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A short journey up the 'Sea-to-Sky Highway' from Vancouver, Whistler is British Columbia's (and arguably North America's) leading winter resort. Whistler was a major venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics but, in keeping with many of North America's finest, summer also sees Whistler throw off the winter-wear and blossom as a playground for hikers and bikers.

To the skiing first. On the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb there are groomed runs for every standard of skier - more than one could cover in a week - plus tree runs, steep couloirs and superb backcountry (North American speak for off-piste) experiences in areas such as the Flute Bowl. Snowboarders are also well catered for, with well-maintained parks, half-pipes (one floodlit) and some excellent free-riding.

Whistler also makes an excellent family ski destination, and beginners are in the safe hands of the international ski school. The good news is that we know Whistler inside and out, and appreciate that this is less a ski resort and more of an all-round winter playground, with all kinds of activities on offer. We can arrange snowmobile adventures and heli-skiing or, for more peaceful pursuits, guided snowshoeing tours and cross-country skiing along trails through breath-taking alpine scenery.

Come summer, the scenery is no less breath-taking, but the activities on offer are - unsurprisingly - a little different. Whistler's many mountain lakes mean visitors can lie on the beach, fish or explore by kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard. The main events, however, are the fabulous and extensive networks of hiking and biking trails through the beautiful mountain scenery. Use the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK gondola system to zip between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and enjoy 30 miles of well-maintained trekking trails. Alternatively, bikers should head downhill to the valley between the peaks on the paved valley trail, or take on the famous network of routes through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Golfers can also take their pick from four local courses.

Whatever the season, after all these exertions you'll have earned drinks and dinner, and Whistler has some excellent restaurants and bars, both on and off the mountain. Enjoy everything from world class Italian and fancy French cuisine to sizzling steaks and succulent seafood at some of Canada's finest eateries, and for après-ski or après-bike/hike the town offers everything from cocktail bars to pubs and clubs featuring international DJs.

Re-reading all that, we might just upgrade Whistler to best resort in the world status.

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Whistler Village at Dusk
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Wind Down In Whistler Town

Free your feet from the ski boots and treat yourself to a stroll around Whistler town. This quaint mountain town is filled with numerous bars to match its party reputation, as well as a scattering of lavish restaurants and chic boutiques that are well worth exploring. End your day listening to live music in Mallard Lounge while sipping on a unique cocktail made with honey from the hotel's rooftop bees.

View from Whistler Mountain
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Conquer The Mountains

Spot bears roaming the mountainside as you soar between Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains in the World Record-breaking 'Peak 2 Peak Gondola'. The ride boasts unbeatable panoramic views of this ever changing landscape complete with volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests and ancient glaciers. For those who dare, venture higher up to Whistler Peak where you can traverse the Cloudraker Skybridge to the Raven's Eye which is suspended a whopping 7,156ft above the ground.

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Zipline Whistler's Backcountry

For an adrenaline pumping way of taking in the dramatic views of Whistler backcountry, speed across four ziplines that criss-cross between woodland trails and boardwalks. With room for two on the ziplines you can ride side-by-side with friends or family, and snap plenty of mid-flight photos against the envious backdrop. Take a seat, buckle up and prepare for an unforgettable sky-high adventure.

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All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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