Whistler Creekside, Canada

Photo: Nita Lake Lodge

Your favorite part of the ski season has finally arrived. Spring skiing brings longer days, bluer skies, and lots of sunshine. Fresh powder is still falling when the temperature drops at night. While the trails aren’t as busy since people shift their focus once the snow disappears at lower elevations. Out of sight, out of mind.

You’d usually head straight for Whistler Blackcomb. It’s the largest ski resort in North America. It has one of the longest ski seasons on the continent. Plus you love the area. It starts with the two-hour drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver. The road clings to the mountainside as it winds around Douglas firs and glacial lakes. That brings you into Whistler, a logging town that became a ski resort in the 1960s. The cute village, which is artsy and green if a bit expensive, sits as the base of Whistler Mountain. More than 200 trails and the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, connecting to Blackcomb Peak, rise from there.

A lodge is the last piece of your Whistler puzzle. Your temporary home is in Whistler Creekside, the original base of the mountain. It’s now a charming, family-friendly area that’s connected to the main village by the paved Valley Trail. The Creek sits on the edge of glacier-fed Nita Lake. That makes Nita Lake Lodge the only lakeside property in Whistler.

Photo: Nita Lake Lodge

Nita Lake Lodge’s timber-framed building sits on the south shore of the lake. Stone columns lead into the lobby. That’s where you find gray stone floors, a colorful impressionist mural, a huge stone fireplace, and cozy leather furniture. Three restaurants and a spa are beyond that. Aura, a fine-dining restaurant, serves French-Northwest cuisine and wines from British Columbia. The casual Cure Lounge & Patio has fire pits and an après-ski vibe. Fix Café offers Doi Chaang Coffee and grab-and-go sandwiches. The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge features Champagne service and two rooftop hot tubs. A greens-and-herb garden, used by Aura, is up there, too. While an outdoor plunge pool is open year-round, regardless of the weather.

These amenities drew you to the lodge, but it’s the suites that make you return. Yes, all of the rooms are suites, and all of the suites are large, elegant, and well-stocked. Basalt gas fireplaces. Heated floors. Double-soaker bathtubs. Wet bars. Window seats. Lake views. Since you relax as soon as you wheel your suitcase in, it truly feels like a home away from home. The trip is already on your calendar for next year.

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