Went to Whistler with the kids last Christmas. It is undoubtedly the best ski resort in the world. There were 7m of snow in the first 5wks of the season last year. Most mornings we'd wake up to 30cm of fresh powder. Our kids, 8 & 6 at the time, did Adventure camp. We dropped them at 0830 every morning and collected them at 4. There is a purpose built kids-only centre half way up Whistler Mountain, where they have lunch, snacks, hot chocolates etc. There's indoor soft-play there, where they warm up, dry off. There's also a huge adventure playground designed for kids wearing ski-boots, where they get taken by their instructors when a break from skiing is needed. All kids wear a GPS tracker, so parents can find them at any time and parents also receive an email when the tracker is put back in the charger, detailing the child's movements, speeds, favourite runs etc. All instructors are either Canadian, Australian or Kiwi, and they're all enthusiastic and really kind to the kids. I can't think of anything they could do better. I realise all this is a bit advanced for your 20mth-old but hopefully things you will get to experience on return visits.
When we arrived in Whistler we had already been on the west coast for 10 days so jet lag was not a problem, but expect horrendous jet lag when you arrive. Friends of ours have been going to Whistler every year for 10yrs. They have got it down to a fine art. Get off the plane at Vancouver, push your airport trolley out the doors of the terminal building, turn left and walk a few hundred metres to the Fairmont Hotel at Vancouver airport. Go straight to bed and when you wake up early (and you will) jump on the bus to Whistler, which actually stops outside your hotel doors. All bookable via the Whistler Blackcomb website (from memory there's a freephone number from the UK and they are unbelievably happy to help you) It's about 2-2.5hrs from the airport to Whistler as you have to work your way out through the city first (Vancouver is beautiful, so it's great to see it in daylight) You'll get to Whistler in time to get all your gear and have a day's skiing. If you're only there for 10 days, stay on an early schedule, get up early, have a nice breakfast out, get the first lift and then finish early and have an early dinner. That way the time difference won't hurt as much. There are plenty of people out having supper at 5, who are then in bed by 7.
Another top tip is rent everything there. All the kit in the rental shops is top quality and bought new every season. At the last minute I decided to leave my ski-boots at home and I am so glad I did. I got to choose from several brand new, unworn boots, all much better than my own, although this was all near the start of the season. Keep an eye on the Whistler/Blackcomb website which will show offers with all the rental shops. You will LOVE Whistler. The Canadians are the nicest, happiest, friendliest people on earth. The only downside is that it will be tough to ski in Europe afterwards. x
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