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Our Team: Melanie Zikatano

Our Team: Melanie Zikatano

We decided to turn the tables this time around and interview the person who normally interviews everyone else! Meet Melanie, she’s the one who has been operating the tours while running the blog and our social media! The office will miss your awesome sense of humour, one-of-a-kind jokes and country music playlists! We wish you all the best in your studies and career 🙂

 

How long have you been working with Whistler Tasting Tours?

I started my internship in April so I’ve been here for about 9 months of fun!

 

What’s your favourite place to have brunch in the Village?

Elements for sure. It’s such a great little spot we feature on a few of our tours and their brunch is mouthwatering. Their baked frittatas are my personal favourite and sometimes they serve shot glasses of their daily house made juice along with their meals, which is such a great little treat!

 

Describe the perfect night out with your girlfriends:

I’d start with a soak in the outdoor hot tubs at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (hopefully after a day of skiing) prior to getting ready. Then we’d go out to dinner either at Quattro for an incredible Italian meal accompanied with their signature side Quattro pasta or Pizzeria Antico for their delicious wood-fired pizzas and fun décor. Following, we’d probably stop at The Warehouse for a drink because of their fun atmosphere and great music. Or if we were feeling generous and wanted some dessert we’d absolutely go to Caramba! for their apple tart, which is one of my favourite desserts in the world. Finishing off the night with a trip to Buffalo Bills or Moe Joe’s for some dancing and mingling with the fun locals/visitors.

 

What is unique about Whistler during the summer vs. Whistler during the winter?

Winter is definitely the busiest season for Whistler. Skiing and snowboarding consumes the Village in the best way possible and everyone spends as much time as they can on the slopes enjoying the fresh pow. The après culture is also incomparable to anywhere else in the world and when you go out at night, more often than not you’ll see people still in their goggles and toques as well as a lot of plaid (which is not a bad thing)! The summer seems to be more of a relaxation getaway. Although there is a big mountain biking scene, lots of people come up just to get out of town or party with the locals. Crankworx also brings in a huge crowd in August that transforms Whistler into a giant party and is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on!

 

What has been your favourite thing about working with Whistler Tasting Tours?

I’m quite convinced that I work with the coolest people in the world. The local guides and office team are some of the kindest humans you will ever come across that will always keep you smiling. In the office, my bosses Skai and Joe are also the most supportive and hilarious people out there. There is always an endless supply of jokes when you’re working!

 

Any advice you can give to students planning a weekend trip to Whistler?

Definitely find your accommodation in advance as hotels can sell out pretty quickly (Airbnb is also a great resource). Everyone in Whistler is also super friendly so go out of your way to meet as many people as you can as they may show you a side to Whis you’d never have found on your own!

 

What is your favourite place to have a cocktail?

Becky was right when she said the Caesars at Handlebar are pretty darn good. Stonesedge Kitchen also has an impressive drink menu and amazing patio to enjoy them on during the summer.

 

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I’m the current Chapter President of Delta Gamma at UBC. I’m sure all my colleagues have learned more than needed about how sororities operate but I know they’ll miss seeing all the anchors and Greek letters around my desk!

 

 

 

Posted by: Emily Tsai

 

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