Two Mountains - Double the Fun!
Whistler is one of the most sought-after and exciting resorts in the world. The scenery is spectacular and the two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, combine to form the largest ski area in North America. This superb Canadian resort enjoys an enviable average of 9.14 metres of snow a year. Wherever you stay, access to the skiing in Whistler is easy. Whistler has been purpose-built with all facilities and amenities clustered around the base of the resort. The architecture is an attractive West Coast style with cobbled pathways and well-designed buildings throughout this pedestrianised resort.
Take a ski holiday in the lively mountain community of Whistler and you will be skiing in one of the most exciting and sought-after ski resorts in the world. Two spectacular mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, combine to form over 8,000 acres of skiing terrain, the largest ski area in North America. Whistler also boasts the longest ski season in Canada, with an average of 9.14 metres of snow a year ensuring there is plenty of skiing and snowboarding fun for everyone. The jagged, snow-capped mountain peaks soar above, whilst skiing in Whistler, promising a marvellous holiday experience, whatever your skiing skills. Whistler is not just a superb place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, it is a year-round holiday resort offering plenty of adventurous activities, whatever the season. Mountain biking, helicopter tours, hiking, bungee jumping, and even golf allow you to experience the beautiful landscapes of Whistler all year round. Whistler also has plenty to occupy those who prefer to take a break from skiing and snowboarding; enjoy an exciting choice of snow activities such as dog-sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides through Whistler, snow mobiling and zip trekking. Whistler also offers plenty of opportunities for pampering and relaxation; various spa therapies and indulgent pamper packages are available. You can even treat yourself to a shopping spree with an array of over 200 different shops and boutiques to be found throughout Whistler. Whistler is a purpose-built ski resort, and is pedestrianised so that everything you want from your ski holiday is easily accessible and safely within your grasp. As you would expect from such a lively resort, Whistler has a vibrant and buzzing nightlife to tempt you après-ski. With plenty of live music, food and fun, over 100 bars and nightclubs and 80 restaurants, Whistler is sure to offer something to tempt anybody's fancy. There are many specially organised evening events, and no trip to Whistler would be complete without taking in the spectacular Fire and Ice show on Sunday night.
Whistler is an ideal holiday destination in its own right, but its facilities make it one of the best places for skiing holidays in the world. Whistler boasts one of the most advanced high-speed ski lift systems, offering great ski slope accessibility. Just a 20 minute ride from Whistler finds you on top of the world, and able to choose from over 200 marked trails, 3 glaciers and 12 alpine bowls. Whistler provides a great skiing holiday destination for those of all abilities. There is an excellent ski school for beginners, and intermediates can access a vast array of ski runs through some of the most dramatic scenery and magnificent views in North America. Those with plenty of skiing and snowboarding experience are well catered for - the bowls offer an amazing challenge, as does the breathtaking 1.6 kilometre drop, the longest vertical drop in North America. There is fantastic snowboarding at Whistler, with a large number of dedicated snowboarding areas, and Whistler is a great destination for heli-skiing. With such superb ski and snow activity facilities, no wonder Whistler is a co-host of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
As you would expect from such an outstanding ski resort, chalets in Whistler offer something for everyone. From picturesque mountain retreats to chalets close to the centre of Whistler and the ski slopes, there are chalets to meet every need. Whistler chalets range from tranquil retreats that offer a welcoming refuge at the end of the skiing day, to prime ski-in/out locations at the heart of the action. Whatever you prefer, staying in Whistler chalets ensures wonderful ski holidays. Trained chalet hosts promise a warm welcome in the informal, relaxed atmosphere of home. Larger groups can rent a whole chalet to themselves; smaller groups have the opportunity to share and meet fellow skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Staying in chalets in Whistler allows you to devote all your time and energy to enjoying your skiing holidays, rather than boring domestic chores. Chalet hosts prepare delicious 3 or 4 course meals for you and offer excellent service. With somebody else to perform these daily tasks for you, you can concentrate on your skiing, snowboarding or whatever takes your fancy.
Skiers and boarders benefit from a superbly integrated network of high-speed lifts, which whisk them to any selection of over 200 marked trails, 3 glaciers and 12 alpine bowls. There are also a large number of dedicated snowboard areas and it is a great destination for heli-skiing. Beginners will benefit from an excellent ski school, intermediates will be able to ski and board a vast array of runs - many tree-lined and in great scenery. Advanced skiers and boarders should head for the bowls and then make the most of the longest vertical drop (1.6 kilometres) in North America. Why not try ‘fresh tracks’; a great way to enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet on the mountain, followed by early access to the slopes.
Ski hosting is not permitted in Whistler, however as is the case in many North American resorts guests can use the local Mountain Guide services instead.
Heli-skiing is also available in Whistler. If heading to Whistler and looking for either your first dip into the heli-skiing arena or simply just to take hold of the experience of this incredible mountain range give our dedicated sales team a call and they will be more than happy to talk you through your options.For more details of heli-skiing in Whistler, or in any other area of Canada, please contact our team of specialists on 08444 930 432 or e-mail OTBT@skiworld.ltd.uk
Intrawest has invested heavily into the careful expansion of Whistler over the last few years,transforming it into one of the liveliest resorts in North America, with over 100 bars, nightclubs and about 80 restaurants catering for all tastes and ages. There are more than 200 shops within Whistler ranging from souvenir shops to North American retail chain favourites, open till late. An easy 10 minute drive from the village is the sports centre. Non-skiers can also enjoy an exciting choice of snow activities including dog-sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow mobiling and zip trekking, as well as exploring Vancouver on an exciting day out sight-seeing and shopping.
New to Whistler is the fabulous Scandinave Spa where you can relax outside in the various hot tubs and take in the view of the mountains - Delightful!