Whistler Blackcomb: the largest ski resort in Canada

Two mountains give the largest ski resort in Canada its name. There are 124 miles of slopes and a village full of stores, restaurants and plenty of entertainment. 

With the largest ski area in North America and a ski sean that runs from November to March, Whistler Blackcomb is the flagship of Canadian ski resorts: larger in size, the number of slopes, variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment. And it’s definitely the busiest. Located in the Coast Mountains, the resort, which receives more than one million visitors every winter, is just a two-hour drive from Vancouver.

Whistler, gôndola Peak2Peak
The Peak 2 Peak gondola connects Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain

The complex is formed by two large mountains, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, distributed over 8,171 acres of land designated for skiing and snowboarding. Together, the mountains offer more than 230 slopes connected by 37 lifts. Peak 2 Peak links Whistler to Blackcomb and is the world’s longest and highest gondola – about 2 miles long and 1,063 feet tall.

In addition to taking snowboarders and skiers from one mountain to the other, the gondola also takes visitors on a sightseeing tour: the 11-minute tour offers incredible views of the forests, lakes and glaciers. The gondola’s glass bottom adds to an even more unique experience – and is the perfect way to take great photos and take in the 360 ̊ views.

Skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities

The Whistler Blackcomb slopes cater to skiers of all levels

The Whistler Blackcomb Resort is a destination that welcomes all skiers, with plenty of slopes varying in difficulty levels. Among the two mountains, about 15- 20{7ac92446b607b44a21d9a992b3de1254d177d046c05ef0398a81a4ca2920916b} of the slopes are ideal for beginners, 55{7ac92446b607b44a21d9a992b3de1254d177d046c05ef0398a81a4ca2920916b} for intermediate skiers and 25-30{7ac92446b607b44a21d9a992b3de1254d177d046c05ef0398a81a4ca2920916b} of descents are for more experienced skiers.

Whistler Olympic Park
The 2010 Winter Olympics were held at Whistler Olympic Park

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there are activities such as ice skating, tubing and pond hockey – one of Canadians’ favorite pastimes – if the lake is frozen. The Whistler Olympic Park, where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held, has an ice skating rink, an area for cross-country skiing, and the Snow Zone, a park for the whole family – all at the foot of the steepest slopes of the mountain.

Whistler Village

The charming Whistler village is filled with bars, restaurants, stores and a rich cultural life

The village of Whistler is to be discovered on foot: pedestrian paths connect its main areas, known as Village Centre, Upper Village and Village North. In addition to famous brands, stores offer the latest trends for winter clothing and sportswear. The local gastronomy is also rich and varied, from the artisanal beers at the Coast Mountain Brewery to the sweet treats at the Crêpe Montaigne, or the cold cuts board and a glass of wine at the Basalt Wine & Salumeria.

Over time, more and more neighborhoods were emerging near the village, such as Whistler Creekside and Function Junction –  where there are shops, trendy pubs, art galleries, breweries and artisanal bakeries. In these more distant areas, you can find local brands that sell ski equipment at good prices.

As we approach the end-of-the-year holidays and festivities, the village truly comes alive, and a welcoming vibe can be felt with the bustle and buzz of tourists. après-ski for families at the Olympic Plaza and with the stunts in the snow at the Fire & Snow Festival, at the Skier’s Plaza, which takes place on Sundays starting in December. Santa Day also takes place during the Christmas holiday, when everyone dresses up as Santa Claus and heads down the mountain, which the kids love. This year Santa Day is scheduled for December 16.

Santa Day, em Whistler
Skiers dress up as Santa Claus on Santa Day and head down the mountain

Whistler also has a rich cultural life. A stop at the Audain Art Museum is a must, either to see its modern architecture and how it’s integrated into nature or to check out the exhibitions on display or to participate in activities open to the public.

Gastronomy, après-ski & after hours

The après-ski tip for the 2019/2020 season is the Function Junction neighborhood, a less central area which is full of stores and trendy bars that are emerging. Among them, be sure to visit The Hangar and practice ax tossing. That’s right: you can throw axes at the target within protected areas.

The Hangar, em Whistler
Guests at The Hangar bar can try to hit the target with an ax

Among the popular options is the Bar Oso, which has a Spanish touch to it. Its menu is an interesting selection of tapas and charcuterie boards to share, in addition to sangria and creative variations of gin and tonic. h

Bar Oso, em Whistler
The Bar Oso is famous for its drinks and appetizers, a great combination for après-ski

Known for its fresh oyster bar during the après-ski, the Araxi restaurant is highly recommended not only for its fine cuisine, but also for being one of the pioneers in the use of regional products. This healthy and sustainable approach is reflected in dishes using sablefish, for example. h

Another well-known and favorite among guests is the Bearfoot Bistro, which has a varied menu of the day’s ingredients, which may include elk or reindeer meat. Guests can also experience sabering off the top of a bottle of champagne or try some vodka at -13˚ F at the bar called the Ketle One Ice Room. h

Hotels

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Installed at the base of Blackcomb mountain, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has ski-in/ski-out access, a shuttle to the Whistler village, seven restaurants and even a local guide service. The rooms are elegant and the service is attentive. At the Gold Wing, guests enjoy a unique reception and lounge area, as well as other treats such as cocktail hors d’oeuvres in the late afternoon.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

Located on Blackcomb Mountain, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler offers the characteristic sophistication of the Four Seasons, with comfort and a high-level service. In addition to childcare and entertainment and free shuttle service, the hotel has a ski concierge to take care of your equipment during your stay and offer tips on the day’s best descents. Guests also have the option of scheduling a ski or snowboard lesson with Olympic athletes. The hotel offers a wine tasting every day.

The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler

This hotel has a great location in the center of Whistler next to Whistler Village gondola, where the traditional Garibaldi Bar & Grill is found. The rooms are comfortable, with a fireplace, small kitchen and views of the mountains or the village. The hotel also has a complete spa, indoor and outdoor pool and two restaurants.

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Located in the center of Whistler and next to two gondolas, restaurants and shops, the hotel has a heated outdoor pool, sauna, 24-hour gym, children’s menu, ski valet and the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, a unique spa in North America since it offers authentic Javanese Indonesian style.



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