Whistler is the largest ski area in North America. The skiing covers both Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. Unlike Europe you do not have on piste and off piste in North America. Instead you have in and out of bounds. This means that you can ski endless powder route but still be inbound. Where as in Europe you have to venture off piste to ski powder and accept the risks that go with that. If you Love powder skiing or "off piste" skiing as we would call it in Europe then Whistler is one of the best destinations in the world.
Another reason that Whistler is so popular is that the access to the skiing is so easy from the resort itself. 9 times out of ten you will be staying in an accommodation that is walking distance from both the resort centre and the slopes or lifts. If you are only ever used to skiing in Europe then you might than think that this is that special but in most ski resorts in Canada and the USA there is a distinct difference between the town and the mountain. Normally you have to either drive or get a bus to get to the skiing but this is not the case with Whistler. If you are used to skiing in Europe but want to try Canada then Whilstler is the ideal place to start!
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There is a huge amount of skiing to be found in Whistler. Nowhere in north America has more inbound skiing. There are two mountains within the ski area which until about 2 or 3 years ago were not connected. Then they build the massive Peak to Peak Gondola which spans the valley and takes skiers right from the top of the Whistler Mountain over to the Blackcomb Mountain and back again. It truly is a fully linked ski area with an almost seemingly endless amount of skiing to be had.
Whistler is a really vibrant town with plenty of apres ski on offer. There are loads of bars to be found for a few apres ski drinks and there is plenty of nightlife later on into the evening as well. There are also plenty of shops to check out for those who are looking for a bit of retail therapy and there are a whole host of restaurants to sample as well.