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Surviving the shoulder season

Seven steps to fighting the doldrums and courting chaos

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"I find stepping out of your comfort zone is an incredibly positive thing," says Kyle, who credits his time spent behind the lens for piquing his interest in boudoir. "I like to show people that, who they really are [is] actually pretty beautiful. . . I want to express the idea [of] who we are naturally, with these 'blemishes' [as] unique, and tell a tale sorta' to speak."

Drop by the Love Nest for the frills. Remember, pictures are worth at least two txts.

Step Five: Eat Something Snazzy

May is the month of Dine-In Whistler, with a staggering 29 restaurants offering a variety of prix fixe menus between $19 and $49. For the most part, this is nearly cheaper than buying healthy, fresh food here in Whistler, and with high-end kitchens such as the Bearfoot Bistro and the Rimrock offering $49 all-inclusive selections, this is the time to gorge with gastronomic delight without completely emptying out the pocketbook. Many restaurants in Whistler are now offering '80s pricing (Kypriaki Norte) or half off specials (Mongolie Grill) — indeed, do check the Pique pages for listings. Getting through the seasonal slump is indeed easier if you can eat all you want at Nagomi Sushi for $30, or add to the legendary status of Sushi Village's tatami rooms with a $19 throw-down.

This year, Araxi is celebrating its 30th anniversary here in Whistler — that's right, the cornerstone fine dining of Village Square has been kicking it since they built the stroll in 1982. I was four; I remember it well.

To the credit of Executive Chef James Walt sophisticated tastes, Araxi is offering a five-course menu for the aforementioned dirty-thirty special. He plans to change it up every two weeks, sourcing mainly organic ingredients from local farmers in the Sea-to-Sky corridor and the Pacific northwest. Many of his dishes, he notes, conform to a 100-mile diet (the only ingredient that cannot be found locally is salt).

With the savings on a menu that, if it were to be priced properly, would touch $79, this is an exceptional time to dress up swank and claim the playboy title — which is to say, talk to Araxi's restaurant director, Neil Henderson, and try his suggested wine pairings from Samantha Rahn's cellar selection. This might give a clue as to why Araxi scooped Best in Whistler from Vancouver Magazine for nearly the twelfth year running (Silver went to the Bearfoot; Bronze to Aura at Nita Lake Lodge).*