacation rentals are plentiful in the Whistler area, and some of them will simply knock your ski boots off. But don’t take our word for it — hear it from those who’ve experienced Whistler’s best luxury ski retreats for themselves.
Nita Lake Estate
What guests say: “We had a fabulous time at the Nita Lake Estate! What a beautiful and well-thought-out home. It was spacious and comfortable, but yet warm. The house is simply stunning. We can’t wait to go back again.” —Lourdes V.
It’s no surprise, based on its appearance, that Nita Lake Estate is one of the newest homes in Whistler. For a ski vacation to one of the world’s best ski towns, this vacation rental ranks in a different stratosphere. Floor-to-ceiling windows don’t just give the home a fresh look, they also allow for views of the ski hill from all corners of the home. The estate accommodates up to 12 guests across two units: The main house has four bedrooms, each with mountain views, and a separate guest suite has two more rooms and its own kitchen and living area. Not just pretty on the eyes, the villa is practical for a ski vacation as it has a ski equipment storage area with a ski tuning bench. And after hours of ascending and descending Whistler’s snowy mountains, you’ll appreciate that Nita Lake has an elevator to get you from floor to floor.
What guests say: “This is a great villa — the indoor pool allowed us to feel like we had the best of both worlds: a ski vacation and a swim vacation. The residence is in such good condition that it felt like our own home. When the kids came in, they were all sorry they hadn’t invited friends to join us.” —Jennifer F.
Symphony Chalet is made for that big group ski vacation, whether multiple families, a large group of friends, or anything in between. Functional open living spaces encourage many guests to congregate in one spot. Take the upper level, where a round table for 10 invites a night of card games or friendly banter, and just beside that, other guests can mingle at the breakfast bar or prepare a meal in the fully-equipped kitchen. That space flows into the next, where comfortable seating surrounds a fireplace and large glass doors open to one of two private decks. The lower level is another great option for entertaining a crowd: A pool table, a bar and kitchenette, and a second fireplace give it a cozy but fun homestyle pub feel. And just beside that, an indoor heated resistance pool can turn the night into a pool party, or serve as a great workout for swimmers.
What guests say: “Going to Whistler for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. The mountains were gorgeous and the skiing incredible, but the best part were the accommodations and the level of service received.” —Brandon S.
Akasha is a stunning build equally impressive from the inside and out. Located near the top of Whistler Mountain’s highest development, Sunridge Plateau, the three-story home has nearly unmatched valley views from its top-level cupola. It’s just steps from the slopes, but once you get inside you may never want to leave. Whether it’s to get some exercise in the indoor lap pool, hammam steam room, and fitness room, or to relax in the library or home theater with a glass of wine from the private cellar, there seems to be no better place to be than Akasha. Heated floors are a plus during Whistler’s cold Canadian winters, and alfresco dining is an attractive option during the summer months. The home’s central feature is a 480-year-old Red Cedar tree rising from the foyer through the middle of the staircase.
What guests say: “We had a wonderful time staying at High Point. The house was beautiful and worked well for our large family group. From my first contact with Luxury Retreats to the service that was provided by the on-site team, we couldn’t have asked for better.” —Bailey B.
It’s called High Point for a reason: This private ski chalet sits high above Whistler Creekside in the forest-surrounded Kadenwood neighborhood. Just a one-minute walk to the private Kadenwood Gondola and the ski slope, guests here are in perfect position for the ski vacation of a lifetime. Pre- and post-ski, the emphasis at High Point is on keeping warm. The covered terrace has an outdoor fireplace, heat lamps, and a hot tub, so that even on the chilliest Whistler days, you’re beating the cold. An indoor stone fireplace is another way to warm up while curled around the television at night watching a classic movie, and the villa has in-floor radiant heating throughout so the warmth emanates from the ground up. Finally, guests can work up a sweat in the home’s fitness room and steam room. And if braving the elements is no issue for you, then spark up the barbecue and bring a hint of summertime to this west coast winter wonderland.
What guests say: “Our stay at Totem Chalet was absolute perfection from start to finish! The log cabin feel was everything you hope for in a ski vacation. All the glass windows and stunning views of the mountain were the perfect way to wake up and drink coffee. Totem Chalet is going to be a treasured trip in our memories forever.” —Jacquelyn & Gonzalo D.
If a warm cup of coffee is the perfect way to start a day at this Whistler ski chalet, then how do you cap off the day? There are plenty more ways to stay warm at Totem Chalet: Its large balcony has an outdoor hot tub so after a long day of skiing, you can warm up and relax those muscles even while enjoying the wintry environs. And the chalet’s master bedroom is a cozy treat for a lucky couple that has its own fireplace, lounge area, private patio, and bathroom with rock-clad shower. Totem Chalet is perched on the exclusive Blueberry Hill, from which you can see Whistler Village and the mountains. Curved walls fashioned from natural wood make this feel like a true ski chalet, and a carved totem pole in center of the home pays homage to the Canadian First Nations, Whistler’s first inhabitants. Daily ski shuttle service is included to get guests to and from the hill.