Apres-ski and Pre-ski at Whistler WinterPRIDE
Story and Photo by Kyra Thomson
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Our first night out in Whistler was a comedic experience indeed. We slid our way out of Blackcomb through well-shoveled snow trenches towards the lively Whistler Village, where a sold-out "Queerly Canadian" comedy show was underway.
Darcy Michael and headliner Debra DiGiovanni -- recently seen on Last Comic Standing -- are both Canadian, but only Darcy really provided the queer content. Despite constant references to spinsterhood and her cat, Debra insists she's just a fag-hag or, as she prefers, "fruit-fly".
A fresh layer of snow welcomed us as we left the theatre, and the village was pumping with energy. There is a complimentary bus service throughout Whistler running until the wee hours of the morning, but we decided to enjoy the beautiful ice sculpture icicles and snowcapped trees that lit a romantic path back to our hotel over Fitsimmons Creek.
We were surprised the next morning to realize we had stunning views of Blackcomb from our bedroom window, and the sight made us eager to explore the mountains in daylight. With over 200 shops and 90 restaurants, there was plenty for us to see on a morning stroll, but sitting in a bobsled at the 2010 Olympics information centre was a sure highlight.
Tomorrow we tackle the slopes, but this afternoon will be our chance to sample the spa treatments available to couples in Whistler. We'll also be heading to an apres-ski party, and the 2nd Annual WinterPRIDE Banquet. Apres-ski parties and relaxation treatments before we've even ventured up the hill? That is SO WinterPRIDE. I love it!