Whistler has one of the longest ski seasons going, and it got off to a wonderful early start this year, with terrific ski days in late November. Writing now in mid-December, the mountains have plenty of snow, and 140 groomed runs are open. Plus, visitors can enjoy beautiful light displays in the pedestrian Village which in its own right has won many awards.
A few points to note:
- Whistler-Blackcomb is an hour and half from Vancouver B.C. and is in a completely different weather pattern from other noted ski areas. So if the Rocky Mountain resorts are low on snow, check to see what's happening here.
- Both mountains have nearly a mile of vert. (Very few other mountains come even close, and 4000 feet or even 3500 feet is considered excellent.)
- Bonus: skiers and boarders get to enjoy this vertical rise at relatively low altitude, meaning that no one is going to have symptoms of altitude sickness. Whistler's base elevation is just 2214 feet.
- Another unique feature is the Peak2Peak Gondola which whisks visitors from one mountain to another in 11 minutes. So skiers and boarders can easily sample both mountains in one day.
-More about Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort
-More about the Peak2Peak Gondola
Photo credit: Bruce Rowles, courtesy of Whistler-Blackcomb.