Longing for colder climes? Whether you yearn for the slopes of Sapporo or the coffee houses of Vienna, all these cities have something in common - a crisp climate and (hopefully) plenty of snow. Host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and home to some of the best skiing terrains in North America, Whistler is buzzing all year long. With music and food festivals throughout the summer and 'X-treme' games competitions in the winter, there is plenty to keep you occupied both on and off the slopes. Eat Wine connoisseurs won't be able to resist dining at Araxi (4222 Village Square, tel: 1 604 932 4540), an award-winning restaurant with more than 12,000 bottles of Canadian and foreign wines on offer. For unrivalled northwest cuisine, foodies should head to the Bearfoot Bistro (4121 Village Green, tel: 1 604 932 3433), known for its innovative menu. Casual diners can lounge at the restaurant's Champagne Bar which also has a cigar and brandy room. Stay At the foot of Blackcomb Mountain is one of America's top ski resorts, the grandiose Fairmont Chateau Whistler (4599 Chateau Boulevard, tel: 1 604 938 8000). Those seeking a break from the piste can indulge at the hotel's Vida Wellness Spa, said to be the best in town. Nearby is the more intimate Four Seasons Resort Whistler (4591 Blackcomb Way, tel: 1 604 935 3400) which, despite its grand scale, still manages to feel like a boutique hotel. The spacious rooms and refined furnishing make for a truly elegant resort. Do Experienced skiers and snowboarders looking for a challenge can sign up for heli-skiing - off-trail, downhill skiing or snowboarding accessible only by helicopters instead of ski lifts. Whistler Heli Skiing (tel: 1 604 932 4105; www.whistlerheliskiing.com ) offers heli-adventures led by certified guides. When you're done on the slopes, canoe or kayak down the River of Golden Dreams on a Whistler Wetland tour of the scenic glacier river (tel: 1 604 935 5900; www.whistlerecotours.com ). Go Although there is never a bad time to go, the first snowfalls are in November.