With the side-by-side peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains as its snowy playgrounds, the mountain town of Whistler has blossomed into an international skiing hub, bolstered by its role as a host venue in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In-the-know athletes have revered the destination since it opened its first chairlift in 1966. At Aspens on Blackcomb, a concentration of suites on the mountain allows for ski-in/ski-out access to hundreds of trails.
Encompassing two mountains, more than 200 ski runs spread across 8,171 acres at the Whistler Blackcomb ski area, which has received 17.5 feet of snow this season and includes terrain parks and half-pipes for snowboarders. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola links Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains with an 11-minute ride suspended 1,430 feet above the valley, providing convenient access to both mountains' high alpine areas.
After a day on the slopes, guests can retreat to one-bedroom suites tucked into a four-story lodge with a number of balconies overlooking the inner courtyard. Nearby, a heated outdoor pool and a trio of hot tubs alleviate any soreness after a day on the slopes or a tragic night attempting to limbo.
Connected to Vancouverabout 80 miles (129 km) to the southby the newly completed Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Whistler Blackcomb ski area received a near-record high 51.8 feet (15.8 m) of snow during the 20102011 season. Though skiing and snowboarding is the area's primary focus, dozens of fine-dining establishments, ski-in bars, and music venues complement the snow activities. Within Whistler Village, the Whistler Museum tells stories of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games through athlete memorabilia and artifacts, including the Olympic torch, an Olympic ski bid, and athlete uniforms.
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