Whistler Blackcomb, BC
Whistler Blackcomb is the biggest and most famous of all the North American ski resorts. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains that make up the resort offer some of the most varied and interesting skiing terrain anywhere in the world, and with the famous Peak 2 Peak gondola connecting the two you can now get anywhere in resort in just a few minutes opening up a whole new world of possibilities.
It all starts long before you even get to resort. The trip up the coast from Vancouver sets the scene perfectly. Your journey takes you along the "sea-to-sky" highway where you will see some of the most breathtaking scenery even before you hit the mountains.
Whistler is a year round resort with just as many visitors in summer as in winter, but that just means the whole town is bustling and busy all year round. Facilities in Whistler are all extensive, as is common in North American Ski Resorts and indeed offers one of the very few on mountain formal dining experiences in the fabulous Christine's.
Whistler enjoys a maritime climate all of it's own. The weather rolls in off the Pacific and Whistler is the first mountain range it comes to and it duly dumps it's load all over the resort with exciting frequency. Don't be put off it's raining at resort level, get your gear on quick because it's likely to be dumping at altitude.
The resort is also famous for being on the receiving end of some other interesting weather patterns at times that usually mean when it snowing on one mountain, it enjoys glorious sunshine on the other. When the weather sets in, you can jump on the Peak-2-Peak and be out skiing in fantastic blue skies in just over 11 minutes.
There are a few key interesting runs to have a go at on both mountains. On Blackcomb mountain, head up to the top of 7th Heaven for a vertical run of 1610m; towards Glacier Creek you will find the 41° Couloir Extreme but watch out for the moguls at the top if you are not a fan. On Whistler mountain head for the back bowls, but make sure you don't drop off the back side otherwise you'll be hiking for literally several days to get back to resort!!
Glorious food, lively nightlife and places of relaxation like nowhere else; it is impossible to not soak up the atmosphere of one of the most happening ski resorts you will ever experience. Yet remember, the popularity of Whistler Blackcomb can have its draw-backs, during the peak periods of the ski season, queues for ski lifts can be extremely tedious, especially around the Emerald Express lift; we recommend that you either go with a ski school or with a good concierge company in order to skip the common lines.
What You Need To Know
- The Peak2Peak - get one of the silver cars with the glass panel floor for some amazing views if you can
- Araxi - An awesome dining experience
- The back bowls on Whistler mountain offer laps of fresh pow
- The World Ski and Snowboard Festival - the end of season party is worth timing your trip to enjoy
What We Like
Araxi has been called the best restaurant in Canada and with good reason!
Incredible Skiing at the back bowls
Whistler Mountain’s bowls offer once in a lifetime skiing; each one has endless variations, with chutes and gullies of varied steepness and width. The Flute, Glacier, Whistler and West Bowls are where the real magic happens!
A visit to the Scandinave Spa
A hidden-away outside spa experience; feel the true calm and tranquillity of a range of spa treatments provided in the chilly winter air, with only the glorious mountain views to distract you from your relaxation process.