At 8,171 skiable acres, Whistler Blackcomb dwarfs second-place Vail and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best, thanks in part to the mix of creative restaurants, luxe lodging, and a casual Canadian vibe. Read on.
I really want to spend some time in Vancouver and the surrounding areas; this image from Whistler Blackcomb, with the sunny, cloudless blue sky and white slopes, is one of the many that make me want to go there.
An hour’s drive north of Vancouver, Squamish has long been a pit stop for the 9.5 million travelers who go to Whistler ski resort each year. Hundreds of trails weave through Pacific rain forest to glacial lakes, waterfalls and peaks. Kiteboarders ply a 26-mile fjord, adventurers climb 2,300-foot Stawamus Chief, and birders gather for the annual return of thousands of bald eagles. (Photo: Remy Scalza)
Blackcomb Peak in British Columbia is just east of Whistler, Canada’s hotspot for luxury skiing. Here you’ll find ski runs galore, a classic alpine ambiance, and Swiss-inspired chalets—and fun fact, they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics sliding sports. No matter how long you’re getaway to Whistler is, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler makes for perfect accommodation in this ski-crazed town, with its cozy and rustic indulgence.
Squamish, Canada. Credit Remy Scalza. Visitors wait for a rare show of northern lights at Porteau Cove, outside Squamish. An hour’s drive north of Vancouver, Squamish has long been a pit stop for the 9.5 million travelers who go to Whistler ski resort each year.