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Whistler WinterPRIDE 2008: A Peak Experience

Kyra's personal tour of the Four Seasons.

Story and videos by Kyra Thomson

We intended to spend our last morning at Whistler Blackcomb with the free Mountain Guiding group, led by a team of WinterPRIDE volunteer instructors, but we were just too reluctant to check out of our luxurious Four Seasons room.

The romantic outdoor whirlpools, thoughtfully screened by trees for privacy, stunning views, and frequent shuttle service to Whistler Village were obvious highlights of the resort, as was the its dedication to environmental sustainability. Each room is equipped with a recycling bin, and since we requested the Eco-Luxury option, in which linens are laundered every third day, Four Seasons donated $5.00 to the Whistler Naturalist (not Naturist) Society.

Best of all was the Resort's Ski Concierge service. Once you reach the base of the slopes at the ski-in resort, a ski concierge will offer you hot chocolate and take your equipment. Not only did they conveniently store our gear at the base overnight, but by morning our boards were waxed and our boots warmed.

Assorted bruises prove that we did hit the slopes all day, literally. The weather was not as gorgeous as yesterday, but the powder was just as sweet.

After returning our rentals were, we hitched a ride on the Whistler Village Gondola up to the Roundhouse Lodge for one last elevated overview of Whistler Blackcomb. It was a fantastically romantic way to end our WinterPRIDE 2008 experience, and to scope out the runs we'll take when we return next February for WinterPRIDE 2009.

Click below for a video from the Gondola ride!

Kyra's personal tour of the Four Seasons.

Story and videos by Kyra Thomson

We intended to spend our last morning at Whistler Blackcomb with the free Mountain Guiding group, led by a team of WinterPRIDE volunteer instructors, but we were just too reluctant to check out of our luxurious Four Seasons room.

The romantic outdoor whirlpools, thoughtfully screened by trees for privacy, stunning views, and frequent shuttle service to Whistler Village were obvious highlights of the resort, as was the its dedication to environmental sustainability. Each room is equipped with a recycling bin, and since we requested the Eco-Luxury option, in which linens are laundered every third day, Four Seasons donated $5.00 to the Whistler Naturalist (not Naturist) Society.

Best of all was the Resort's Ski Concierge service. Once you reach the base of the slopes at the ski-in resort, a ski concierge will offer you hot chocolate and take your equipment. Not only did they conveniently store our gear at the base overnight, but by morning our boards were waxed and our boots warmed.

Assorted bruises prove that we did hit the slopes all day, literally. The weather was not as gorgeous as yesterday, but the powder was just as sweet.

After returning our rentals were, we hitched a ride on the Whistler Village Gondola up to the Roundhouse Lodge for one last elevated overview of Whistler Blackcomb. It was a fantastically romantic way to end our WinterPRIDE 2008 experience, and to scope out the runs we'll take when we return next February for WinterPRIDE 2009.

Click below for a video from the Gondola ride!

Riding the Gondola up Blackcomb Moutain at Whistler WinterPRIDE 2008.

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