5 Reasons Why Whistler Is The Best Place In The World To Go Skiing And Snowboarding
Don't know your whistle from your Whistler? Here's everything you need to know about Canada's ski paradise.
Main Photo (Above) By Eric Berger
What do you know about Whistler in Canada? I mean, you're probably aware that it's got quite a good reputation as a skiing and snowboarding destination right? But, apart from that, we imagine some of you might need a few pointers on the place before making it your specialist subject on Mastermind. Pointers like the ones we're about serve up below.
Did you know, for example, that Whistler is home to a whopping 8,171 acres of skiable terrain? Skiable terrain, we hasten to add, that's extremely varied and diverse. Or what about the fact that the two mountains here, Whistler and Blackcomb respectively, are attached by the Peak 2 Peak Gondola; a gondola that sets world records for both length and height?
It's a bit like being back at school, isn't it? A really fun and exciting school, where you get the chance to be seriously stoked on booking yourself an awesome ski trip to British Columbia. Anyway: class in session. Here's a lesson in all things Whistler.
1) Secret Stashes
As the young whippersnapper at the start of this video says, "Some stashes are just too secret to share." And while that might sound sinister, we presume he's referring to that treasured buzz you can get when skiing or snowboarding in a private little place to call your own. Thankfully, because Whistler is such an unbelievably enormous ski area, even if you don't know of a secret stash before visiting, we're confident you'll have found one by the end of your stay.
2) Powder Mornings
Powder. Sweet, sweet, powder. Here at Mpora, we love powder. We love it so much that we're planning to leave our entire estate and fortune to it in our will. If you love powder, even half as much as we love powder, you're going to have a seriously good time in Whister. With a record breaking average annual of 38.5ft of snow falling in these parts, it's likely you'll be enjoying your fair share of powder during your visit. So whatever you're after, be it bluebird days, super snow, early morning groomers or powder; Whistler is a place that has what you want.
3) Down Days
Of course, Whistler is so much more than just powder mornings and secret stashes. There's other stuff to do. Fun stuff. Fun stuff like shopping, dining, swimming, bungee jumping, spas, après-ski, art museums and ice skating over at the Olympic Plaza. Like the dude at the end of this video says, if you're spending all of your time on the slopes "you're actually going to only see about 40% of what Whistler really is." Well said, man at the end of this video. Well said, indeed.
4) The Village Stroll
Looking for a good time in Whistler? With its unique buzz and vibe, the Village Stroll is definitely where it's at. As the chaps in the video point out, getting from one end of it to the other can take anywhere between six minutes and four hours depending on how much of a rush you're in. The Stroll, described as Whistler's "artery" has everything you could want from a ski resort. Oh, and it's pedestrian-only meaning you won't have to dodge out the way of oncoming traffic while wearing ski boots. Win.
5) Après Ski
No proper day of skiing is complete without a fair share of booze being incorporated. With all the brilliant après ski locations on offer in and around Whistler, the skiers and snowboarders in these parts know that even when the day's skiing/snowboarding is over...the good times will continue to roll long into the night. For guaranteed party vibes, after a day on the slopes, it's all about Whistler. Better prepare your squad for some hardcore "shotski" action, as it's a bit of a local tradition. When in Rome, and all that.
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