Inspired by Whistler Blackcomb, Vail Resorts’ makes ‘Epic Promise’ toward sustainability. Arthur De Jong, Whistler Blackcomb’s mountain planning and environmental resource manager, has long been forthcoming about Whistler Blackcomb’s (WB) failures and shortcomings on the environmental front. It was one of those failures that led to a long string of successes — one that has seen it rise to the status of industry leader.
The numbers speak for themselves: With more than 200 marked runs and 37 chairlifts spread across 8,171 acres of terrain, there is a lot of skiing and snowboarding to enjoy on Whistler Blackcomb. Deciding to visit is the easy part; figuring out where to begin is where it gets tricky. When it comes to navigating the mountains, there are a few key tools available to help steer you in the right direction — and toward the best ski runs.
Located halfway between British Columbia’s two top destinations Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish has undergone an evolution of its own over the past two decades, becoming a popular base for outdoor activities. Once known as a forest-industry town and rest stop between the two better-known destinations, the community of 20,000 at the head of the fjord known as Howe Sound has become a mecca for rock climbers, wind sports enthusiasts, hikers, mountain bikers and those looking to be inspired by the spectacular scenery.
As the days grow longer and the Whistler Valley warms up, it’s time to immerse your senses in summer. Take deep breaths of pine-scented air on an alpine hike. Listen to the high-pitched whistle of the hoary marmot, for which Whistler is named. Dive off a dock into the fresh, cool waters of one of Whistler’s immaculate lakes. Sip a locally brewed beer on a sun-baked patio. Taste the bounty of produce from local farms. Take in the sights of the craggy peaks, lush valleys, rushing rivers and clear lakes.
Nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains, Pemberton is a small, unassuming town. But despite its sleepy ambiance, it is home to a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it’s skiing steep chutes on the surrounding mountains, jumping off cliffs on snowmobiles or hiking from cabin to cabin through the backcountry, Pemberton’s people make a lifestyle out of enjoying their natural playground.
During the past few months, the Vancouver restaurant scene has taken on a bit of a Whistler twist. Two of Whistler’s most popular casual local eateries, Peaked Pies and La Cantina, recently expanded their operations to include locations in the city — Peaked Pies at 975 Denman St., and La Cantina just a few blocks away, at 722 Nelson Street.
Vancouver is consistently ranked among the world’s most beautiful cities, and as far as attractions go, there is no shortage of fun places and activities to take in, even if you only have a couple days during your Whistler winter holiday. From world-class Stanley Park and the Granville Island Public Market, to North America’s third-largest Chinatown, and the vibrant dining and entertainment scenes, Vancouver is a happening place both summer and winter.