The very popular Whistler is North America's premier ski resort and is to be host to the 2010 Winter Olympics. The purpose built village lies beneath the towering peaks of Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain and offers two hundred and sixteen kilometres of runs. The two peaks are now connected by gondola, great if you have a head for heights! The terrain accommodates all ability levels in both skiing and boarding. Located close to the western coast of British Colombia, Whistler lies at an altitude of almost seven hundred metres and with skiing at almost twenty-three hundred metres, there is always good snow cover. Ski schools offer first class tuition in skiing and boarding. There is a children's ski camp that accepts children from the age of three. A large percentage of Whistler's accommodation is four and five star offering a high standard of comfort and luxury. There are of course many good apartments and smaller hotels and chalets to suit most budgets. Restaurants are numerous and serve a wide variety of cuisine catering for all tastes. Whistler nightlife is lively with a good number of bars in its pedestrianised centre. The resort also offers a range of recreational facilities.
Why Go To Whistler?
Whistler ski resort is famous the world over and attracts many different nationalities giving it a very cosmopolitan air. It offers superb skiing amid spectacular mountain scenery, a friendly atmosphere and a lively après ski scene.
Who Is Whistler Popular With?
A Whistler ski holiday is popular with a wide range of skiers, including families, as the slopes accommodate all levels of ability from novices to experts. It is an excellent resort for snowboarders.
When To Go To Whistler
The Whistler ski season lasts from the end of November until the end of April. It is a year round resort that is popular in the summer with walkers, climbers and mountain bikers.
Whistler - The Place
Whistler is a world famous resort noted for its good snow cover, its two hundred runs accommodating everyone from first time skiers to experts. The resort is purpose built and self-sufficient having everything you could need to make your holiday memorable. Its hotels offer a high degree of comfort, its large numbers of restaurants serve an eclectic menu that must satisfy even the most pernickety of palates and it has good shopping. Whistler après ski scene is lively with many pubs and bars, and there is also a range of recreational activities.
Whistler has two villages, an upper and a lower, with pedestrianised centres. The upper village is smaller and is the quieter of the two. Lying beneath two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, the resort has pistes for all levels of expertise. Advanced skiers will enjoy the demanding slopes near the summit of Whistler Mountain as well as the massive powder bowls and off-piste skiing. Whistler also has the continent’s longest vertical drop of sixteen hundred metres. Beginners have a good choice of scenic runs with many confidence building slopes running down through a stunning landscape into the village. Intermediate have an even wider choice of runs as over fifty percent of pistes are judged to be at intermediate level. Boarding is excellent on both Whistler and Blackcomb where there are snow parks and a wide choice of pipes. A rapid lift system gives quick and easy access to the slopes. Ski schools have gained a first class reputation in skiing and boarding tuition for adults. There is an adventure camp for children from the ages of three to six and there are also childcare facilities.
A Whistler ski holiday offers a guarantee of snow cover throughout its long season, pistes to suit all abilities, breathtaking views and a lively après ski scene
A Whistler ski holiday offers lively evenings with a variety of activities to entertain guests. After invigorating days on the slopes, those with surplus energy can enjoy animated evenings in the pubs and clubs. Alternative activities include a workout or a swim in the sports centre, going to the cinema or playing billiards.
Whistler has a good number of shops in its pedestrianised centre which, as well as supplying holiday essentials and sport’s equipment and clothing, also has boutiques, art galleries and a range of specialist shops. There are plenty opportunities to purchase your holiday gifts and souvenirs.
Whistler offers a large choice of restaurants serving a wide variety of food from traditional fare to international cuisine. In addition to those in the village there are also mountain eateries. At the top of the Whistler Village gondola is a fairly new restaurant, the Roundhouse, which serves a very varied menu from Italian to Chinese and Indian.