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  Resort Information
Season Nov-May
Nearest Airport Vanvouver
Ski Area 620km
Ski Lifts 46
Ski Runs 245
Longest Run 11km
Resort Height 2200ft
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 5 / 5
Experts 5 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 5 / 5

 

Located some 2 hours easy scenic drive from the picturesque city of Vancouver, we have Whistler. Host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler offers a massive ski area, all interlinked, which rivals anything in Europe. Coupled with the large, vibrant, and convenient  town,  Whistler should be firmly on your list for ski holidays. It offers over 600km of connected slopes, with most runs meeting at the village base. Creekside is the newer expanding area which connects with  Whistler mountain and is generally a lot quieter than the main village, so ideal for families.

We firmly believe Whistler deserves all its hype and its another classy resort for all abilities, with advanced skiers finding enough vertical terrain to keep them occupied for much more than 2 weeks. Beginners will also revel in the atmosphere and gentle beginners area and the fact that you rarely need to walk very far in all the cumbersome ski equipment. Its a well thought out, well planned ski area, now enhanced by a new  jaw dropping “skyway” connecting Whistler mountain to Blackcomb mountain, half way up the mountain. The centre itself is traffic free and surprisingly tasteful for a purpose built resort. There are lots of slopeside apartments and hotels, converging around pedestrian streets and squares, enhancing the unique atmosphere. There are a significant number of bars and restaurants, all offering  reasonable prices, by European standards, with many being extremely lively after the lifts have closed. Garibaldi, Blacks, The Duhblinn Gate, La Brasserie, Garfinkels and the Savage Beagle  are but a few we like, but there are many more, offering après ski par excellence, that only Austria can surpass.

The snow record of Whistler is excellent and it offers an unrivalled combination of high open bowls and woodland trails. The Gondola or fast quad takes you up from the base of Whistler Mountain to Roundhouse Lodge where you can see the magnificent ski area above the tree line bowls, again served by fast quads. Much of the terrain here is for better skiers, but there are plenty of blue cruisers for the intermediates. Over on Blackcomb Mountain, the Gondola whisks you up to half way. Fast quad lifts take you to the other parts, interconnecting with lifts on the far left of the mountain such as the Wizard lift. The significant vertical drop means you have long runs even by European standards, with top to bottom runs being 11km, with one run, Peak to Creek, offering seats for you to stop down this thigh burning run. Lots of blue cruising runs and you also have access to Horstman and Blackcomb Glaciers with scenic runs taking you away from all lifts. Try the Dave Murray Olympic Run and trace the ski steps of the Olympic skiers, at a more sedate pace. Blackcomb will seriously enhance your confidence on the many runs, which are never crowded, compared to Europe.

Get up early and do "Fresh Tracks" which enables you to be first on the mountain. Given an overnight snowfall, you will think you have died and gone to heaven!!After a quick breakfast, its so exhilarating having the mountains to yourself for nearly an hour.. Snowboarders are welcome and will revel in the terrain. Experts will gasp at the significant number of steep, chutes and bowls. Intermediates will marvel at the huge number of blue and black runs and beginners will just have fun and improve beyond all recognition. Ski Whistler....the resort for all reasons...for all abilities, but once you have skied Whistler at its best, you will be seriously spoiled.Go and try it soon.

 

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