8 Things You Never Knew About Whistler
Sponsored feature: You may have heard about the powder, but Whistler has more secrets up its sleeve
To most action sports fans, Whistler in Canada is a dream destination. Mountain bikers love it's incredible views and almost limitless trails, but it's as a ski and snowboard resort that the iconic area is best known.
It sits unchallenged at the top of most peoples must-visit lists, and for good reason. It has endless terrain that's perfect for every level of rider which means neither you, or anybody you travel with will ever get bored.
But, the area still hosts a few secrets. Here are eight things you didn't know about Whistler...
1) More Terrain Than Anywhere Else In North America
Whistler and Blackcomb mountains boast an incredible 8,171 acres (3,307 hectares) of skiable terrain - the most in all of North America. Furthermore, the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb have an incredible mile of vertical shared between them!
So, from perfectly groomed pistes to powder filled bowls to hair-raising couloirs, there really is something for everybody.
2) Record Breaking Lifts
It's all very well having this wealth of epic terrain, but how do you keep it all connected? With a record breaking lift system! The Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are connected by the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola which shatters long-standing world records for both length and height.
The high-tech Gondola traverses the almost 3 mile distance between the two peaks in just 11 minutes. Enough time to catch a breather before hitting the powder once again.
3) Whistler Has A Village Open Only To Pedestrians
Whistler is well known as one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but this is no accident. The village at the base of the mountains is open only to pedestrians, meaning there is no congestion or pollution from cars, lorries and other traffic.
In the award-winning village, you're never far from shops, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as luxurious spas, a movie theatre and so much more. There's everything you could possibly need, whatever season you visit.
4) There's More To Whistler Than Skiing And Snowboarding
Whistler is, of course, synonymous with skiing and snowboarding. The perfect pistes and epic powder make the area ideal. But there's more going on that just sliding down a hill on a couple of planks of poplar.
The area also boasts amazing sleigh rides, snow tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and snowshoeing at the nearby Lost Lake. Whatever season you go, the peaks of Whistler will give you views unrivalled anywhere in the word.
5) Never Stop Skiing
Ever fancied stepping straight out of your bed and onto the slopes? At any point in the snow season, a staggering 19,936 visitors to Whistler will rest their head on a pillow no more than 500 metres from a ski lift.
With such a choice of ski in/ski out options, you'll never have to trek that mile uphill to your hotel after a busy day on the slopes.
6) Inspiring The World
Whistler has a a renowned mountain culture that's unique to the area, but somehow manages to make skiers and snowboarders from anywhere in the world feel at home. A combination of youthful energy, and the laid-back, friendly locals make for a destination that's perfect whether you're visiting for adventure, or relaxation.
7) Insane Amounts of Powder
Whistler is famous the world over for it's incredible amounts of powder that has skiers and snowboarders the world over drooling every winter. But did you know quite how much?
The average snowfall is a mind blowing 38.5 feet - that's almost twelve metres. That's like three double decker busses stacked on top of each other.
8) Experts Are Always On Hand
Whistler.com is more than just a website – it is the official information website and central reservations for the resort of Whistler. Make your reservation at whistler.com and you can guarantee the best price for your stay in Whistler.
Whistler.com is manned by experts based right in Whistler Village, so your holiday will always be planned to perfection – and by people who know the resort first-hand