Located 121 kilometres north of Vancouver, is the famed ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb. It is the largest ski resort in Canada and North America, with an area 50% larger than its nearest competitor. It’s 200 plus ski runs vary from easy to expert, making it the perfect destination for visitors of all levels of expertise.
Whistler Blackcomb is known as one of the best ski resorts in the world. Its vibrant village atmosphere, entertainment venues and snow-capped natural beauty attract visitors from all over the world. The resort has one of the most skiable terrains in the Americas. First-time skiers can enrol in ski school or attempt to traverse one of the 35 easy runs. Intermediates have a choice of 110 exceptional ski runs, and proficient skiers have 35 difficult and 20 expert runs to choose from. Energetic adventurers with staying power will enjoy the resort’s longest runs, like the “Burnt Stew” and “Green Road”, which are a challenging 11 kilometres in length. Visitors can reach the summit of Whistler Mountain easily, as it is served by lifts, gondolas and high-speed chairlifts. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola connects Whistler Mountain with Blackcomb Mountain to the north, offering skiers the opportunity to enjoy ski runs on both peaks in one day. The mountain is home to 4 restaurants, a children’s ski school and hosts magnificent vistas of the snow laden peaks. Blackcomb is home to the world famous “Couloir Extreme” run, one of the world’s top ten steep in-bounds runs. Those preferring a day away from the slopes can enjoy Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The picturesque park is home 47 trails totalling over 250 kilometres for all skill levels. Après ski is a fun pastime in Whistler Blackcomb, where the village has a magical atmosphere with a multitude of restaurants, bars, shops, vibrant nightspots and entertainment venues to enjoy.
Getting around the resort is easy. The Village Stroll allows easy navigation and access to restaurants, shops, ski lifts and accommodation. There are also hiking and cycling trails between areas. Free seasonal shuttles connect popular parks and ski lifts with the resort. Taxi services are also available 24 hours a day.
The resort of Whistler was conceived as part of a bid for the 1968 Winter Olympics. Although the early resort failed to win the bid, it opened for the first time in 1966. By the mid-1990s Whistler Blackcomb had gained a reputation for being the best ski resort in North America. Today, over 2 million visitors from all over Canada and the rest of the world venture here, to experience the world-famous ski runs and sample the vibrant resort entertainment.