From its size to its snowfall, everything about Whistler is superlative. Its 8,171 acres of rideable terrain spans two massive mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, which are connected by the highest and longest unsupported gondola in the world (the Peak to Peak). Other impressive statistics include a mile vertical on both mountains with runs as long as 7 miles, 3 glaciers, 12 alpine bowls and an average annual snowfall of 33 feet.
Another part of Whistler’s appeal is its proximity to Vancouver and many visitors choose to tag a few days in the city onto their skiing holiday. The two are connected by the Sea to Sky Highway which offers stunning views on the two and a half hour journey to or from the resort.
The riding is incredible and there’s an inexhaustible amount of terrain to suit all levels and preferences. If trees are your thing you’ll be in heaven as much of the mountain is shrouded by perfectly spaced trees, offering gladed terrain to suit all abilities.
If you prefer your pistes to be perfectly manicured then you won’t be disappointed either as they are immaculately groomed each day with boards to display the ones that have been left ‘au naturel’ for those who like a bit of rough. Riders who like to venture out of bounds are well catered for too and there are lots of easily accessible backcountry hiking routes. With plenty of powder filled bowls, steeps, cliffs and drops inbounds though, it’s easy to get the sense of riding backcountry without taking on the additional risks. For those who prefer freestyle to freeriding, Whistler has a massive 99 acres of freestyle terrain. There are five awesome parks (two on Whistler and three on Blackcomb) offering hundreds of jumps and features to suit every level of freestyler, and they’re all maintained to a world class standard.
The resort’s reputation for excellence extends to the village, or rather villages, which boast endless dining and entertainment options to suit every taste and budget. There are endless fine dining restaurants but some great value-for money options include 21 Steps and The Brewhouse.
Popular après spots include The Garibaldi Lift Co, The Longhorn and Merlins, and when you’re ready to move on, places like The Amsterdam Café and Buffalo Bill’s always have a great atmosphere later on. There are also five nightclubs if you want to continue the party. Tommy Africa’s is probably the best, with regular drum ‘n’ bass nights and big name DJs visiting from time to time. Just try not to get to bed too late because when the first lifts start in the morning, you’re going to want to be on them!Snowboarding in Whistler,