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Perched at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, it’s extremely difficult to find a bad time to visit Fairmont Chateau Whistler. In the winter and spring, you have ski-in/ski-out access to some of the best slopes in North America. As the home to the alpine skiing portion of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort boasts a combined 200-plus trails with 37 lifts and 17 on-mountain restaurants. Needless to say, you could spend two weeks skiing the two mountains and experience something new every day. Keep in mind that it’s quite cold in the winter with temperatures falling well below freezing. Spring skiing is much more appealing to those whose blood isn’t so thick. The snow is still great and temps can be as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
But summer and early fall are also fantastic. The snow melts and reveals greener-than-green hiking trails and beautiful lakes. Temps can be well into the 80s, but without the humidity. The Whistler hotel is a respite no matter the time of year. The luxury hotel offers a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed golf course less than a mile from the hotel, too. And if your muscles need a bit of nurturing after a fierce round on the greens, head to the newly renovated Vida Spa, or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.