Whistler, with high-flyer Lydia Lassila

by Saturday, July 22, 2017

“Whistler remains as one of my all-time favourite places. Our team was based there early in my career and I spent summers there training on the water ramps and winters on the slopes.  I have such great memories of Whistler and love visiting this home away from home. Whether you go in summer or winter, there’s plenty to do all year round. Here’s a few suggestions:

  1. If you’re there in Winter, hit the slopes. You’d be crazy to go to Whistler and not venture up the mountains. You’re spoilt for choice – Whistler or Blackcomb and with the Peak to Peak gondola connecting the two you can easily manage both in one day. I tend to prefer the terrain on Blackcomb but either way,  there’s enough terrain to ski until your heart is content and your legs are burning. Oh and if you get a dump of powder, I highly recommend doing fresh tracks. You catch the gondola before the sun rises, eat a mighty brekkie at the top of Whilster and then ski freshies as the sun comes up. Bliss.
  2. Mountain biking and trails. Summer time in Whistler is magnificent and the town continues to buzz with people and events. Amazing mountain biking and if you’re a runner, you’re spoilt with choice for trail runs (just watch out for bears).
  3. Find a lake. Who doesn’t love a good picnic by the lake? Or a perfect spot to escape with a good read? Or maybe a refreshing dip after a hard run. There are a few great choices in Whistler – Alpha, Lost and Green lakes. They don’t disappoint.
  4. Take a dip. Scandinave Spa is a must-do when in Whistler, leaving you relaxed and invigorated. There are a bunch of outside pools at different temperatures as well as saunas and steam rooms for you to duck in and out of. If you’re feeling brave, you can go and have a dip in the flowing river which will no doubt take your breath away and leave your body tingling! Combined with a massage or a spa treatment, I can easily spend half the day there. It’s sensational.
  5. EAT. Whistler is spoilt with great eateries and even after all these years my favourites remain the same:

Lydia recommends visiting Splitz for one of their famous burgers and skin-on fries.

Mongolie Grill – I love this place. Basically you grab a bowl and pick the ingredients you want to stir-fry. You pay at the register by weight and then the very skilled chefs stir-fry everyone’s meals on a giant hotplate tossing their utensils (and your food) in the air.  So delicious and you won’t leave disappointed.

Sushi Ya – The Canadians know how to sushi… they just get it. Whilst there are a few really good sushi spots in town. I love Sushi Ya – great rolls, amazingly fresh sashimi that just melts in your mouth and lots of delicious traditional dishes.  Divine.

Splitz Grill – You can’t go to Whistler without visiting Splitz for one of their famous burgers and skin-on fries. You choose all your toppings and sauces and OMG…. soooo good. If you’ve got room and really aren’t fazed about breaking the calorie bank then go for one of their thick shakes as well.

On top of everything above, there’s plenty of great lodging options, decent shopping and heaps of bars and nightclubs to get your groove on. Whistler really has something for everyone!”

I caught up with Lydia at on International Women’s Day last year for the launch of her inspiring film “The Will To Fly”.

About Lydia Lassila: 

  • Lydia Lassila is Australia’s leading female aerial skier and one of Australia’s Winter Olympic greats.
  • Lydia has competed at four Winter Olympic Games including gold at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. She has had numerous World Cup wins and podium finishes.
  • Currently she holds three world records in aerial ski jumping and was the first woman in history to perform a quad twisting somersault.
  • Lydia has been honoured throughout her career and just some of her accolades include winner of the Don award, Athlete of the Year by the Australian Institute of Sport, Ski and Snowboard Australia Athlete of the Year and the Order of Australia Medal.
  • Lydia is also mum and an entrepreneur, running her own business Body Ice. Source: lydialassila.com.au
  • Subject of “The Will To Fly”, a film released in 2016 “about a woman who maintained a loyalty to her younger self, by conquering the ambitious goals she set, with a fire she never let die down”. Source: thewilltoflyfilm.com

Connect with Lydia:

Instagram @lydialassila

Facebook @Lydia Lassila

About Whistler:

Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s favourite year-round destination. There’s two majestic mountains with a vibrant base Village, epic skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, unbeatable shopping, restaurants and bars, accommodation to suit every budget, hiking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world. Source: whistler.com