Most recommended for:
Skiing, snowboarding and sightseeing
Where is it located?
A little info about this place:
Whistler Blackcomb is a major ski resort which is beautifully situated about 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It has 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, making it hold the title of North America’s largest ski resort. It is actually 50% bigger than its nearest competitor.
This ski resort also has one of the greatest lift capacity as well as the highest vertical skiable distance by a wide margin. With its:
- 16 alpine bowls;
- 3 glaciers;
- more than 200 marked trails;
- and world-class terrain parks
…Whistler Blackcomb is definitely one of the best skiing destinations. No wonder why it is also often the most-visited ski resort which receives almost 2 million visitors every year.
Furthermore, Whistler Blackcomb also features the Peak 2 Peak gondola which moves between the top of the two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. The Peak 2 Peak is currently holding the record of being the highest and longest unsupported cable car span in the world.
This place is best known for:
Whistler Blackcomb has been known for hosting the alpine skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics which includes Olympic and Paralympic alpine skiing disciplines of downhill, Super-G, salom, giant salom and super combined
What are the things you can do here?
In addition to the skiing and snowboarding, there are still so much to do in Whistler Blackcomb. You can enjoy plenty of various things to do such as…
- exploring the snow-covered village which you can do as a family;
- backcountry adventures;
- as well as legendary après session
There are also mellow trails in Whistler as well as shorter alpine walks that can give you the perfect escape for an afternoon of nature therapy. You can join a hiking tour to meet new friends or you can just grab a map and explore the trails on your own.
You can also check out the stunning 360-dgree views of Whistler village, mountain pakes, lakes, glaciers and forests by taking a ride in the record-breaking lift, the Peak 2 Peak Viewing Gallery or by riding the special glass-bottom gondola for a bird’s eye view of the forest.
What are the facilities offered?
Whistler Blackcomb offers ski and snowboard rentals so you can travel light and save baggage fees when flying. The resort offers you some of the best brands such as products from:
- and Head
They provide gears for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarder.
And if you really want to satisfy your cravings, there are also plenty of fresh, local cuisines being served in unique location. The 21 Steps, for an instance, doesn’t only provide comfort food but also a stunning 2nd floor views of Whistler Village.
Is there any fee that you need to pay? And how much?
The passes in Whistler Blackcomb range from $27.67 to $499.
What are the things to bring?
If you opt to rent ski and snowboarding gears, then you don’t have to bring one. But you have to make sure you will be bringing your jacket, mid-layer top, base-layer top, winter gloves, base-layer bottom, pants, hiking boots for winter, as the snow can be heavy at times and the Alpine Temperature can be as low as -4 degree Celsius. Be sure too that you have your best GORE-TEX layers on and some goggles.
And for a more complete skiing checklist, go ahead and read on these posts.
Should you visit this place?
Whistler Blackcomb is definitely every skier’s dream destination which could provide you with ultimate big mountain experiences. The winter activities in Whistler Blackcomb are definitely great that readers from SKI Magazine ranked the resort as the number one resort in North America for off-hill activities in the year 2015.
And most of all, visiting the Whistler Blackcomb is the best way to experience the natural beauty of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains through the season, at your own pace.
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