Congratulations if you’re considering a ski vacation at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort! Whistler holds a status among veteran and newbie skiers alike as the pinnacle of premiere snowboarding and skiing experience. For many it is considered to be the quintessential resort in North America. For those of you reading this and contemplating where you would like to enjoy your ski vacation this will help give you an idea of what to expect if you choose Whistler as your destination!
1) Whistler Mountain was originally named London Mountain and in 1997 the previously two separate ski areas of Whistler and Blackcomb were combined into one single operation when Intrawest merged with Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation. Unfortunately it still took a few years before the ticketing and access systems were integrated to allow ticketing and pass control for both ski areas until 2003. Together Whistler and Blackcomb comprise the largest ski area in North America encompassing 8,171 acres, that’s almost 54% larger than Vail, which is HUGE and comes in second in North America at 5,289 acres.
2) The Lift system at Whistler is perhaps the most sophisticated and advanced in the world giving skiers access to not only the most terrain in north America but also to the largest lift service and vertical change too! With Almost 200 runs accessible by 38 ski lifts, four of which are the cozy gondolas, it has 18 chairlifts and 16 surface lifts. Believe it or not but it has the longest run in North America lasting nearly 11 km! If that’s not enough for you the lift capacity for Whistler is 34,345 skiers/hr while Blackcomb can handle 31,162/hr. Don’t forget you’ll be knee deep in wonderful champagne powder with annual snowfall of 402 inches a year.
Whistler is one Ski Vacation Destination that everyone should go to at least once in your lifetime. The beautiful scenery, luxurious lodging and world class skiing will be an unforgettable experience for yourself and any loved ones you share it with.