Vancouver - 2 hours 30 minutes
• Cup of coffee from $3.00 • Small beer from $6.00 • Bottle of house wine $24.00 • Poutine from $11.00 • Glass of coke from $2.75 • Canadian Club from $7.50 • Sandwich from $13.50 • Pizza from $14.00 • Burger & fries from $14.50
London Gatwick, London Heathrow
Ski area with glacier skiing
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So what's it like?
Canadian skiing at its best, perfect for all abilities
With stacks of awards as the number 1 ski resort in USA and Canada, Whistler is without doubt one of the world’s greatest ski destinations. Better still, it lacks any sort of arrogance or pretentiousness, maintaining the fun and friendly Canadian attitude. We could talk about the massive ski area, amazing snow record, superb après, and top quality hotels - but there’s something special about Whistler that you can’t quite put your finger on. If you’ve been there you’ll know all about it - if you haven’t, then go and find out what all the fuss is about.
The prices are surprisingly good too – hotels don’t have the high price tag of some of the other top North American destinations. You’ll pay a little more for food and drink than other Canadian resorts but it’s still pretty affordable. There’s a staggering array of restaurants - British Columbia has 150,000 miles of coastline so the fish and seafood is exquisite. North American staples of ribs, steak and wings are not in short supply, neither are pitchers of beer. The base of Whistler Mountain is one big party, especially when the Vancouverites drive up on the weekend.
The drive from Vancouver to Whistler, the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’, is incredible too. It’s not just a great name, the view over the straights and green rainforest islands rising out of the water is nothing short of spectacular. We highly recommend adding on a couple of nights in Vancouver, especially for longer stays.
Ski Information Beginners
Beautiful scenic runs gently meander down the mountain and finish off at the village so a well earned 'pick-me-up' will definitely be the order of the day.
Ski Information Intermediates
Enjoy skiing on slopes groomed to velvety perfection and beautiful long cruising runs, not to mention the incredibly spectacular scenery. Take the Peak chairlift to the top of Whistler mountain and enjoy the blue Peak to Creek run.
Ski Information Advanced
The 12 massive high alpine bowls offering endless off-piste challenges and oceans of powder. The 3 glaciers ensure 100% guaranteed snow all season. Recommended is the Blackcomb Glacier, accessed by Spanky's ladder and Whistler, West, Bagel and the new Flute bowls for some powder skiing.
Probably the best après-ski and nightlife of any Canadian resort • lively post ski drinks at the GLC or Longhorn at Whistler base, Merlin’s at Blackcomb and Dusty’s at Creekside - which is where the locals go • for something a little more refined an après ski drink around the fire pits at the Fairmont is worth it and the bars at the Hilton and Four Seasons are very nice • later on the Brew House is where to head if there’s a hockey match on but all the bars within the village are pretty good • for clubs Mojos and Garfinkel are always popular
Away-day to Vancouver, bobsleigh, bowling alley, bungee jumping, cinema with films in English, curling, helicopter rides, ice climbing, leisure centre with aerobics, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and yoga, outdoor ice skating, sleigh rides, skeleton, spa treatments, zip trekking
A huge range and types of restaurants and all of which are really well priced • if you’re after cheap and cheerful then there’s plenty on offer, the Spaghetti Factory or Longhorn Saloon are popular • for really good Canadian fare (ribs, wings, nachos etc etc!) head to the Brew House • the Mongolie Grill and Sushi Village are good fun • massive range of fine dining restaurants, personal favourites would have to be the Aubergine Grill at the Westin and Sidecut at the Four Seasons
Make your vows in Whistler, the perfect wedding destination. Choose from a unique setting on the slopes, in the Fairmont Chateau wedding chapel or in the warmth at the Edgewater Lodge.
Call the weddings team on 0871 230 8123 (call charges apply) for more information.
The Whistler Kids Ski & Snowboard School offers daily group lessons for all ages and abilities. Ski programmes start from 3-17 years with 5 day courses from Monday to Friday and two day courses over the weekend. Snowboard programmes start from 6 years - teens. All day programmes include lunch. Infant and toddler care is available for ages 3 months - 36 months from C$95.