Mercedes Nicoll’s Guide to Whistler, B.C.

The Olympic snowboarder and member of the Canadian women’s halfpipe team shares her favourite spots.
 

Photo by Alanna Govenlock, shot on location at Caramba!

A three-time Olympic snowboarder and the most decorated member of the Canadian women’s halfpipe team, Mercedes Nicoll has called Whistler home for more than two decades. With her sights set on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games this coming February, she frequents these local spots when she’s not training for her next piece of hardware.

Art museum

“We have the Audain [Art Museum] here, and even just looking at the building itself is amazing. You can’t not go there—it’s a must. There are usually works by local artists, and sometimes there are events where artists will be painting live in front of everyone.”

Cultural centre

The Squamish [Lil’wat] Cultural Centre is a beautiful building. Lots of weddings take place there. Sometimes they offer yoga, too. You can find amazing gifts in the gift shop—dreamcatchers, silver dishes with Indigenous designs, beautiful scarves.”

Hidden gem

“Go to Sushi Village—it’s some of the best sushi I’ve ever found. And order a sake margarita.”

Dinner Out

Caramba! has the best calamari ever. It’s not deep-fried. It’s pan-seared and comes with this amazing aioli that everyone at the table has to eat because it’s so garlicky. It’s my go-to spot for a family dinner.”

Outdoor pursuits

“I try to find an adventure every now and then. Sometimes, I go zip-trekking, which is always very cool. The views at [Superfly Ziplines] at Cougar Mountain are phenomenal.”

Best biking

“I live near Lost Lake, and there are a ton of trails around the area. You can start off mellow and then go black [diamond] extreme. I like classic single-track trails like Tin Pants or Molly Hogan—blues and greens for me.”

Getting there: WestJet flies to Vancouver 67 times a day from 15 Canadian, nine U.S. and four international cities.

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