Ski Canada: Whistler Ski Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Whistler is a big, winter monster of a ski resort in British Columbia, Canada. With over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, and 200 runs, it’s not hard to understand why it’s a favorite amongst skiers from all over the world!

Whistler's endless possibilites. (Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort)

The Canadian Rockies have blessed this mega resort with a vertical drop of more than a mile (5,354 feet/1,632 m). The base sits at 2,140 feet (652 m) and the summit reaches an elevation of 7,494 feet (2,284 m).

The resort is actually composed of two mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. The two share a charming village and base, filled with entertainment, festivities, colorful shops and cozy bistros.

Whistler is famous for its challenging runs, hopping village and legendary west coast friendliness.

The thousands of acres include 12 bowls, three glaciers and more than 200 marked trails serviced by 38 state-of-the-art lifts that can transport over 65,000 skiers per hour.

The terrain is classified as 20% beginner, 55% more difficult and 25% most advanced. The longest trail at Whistler is 7 miles long (11+ km)!

Each year Whistler receives an average of 402 in (1021 cm), but by the end of March, 2010 the resort had already received 500+ inches (1270 cm). That already makes 42 feet of snow and the 3rd snowiest winter in Whistler’s history!

Considering all the natural snowfall, it’s easy to understand why there is only snowmaking on 7% of the trails. It’s almost totally unnecessary!

There are over 6,540 seats in Whistler’s 17 restaurants, all ready to appease the growling stomachs coming back from the slopes.

Another cool thing about Whistler is that for the 2009/2010 season, they launched a renewable energy project that produces enough energy to match their total annual energy consumption.

The Fitzsimmons Creek Renewable Energy Project produces 33 gigawatt hours per year, enough to run 38 lifts, 17 restaurants, 270 snowguns and countless other buildings and services enjoyed by visitors to Whistler both in the winter and summer. The creek was chosen because it has an abundance of water, the necessary vertical drop and because it’s not a major fish-bearing or recreational stream in British Columbia.

The ski and snowboard school also got a new feature. The Whistler Kids and Ride Tribe programs now have the FLAIK GPS tracking system. This GPS tag is worn by the students, providing extra safety and a cool way to track their day on the mountains. End of the day data includes which trails guests were on and how much vertical they achieved.

Heliskiing and snowboarding is also possible at Whistler, just make sure you know what you’re doing before you take the plunge!

Telephone: 604 932-3434

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