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SAVOUR A MOUNTAIN TOP FEAST
Looking for a terrific way to cap your day in North America’s top four-season resort? Starting Saturday, June 17, Whistler Blackcomb (WB)
Executive Chef Wolfgang Sterr invites you to enjoy a multi-course,
buffet-style dinner at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain.
The meals, adapted from the Mountain Top Barbecues from past
summers, combine hearty cuisine with breathtaking views (at 1,800
metres or 6,000 feet) and live music.
“The Mountain Top Summer Feasts attract a wide range of guests,
from families from the Lower Mainland to groups of local friends,”
said Lauren Roy, WB public relations specialist. “The vibe is very
relaxed, with live music and glowing sunsets to appreciate while you
enjoy your food and a beer.”
The dress code is casual to fit the “mountain top” mood. The menu, which is set by Sterr and his WB culinary team, includes selections from the grill, a salad and
bakery station, side dishes, “sweet tooth” desserts, coffee and tea. The entrées include slow-roasted prime rib of beef, dry-rub barbecue roasted chicken, ocean-wise fillet of salmon with maple butter glaze and Memphis-style pork ribs with hickory barbecue sauce. “This year’s Mountain Top Summer Feasts will combine
the best of what we’ve done in the past into one inclusive menu,” Chef Sterr said. “The feasts will cater to a broad spectrum of palates in a high-quality, buffet-style
setting with something to offer for everyone.”
The Mountain Top Summer Feasts take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 23 to Sept. 3, and Saturdays only on June 17 and from Sept. 9 to Oct. 7.
There are seatings at 5: 30 and 7 p.m. each night. Visit whistlerblackcomb.com.
You don’t have to be terror on two wheels or even an ATV aficionado
to make tracks on a motorized, off-road Whistler adventure.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures’ (CWA) “The Odyssey” tour puts
you in the driver’s seat of a 4X4 all-terrain vehicle that’s as easy as
it is fun to drive. The three-hour tour starts on wide gravel roads,
where you can learn to drive the vehicles in a matter of minutes,
said CWA co-owner Allan Crawford. The off-road “buggies” have
steering wheels and pedals (and no clutch), which makes operating
them no more difficult than driving a car. “They are very simple to
drive,” Crawford said of the Honda 4X4 vehicles, which also come
equipped with roll cages for safety. “They’re a little like a dune buggy
— the technology has come a long way in recent years.”
The Odyssey tours take place in the beautiful Callaghan Valley,
which is home to all manner of wildlife. After beginning on logging
roads, guests will venture into the forest on narrower doubletrack
trails as the tour ascends the slopes of Mount Sproatt. A visit to an old gold mine is included as well as small, secluded alpine lakes and breathtaking views of the
Callaghan and Whistler valleys far below. “It’s mostly a wilderness experience … nature, trees, and sometimes there’s bears and deer,” Crawford said.
Drivers of the vehicles must be at least 19 years old; younger guests are allowed as passengers. Visit canadianwilderness.com.
STORIES BY DAVID BURKE