When the snow descends on Whistler, it’s a magical place. That applies just as much to the myriad wintertime experiences available outdoors, on and off the mountains, as it does to the twinkling lights, cultural and culinary experiences and pulsating nightlife to be found in Whistler Village. Whether you are a first-time or seasoned visitor, you don’t have to be a hardcore skier or snowboarder to have a good time here.
After arriving 30 minutes before my “Thunder On Ice” bobsleigh experience at the Whistler Sliding last winter, I walked to the interior of the ice-covered track — host venue for the sliding events during the 2010 Winter Olympics — and watched, along with a half-dozen others, over a period of about 10 minutes, as three skeleton racers flashed by Corner 15. I say “flashed by,” because the speed is difficult for someone who’s only seen bobsleigh, skeleton and luge racing on TV to comprehend. Standing just two metres away, near the bottom of the track, with racers travelling between 140 and 145 kilometres per hour, the speed is mind- numbing.
This year Whistler Blackcomb (WB) has focused its efforts on accommodating new skiers and snowboarders by investing $2.4 million to improve the mountains’ learning areas. Within the resort’s 8,000+ acres of skiable terrain there are plenty of beginner-friendly zones.
Merely a fledgling, just seven months old, the Audain Art Museum has already welcomed more than 30,000 people through its doors to tour the extraordinary permanent collection of nearly 200 artworks from coastal British Columbia. While most ventures of this tender age are learning to crawl, the museum is leaping ahead, embracing both art aficionados and those with an appreciation for art, of all ages, in a dance spanning four centuries of art history.
With such incredible terrain,Whistler Blackcomb (WB)is a great place for skiers or snowboarders to advance their skills.As a global ski mecca, Whistler has no shortage of skilled instructors and guides who can help you chase your goals, whether that’s carving in perfect parallel or learning the key points of safe backcountry travel.