Whistler is one of the top ski resorts in Canada and with very good reason - attracting skiers of all levels throughout the season.
There are two mountains - Whistler and Blackcomb - linked by the amazing Peak2Peak gondola, which is worth a ride for the spectacular views alone, even if you aren't a skier or snowboarder.
The combined resorts are made up of a massive 8,100 acres of snow heaven, with three glaciers, 16 alpine bowls, some fab terrain parks and about 200 pistes to choose from.
Beginners are not restricted to the lower slopes, which gives a great sense of achievement early on. Try the Burnt Stew trail from Harmony Express for starters, whilst there's also a Children's Learning Area at Olympic Station and the Green Acres Family zone off the Emerald Express.
There's so much for the intermediate level skier that you could visit for several years and still not do everything. The Symphony bowl is wonderful, Harmony Ridge is an all-time magical experience - or how about The Saddle for a bit more of a challenge? Then Blackcomb glacier is a great off-piste adventure.
For experts, Spanky's Ladder on Blackcomb is a must do, whilst Couloir Extreme has been rated in the world's top ten steepest runs. Then there's the Dave Murray Downhill, used for World Cup racing, and Franz's Run - which was host to the Women's Downhill for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
With plenty for snowboarders as well, Whistler is the perfect all-rounder.
Off Piste Skiing in Whistler
There is no shortage of options when it comes to off-piste skiing in Whistler, with a huge array of classic trails that are universally popular with locals and those visiting from further afield.
Arguably the best way to explore areas like Million Dollar Ridge and Kyber's Pass is with the assistance of a guide who can show you the best places to go.
Family Skiing in Whistler
Whistler is ideal for a family holiday in the snow, with the excellent ski school helping youngsters learn the ropes and a wide range of family friendly accommodation being available.
A special family zone also includes a range of activities to suit all ages.
Apres-Ski in Whistler
Whistler Village is a great place to hang out, reflected in the range of eateries available for every taste under the sun.
It's hard to pick out one restaurant over another but here's an insider guide - great breakfasts at Elements and Stonesedge. For lunch, you'll probably be on the slopes - the Chickpea is good, the waffles at Crystal Hut are to die for and Raven's Nest does the most fabulous vegetarian and vegan food (kind of unusual to be able to eat healthily on the hill).
In the evening, the choice is yours from 21 Steps to the Mongolie Grill, or, if you're into fine dining, there's the Rimrock and Araxi, or, a little out of town, Nita Lake Lodge has a fabulous restaurant.
If you want to party then Whistler is geared up for that - but has quiet corners too, so families and tired people can get an early night too.
Non-Skiing Activities in Whistler
When it comes to other activities, the list in Whistler is pretty much endless - and features something for everyone.
Winter ziplining, dog sledding, tube park, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating, ice climbing, winter bungee jumping, tree top adventures, hockey tours, eagle viewing, ice fishing, bobsleigh, skeleton and Olympic tours all feature amongst the options you might want to consider when taking a break from the slopes.
There are also major brand shops as well as some quirky independents, open late in the evenings for those who enjoy a touch of retail therapy.
Gary's Little Gems in Whistler
Simply the best ski area in North America with great skiing for all levels of ability, great night life and some high quality ski-in ski-out accommodation. Try the Men's Olympic downhill run from top to bottom and see if you can ski it without stopping. The World Cup skiers do it under 2 minutes - if you can get to 10 minutes, you are doing well. The new Peak2Peak gondola has to be tried and is sure to take your breath away.
Accommodations in Whistler
- Resort Altitude: 675 m
- Highest Lift: 2284 m
- Total Piste: 216 km
- Longest Run: 11 km
- Directions of Slopes: N, SW, W, NW
- Uphill Capacity: 59,007
- Gondolas/Cable cars: 4
- Chairlifts: 18
- Drag Lifts: 12
- Snow Parks: 4
- Good for Families
- Good for Non-skiers
- Lively Après Ski
- High Altitude
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