Whistler Blackcomb#1 in Best Things To Do in Whistler
In Whistler, this is the main event. Hordes of skiers and snowboarders flock to Whistler Blackcomb every year and for good reason – its slopes stretch across more than 8,100 acres of 200-plus trails, offer terrain to accommodate all skill levels and see an annual average snowfall of around 40 feet. Stunt-lovers can practice tricks on the ramps and half pipes in any of the five terrain parks, while less-experienced skiers can glide down one of the 7-mile-long trails that wind across the mountains, which are not as steep as the mountains' more challenging runs.
But this resort isn't only for skiers and boarders. Other wintertime activities visitors can check out include snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and zip lining. Meanwhile, summer visitors can go biking and hiking or try whitewater rafting or canoeing on the surrounding rapids, lakes and rivers. And be sure to wind down and relax after a day full of activity with an après-ski drink. You'll find plenty of drink and food specials at the bars and restaurants around town.
Recent visitors praised the excellent views, pristine conditions and high-speed chairlifts this resort offers. Another draw? Thanks to Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain, skiers and snowboarders can traverse the slopes through the summer months as well. A crowd favorite year-round is riding the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. The sky pod transports people in the air nearly 3 miles between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains' peaks, the first of its kind to connect side-by-side mountains.
Lift tickets for Whistler Blackcomb vary depending on the date and the number of days you'd like to ski. Prices for other activities vary as well. You'll find Whistler Blackcomb within walking distance of Whistler Village, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and the Audain Art Museum. Multiple buses also make stops near the resort's chairlifts. Learn more by visiting Whistler Blackcomb's website.
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#2 Whistler Village
Part of what makes Whistler such a popular place to visit is the sense of community – and Whistler Village is where it all comes together. Located at the foot of Whistler Blackcomb and home to dozens of lodging choices, the village is a place where visitors and locals alike come to meet and mingle. Pedestrians can saunter along the Village Stroll, which is lined with ski and snowboard shops, or pop in to one of the many restaurants and bars in the area. Another main draw of Whistler Village is Whistler Olympic Plaza, where Olympic and Paralympic mementos sit on display and a playground and art installations pay tribute to the 2010 Winter Games. During the winter, the plaza makes way for an outdoor public ice skating rink; during the summer, the area plays host to a free outdoor concert series.
No matter the season, the Whistler Village calendar is full of activities that captivate everyone. Past visitors were especially impressed with the village's plaza, adding that its relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to people-watch or have a picnic during the warmer months.
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