Whistler is a Canadian resort town at the foot of the majestic Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in British Columbia. Enormous investment prior to hosting the 2010 Winter Games and an outstanding natural landscape have made Whistler the go-to destination for epic skiing and snowboarding. Ski on one of 200-plus alpine runs, tackle cross-country skiing in the Olympic Park and enjoy the après-ski scene in the cosy squares of Whistler’s vibrant village centre.
Whistler’s two mountains offer 8,000 acres of terrain, more than 1,100 centimetres of snowfall annually and three glaciers. Ride the mammoth Peak-2-Peak gondola that connects them and you can tackle both mountains on the same day. Cross-country ski late into the night at the lit trails of Lost Lake, snowboard at the freestyle terrain parks on Blackcomb and beat the crowds on the mountains with an early-bird pass that gives you the slopes (mostly) to yourself.
While skiing is its best-known attraction, Whistler is a year-round destination. In the summer months, hit the downhill trails of Whistler Mountain Bike Park; charge past tumbling waterfalls on a river-rafting trip; or hike beside scenic lakes and meadows full of wild mountain flowers. For a break from outdoor adventure, tour the Olympic venues and learn how the spirit of the games lives on in Whistler.
Children are enchanted by Whistler’s frosted Christmas-card look and the snow adventures it offers them. In addition to skiing on Whistler’s legendary pistes, youngsters can speed down the tube park in a giant inflatable ring, ride on mini-snowmobiles and take in the snow-covered landscape from the back of a dog sled or horse-drawn sleigh. Summers in Whistler are kid-friendly too, with horseback riding, zip lining and tree adventures all there for the taking.
Whether you’re coming for a serious ski holiday or some family fun in the mountains, you’ll discover there’s much more to Whistler than snow sports – and that’s why so many visitors return time and time again.