Whistler is one of the world’s largest ski resorts. It is renowned for its incredible views and pristine skiing conditions. When the city hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, the world finally saw the stunning potential in the resort. Its lush, thick forests and intimidating mountain peaks were broadcast to millions. Thanks to this coverage it has now become one of the most visited ski resorts on the planet.
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The Peak2Peak Gondola
In 2008, Whistler installed the Peak2Peak gondola. It stretches across a deep valley and joined Whistler with Blackcomb. Skiers and snowboarders now have access to the best of both valleys. Thanks to this extension and the worldwide coverage, Whistler is now at the top of most skiers’ wish list. Read more about the perfect Whistler powder at http://alltracksacademy.com/skiing-whistler-canada/.
Naturally, anyone heading to Whistler will want to spend most of the day tearing up the slopes. Whistler/Blackcomb offers over 200 runs. That’s 8,000 acres open for skiing. The resort is a dream for beginners, intermediates and experts. There are tons of ski schools and one-to-one lessons available so you can get going immediately.
For the experts, the powder runs are notorious. You’ll find the best runs towards the top of the mountains on the Blackcomb glacier. For the really adventurous, take a hike up to Ruby’s Bowl. It’s a double diamond run and you are treated to the most incredible views on the way down.
Great For The Kids
Whistler has some of the best alternative activities for kids (or even the big kids). Thanks to the Winter Olympics, the resort has been transformed. The Olympic village now plays host to an amazing toboggan run and a tube park. If you’re unfamiliar with a tube park, I shall explain. You climb into a huge rubber tube and throw yourself down the mountain. Exhilarating and fun for all the family.
The apres ski options in Whistler are second to none. Waffles should be top of your list. Whistler is famous for them. They even have waffle huts on the slopes so you can stop for a cheeky snack mid-run. Whistler has bars and restaurants lining the streets as soon as you leave the slopes. You won’t have trouble finding the right place. Don’t be surprised if you’re trudging back to your chalet in full ski gear at midnight. It’s easy to get carried away!
Whistler has a truly unique atmosphere. It is the most European feeling resort of all the US and Canadian destinations. You could drift off and almost believe you are in France or Italy, skiing the Alps. Even after you’ve left the slopes, Whistler is the perfect resort. There are no cars in the main hub, making it a great place for pedestrians. Skiers often line the streets on an evening, chatting and recounting their perfect runs. It’s a sociable and friendly atmosphere both on and off the piste.
Whistler is a real gem, hidden up in the Canadian mountains. It’s a short trek from Vancouver and has everything you could want in a ski resort. The recent Winter Olympics means it has all the best facilities and catering. Yet, it retains all the charm and atmosphere of a much smaller, alpine resort. Plus the skiing is amongst the best in the world.