Whistler-Blackcomb is the Host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Its world famous reputation for ski holidays helps attract over two million visitors every year. A combination of extensive and varied terrain, long season, great snow and a diverse nightlife make Whistler-Blackcomb an excellent choice for a wide range of skiers. Everyone from beginner to advanced level will find challenging terrain across the many runs.
Whistler-Blackcomb has a wide variety of green pistes through varying altitudes, giving beginners a 'whole mountain' experience. Slow skiing zones are spread across both mountains and highlighted on piste maps. These areas are marshalled by a Mountain Safety Team to ensure maximum enjoyment for all. Both mountains also have snowboarding lessons and feature specialised camps with instruction and activities.
Over half of Whistler-Blackcomb's many pistes are graded for intermediates, meaning that new challenges await those who return year on year. Challenging mogul fields, exciting heli-skiing, tree skiing and off-piste tests await the more experienced. Both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains have their own terrain park for snowboarders. Whistler caters more for beginners and Blackcomb for the experienced snowboarder but both have half-pipes and jumps.
Whistler-Blackcomb's high alpine areas offer superb wide-open bowls, steep chutes and thrilling double black diamond pistes. Snowboarders will enjoy the excellent free riding here and in other, off-piste, locations.
Whistler-Blackcomb has licensed childcare for babies and toddlers and parents are provided with a pager. The resort has a Children's Adventure Park, Adventure Zone and a play-fort. On Whistler mid-mountain, families can ski downhill on special green runs. The green runs on Whistler feature 'Family Zones' and 'Go Slow' areas.
Although Whistler-Blackcomb itself is at quite a low altitude, the high summits of the two mountains are easily accessible. This means accessing great snow is easy, but village-level temperatures rarely drop below minus 10 Celsius.
The ski season in Whistler-Blackcomb stretches out as late as early June. Checking weather reports is recommended, especially later in the season, as even when there is rainfall at village level there may be snow at high altitude. The excellent snowmaking facilities also help extend the season at Whistler-Blackcomb.
Whistler-Blackcomb's purpose built village boasts a lively and diverse après ski scene and is largely traffic-free. Beautiful mountain views, live music and a friendly atmosphere characterise the best of the après spots. Amongst many others, look out for Longhorn Saloon, Merlin's and Black's Pub for a great time away from the pistes. It is worth noting that Whistler-Blackcomb's bars and clubs are for those aged over the legal drinking age of 19 years old, so it's advisable to carry ID.