La Rua

Snow on the peaks in JulyI visit Whistler, BC in the summer  of 2011 to check out whether it lives up to its international reputation for consistent fine dining experiences - and it definitely does. 

Farmer's market cherriesI also check out the spa scene and walking trails, as well as the Peak to Peak Gondola ride.

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A Peak to Peak CabinAfter several rather grey and overcast mornings, Thursday dawned with a clear sky and my IPhone told me that there was going to be a temperature high of around 20º in Whistler. It was definitely the day for us to do the Peak to Peak Gondola ride.

The Peak to Peak Gondola connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on a 4.4 kilometre long ride. Opened in December 2008,  it breaks three world records. Supported by only four towers, two on each mountain, it boasts the longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometres, is the highest lift of its kind rising 436 metres above the valley floor and completes the longest continuous alpine lift system on the globe.

It really was an amazing and spectacular ride.

After buying our tickets in Whistler Village, we first rode the Whistler Village Gondola up to the Roundhouse lodge. There we walked around and marveled at the spectacular view before getting aboard one of the red cabins.

goat cheese frittersLa Rua
4557 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC.
Ph: (604) 932-5011   or Reserve Online at OpenTable

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For our dinner at La Rua we were joined by our friend, Hilary, a talented chef who had prepared a great brunch for us at her home,on our second day in Whistler.

the view from our tableWe  had a lovely table, looking out onto their flower-filled patio. We enjoyed a breeze through the open door but the winds were a little too icy for anyone to sit outside.

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