Whistler is a great place no matter where you stay. The Westin Hotel is a good choice. There is no better location in all of Whistler than the base of the gondola. The rooms are warm and spacious, the restaurants are top flight, and the service is timely and genuine. It's early in the season, so as excited as I was to make use of the thigh deep powder Mother Nature served up Dec. 17, a couple of hours on the slopes had this kid beat. ll I had to do was coast to the bottom of the hill and pour myself into the resort's hot tub. Not sure I would have been able to walk even a city block before that.