Powder Down and Peak to Peak

Whistler isn’t so much a mountain as an experience. With 50% more terrain than any other resort on the continent, it receives a busy stream of visitors from all over the world. People are lined up way before the lifts open, eager for their fresh tracks, although the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb (connected by the Peak2Peak gondola) offer so many runs you’ll still find your tracks at the end of the day.   Whistler village buzzes at night, with its world famous dining, bars and late night parties.  For those taking a break from the mountain, there’s forest ziplines, snowmobiling, culinary tours, and the chance to bobsleigh and skeleton on the world’s fastest bobsleigh track.

Length of Trip : 1 Day Plus

Cost : Whistler lift tickets are typically $100 per day, discounted for seniors and kids, as well as season passes and up to 20% for multi-day. Cost of accommodation and dining varies widely in the village.

Best time to go : January – March for winter skiing. July/August for summer month activities (hiking, biking, etc).

Wheelchair friendly : Partially

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : High-end: Barefoot Bistro Il Caminetto Di Umberto Araxi Mid-level: Splitz Grill (burgers) Lift Coffee Company Pasta Lupino Apres Ski: GLC The Dubh Linn Gate Longhorn Brewhouse Consider a Whistler Tasting Tour if not hitting the slopes: www.whistlertastingtours.com

Official Site : Whistler Blackcomb can arrange accommodations, tickets, flights, and ground transportation. Ph: 1-888-403-4727 Web: www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Where to Stay : Here are accommodation options when staying in Whistler.

Getting There : From Vancouver: Car, airport transfers, buses, taxis, train (summer) even helicopter. By road, travel time is approximately 2 hours. Distance: approx. 115 kilometres Whistler offers flight deals (15-20% off published fares) from around Canada as well as New York and LA with lodging booking. For more info: www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Note from Robin : Whistler is a world unto its own. There’s plenty to do besides just skiing and riding, so feel free to give your tired legs a break. Consider some of the other activities on offer, like Ziplining, Snowmobiling, visiting the excellent Squamish Museum, Food Tours, Nordic Skiing, even Bungee Jumping. Dining is world class, and the nightlife is legendary. Most accommodation is central, but try stay in or close to the village unless you are driving.

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