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Where The Celebrities Like To Play

It's a well known by the locals at the Whistler ski resort in Canada that Seal (yes the singer) can regularly be seen snowboarding on Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. And it's obvious the ski resort holds a special place in his heart. How do I know? Well, when it came time to propose to his now wife Heidi Klum (not a bad choice), he did it right here in the coastal mountains of British Columbia...

"I proposed on Dec. 23 at 14,000 feet in Whistler, B.C., in uncharted terrain on a glacier, in a natural snow cave, in an igloo built just for the moment." - SEAL
Update 2012: Unfortunately Seal and Heidi have called it quites. But hey, that doesn't mean that Whistler isn't still a great place for a romantic getaway.

Seal and Heidi Klum at Whistler MtSeal and Heidi spotted in Whistler Village
photo credit: macleans.ca

Here's what Heidi had to say about the special occasion...

Which begs the question...

Why would a superstar like Seal choose the Whistler ski resort in Canada over every other place in the world to propose to his bride to be?

Prince of Wales and his sons William and Harry on Whistler Mt chairliftPrince of Wales with Prince Harry and Prince William
riding a chairlift at Whistler ski resort in Canada
photo credit: travel.uk.msn.com

Well, if you have been to Whistler you know, and if not, I guess you will just have to visit for yourself to really understand why.

(And by the way, it's not just Seal and Heidi who come to Whistler Blackcomb to play. No less than the Prince of Wales and his two sons (I think their names are William and Harry) visited a few years ago to take in some of the resort's legendary skiing.)

Now, so far I haven't been lucky enough to spot Heidi or any princes on the slopes. (In fact many celebrities prefer skiing and snowboarding holidays because they can move about easier without being recognized.) But I did recently see an "up and coming" model on Whistler Mountain...

Our 7 year old son Callum!

Callum Boden catalogue pictureOur 7 Year Old Son Callum Modeling In The Boden Catalogue, Whistler Mt, April 2008

boden logoLast April the U.K. based clothing company "Boden" came to Whistler ski resort in Canada to shoot its Winter 2008/2009 kids catalogue. So when Callum (who does the occasional TV commercial and modeling jobs here in Vancouver) got the call to go to Whistler for the shoot, we decided to combine it with a family weekend getaway and get some late season skiing in as well.

April can be a great month to visit Whistler Blackcomb. It's not uncommon to get "mid-winter" skiing and snowboarding conditions in April making for some great days on the slopes. And because it is late in the season, there are many deals to be had around the resort, most notably big discounts on Whistler accommodations. After a quick look at the photo shoot you can see some of the pictures I took while skiing that weekend, as well as a look at the nice hotel we stayed in.

"Behind The Scenes" At The Boden Catalogue Photo Shoot: Whistler Ski Resort In Canada

Callum in his Boden clothes Whistler gondola mid station

Callum in one of the Boden outfits inside the
Whistler Mt gondola midstation, Whistler ski resort in Canada
Boden catalogue shoot behind the scenes

There was lots of waiting
around for the kids

Callum and friends Boden catalogue shoot Whistler BC Canada

Callum with some of the
other "models"

Jumping in the snow on Whistler Mt - Boden catalogue shootCallum On Whistler Mt. - Photo Taken From Mini-Boden Catalogue Winter 2008/2009

So while Callum was bringing home the bacon, Dad was catching some late season "springish" skiing on Whistler Mt. The day started out...

a little overcast at the base in Whistler Village...

Whistler Village Excalibur Gondola

with a little bit of snow falling at the top of the Whistler Mt Gondola, but...

Thomas beside Peak 2 Peak Gondola display on Whistler Mountain

the blue skies opened up near the top of the Emerald Chair to make for a great ski day.

Sun comes out at the Roundhouse Lodge Whistler Canada

The day reminded me of the old saying in Whistler...

"If you don't like the weather... just wait a minute!"

And it is so true. The weather can change from top to bottom, and minute to minute.

As you can see, the conditions were amazing.

After A Hard Days Work On Whistler Mountain...

Well, a hard days work for some of us. For others it was a hard days "play". Nonetheless, we needed a little R & R as booked into the Delta Whistler Village Suites in Whistler Village North.

Our hard working model grabbed...

A swim (you can enter the pool from indoors which is nice),

entering the pool from indoors at Delta Whistler BC outdoor photo of Delta Whistler pool in April

a hot tub and sauna,

Hot tub Delta Whistler BC Callum outside sauna health club Delta Whistler BC Canada

and took a trip to the Solarice Spa.

Solarice Spa Delta Village Suite Whistler

Alright, he skipped the spa, but it was conveniently located right in the lobby of the hotel.

To top of the day we stayed "close to home" and headed for Milestone's Restaurant which is located right in the Delta Whistler Hotel.

***Update 2011: Milestone's Restaurant has changed locations (now at the base of Blackcomb Mountain). The restaurant in the Delta is now an Elephant & Castle.

The family at Milestone's Whistler BC Canada

Milestone's is one of two restaurants (the other being Hy's Steakhouse) that are located right at the Delta.

All in all a great day at the Whistler ski resort in Canada. But hey, when you can get paid to ski Whistler Mt how can you go wrong? Now I'm off to talk to my son about my allowance ;)

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