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
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
Re-reading all that, we might just upgrade Whistler to best
resort in the world status.
Paul Morrison/Whistler Blackcomb photos:
Brian Finestone/Whistler Blackcomb photo: 16
David McColm/Whistler Blackcomb photos: 6,7
Justa Jeskova/Whistler Blackcomb photos: 4,10,14
Andrew Doran/Whistler Blackcomb photo: 18
Neil Brown/Whistler Blackcomb photo: 17
Robin O'Neill/Whistler Blackcomb photo: 2