- Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Mountain (2,182 meters) and Blackcomb Mountain (2,284 meters), the two peaks that rise above Whistler Village, boast some of the best skiing in North America. The Whistler Blackcomb resort’s combined skiable terrain tops 3,307 hectares with more than 200 runs accessed by 37 lifts. Indeed, there is too much to cover in one day, which is why many visitors plan to spend a week or so the slopes. Thanks to summer skiing opportunities on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier, the Whistler Blackcomb resort also offers the longest ski season of any resort in Canada. WHISTLER-CANADA
- Peak 2 Peak Gondola
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola provides an elevated ride between the two mountains. Though the distance covered is a record-breaking 4.4 kilometers, the ride takes only 11 minutes. On a clear day, the view is superb and looks out to snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and dense coniferous forests. A glance down to Fitzsimmons Creek is also awe-inspiring – at points the gondola is nearly half a kilometer above the valley floor.
- Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Whistler’s beautiful and modern First Nations museum, the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC), is home to a collection of carvings, weavings, and stories that introduce the history and culture of the local Squamish and Lil’wat peoples. Both nations include Whistler in their traditional territory and have lived on and from this land for longer than memory. The on-site café serves an interesting menu of First Nations-inspired dishes, and the gift shop sells some handmade souvenirs.
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- Hiking & Climbing
British Columbia is renowned for its many hiking trails, and Whistler is no different. Trails range from easy nature walks around Lost Lake to elevation-intense mountain climbs. A well-traveled network of hikes radiates from the lookouts atop Whistler Mountain. Gondolas take hikers above the tree line, where the trails are especially lovely during alpine wildflower season. WHISTLER-CANADA
- Mountain Biking & Other Sports in Whistler
Mountain biking is certainly the most popular summer sport in Whistler Village, and visitors will see legions of armor-clad bikers heading up the slopes by chairlift to Whistler Mountain Bike Park. But the region offers many other adrenaline-fuelled activities, too. Ziplining is one of the most thrilling, and zipliners do reach highway speeds while flying across forested valleys.
- Whistler Olympic Park
Another facility built for the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park now offers ready access to winter cross-country skiing trails. The unusual-looking ski jumps are still in place at the facility, as are a set of Olympic rings. In winter, Nordic skiers take to the groomed trails while snowshoers follow the route to Alexander Falls and other viewpoints. A variety of hands-on tour options are available, some of which include aspects of sports like biathlons (rifle shooting), mountain biking, as well as guided hiking tours.