Not only is Whistler a winter destination, it has an amazing summer lifestyle as the mountain transforms into in a world class downhill mountain bike park, which attracts tourists from all over the world. Tiffany Yovich takes to the ski slopes of Whistler in British Columbia, Canada and reports back.
A Typical Day
My experience of Whistler has been one I will never forget; let me tell you about a typical winter day in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Waking up at 5am with my bedroom light flashing on and off as my over enthusiastic roommate screams at me that we have just received 30cms of fresh snow overnight. Looking outside and realising it is still dark but not wanting to miss out on fresh tracks, I slowly get out of bed, put on numerous layers of clothes, grab my snowboard and head outside. Wandering over to the bus station through deserted streets in the freezing cold just to slide down a hill, I must be crazy.
Arriving in the village and taking the gondola up Whistler Mountain, I stepped out like everyone else, and even having ridden this mountain multiple times I still gasp at the unbelievable scenery, with its snow covered mountains glistening beneath the blue sky.
Remembering why I'm carrying my snowboard, I set off down my first run of the day, gliding through fresh snow and weaving through the tree line feeling like I'm the only person on the entire mountain.
Taking the Peak Chairlift to the top of Whistler peak the temperature reached a balmy minus fifteen degrees Celsius but gave an amazing alpine mountain panorama as far as I could see. Last run of the day consisted of riding from the peak of the mountain right down to the village. I then went inside one of the many local après spots known as The Cinnamon Bear, located in the Hilton Hotel, to quench my thirst with a well-deserved drink and a plate of nachos. If you love the snow and want a ski destination for the whole family then Whistler is definitely for you. Whistler is AWESOME!
Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Whistler is one of just three resorts in the world that attract more than 2 million visitors per year. It comprises three alpine hamlets, Whistler Village, Village North, and Upper Village and is dominated by two peaks, Blackcomb Mountain at 7,494 feet and Whistler Mountain at 7,160 feet. These two mountains offer 13 alpine bowls, three glaciers, and more than 300 marked trails. Whistler has over 8,000 acres of terrain and a vertical drop of exactly 1 mile. There are 38 lifts of which 17 are express. The ski season from November to June is the longest in North America and Blackcomb Mountain receives an average of 33 feet of snow per year.
Looking for the ultimate ski holiday in Whistler? Contact Tiffany Yovich, an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre based in Runaway Bay Village, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 156 602.