Whistler, Vancouver is the largest ski resort in North America and home to some of the most jaw dropping scenery on the planet. This region of British Columbia, Canada played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and still continues to attract visitors from all over the globe thanks to the luscious list of extreme sports on offer. Here, you can try skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tobogganing as well as the chance to experience everything in the chalet style village that nestles in the foothills of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
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Ski The Run That Suits You
Whistler has an extensive range of runs that suit every level of skier, from the nursery slopes, so-called because they are suitable for beginners or small children, all the way up to diamond black runs which are extremely high, contain dizzying hairpin bends and should only be attempted by very experienced or professional skiers. For beautiful snow, gentle runs and clear signposts head to the Peak Express Chair, from there you can experience some musical themed green and blue runs, including the Burnt Stew Trail and Ode To Joy. These trails are great spots for novices to practice their turns, get the hang of the sport and be around those of a similar level. If you’re no stranger to the slopes more challenging runs are, of course, on offer. In fact, over 55 percent of Whistler’s ski runs are suitable for intermediate skiers including the picturesque Arthur’s Choice and Outer Limits.
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Stay In Style At The Four Seasons
There’s a whole range of amazing hotels, lodges, B&B’s and more packed into this quaint yet lively ski town. Before you arrive don’t forget to arrange your Electronic Travel Authorisation, it only costs $7 CAD and you can see more info at https://official-canada-eta.com. All visa-exempt foreign nationals must show this documentation on entry into Canada. If it’s your first ski season in Whistler or you’re celebrating something extra special, why not stay at a luxury, 273 room lodge complete with en-suite rooms, balconies and stunning mountain views? The resort is meters from the slopes and has an on-site spa, three hot tubs, and a multitude of restaurants. Elsewhere, there are cafes, bars and pubs aplenty where you can grab a quick snack before checking out the day’s action or the perfect venue for an après-ski hot chocolate after a great day on the slopes.
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Ride The Peak To Peak Gondola
This incredible piece of machinery is also the longest and highest ski lift in the world and hangs suspended for 4.4 kilometres between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain ranges. During the winter the gondola gives you double the fun when it comes to skiing, and in the summer you can enjoy of 50 kilometres of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails. The gondola also offers guests the chance to see the landscape from above, breathe in fresh alpine air and witness the gorgeous scenery in front of you. Look out for Hoary Marmots, these cute creatures are small ground squirrels that make their burrows near the tree line and emit a series of high-pitched whistles if they see any danger.
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