If a European skier knows just one North American resort, it's probably Whistler, and with good reason. It is unlike any other resort in North America - the scale, the high bowls and glaciers, the scenery, the crowds - it is more like an Alpine resort. it also brings the best of North American skiing however - usually excellent snow and a lot of woodland runs too. All things considered, the mountain is about the best that North America has to offer, something that is regularly reflected in top 10 lists. To further bolster the resorts reputation, it hosted the vast majority of the Alpine disciplines for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The sheer scale of the resort and diversity of terrain justifies its reputation, with offerings ranging from a world-class ski school for beginners, the extensive intermediate terrain across both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, right the way to the endless bowls, couloirs, and glades, much of which is accessible by lifts, though plenty more awaits beyond the resort boundary. No skier, regardless of ability is likely to get bored of the skiing in whistler, regardless of how many return visits they make. Constant investment in the lift infrastructure, including the record breaking Peak 2 Peak gondola linking the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb keeps the resort among the most efficiently accessible in the continent. All of this is supported of course by an amazing snow record, keeping the pistes in great shape throughout the season, allowing skiers to make the most of mountain playground. 

Whistler is no less impressive off the slopes, with the car free purpose built town offering a super array of apres options once you've hung up your skis. The range and quality of Whistler's offerings continue right through to restaurants to suit every need and budget, while evening options range from classy cocktail and champagne lounges to bars and clubs going till the early morning. 

As a true all year resort, there is no shortage of off snow activities either. The town has a very cosmopolitan feel, offering all the range of shopping options you'd expect from a resort of it's size, from sporting brands, to luxury goods, to craft beer stalls. You'll never be short of gym, spa or sports centre options, with these facilities seeing constant expansion over the years. 

 

 

Pros

North America's biggest ski area

Excellent combination of high open bowls and woodland trails

Good snow record

Almost Alpine scenery

Cons

Proximity to Pacific Ocean means a lot of cloudy weather, and rain at resort level is not unusual

Inadequate lift system; queues can be a big problem at peak times

Overcrowded runs also a problem

Mountain restaurants are overcrowded and mostly no more than functional

Getting there

  • Vancouver airport: 2 hours

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Off The Slopes
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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