Whistler is unlike any other resort in North America. In some respects - the scale, the high bowls and glaciers, the scenery, the crowds - it is more like an Alpine resort. But like most resorts on the western side of North America, it offers the advantages of 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. Catch it in good weather - which with the Pacific climate is not a guarantee - and during the week when the Vancouver crowds are at work to enjoy this epic resort at its finest.
Whistler Village sits at the foot of its two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, a scenic 135km drive from Vancouver on Canada's west coast. Whistler started as a locals' ski area in 1966 at Creekside and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Whistler Village, a 10-minute bus ride away, was developed in the late 1970s; Upper Village - around the base of Blackcomb Mountain and a 10-minute walk from Whistler Village - was started in the 1980s.