Over 200 marked trails in a vast ski area spread over two mountains and including 23 massive alpine bowls and 3 glaciers. Both mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, are unique in North America offering a vertical mile of skiing. There are five separate bases, all within five minutes of each other and are all equipped with high-speed lifts to take you up to both Whistler and Blackcomb, which virtually eliminates queues. Snow reliability is excellent – even if there is rain at the lower altitudes, up at the top, there are just heaps of powder. There is also summer glacier skiing until August.
Whistler Blackcomb announced that the new lift-accessed area in the high alpine of Whistler Mountain will be crowned the Symphony Amphitheatre to reflect its spectacular natural amphitheatre-like terrain. The area will be accessed by the newly named Symphony Express.
This is one of the best destinations for boarders simply for the vast amounts of powder and massive terrain. The resort regularly hosts snowboard events, and you are likely to see pro-snowboarders on Blackcomb's super-pipe. Park monitors are on hand at each park to help with techniques and to maintain safety.
A variety of parks including Habitat Terrain Park, Terrain Garden, Nintendo Terrain Park and Superpipe.
Ski Esprit and Ride Esprit combine instruction with showing you around the mountains. There are plenty of specialist lessons including women-only, bumps classes and off-piste lessons. The reviews of Extremely Canadian's free skiing clinics have been very good. The Children's Learning Centre houses a games area, an obstacle course and a magic carpet lift.
Last Updated: Feb 2012