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Whistler, Canada

Whistler is a haven for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and ice sailing - and simple rejuvenation in clean, fresh mountain air. Most of the 2010 Winter Olympics alpine events took place here. When the snow melts, the glacier-formed landscape transforms to great terrain for mountain biking, hiking to aqua blue Garibaldi Lake, and rock-climbing. Whistler is in southwestern British Columbia, about 75 miles from Vancouver.

Off the slopes, find further inspiration in the arts scene of Whistler. The Black Tusk Gallery showcases traditional native work, and Fathom Stone Art Gallery features sculpture of rare Northwest stones. Get some coffee and browse the 200 shops in Whistler Village. Deepen your relaxation experience with a massage or glacial clay treatment at one of Whistler's tranquil spas.

Get your breakfast at down to earth Hot Buns Bakery on Sunrise Alley. Savor a dinner of roast salmon and bison at Black's restaurant, or sushi at Sachi Sushi. Settle back with sangria on the patio of Citta Bistro, looking out over the village square. Or, unwind after a day on the mountain with handcrafted artisanal beer at the Whistler Brewing Company.