Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Our Trip Recap

My in-laws have a timeshare condo up in Whistler, B.C. and were able to book 5 units so alot of our family could make the trip together. We are so incredibly grateful that they included us. We had never been and we definitely plan on going again.

Whistler is a little resort village a few hours North of Vancouver, B.C. and only about 3-4 hrs from us. It is such a beautiful place and nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains where they have some of the best skiing and snowboarding in North America. I was blown away at how far some people had traveled. Everywhere we went we were meeting people from Australia. Apparently this is a popular destination for them. Whistler also was the host to the 2010 winter olympics.

Neither Brandon or I have ever skiied and didn't have time this trip (let's face it, it is too hard with two little ones) but we want to now! I was in awe at the beauty of this place. 

Here is a recap of our trip (in photos)

They still had up Christmas lights and it was beautiful

This was where the Medal's ceremonies took place during the Olympics
Kendra's first time seeing and playing in the snow!
He LOVED it!
First time sledding!
She was so mellow
He preferred laying. I promise his head wasn't dragging!
Sledding with Daddy
On our way up the Gondola
Let me just say that heights and I are not friends but I knew this was an amazing opportunity and I would be bummed if I didn't force myself to go. It is the world's highest gondola and was built specifically for the Olympics. I believe at the highest point the elevation is over 6200 ft. You take a gondola up the mountain and then hop onto another one that takes you from Whistler's peak to Blackcomb's peak. Yes, it was amazing and breathtaking but scary. I did much better than I thought, until... on our way down the mountain we halted to a stop and didn't move for five minutes. Let's just say I had a minor panic attack and it was a good thing that we had a gondola to ourselves and no one had to witness me crying.

I just love this pic!
No evening in our household is complete without wrestling Daddy.

This trip provided us with a lot of firsts for the kids; first time out of the country, first time sledding, first time ice skating for Jaxson (he didn't like and didn't do it long enough to get pics), first time for hot cocoa and caramel apples and first time on a gondola. We had so much fun and made so many memories!


  1. Whistler looks so pretty. We've heard about its amazing beauty.

    I'm not a fan of heights either, but yes, some things are worth going out of the comfort zone for.


  2. That looks like such a wonderful trip! I would have been crying with you on the gondola. Heights and I don't get along either.

  3. Aww, Ashley, what a wonderful trip! I loved all your pictures and the Christmas lights. So great they kept them up! Kendra's hat is adorable!
    I'm with you on the heights! My heart would be racing too!!
    The view sounds amazing!
    So glad you had a great family vaca and discovered new things with your loves!

  4. Hey girl! Can you e-mail me, I can't find your email anywhere :)

  5. Hahaha I hear you on the crying thing, oh that'd be me!! I think I'd start to hyperventilate lol
    How fun that you were able to cram in lots of firsts which led to wonderful memories being made :)
    And yes I am sure there are heaps of Aussies over there, we see Whistler on travel shows like Getaway and I have to tell you it looks absolutely gorgeous!! We don't get snow like this, yes there are snow fields but nothing like this!

  6. You were only 1 province away from me! So close but yet SO far :) Glad to see you guys had a good time!

  7. This looks like such an amazing trip! I just found your blog, and can I just say that your family is adorable and seems so real. I love that.

    love your newest follower,