Whistler Blackcomb - Travel Guide
The premier ski destination in British Columbia is the Whistler Blackcomb resort area. The facilities rank with the best in the world and the skiing attracts visitors from all over North America and Europe. The usually reliable snow, the tremendous vertical drop and mild Pacific air combine to provide some of the most pleasant skiing to be found anywhere, often in shirt-sleeves.
There are runs here that challenge international-calibre skiers. (In fact, the resort is often a stop on the World Cup circuit.) There is lift and T-bar access here to glacier skiing that can extend into summer. And heli-skiing companies based in Whistler Village provide services to more than a 100 other runs on glaciers near the resort. There are Nordic trails here as well, about 22 kilometres in Whistler and more outside the village.
Whistler Village is less than two hours from Vancouver, along the edge of scenic Howe Sound and into the Coast Mountains from Squamish. But you need not go that far from Vancouver. There are people skiing just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver where office workers scurry for lunch break in January with only their sports coats and an umbrella.
Three resorts are situated on the north shore mountains of Vancouver, at Cypress Bowl, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. Night skiing, possible on all three mountains, transcends mere sport - it's a total experience as Vancouver's lights shimmer from your feet to the horizon. Daytime views from all three resorts are equally breathtaking.