5 Reasons to Ski Whistler, British Columbia

In this Nov. 16, 2014 photo provided by Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., skiers take a lift on a snowy mountain. A recent report commissioned by the National Ski Areas Association shows that the percentage of people with household incomes over $100,000 who participate in snow sports has risen over the past eight seasons from 45 percent of ski area visitors to 56 percent of visitors. But there are ways to make a ski trip affordable, including skiing at smaller resorts, buying multi-day, half-day and advance tickets, and taking advantage of discounts for kids, seniors and groups. (AP Photo/Keystone Resort, Cody Mendoza)

Are you looking for the next adrenaline high? Searching for the perfect peak to plummet down in the snow? If so, look no further. Whistler, British Columbia is the premier Canadian ski destination. With many full-time professionals making Whistler their home year-round, you will be eager to see what draws these avid skiers to the slopes. Included here are a few reasons to choose Whistler for your next ski destination.

 

Snowfall

Nestled in the Coast Mountains, Whistler is the first to get hit with the Pacific storms rolling over the mountains. This means they have some of the earliest and longest lasting snowfall. Averaging 38.5 feet of snow per year, Whistler is no stranger to deep powder. For these reasons, many professional skiers and boarders have taken up permanent residency in Whistler.

 

Acreage

Nobody wants to get stuck skiing the same slope day in and day out. When visiting Whistler you will have over 8,100 acres of snow covered terrain to traverse in your time here. Boasting world-class tree riding, steep couloirs, open powder bowls, freestyle courses and glaciers, Whistler is the real “complete package.”

Two Mountains
Whistler is actually home to two mountains, Blackcomb and Whistler. These two peaks are linked by the “Peak2Peak” gondola, offering easy access to skiers and boarders. With over a mile elevation drop on each mountain you are sure to be riding the slopes more than the lifts. There are over 200 runs on these mountains, as well as 37 lifts. There are five different parks and pipes for freestyle, so there is truly something for every kind of mountain lover.

 

Tree Shelter
With plenty of forest lower down on the slopes, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into tree riding. A high adrenaline, extremely focused sport, tree riding demands intense coordination and focus while on the slopes. When weather is clear the open powder bowls on the top of the mountain offer premier skiing. However, when the snow begins to dump, heading down into the trees can offer you shelter as well as better visibility. The snow in the trees may also remain fluffier because it is protected from the sun and wind.

 

Village Atmosphere
Whistler is not the kind of ski town that shuts down in the summer. If you do choose to live in Whistler year-round, there is a thriving community to invite you in. The village is at the base of the ski resort and offers all the best amenities, including cafes, restaurants, a cinema, climbing gym and theatre. Whistler has plenty of festivals to keep you entertained year-round, including: the Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photography Competition, Whistler Film Festival, and World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

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