Road-tripping in the wilds north of town, we hike past the glaciers and milky turquoise alpine waters of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and linger in the farming village of Pemberton. Family-owned North Arm Farm has a thriving U-pick flower and berry business. We carry off two huge flats of ripe red raspberries, which my husband mashes up and steeps in vodka in our hotel room sink. The rich, syrupy shots we toast with at Thanksgiving still taste just like August in British Columbia.
Going at the last minute
Fly into Vancouver; from there, Whistler is an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive.
Hotel rooms are easy to come by: The town has more than 5,400 of them.
Walk or bike everywhere in the main resort village.