The former Olympian shares his perfect summer and winter day in the mountain town he calls home.
ONE OF CANADA’S MOST GIFTED SPEED SKIERS, ROBBIE DIXON UNDERSTANDABLY HAS A SOFT SPOT FOR WINTERS IN WHISTLER. They will forever remind him of an experience of a lifetime, competing in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games on his own turf. But summer is the season when he’s able to let loose and enjoy the beauty of the town this North Vancouver native calls home. When he was competing, he explains, he was constantly on the road in the winter. Summers were a time to cross-train on Whistler’s epic trails and recover with yoga and massages. After more than a decade long career as a pro, he retired in 2016. Not having to worry about career-ending injuries and strict diets has allowed him to truly take advantage of the area’s skiing, hiking, and mountain biking while also indulging in Whistler’s fantastic dining scene, guilt-free.
PERFECT SUMMER DAY
Fresh from the Farm
The farmers market takes place Sundays (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Wednesdays (2 to 7 p.m.) in the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb. It’s filled with art, food, music, and small local vendors. There’s something for everyone—a must do.
Hit the Trails
There are trails for everyone’s ability, for both hiking and biking in Whistler. While I have many favorite hikes, the beautiful, four-hour round trip to Rainbow Lake is a classic that never disappoints. If interested in mountain biking, the Lost Lake trails offer something for everyone, kids included. Rent bikes at Cross Country Connection, located at the Lost Lake trailhead. For those after a downhill biking experience, take a chairlift and ride the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The Top of the World Trail on Whistler Mountain offers amazing views, and you will definitely earn your cold beer!
Reward your Efforts
I’m a regular at Sushi Village. Take advantage Friday through Sunday when they’re open for lunch. Request a back table and order sake margaritas as you peruse the menu. All of the fish is flown in fresh off the docks from Vancouver. Ask for the off-the-menu Nicole roll. Trust me.
My girlfriend, Carleigh, hits the village when she wants to shop. You’ll find everything from recognized brands like Lululemon and North Face to boutique shops such as Edin and indie businesses like Armchair Books.
PERFECT WINTER DAY
Start the Day with Namaste
When I was skiing competitively, part of my training included sessions at Y Yoga, located in Function Junction. The instructors truly understand athletes and they offer a lot for both the mind and body, including hot yoga.
Fuel for the Slopes
Elements serves some of the tastiest brekky in town. The healthy hash, a mix of butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, onions, and kale topped with poached eggs and sundried tomato pesto is my go-to. Be sure to head over early, as the space is intimate, and it’s become a popular spot.
On a bluebird day, I like to do laps on 7th Heaven, particularly the Panorama run. You’ll find lots of fun, roll-y terrain and the views are some of the best in Whistler. The Peak to Creek run from the top of Whistler meanders its way down 11-kilometers all the way to Creekside. If your legs are feeling up to it, it’s a pretty incredible run. And to top it off, it ends right at Dusty’s, which is a perfect place to après, especially on Saturdays when longtime resort rockers Grateful Greg and Guitar Doug of the Hairfarmers jam.
“If you’re planning to get out on the trails, treat your muscles to a soak in the baths at Scandinave Spa.”
If you’re planning to get out on the trails again tomorrow, treat your muscles to a soak in the baths at Scandinave Spa. Here, you can experience the age-old Scandinavian tradition of hydrotherapy in the natural elements. Cycle through hot steams, cold plunges and then relaxation time in the spa’s solariums or hammocks.
Locally owned Alta Bistro is reliably great for dinner. The menu showcases fresh, locally sourced ingredients complemented by a great wine list and awesome cocktails. It’s by far the best burger spot in town— veggie burger too.
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