The value of Rest at the Four Seasons Whistler

Our ski day over, time to unwind at the Four Seasons Whistler

Our ski day over, time to unwind at the Four Seasons Whistler

Bottom Line:

The Four Seasons Whistler proves that a Hotel is more than just bricks and mortar, it’s always about the people you meet and interact with that truly affects your experience. The people here made us feel at home and the location is steeped in Whistler history. If you want to rest and recuperate while still hitting the mountain slopes then visit the Four Seasons Whistler.

Riding the lifts on Blackcomb Mountain

Riding the lifts on Blackcomb Mountain

Observations:

We recently had the opportunity to visit the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler. Something we’ve been focusing our energy into in 2015 is rest coupled with our training and adventures. By the end of 2014 our bodies were feeling the effects of pushing them constantly for the previous few years with little to no planned rest. Niggling issues were becoming chronic and hampering our ability to progress further in our pursuit of exploring our local mountains.

So when the offer came up to spend a night at the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler we gladly accepted.

Upon arriving, our first impression that really stood out for us and continued to stand out for the duration of our stay was the manner of the people we’d meet that worked there.

Checking in at the Four Seasons Whistler

Checking in at the Four Seasons Whistler

It’s always the people.

We love Whistler and spend a lot of our time practicing skiing there. We also know that the majority of the people that live and work there are there to ski also. You can feel it when you are buying a coffee or browsing in a shop. Everyone is helpful but you get the sense that they’d rather be skiing. You get used to it as it’s understandable. They are working a job here to facilitate their need to ski.

This was not the case at the Four Seasons though. The staff there talked to us, not like Royalty, but like fellow humans. The interest was genuine and sincere. It was frankly astonishing to the point that it stuck with us.

I asked Danny, a Manager at the Four Seasons Whistler, about this and he informed me that the Four Seasons goes to Hotel Schools in Australia and England to search for candidates ahead of the upcoming season, be it Winter or Summer. It is in this way that they can find people who love their work and need experience but also want to live somewhere beautiful like Whistler for a season. I thought this was very clever and evident in the standard of service we experienced.

The main lobby at the Four Seasons Whistler

The main lobby at the Four Seasons Whistler

Rest and Rejuvenate:

Our room was awesome. I don’t know much about decor but it was cozy and comfortable. It looked out on trees which I actually appreciated. After our day of skiing we visited the pool and spa. The steam room rejuvenated our bodies and we stayed hydrated with some amazing chilled melon water that was made available in the pool changing rooms. Nobody seemed to be availing of it but we had seconds. It was delicious!

Relaxing after the pool and spa in our room.

Relaxing after the pool and spa in our room.

Re-fuelling at Sidecut Steak House.

For dinner Danny took us to experience “Sidecut”, the restuarant attached to the Four Seasons Resort. It’s name appears to be a double entendre, referencing a cut from a side of beef but also the sidecut that is common feature in modern Skis. Clever!

What can I say, the food was delicious and the atmosphere perfect, with individual spotlights on each table making sure you ate with your eyes first as the dishes were placed in front of you. A highlight was the Steakhouse “Sushi” Roll.

While we ate Danny, not only a Manager, but an Ironman, Triathlete and Father, a dyed-in-the-wool West Coaster, explained to us how the Four Seasons is committed to being a part of the community in Whistler. You can see it in all the local art and heritage pieces on display throughout the Hotel but also in how Sidecut has a locals night on Thursday evenings through the Summer called the “Backyard BBQ Series” for only $29. We only found out about this on our visit but we’ll be sure to avail of it this coming BBQ season.

I slept like a log that night and woke up fully rested. The next day I hit the climbing gym back in Squamish and climbed harder than I had in a long while.

Conclusion:

It can sometimes be hard to rest when you are used to suffering in the mountains on a regular basis but we are learning that rest and repair is as important, if not more beneficial to progress in training than the training itself.

If you are looking to get away from your home base for a while for some R&R consider the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler. Check out their website for the best dates to book. They have discounted rates starting from March 23rd.

Definitely recommended!

More Pictures: 

The view from our balcony.

The view from our balcony.

A piece by a local artist hanging in the Hotel.

A piece by a local artist hanging in the Hotel.

I appreciated this detail. It shows the slope grading system for new skiers on the room card envelope.

I appreciated this detail. It shows the slope grading system for new skiers on the room card envelope.

Skiing on Blackcomb Mountain

Skiing on Blackcomb Mountain

Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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