Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler BlackcombAnd we’re talking the number one ski resort not in Canada but in the world. Ski Magazine has consistently rated Whistler Blackcomb as number one due to its extensive terrain, good snow, and a highly-rated nightlife. The facilities and ski areas are so highly rated that the Village of Whistler will co-host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with Vancouver. 

The Whistler Blackcomb resort were two separate entities before but merged into a single resort ten years ago. The first to open was Whistler Mountain. The resort was a product of a group of Vancouver businessmen, led by Franz Wilhelmsen. The skiing resort opened its doors to the public in February, 1966.

The skiing resort quickly earned a reputation due to its vertical drop, good snow conditions, and huge alpine area. The resort offered something new aside from the vertical drop being the biggest in North America, the ski season was also quite long. The season stretched from early November until late May.

Soon, the mountain expanded and along came Blackcomb Mountain in December 6, 1980. The new resort had 5 triple chairs and an additional 1,240 vertical meters (4067ft) of skiing. Being competitors back then, Whistler developed a whole new network of runs on its north flank.

At the almost the same time, Whistler Village sprang up between the two resorts. The Village opened in 1980 and along with the emergence of Hotels and restaurants.

Whistler Resort was the first mountain resort outside of the USA that received the distinction of being named #1 by a major American ski magazine. Then in 1996, it became the only resort in history to be simultaneously named #1 by Snow Country, SKI and Skiing Magazines.

In 1997, Intrawest Corp., the company that owned Blackcomb, bought the Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation.

The resulting merger was the biggest and most exciting mountain resort complexes in the world. The combined mountain resort have more than 200 runs and 33 ski lifts. It offers more than 28,000 hectares or 7,000 acres of skiable terrain in winter, and endless outdoor activities in the summer.

More than two million visits Whistler Mountain every year. The mountain resort has the most ski-in and ski-out accommodation of any mountain recreation resort in North America. In fact, it is estimated that there are 15,200 pillows within 500 meters of the lifts and ski-in/ski-out accommodation represents more than 75% of all existing rental pillows.

Moreover, the resort features 12 massive Alpine bowls, and 3 glaciers. Whistler Mountain has an elevation or 2,182 meters (7,160 feet) and Blackcomb Mountain has an elevation of 2,284 meters (7,494 feet).

The resort is quite accessible. Located on Highway 99, 75 miles (120 km) north of Vancouver, Whistler can be reached by car, limousine, van, scheduled bus, train, or chartered helicopter or floatplane.


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