There are two types of people in the world: the ones who chase the sun and the ones who welcome the snow. If we’re being honest, we straddle the line between the two. Okay… if we’re being really honest, we often lean toward the warmer side. But then we see beautiful homes like these in Whistler, and we start to think that maybe (just maybe!) we can embrace the cold this season.

Beam Me Up

A cabin wouldn’t be a cabin without exposed wood beams and oversized timbers—the owners of this Whistler home know it and designer Mitchell Freedland knows it. “Those were sacred and weren’t going anywhere,” he says. They did, however, get a much-needed upgrade. Freedland’s team retoned the intense orange beams to a cooler taupey cognac; many of the beams and trunk posts were also reshaped by hand to contemporize the overall look. Step inside this beautiful Whistler home.

Photo: Martin Tessler

Piste de Résistance

This angular property in Whistler’s Kadenwood neighbourhood has everything you need for skiing and après-skiing. First and foremost, the development has its own gondola, connecting residents to the Creekside base area. And as if that wasn’t enough, the home also has a mudroom for storing and drying gear, a hot tub and a drink rail on the deck. When can we move in? See more of this BattersbyHowat-designed cabin.

Photo: Chris Rollett

Cabin Fever

The last thing designer Lynn Gentile wanted to do during the renovation of this circa 1979 Whistler home was lose its original charm, so she set about giving it a warm and “chunky” west coast vibe. A modern palette (lots of wood and white), wool carpets, cushy sofas and windows that offer views of the snow-covered forest—what more could you want from a cozy mountain retreat? Check out the rest of this chic log cabin.

Photo: Ema Peter

Vantage Point

A lot of people move to Whistler so they can be closer to the ski hills—but a house this gorgeous could definitely convince you to spend more time inside. Even so, you’ll still feel connected to the great outdoors here; Shelter Design and Lauren Ritz Design teamed up to give the homeowners views from almost every room. “When I walked up into it the first time, I was like ‘whoa,’” says designer Mark Simone. “You just can’t help it.” Explore the rest of this stunning Whistler home.

Photo: Ema Peter

Rock Solid

“I don’t know if we have a piece of drywall in the whole house,” says architect Walker McKinley of this spectacular Whistler ski chalet. The floor and ceiling are finished in white oak, while the walls are either made of glass or stone that was quarried from the property. In other words: it fits right into its natural surroundings. See more of this ski-in, ski-out vacation home.

Peak Season

What do you get when one half of a DOTY-winning architecture firm decides to build his own cabin? A sleek and sophisticated all-season getaway—one that’s way, way outside the ski resort norm. Measured Architecture’s Piers Cunnington and his wife didn’t want their home to have the peaked-roof alpine aesthetic that dominates the area. Instead, they opted for an exterior with a flat roof and powder-coated metal cladding. (The inside’s pretty gorgeous, too.) Tour this slick Whistler cabin.

Go Big

Designer Robert Bailey was originally only asked to renovate the kitchen in this 1980s Whistler home. But once he got started, the owners didn’t want to see him stop. Everything was eventually stripped down to the studs so Bailey could transform a “very partitioned and very dowdy” cabin into a warm and inviting chalet. Check out the rest of this amazing reno.