This area offers almost anything and everything to both skiers and snowboarders alike in terms of the sport; with the biggest vertical drop, six colossal bowls, woodland trails and stunning landscapes.
Although it’s well known for catering to the thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies with its various sheer drops, shoots and couloirs there is plenty to do around the resorts and the purpose built village to keep you more than happy if you’re not a hedonistic adventurer.
Whistler Blackcomb was also made the Official Alpine Skiing Venue for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics Winter Games. In Whistler you can ride or ski on a glacier and it is the only resort in North America that you can do so.
Restaurants in the area
Riding the slopes and slaloming down the powdered mountains is sure to work up an appetite. The lovely village of Whistler provides an array of cafes and restaurants from varying cuisines including Greek, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Chinese and more. There’s also a choice of sort of restaurant; from the bigger high-market places to the more intimate eateries. On the whole it’s only slightly more expensive than other skiing resort areas in Europe but due to the popularity of Whistler it’s likely the restaurants will be crowded.
On the higher end of the scale Whistler offers Il Camienetto di Umberto, Araxi and Bearfoot Bistro. For something on more of a mid-market budget there is Edgewater Lodge, La Bocca and Wild Wood Bistro & Bar. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful meal but still with great quality then The Old Spaghetti Factory, The Chinese Bistro and The Mix By Ric’s are great choices.
Bars and clubs in the area
Once you’ve experienced the vast beauty and serene surroundings by day Whistler is home to a great night time scene too. The Dubh Linn Gate Irish pub and Black pub are a must-visit for scotch, whiskey and beer. For a generally relaxing and cosy scene with a friendly atmosphere there are several to choose from; Brandy’s, Cinnamon Bear Bar, Monk’s, The Crystal Lounge, The Mallard Bar and Le Brasserie. There’s even live music dotted about in the venues on different nights too.
If lively and frolicsome after dark shenanigans is your style Buffalo Bill’s is a loud and bustling haunt, Garfinkel’s is a buzzing club for 20 somethings, and for Garfinkel’s wild side but slightly more toned down then head to Moe Joe’s. The Savage Beagle is a two level club worth having a boogie in too.
What the area has to offer and other ski apres
Whistler is not only popular for its exciting and magnificent skiing opportunities and thrills but its facilities, surrounding area and village is second to none as well. It hasn’t become a strong contender over the years for the title of ‘World’s greatest ski resort’ for no reason.
Ziptrek Ecotours provides visitors zip-line tours in and around the forests that lie in between Whistler and the Blackcomb mountains. These mountains are also linked by a peak to peak gondola where you can see the breathtaking views during the 4.4 kilometre journey.
There’s a brilliant choice of hotels you can check in at for your skiing or snowboarding stay, and to suit a variety of wallet sizes. At Whistler it’s definitely worth giving the Tourist Office a visit to see how to get the best out of your trip.
There’s so much to do including: Horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding, NHL ice hockey tours, snowmobiling, paragliding, fishing, even bear viewing in the summer, and luxury spa treatments to name but a few.
While you’re in the Tourist Office it’s also worth asking about a trip to Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and only approximately just over two hours away.
If you have opted for a self catering getaway there are plenty of supermarkets and grocery stores so you can stock up. Equally, there are enough off-licenses and liquor stores if you’d rather have a boozy night in than venture out after a long day riding the snow-topped mountains. There are even dentist clinics, an eye clinic, doctor surgeries and pharmacists if something goes awry during your trip or if you simply need to nurse a nasty hangover.
The best time to visit:
Between the beginning of December and early Spring time.