Now part of Vail Resorts group, Whistler Blackcomb combines the superb terrain of two mountains to make it Canada’s premier ski resort and the largest winter sports area in North America. The combined skiable terrain offers more than 200 runs accessed by 37 lifts. One of these, the three-kilometer-plus PEAK 2 PEAK gondola joins the two mountaintops and is the world’s longest unsupported lift span.
These outstanding technical facilities paired with the variety of terrain — wide-open bowls on Whistler Mountain and the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb (where you can ski year-round) — and world-class grooming keep Whistler a favorite for serious skiers.
Whistler Blackcomb is also a favorite of freestyle skiers and boarders. Five diverse parks covering 99 acres of snow are designed for all levels of freestyle, from easy jumps and rails to the Nintendo Terrain Park and an Olympic-sized pipe. The pros train here, but the wide variety makes this a good place to learn the basics.
Incomparable views that stretch to the Pacific Ocean, plenty of terrain for all skill levels, and a charming full-service resort village right at the base make it an equally good choice for families and casual skiers. There’s enough snow and mountain to go around, and it’s just a two-hour drive from Vancouver.
Whistler is just one of several outstanding ski resorts in British Columbia. Many of these are located in the interior of the province but are still easy to reach from Vancouver, either by car or a short flight.
Official site: www.whistlerblackcomb.com