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Martin Morrell Poolside at Maroma Resort & Spa.

Photo: Martin Morrell

Whistler, British Columbia

North America’s Best Ski Resort Hits Its Stride

Long known as the land of twisted dreads and cannabis-smoking ski bums, this bucolic village deep in Canada’s Coast Ranges is lately more trendsetting than tree-hugging, and appeals to clientele who come for the scene as much as for the precipitous peaks.

WHERE TO STAY The year-old Adara Hotel (4122 Village Green; 866/502-3272 or 604/905-4009; www.adarahotel.com; doubles from $379) has an updated take on traditional lodge décor, such as the 10 pairs of glowing antlers adorning the lobby’s white walls. The owner-operators of Sundial Boutique Hotel (4340 Sundial Crescent; 800/661-2321; www.sundialhotel.com; doubles from $135) recently poured $8.5 million into their mountainside property, adding a full-service spa.

WHERE TO EAT Ultramodern Après (103–4338 Main St.; 604/935-0200; www.apresrestaurant.com; dinner for two $179) fuses French and Italian cuisine in dishes such as Carnaroli risotto with white asparagus and wild mushrooms. Also new is Elements (102B–4359 Main St.; 604/932-5569; www.wildwoodrestaurants.ca; dinner for two $50), a boisterous tapas lounge where diners graze on Dungeness-crab salad with miso dressing. After dinner, head to The Mix by Ric’s (4154 Village Green; 604/932-6499). Here, fresh-fruit martinis have replaced hot chocolate as the drink of choice.

WHAT TO DO Who needs Sundance?From November 30 to December 3, Hollywood sophisticates hit the slopes (and the silver screen) during the sixth annual Whistler Film Festival. For more on the cultural front, check out the unusual collection of rare Inuit sculptures and jewelry at dealer Britt Germann’s new Path Gallery (122–4338 Main St.; 604/932-7570; www.pathgallery.com). —Alysha Brown

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