Amongst the best places for skiing in North America, Whistler is a famed Canadian ski resort, and here is some essential information to help you plan an exhilarating winter getaway.
Location and Best Periods
This idyllic destination is set amidst British Columbia’s spellbinding Coast Mountains and is around two hours from Vancouver; it’s accessible via the Sea to Sky Highway and one can easily find hotels in Whistler BC too. Skiing is possible here from as early as November and December; January to April offers wonderful conditions, while you can even get in some late-season skiing in May.
Ideal accommodation options can be found in the village itself; these include hotels like Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, just a short walk from Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains gondolas; such properties are ideal for families too and offer some excellent early bird and long stay winter deals as well as a complimentary ski valet and equipment lockers amongst other convenient facilities and services.
Activities on the Slopes
With the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offering more than 3,307 hectares of skiable terrain and over 200 runs, it’s little wonder that skiing and snowboarding are so popular here. You can also enjoy snowmobile trips, while adrenaline junkies can try heli-skiing too. Apart from taking an unforgettable ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, the world’s longest continuous lift system, you can also try snowshoeing, tubing and dogsledding!
Other Things to Do
A ski trip here offers plenty more to experience as well; amongst the best things to do in Whistler is to spend time at a spa and give your tired muscles some pampering! For some cultural insights, visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, while art lovers can head to the Whistler Contemporary Gallery and the Fathom Stone Art Gallery. There are lots of restaurants, bars and cafes for some laidback dining as well.