Photograph by Mike Crane
This internationally renowned resort nestles at the base of two adjacent mountains—Whistler and Blackcomb. Recognized as one of North America’s top ski and snowboard destinations, its scale, vertical drop, and variety of terrain lures snow lovers from around the world to experience the combination of natural beauty, energetic vibe, and sizable annual snowfall that put Whistler-Blackcomb in a league of its own. Experience fresh tracks in the early morning alpenglow, top-to- bottom thigh-burners, terrain gardens for all abilities, wide-open alpine bowls, and exhilarating runs through moss-draped giant spruce. Even after an entire season, there are still hidden snow stashes, fresh vistas, and challenges to discover. Besides skiing and snowboarding, Whistler entices everyone’s inner child out to play, with sleigh rides, snow tubing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and snowshoeing at nearby Lost Lake. Push the limits with snowcat and heli-skiing or a treetop zipline tour. Ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola from the top of Whistler Mountain to the top of Blackcomb Mountain and be wowed by some of the most stunning views from 1,427 feet above the valley floor.
Village with a Vibe
With a quaint alpine atmosphere, Whistler Village is compact and pedestrian-dedicated, making it easy and safe to wander among the shops, browse the galleries, and discover restaurants that range from casual to classy. Whistler’s après-ski and after-dark scene offers the perfect counterpart to the on-mountain action. Fireside lounges, piano bars, and friendly pubs buzzing with live music create ideal gathering places to recount the day’s adventures amid like-minded travelers from all around the world. Dig deeper into local culture at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, an award-winning aboriginal museum; at the Whistler Winter Arts Festival; or at signature celebrations of wine, film, the arts, and live music.
It’s not every day you get the chance to follow passion to a place that measures up. This winter, Whistler is giving away a month-long, all-inclusive sabbatical to someone game enough to unplug from their everyday life and recharge in the ultimate mountain playground. But the truth is, anyone who follows their passion here discovers a place worth celebrating. Go to Whistler.com for details.