Apparels at CAN-SKI, Whistler, Canada - Courtesy Graham Winslet


With stores at the base of Blackcomb, Whistler Village and Creekside, CAN-SKI is your one-stop shopping for skis, snowboards, and winter gear and clothing. The top winter sportswear designers they carry include Salomon, Descente, Spyder, Bogner, The North Face and Arc’teryx. CAN-SKI also has test centers atop Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, where you can demo skis, usually for free. If you like the pair you tried, you’ll get a discount to buy the same skis from CAN-SKI in their stores. There are additional stores at 4154 Village Green and 2051 Lake Placid Road.


Some of the Italian designs here are more intricate than what you’d normally wear in the mountains, but in Whistler folks do like to don something other than fleece in the evening.

Escape Route

From full-on mountaineering and backpacking supplies to critical backcountry skiing items like avalanche beacons and airbag backpacks, you will find everything you need to enjoy Canada’s untamed mountains safely here. In addition to snowshoes, skis designed for off-piste conditions, and even ice axes, Escape Route carries Whistler’s most extensive supply of durable winter sportswear by the Vancouver-based company Arc’teryx.

Exterior View - Fanatyk Co, Whistler, Canada

Fanatyk Co.

Founded nearly two decades ago by serious outdoor fanatics, Fanatyk Co. is the place to go for ultra high performance ski gear and the best ski boot fitters. Although extreme skiers head to Fanatyk Co. for their ultra-wide powder skis, helmets and spine protectors, advanced-intermediate and expert skiers will also find a thoughtful selection of skis and boots here, and very friendly and knowledgeable staff to help guide their buying decisions. You can also drop your skis off here to get tuned. In late spring, Fanatyk Co. switches gears and becomes the prime location for hardcore mountain biking, selling suspension bikes and body armor.

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Interiors at Open Country, Whistler, Canada

Open Country

Located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Open Country is the place for top-quality fashion . You’ll find chic sweaters, jackets and footwear for men and women, as well stylish accessories, from international and Canadian designers.

Ruby Tuesday Accessories

Ruby Tuesday carries jewelry, wallets and purses by independent and local artists. Treat yourself to a new pendant necklace or bring some earrings back to a friend at home.


Located inside the Pan Pacific Mountainside, right at the base of the Whistler Mountain, this is the most convenient place to rent ski gear. You can also try on some sleek helmets or splurge on a new ski outfit.

Interiors at Showcase Snowboard Surf & Skate Shop, Whistler, Canada

Showcase Snowboard Surf & Skate Shop

The first shop in Whistler dedicated solely to snowboarding, Showcase made its mark fifteen years ago with Go-Go dancers, wrestling matches and anything else that would set it apart from the shops that catered to skiers. Today, Showcase is still the place to find the widest selection of snowboards and snowboard wear.


Snowflake specializes in cashmere and fur. While some of the apparel can be rather fussy, simpler creations like the solid cashmere shawls with fur trim are striking. Snowflake claims its fur coats, shawls, hats and vests are all made in Canada, only of the highest quality and never from endangered species.  Snowflake further points out that natural fur is a renewable, biodegradable resource, unlike many synthetic furs.

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