Whistler in British Columbia was founded as a ski resort in the early 1960’s and in 1975 it became Canada’s first ‘Resort Municipality’. This supreme year-round destination resort is around two hours drive from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Whistler is not just for skiing, it is best for a wide variety of summer and winter activities. You can enjoy endless choice in dining, shopping and nightlife in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains.
The incredible downhill skiing at Whistler Mountains in winter season made the place world famous. Lot of people around the world visit the mountains of Whistler to enjoy their vacations with fun filled activities. Apart from downhill ski facilities, winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, sleigh-riding and a host of other winter recreational activities.
Same as in winter, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the summer season also. You can enjoy world-class golf, mountain top sightseeing , mountain biking, in-line skating, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, sightseeing, kayaking, fishing, and glacier skiing in the summer season.
Whistler is considered as one of the top bike towns in North America. Pedestrian village, situated at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, is one of the major places of attraction. Whistler Village and the adjacent Upper Village which are designed in distinctive mountain resort architecture will be an excellent place to stay for visitors.
Mountains and a huge variety of first class restaurants and distinctive shops are easily accessible from Whistler Village and Upper Village. The surrounding valley is blessed with several parks with boat launches, beaches, picnic areas and hiking trails. There are five beautiful lakes, several creeks and rivers with kilometers of conventional trails for hiker, bikers and inline skaters.
The two mountains in Whistler have over 8,100 skiable terrain, one vertical mile, more than 200 trails, three glaciers, twelve alpine bowls and 38 lifts. Over two millions of tourists visit Whistler Blackcomb, the top ski and snowboard resort in North America, annually. It gets an average of ten meters of snow annually.
As it is situated only 40 kilometers inland from the Pacific Ocean, Whistler enjoys moderate temperatures. Most of the people visit Whistler in summer than in the winter season. Golfing, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and swimming are only a few of the admired summer activities offered in the Whistler area.
Garibaldi Lift Company opened a ski area on the wester side of the Whistler Mountain in February 1966. In 1980, Blackcomb Mountain opened a brand new facility named Whistler Village to complement Whistler Mountain. It was designed by leading architects, planners and landscape professionals from North America. The design of the village highlights outstanding sun exposure and breathtaking views.
A wonderful array of accommodation is available through out Whistler. You can choose your favourite form luxurious mountain chalets to economical hotels. You can also book your accommodation online or with the help of any travel consultants.
During the summer season you can enjoy a sunrise or mid-day ATV tours on Whistler mountain. There are several service providers who are conducting ATV tours. You can contact any one of them to have an ATV tour. Snow-capped peaks, Alpine forests, and indigenous wildlife are just some of the wonders you experience during hiking and walking trails in Whistler.
Heli-hiking is best for experienced explorers. You can hike across rolling meadows against a background of magnificent mountain views. Altogether your trip to Whistler will be a memorable one in your lifetime.
Presently, there is over 9000 permanent residents in Whistler. Whistler has the best ski-in/ski-out accommodation when compared to other recreation resorts in North America. Whistler is home to over 100 hotels and condominiums and bed & breakfasts with more than 4000 well-furnished rooms.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains jointly boast 200 runs and 33 lifts and the greatest vertical drop in the continent. Most of the travelers visit whistler with either riding or skiing in mind. Apart from that there are a number of other activities to complement days on the mountain.
People of all ages can enjoy activities such as ice climbing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and even sightseeing. Be there in the mountains of Whistler this winter/summer and enjoy your vacation. Make sure that you will be here for you next vacation.
— Dan Wallace