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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


Winter 2015/16 saw the 50th Anniversary of Whistler Blackcomb, a renowned ski and summer resort in British Columbia. The resort first opened for skiing in the winter of 1966. It was one of the first resorts to allow snowboarders and entered the Guinness World Records with the construction of the Peak 2 Peak gondola which opened in 2008 linking the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb to create a huge interconnected ski area to rival Europe.

In 2010 Whistler achieved the accolade of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The TV coverage broadcast to the world, highlighted just how pretty, scenic and varied the region is with its jagged peaks, enticing glaciers and BIG beautiful forests.

Boasting dramatic mountain scenery and a lively apres ski scene, Whistler, is much more European in flavour than many North American resorts. Twenty years ago, it was more of a locals mountain than the World Class resort it is now. But even though it has grown, what made it so special then, such as sniffle stations, Belgian waffles on the mountain, pitchers of margaritas in resort, happy hours and the sort of powder that makes you jump for joy, remain.Kids can also ski free per adult ski pass.

Whistlers 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 enjoys an incredibly reliable average snowfall of over 12 metres.Beginners, intermediates and experts are well catered for in wonderful Whistler, though we do recommend getting a guide to get the best out of the area, at least for a day.Fresh Tracks is also a novel way to eat breakfast on the mountain and be first to hit the slopes.

Well designed, the pedestrianised Whistler Village with its welcoming and friendly feel make it pleasant to meander around, break for a cappuccino or beer and window shop at the ever increasing number of boutiques and shops, offering everything from home furnishings to designer art.

Whistler is more cosmopolitan than many alpine resorts and a great destination even for non skiers, with a strong selection of spas, bars, restaurants and family activities on offer. Check out the Spa options or take a scenic helicopter ride around the area or a tour from one of the specialist transfer companies. There is also plenty of live music and concerts throughout the season.

As well as worldwide recognition, the Winter Olympics also brought millions of dollars worth of expansion and improvements to both the town and the slopes and two new high-speed chairs opened last season which helps ensure there are few queues.

For UK visitors the exchange rate, lift pass offers and some inexpensive flight options with Air Transat make Whistler an affordable destination, summer or winter.Accommodation is plentiful and suits almost any budget from 3 to 5 star, hotels and condos to private homes and catered chalets.Many offer ski in ski out options too.Yes Whistler is a long way but almost everyone agrees its worth the long haul for a 7 to 14 night stay, or longer and we strongly recommend a night or too in fabulous Vancouver as well.


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