For most people, a few beginner lessons at the local ski resort is all it takes to get cruising down mellow slopes without constantly crashing or losing control. Many recreational skiers tend to settle in at a beginner or intermediate level, but skiing is an activity where you can spend years gradually improving your technique.
Stompin’ Tom wrote and recorded “The Hockey Song” in the wake of the momentous Canada-USSR Summit Series, in which Canadian hockey pride, shaken to its foundations by the unexpected virtuosity of the Soviet game, was barely salvaged in the final seconds of the final game by what has become known simply as “The Goal”.
When the lifts shut down and skiers and boarders put their gear away, the village springs to life with celebrations of another epic day on the hill. For many, nothing compares to live music to keep the party going. As epic as the terrain and snow is, the après-ski and nightlife scenes are second to none.
In a resort town committed to ensuring everyone has a good time, you don’t have to wait until the weekend to have a great night out. Party every night of the week at high-energy hot spots that are guaranteed to have a dance floor packed with beautiful, smiling faces.
With 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, Whistler Blackcomb holds the title of North America’s largest ski resort by a longshot. Millions of people come from around the world to ski or ride the massive slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb, but some might be a bit surprised by the terrain one finds within the resort boundaries.
There are few things that can be more painful and frustrating than ill-fitting ski boots. Blisters, jammed toes and sore ankles are an all-too common experience for skiers, let alone the emotional distress of having your day or entire vacation ruined because you can’t enjoy yourself on the slopes.
In February and March of 2010, Whistler hosted the biggest celebration of the town’s history when it welcomed the world for the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. The entire village was packed with tens of thousands of athletes and spectators witnessing the pinnacle of human performance.
Craving a sweet snack? Then a visit to a Euro Snack hut is a “must-do”. Experience the thrill of a lifetime with an adrenalin pumping, heart pounding solo trip down the Whistler Sliding Centre ice. Glide in the fresh air. Feel the fire.
When visiting a Canadian mountain resort such as Whistler, many people come with visions of smoky campfires and freshly hunted game meat dancing off their tongues. While we hate to dash your hopes with discouraging words, the truth is that there is no actual antelope species native to North America and almost all the game available to restaurants in British Columbia is raised, not wild.
Whistler dining options are as varied and unique as the clientele that visit this world-class resort town. I recently discovered firsthand that Whistler has a lot more on its plate than spectacular West Coast fare. Local favourites include Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian and Japanese institutions that bring flavours from around the world into this little slice of mountain heaven.
Whistler, without a doubt, offers some of the best snowmobiling experiences in the world. With over 15 different areas to ride within an hour’s drive of town, the riding ranges from deep trees and pillows to wide open high alpine glaciers that go on as far as the eye can see.
Early this spring, Whistler Blackcomb’s construction crews began clearing snow and blasting rock for two new chairlifts, both slated to open for this winter’s ski season. Upgrading the Crystal and Harmony Chairs has long been part of the resort’s master plan, but this year the decision was made to install both, making this Whistler Blackcomb’s biggest construction project since the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.