British Columbia’s Best: Whistler Blackcomb – Snow Skiing
In 2010, the Winter Olympics will be held at Whistler, BC. This won’t be the first international event here, however. Each winter, professional athletes from around the world attend Whistler’s competitions and training camps.
Recreational visitors also find this mega-resort irresistible, with its incredible 8,171 acres of terrain, and 5,028’/1,609 m of vertical. Beginners and experts alike have miles of runs to choose from. 17 restaurants dot the slopes. Sprawling around the base area is a vibrant community of hotels, condominiums, glitzy shops and a pub for every taste.
Whistler/Blackcomb is equally popular in summer. Hikers flock to the wildflower-dotted slopes. Mountain bikers enjoy 200km of challenging single-track trails. Whistler’s town is also crisscrossed with beautiful, flatland bike trails for general touring.
Whistler/Blackcomb is also one of the few resorts in North America that features summertime skiing – both professionals and amateurs enjoy the year-round snow on Blackcomb’s Garibaldi Glacier.
Sun Peaks is a relaxed, polished ski resort in British Columbia’s interior mountains. It has a well-deserved reputation for dry snow and sunshine. New lodging and restaurants have recently opened at the base area, and new runs and chairs continue to expand the terrain. The resort’s runs are excellently groomed to provide endless cruising, including groomed steep runs and glades. Miles of cross-country ski trails branch out from the base area. In summer, Sun Peaks caters to hiking, biking, golfing, and a variety of entertaining events such as the Summer Village concert series.