Whistler, British Columbia is Canada’s leading ski resort and it is easy to see why – it is North America's largest ski area, with 8,100 acres of terrain, and has an average annual snowfall of 11.9 metres, making it a haven for powder hounds. At the foot of the slopes lies a vibrant village with a wide range of lodging, as well as lively bars, excellent restaurants and a variety of great off-mountain activities.
The slopes span the two massive peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and are covered by an extensive lift system, which includes the awe-inspiring Peak2Peak Gondola connecting the two mountains.
Home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the resort has much to appeal to experts, but it is also definitely a resort which will excite all levels of skier and snowboarder. Up to 1,600 acres of the resort slopes are groomed each night making it a cruiser’s dream. Beginners and novices will find plenty of runs on which to progress and intermediates are spoilt for choice with dozens of wide blue trails. More advanced skiers and boarders can explore the challenging black diamond terrain and find thrills aplenty in the bowls, bumps and glades. Lovers of terrain parks and pipes are also in for a treat. If you want more, you can also go heli-skiing, but there is usually plenty of powder in the resort itself – the 2011-12 ski season saw nearly 14 metres of snowfall and included the snowiest March on record.
For a change of scene, try snowmobiling, snowtubing, snowshoeing or an exhilarating two-hour zipline adventure. For the Olympic lovers you can even visit the 2010 Sliding Center to test your mettle on a bob sleigh or skeleton ride. If you are looking for something more laid back, enjoy a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride or relax in one of the delightful spas. And these are just a few things the resort has to offer.
There is a huge choice of accommodation options, from comfortable, well-appointed apartments to gloriously luxurious hotels. By day, the resort’s pedestrianised village is packed with sports shops, chic stores and coffee bars. After dark the village hosts a lively mix of restaurants, bars and clubs. You can find everything from a relaxed family meal to an energetic après-ski dance-floor work out. For more information on all of Whistler's off the slope activities visit Frontier Ski.
Whistler is only a two-hour drive from Vancouver, on the stunning Sea to Sky Highway, and the city itself is also well worth a visit – lively shopping in colourful markets or high-end boutiques, plenty of entertainment and much more in this glorious ocean-side city.
Visit Whistler with Frontier Ski – the experts in holidays to Canada. Frontier Ski has a wide variety of lodging options available in Whistler and can tailor-make an itinerary to suit your needs, including rentals, lift tickets and ski tuition. Contact 020 8776 8709 or visit Frontier Ski.