Whistler – Canada
Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most well known ski resorts in the entire world. Each winter more and more British skiers are choosing Whistler Blackcomb over closer European resorts. Why would you pay for the extra flight, burn up those carbon credits and face the crowds at 8.30am? The snow. Quite simply the snow record of the Pacific Northwest, and in Whistler, is on level unprecedented in Europe. Add that to a fully developed resort town with all the services and activities you could ever dream of and a service attitude that puts Europe to shame and you begin to get the picture.
Skiing from November to June
The ski season in Whistler Blackcomb is one of the longest in the world. Typically the mountains will open in mid-November with riding all the way through until the end of May. Then in the summer Blackcomb re-opens for a spot of summer glacier riding.
High quality instruction
Expert skiers will love the extent of the terrain on offer, novices will be equally impressed with the high standard of instruction in English, and snowboarders will be only too aware of the Blackcomb Nintendo terrain parks.
Whistler village is for people not cars!
Whistler Village is the central point and home to most restaurants and shops whilst Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is quieter and home to plenty of exclusive hotels. The pedestrian-only village bustles all winter long and is particularly magical over the festive season.
What's new in Whistler for 2010/2011
Following on from the hosting of the Olympic Games in 2010, there are some great new facilities in Whistler which visitors can benefit from. See what's new for Whistler 2010/11 season...
- Skiing the 'Peak to Creek'; a 5020ft vertical drop through seven kilometers of varying terrain.
- Take the family to the Blackcomb Tube Park and you'll all have a blast
- If you have the guts go for the glory - the Ziptrek line is a thrilling ride.
- Exploring Blackcomb Mountain on Canada's favourite winter invention, the snowmobile.
- Feasting on local delicacies at Araxi, the Rimrock Cafe or Bearfoot Bistro.
We talked to Afton Edington of Tourism Whistler at the Ski and Snowboard Show, London 2014. She tells us all about what's new in Whistler and why it's such a great place to ski.
Posted by Rob Freeman on 20th April 2015
Getting to meet people and hearing about their lives - that's one of the main differences between skiing in North America and skiing in Europe. On chairlifts, in mountain restaurants or apres-ski bars - in Europe it's often a curt nod and no more, but in Canada or America you strike up conversations.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||675 ft|
|Highest lift||2285 ft|
|Lowest lift||650 ft|
|Acres of piste||216 acres|
|Number of lifts||38|
|Lift pass price||From CAD$412 / 6 days|
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