Ski Paradise – Ski Whistler Blackcomb

Skiing–the first sport that comes to mind when you think of winter. No other place matches Whistler Blackcomb for the quality and scope of skiing. Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler’s average annual snowfall of 33 feet insures that the snow is always fresh and plentiful. Thirty-eight lifts get you up the slopes quickly, and the variety of trails and runs is astounding. Among its many features are 17 powder-filled alpine bowls, a one-mile vertical rise of corduroy, chutes, and pillow lines, more than 200 cross-country trails, beautiful terrain parks, and four glaciers. Add to this the excellent resort accommodations, over 90 world-class restaurants, and great shopping, and you can see why Whistler Blackcomb is consistently voted the number one ski resort in North America.

Downhill skiing is the ultimate rush, and Whistler’s runs range from greens to double black diamonds. To help you get in the most ski runs each day, Whistler’s high-speed lifts get you up the mountain quickly. [How you get down, of course, depends on you.] For the ultimate thrill, Whistler now has a record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

Whistler also has three beautiful, well-groomed venues with 130 kilometers of cross-country trails. Highly affordable at $17.00 per adult ($34.00 for a family day pass), one allure of cross-country is the absence of crowds. Start when you are ready (or join a tour), set your own pace, and marvel at the breath-taking country around you.

  1. Lost Lake Park is set for both classic and skate styles of skiing, with four kilometers lighted for evening runs. When your skiing day is over, you can dine at The Den, or you might take the free shuttle back to the Village and choose from its many restaurants and pubs.
  2. Callaghan Country is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers with 40 km of trails designed primarily for classic skiing. Thirteen km from Whistler, it takes your adventure into the back country.
  3. Finally, Whistler Olympic Park lets you ski where the Olympians did. Located in Callaghan Valley, the Park’s trails wind through Olympic stadiums and past ski jumps. Although this is an Olympic venue, they designed many trails for beginners, too.

If you want something different, try telemark skiing. A hybrid of cross-country and downhill, telemark takes you back to the basics. One-on-one instruction is available, and the skills you acquire will improve your overall skiing, too.

Are you a novice, or do you need to improve your skiing skills? Whistler is the perfect place for excellent training at reasonable prices. Schedule a private lesson or join clinics, group lessons, or specialty camps. Keeping it fun and relaxing, the instructors will quickly get you up to speed with lessons starting at $89.00.

Skiing can be a great family activity or a test of yourself against the mountain. Whether you want to learn on gentle slopes, test yourself on double black diamonds, glide cross country on well-groomed trails, or try your hand at telemark, Whistler has it all.