Recently stayed for 4-nights in late November 2011 during the opening of the new skiing/winter season and found the hotel to be exceptionalproperty and experience. Room had 2 Queen Beds and all the amenities expected and this was just a basic booking. Everyone connected with the hotel we encountered at all levels could not have been more pleasant and accomodating to our questions and requests, and we were clearly not the only ones. Found the room service impeccable and efficient, the touches to detail in everything from the customer-friendly and warm lounge areas, to the dining areas, shops, spa, all top-notch in so many ways. Cannot recall a recent hotel stay where we were truly and genuinely treated like and quot;royalty and quot;, and yet just everyday working and quot;commoners and quot; seeking some fun in a winter wonderland. The location of th hotel to Whistler Village is an easy 10 minute walk, and the hotel provide complimentary shuttle service to 3 different locations throughout Whistler so getting around was a snap. Whistler itself is amply represented by many different hotel chains - both large and small (many of whom we are familiar with), and during the winter months, while all things and quot;winter and quot; take center stage, the efficiency, hospitality and warmth of the employees at the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler not only was outstanding it was simply an and quot;experience and quot; in so many ways.
Though early in the Winter 2011-2012 season, the evening was still an experience. Group went to the top of Blackcomb Mtn to the Crystal Hut. Took a little break but wasn't given anything hot to drink. On the way up, several snowmobiles had to be ditched due to overheating, and yet the guide said they were new machines. There was still enoug for everyone to double where necessary, but you would think that the equipment could have been checked out better. Still, if looking for the experience of snowmobiling, the outfit that organized this event was capable in overcoming the obstacles. As the new winter season progresses, the evening snowmobile outing is suppose to include a fondue dinner. It would have been nice to have the option when we were in Whistler in late November because it was our only chance for an evening snowmobile activity. For those who are not use to seeing lots of snow or experience what it is like to be on a snowmobile, then this activity should not be passed if you have the chance to partake in it. The tour group can provide all the protective clothing you need, but usual winter garb for skiing will get you through. Our outing started out will light snow, then light rain, and the higher up the mountain we went, a mixture of both, so be prepared for any weather because you can snowmobile in most any conditions.
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