As founder of Ascent Behave, Tamara Moore plans luxe vacations and experiences for celebrity and affluent clients from around the world. The Toronto -native also stars in Après Ski, a new docu-series set in Whistler, B.C. that goes behind the scenes at a travel concierge business as the team orchestrates unforgettable experiences for clients. Here, Moore gives us her version of a perfect day in Whistler, luxe-style.
“I like to start the morning early with breakfast at LIFT Coffee Company, the one on Nesters Road just north of Whistler Village. It’s an iconic destination and the eggs benny is out of this world.”
Run to the hills
“Right after breakfast, my family and I head to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, preferring to get first tracks on the mountain while it’s still quiet. We favour the Blackcomb side as it’s usually not as crowded and it’s very picturesque — the views on this side are breathtaking. My husband snowboards but the rest of us ski and, in my opinion, the slopes here are some of the best in the world.”
Cocoa at Crystal
“Around 10:30 is the perfect time to take a break and warm up with some hot chocolate at the Crystal Hut. It’s a big log cabin with cozy decor near the top of Blackcomb Mountain — around 6,000 feet — and you can’t beat the views! Also, if you like Belgian waffles, this is the place to get them.”
A fine lunch
“After a few more runs, my favourite place for lunch is Christine’s on Blackcomb, a fine dining restaurant. They’ve recently renovated and the decor is modern minimalist — all blond woods and black leather — but the vibe is laid back and friendly. The food is incredible and they also have an impressive wine list. And again, the panoramic views are breathtaking and worth the visit alone.”
After a full morning of skiing, my body needs some pampering. I love the outdoor hot baths, saunas and massages at the Scandinave Spa
Relax and recharge
“Depending on the mood, and if I’m with my girlfriends, I might hit the boutiques in the village or have a spa afternoon. Especially after a full morning of skiing, my body needs some pampering. I love the outdoor hot baths, saunas and massages at the Scandinave Spa. If I want something a bit more private, the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel is my haven. I am obsessed with their signature body treatment, which includes an exfoliating Canadian maple syrup and brown sugar body scrub, a nourishing body wrap with clay and algae, a Moroccan Oil massage and conditioning treatment for your hair and scalp, followed up a deep moisturizing full body massage.”
“For some sophisticated après-ski action, head to Araxi Restaurant in the heart of Whistler Village – they have the best truffle popcorn and I recommend washing it down with a glass of Champagne. I also love the Fairmont lobby lounge; it’s a throwback to another era with big fireplaces and old-time, craft cocktails. I’m a wine drinker and not usually too big on spirits, but I really enjoy their cocktails.”
Dinner à deux
“Especially great for couples, the Rimrock Cafe is not your typical tourist spot, and it’s away from the hustle of the village. Perfect for a romantic evening, it’s set in a rustic cabin lit with candles, and the freshest, most amazing seafood. Nicklaus North on the golf club has the most delicious fondues that are a favourite of locals and expats. Plus, it offers impressive views of Green Lake. Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge is also a good choice, located in the boutique hotel in Creekside village. It’s more contemporary, with spectacular local menus and a great wine cellar.”
“For a little after-dinner nightlife, my favourite spot is the Barefoot Bistro. There’s the Ketel One Ice Room, where you can sample vodkas from around the world — if you can stand the cold temperature. But I go for the Champagne bar in the underground wine cellar, where you can order a bottle of bubbly and watch the owner, André, sabre the top in grand fashion.”
Après-Ski airs Tuesdays on Slice at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.