STORY BY DAVID BURKE
IMAGES BY JOERN ROHDE
Welcome to Sea to Sky Country
Winter is a magical season in Whistler, and not just because it’s home to North America’s leading resort for skiing and snowboarding. Wherever you go in Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor, you’ll be surrounded
by stunning scenery, which makes it a popular backdrop for a dizzying array of
adventures: from adrenaline-fuelled thrills to world-class restaurants, galleries,
spas and night spots, to tranquil treks through the stunning, snow-filled landscape.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned regular, the sheer variety of places
to visit and experiences to be had here is impressive. Each time you visit, you’re
bound to discover something new.
This winter, for example, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) — famed for its 8,171 acres
( 3,306 hectares) of skiable terrain, the largest on the continent — has added the
new, 10-passenger Blackcomb Gondola and upgraded the Emerald Express and
Catskinner chairlifts, part of a $66-million project by parent company Vail Resorts.
The new gondola links with the Whistler Mountain and Peak 2 Peak gondolas to
become the first three-gondola, continuous connection in the world. The resort
also boasts the longest ski season in North America, keeping powder hounds giddy
from November to July. That’s probably the single biggest reason some 3 million
guests flock to the resort each year but certainly not the only one: Lodgings range
from cozy and rustic to upscale and luxurious; the diversity of shops, restaurants,
galleries and watering holes is second to none; and there is a youthful energy here,
as evidenced by the many smiling faces of all ages that you’ll see carrying skis and
snowboards through the Village on the way to their après-ski destinations.