Family on chairlift in Whistler, British Columbia (Randy Lincks/Toursim BC)

Skiers on mountain in Whistler, British Columbia (Randy Lincks/Tourism British Columbia)

Canadian flags on mountain in Whistler, British Columbia (Nathan Borchelt)

Snow trekking in the backcountry, Whistler, British Columbia (Photographer's Choice RF)

Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, British Columbia (Paul Morrison)


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What to do in Whistler

Before the 2010 Olympics, Whistler already ranked as a world-class ski town. It has the most acreage and vertical drop in North America, annual skier visits over the two million mark, 90-plus restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife scene. But the Winter Games took things to a whole new level. With a highway expansion, an efficient public bus system, and a record-setting gondola that joins two epic mountains, there’s nothing here that isn’t top-notch, freshly scrubbed, or just plain big. And you don’t come just for skiing, either: Hike the rugged Coast Mountains, zip-line hundreds of feet above Fitzsimmons Creek, golf, mountain-bike, and even walk on glaciers. Thankfully, unlike other haute ski towns we won’t mention, you’re just as likely to run into a dreadlocked 19-year-old ski-film star as a supermodel with her pants tucked into fur boots.

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Traveler Reviews of Whistler

Lacy rates Whistler
As far as ski resort communities go, this one is near perfect. The town is clean and so picturesque. There are some really good dining options, as well as some late night bars to keep you fueled for the next day. There is a quaint downtown stroll with little shops and plenty of outfitters to get you geared up for a day on the mountain. The skiing and snowboarding here is phenomenal- and it has only gotten better since they hosted the Olympics. But what many people don't realize is that they also have some amazing summer activities. In the summer, the ski lifts turn into mountain bike lifts. Whistler is a year-round destination.
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