Whistler, British Columbia, can be summed up in two words: ski country! This is the place where the ski season is long, the powder is fresh, and skiers unite to blaze trails all over Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. With over 8,100 acres of beautiful skiable terrain, Whistler Blackcomb boasts the claim of largest ski resort in North America. Skiers and snowboarders alike love to take advantage of the 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, and over 200 ski trails.
“Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are a skier’s dream destination, the ultimate in big mountain experiences”. Whistler.com
Skiers have been coming from all over the world to Whistler since 1966. The resort has been the main attraction for the past 50 years. In 2010, when Vancouver, British Columbia, hosted the Winter Olympic Games, officials named Whistler the Host Mountain Resort. International athletes flocked to this little resort town to showcase their talents in hopes of a gold medal. The Whistler Mountain Inukshuk, a symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympics, stands tall as one of the many reminders of the snow sports competition, but also a reminder of the Inuit peoples who have lived there for centuries.
Visitors to Whistler are welcomed by vistas not seen elsewhere. By taking the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, visitors can experience the wide horizon views of both peaks, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. This record-setting gondola takes its passengers across a wide ravine, a journey lasting 11 minutes. Besides skiers and snow below, everyone is treated to the incredible beauty of glaciers, rainforests, and mountains.
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is just one example of what the resort has done over the years to keep expanding and improving. Here’s just a smattering of what’s new at Whistler Blackcomb this year:
- Upgrades to the grooming fleets including the new model 600 Pisten Bully Polar piste grooming cat
- $2.4 million invested in learning areas for new skiers
- Ollie’s Grilled Cheese stand will serve gourmet cheese sandwiches at Olympic Station
- Expanded patios at the Roundhouse Lodge and Garibaldi Lift Co.
“The resort’s ski area is one of the largest in the world, with some 8,000 acres of pistes and 1,610m of vertical. Running from mid-November until May, its season is long and snow-sure, with an incredibly reliable average snowfall of 12m.” Telegraph.co.uk
There’s a reason that this little corner of Canada welcomes so many visitors every year. Not only does Whistler have incredible skiing and snowboarding, but the whole resort was designed with visitors in mind. From the lovely walkways, restaurants, and gondolas, to the brilliant Whistler Village with all its shops, cafes, and pedestrian areas, it’s no wonder why tourists keep returning year after year.
One advantage Whistler has is its weather. With snow you can count on every season, outdoor enthusiasts delight to try out some of the more extreme snow sports. Some are brave enough to jump out of helicopters for some heli-skiing. Others will mount a snowmobile and take advantage of the tour guide’s expertise, exploring backcountry trails and old growth forests.
Dog sledding is a bit like stepping back in time—before there were snowmobiles. This sport is still hugely popular in the north. As one site says, it is “a uniquely Canadian way” to travel through the arctic forests. Arctic sled dogs are specially bred, and require a certain quality to handle the freezing temperatures and work as a team.
Fun in the snow also includes snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and ice skating. But for the really daring, there’s also ice climbing (ever climbed a glacier before?) and winter bungee jumping. Truly you are only limited by your imagination in this magical ski land. Want to fly over the skiers and forest below? There’s winter ziplining.
Want to see 360 degree views, with the sunset hitting the peaks at just the right angle? Hop on board the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. How about a breakfast feast before hitting the fresh powder before anyone else? The Fresh Tracks Mountain Top Breakfast has you covered. It’s as if someone thought of everything.
Even non-skiers find plenty to content themselves with in Whistler. Whether shopping, participating in events, visiting museums, scouting out the nightlife, or determining their favorite restaurants, visitors never run out of things to do in Whistler. And after all the day’s activities are over, there’s always après—the special “after” time when everyone hangs out at the pub, takes in the fire and ice show, or finds a chic nightspot for dancing and drinking. Ski country is not just for skiers anymore!
Where to Stay
Whistler Resorts is a collection of 16 condominium properties in Whistler, Canada, a charming village widely regarded as one of the world’s best skiing destinations. Among the 16 properties, you’ll find everything from studio units to four-bedroom condominiums ideally located near Whistler’s fantastic shops and restaurants. Whistler, which sits at the base of the scenic Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, offers travelers world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking and is the perfect location for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. Book your next Whistler vacation at Whistler Resorts and see for yourself what makes this Canadian mountain town special.