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A globe-trotting Mexican family fashions their ideal retreat in B.C.s ski mecca.
Gabrielle Weber was born in Zurich and spent much of her childhood skiing the Swiss Alps, but when she and her husband, film producer and photographer Iván Echeverría, went searching for a mountain retreat of their own, they decided on a more accessible locale: a 3,800-square-foot cabin in Whistler. “It’s too far to go to Switzerland every time I want to ski,” deadpans Weber.
Weber met the Mexico City-native Echeverría during a black-and-white photography exhibit in his home city, and the two quickly became an item. Weber moved to the coastal Mexican community of San Pancho, Nayarit, an hour north of Puerto Vallarta—where Echeverría had a home—and, in 1998, the couple opened La Patrona Polo and Equestrian Club. They still run the acclaimed club (it’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal) and spend most of the high season there. But when the heat soars and rains come, the couple takes to the road.
During a family ski vacation to Whistler almost four years ago, the pair found a European-style cabin in the secluded Bayshores neighbourhood—though it needed some work. A realtor connected them with Lynn Gentile, principal of Cabin Fever Interiors, to help the couple update the mid-’90s interiors.
“The great thing about Gaby is that she is very open and very appreciative of the design industry,” says Gentile, who moved to Whistler in 1996 after working for Yabu Pushelberg in Toronto. “They let us do our thing. We morphed the spaces and made it into more of a family home.”
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