Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

You’ll certainly add the wow factor with a visit to Whistler, Blackcomb with a menu of deluxe options and the longest ski season in North America –you’ll be longing for more time on these two mountains.

Push your skiing forward with some private lessons, snowmobile up the mountain to enjoy a traditional fondue dinner, or take in a tasting tour at four different world-class restaurants.

Adventure seekers can have a go at heli-skiing, while those seeking a quieter life can simply slip into the Scandinave Spa.

And that’s before you explore the 32kms of pistes that these mountains have to offer.

There are also fantastic off-piste options to be had here, plus some great  cross country and the chance to enjoy ski guiding (not for beginners).

Whistler mountain was founded in the 1960s, and Blackcomb opened in 1980. It’s currently one of the hottest places to snow and board – and has plenty of star attraction – from Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz, to Kurt Russell and Mel Gibson.

The mountains are a two and a half hour transfer from Vancouver, and is ideal for experts and intermediates, with adequate provision for those starting their time in the slopes.

Luxury appeal     
Rest day options include indulgent shopping, spa treatments, snowshoeing, ecotours, snowcat tours and much more.

Star attraction
Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt…the list is endless.

Technical
Whistler Blackcomb has 32kms plus of piste. There are 216 runs – 42 easy, 116 intermediate and 58 difficult. There are also five terrain parks, with over 100 rails wall rides and tabletops – three on Blackcomb and two on Whistler. The longest run is the 11 km Burnt Stew to Side-Winder, Upper and the Lower Olympic 11 km Green Road down Easy Out. The 2,284m resort has 37 lifts and cable cars. The long season runs from November to mid-May, with glacier skiing available on Blackcomb in June and July.

Apres ski
There’s more than 90 restaurants in Whistler’s pedestrianised village, so you can catch up with the in crowd for some sake at the sushi houses, opt for a cigar bar, or make the muscle pain melt away with a martini. It’s also well worth checking out the live music and club scene.

Location, location
Whistler is in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in British Columbia. It’s around 125 kms north of Vancouver.

Briony Key has worked for the Scotsman and Travel Weekly and currently writes for Time and Leisure, planetski and Family Ski News. She loves action sports and is this year taking on a Ben Nevis challenge for the British Heart Foundation. Her hobbies include travel, restoring old furniture and working in theatre wardrobes.

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