North America

Two million people Whistler a happy tune!

Crowds of people walk through the village during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games | Photo credit: Tourism BC/Kevin Arnold

Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and luxuriating amongst the magnificent surroundings.

Whistler, and the primary ski hills at Whistler-Blackcomb, are award winners and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. And of course, During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler hosted most of the alpine, Nordic, luge, skeleton, and bobsled events.

Whistler is a Canadian resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the province of British Columbia, approximately 125 kilometres (two hours) north of Vancouver. Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is Canada’s premier, year-round destination.

Consistently ranked the Number One mountain resort in North America, Whistler features two majestic mountains, epic skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, more than 200 shops, 90 restaurants and bars, accommodation galore, hiking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world.

In the early 1960’s Whistler was first envisioned as a ski resort, and in 1975 it became the first, “Resort Municipality” in Canada.

Whistler is more than just world-class skiing; it’s setting in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains offers visitors a wide variety of both winter and summer activities. Year-round, this cosmopolitan Village (Population is some 9,000 residents) also provides an almost endless choice in dining, shopping and nightlife.

The town sprawls throughout the valley, but the heart of the Whistler experience features European-style villages built around the base of the gondolas. Most of the accommodation, restaurants, lounges, shops and the Blackcomb and Whistler gondolas are in Whistler Village and the Upper Village, at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb.

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort | Photo credit: Tourism BC/Randy Lincks

From sushi in the Creek or Village, fondue dipping before sleigh rides and late night indulgence at one of the martini bars, Whistler has it. With over 90 restaurants within Whistler’s pedestrian Village, Whistler provides visitors some of the best dining and nightlife in B.C.

Whistler broke records in December 2008 with the opening of the brand new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Linking the summits of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Whistler can boast of featuring the longest unsupported lift span (3.024 kilometres) in the world and the highest lift of its kind (415 metres). It takes just 11 minutes to cross the span.

This season Whistler Blackcomb guests will be able to revolutionize their mountain experience by downloading a new App (Versions Apple iPhone / Android) entitled Whistler Blackcomb Live. The app allows skiers and riders to track their runs using GPS, view trail maps, track the total vertical and distance they have travelled and clock their maximum speed. The app also allows users to share their speed and vertical as well as take and share photos with friends via Twitter and Facebook.

If you want to treat yourself to the next level of an outdoor adventure, you can try heli-skiing. You can ski in the midst of superb surroundings situated on some 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain that includes 173 glaciers and 475 runs. A variety of packages are available for strong intermediates to seasoned experts. If you dream of pristine, untracked powder and no lift lines, then you have to try heli-skiing or heli-snowboarding. Featuring ultimate vertical, sky high views, a thrilling helicopter ride and the most adventure you can pack in a day, a heli-skiing or boarding experience just may be the highlight of your trip.

If you are planning a summer or winter vacation, you may want to consider and be guided by what – in a word – many of the two million visitors that savour Whistler each year would say when summing up their experience …

“Intoxicating” !!

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