Sunday, May 20, 2012

Beyond Luxury at Whistler

How about a ski house in which a chairlift cable is wrapped around the heart of the house?  Here it is!  The Ski House of the Day is this luxury home in Whistler.  The house is high on the mountain, close to the ski slopes, and also just a few minutes to the village.  The 5,000+ sq.ft. home is a magnificent stone and log structure steeped in native and mystical folklore...and is absolutely breathtaking:

The gorgeous views can be seen from the numerous soaring windows as well as from the multiple balconies and terraces.  Throughout the house are massive, hand-picked, ancient cedar logs:

Check out this fantastic bathroom where you can gaze at the fireplace or out the window at the mountains:

The heart of the house is a centrally located massive 50-foot high ancient cedar pole around which the magnificent spiral wooden staircase is built:

But...take a closer look at that banister spiraling around the staircase -- it is actually made from one of Whistler's original chairlift cables:

...what an amazing piece of Whistler ski heritage built right into the heart of this ski house!

By the way, this house is on the market (originally listed for $14.9 million, it's been reduced to $9.75 million), and is also available as a rental.

As for apres-ski?  There's an incredible choice between wine cellar, pool and hot tub!
(I could find room for a few bottles of Castle Creek's Kid Red in here!):

The indoor pool is amazing...the totems (each representing a direction of the Salish Medicine Wheel) surrounding this unbelievable 30-ft. pool are all hand-carved by a local Native carver:

And this back-to-nature outdoor hot tub, built right into the heated stone terrace, is truly something special:

All this at a place where the ski season is so long (Whistler is still open...until May 28th).  How is there possibly enough time in the day for all skiing?

I think this house is really spectacular...beautiful and luxurious.  But the fact that this house also has a tangible connection to skiing, and also has a tangible as well as spiritual connection to nature-- give this house a soul -- and that takes it beyond luxury to make it a truly special ski house!

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