Niney minutes north of Vancouver, the resorts of Whistler and Blackcomb combine for a stunning 10,000 vertical fett of terrain. That includes glades, bowls, glaciers, and terrain parks, all with views of rivers, lakes and B.C.’s evergreen forests. In Whistler Village, the vibe is a mix of 20-somethings chowing down on putine and couples and families getting their fix of sushi or strolling along Skiers Plaza.
Stay Here: Located at the base of Whistler, the Pan Pacific Hotel is walking distance to the lifts and has a pool area that overlooks Whistler’s central thoroughfare.
Ski Here: Whistler is known for its warm Pacific storms, so the higher you get, the more quality snow you’ll find. head all hte way up to Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain, an open bowl that feeds into gladed trees that hold powder stashes.
Play Here: After skiing, make your way to Forged, a BYOB joint where you can throw axes at bull’s-eyes. Then fill your face with spicy salmon rolls at Sushi Village.
Stay Here: The Legends, situated right near the Creekside Gondola, the ski school, and a grocery store, has a large pool/hot tub area, a game room, and a movie cave.
Ski Here: Both Whistler and Blackcomb are dotted with what the resort calls “Family Certified Zones,” mellow terrain that’s built out with tree forts and slides, like Magic Castle, on Blackcomb. The kids can have a snowball fight while you rip nearby runs like Countdown, a buffed-out groomer.
Play Here: After skiing, check out the Sunday night Fire and Ice Show, where pro skiers jump through rings of fire. Then chow down on clay-oven pizza at Creekbread.
Stay Here: The 539-room Fairmont Chateau Whistler, at the base of Blackcomb, is as luxurious as it is massive, with five restaurants and a spa—meaning you can disappear together here with everything you need.
Ski Here: At Whistler and Blackcomb, the terrain can go from easy to extreme quickly. Which is why it’s wise to meet up with one of the resort’s free mountain hosts, who can lead you to slopes that you’ll both enjoy.
Play Here: If you do venture out of the Fairmont, ride the Solar Coaster Express to the top of Blackcomb, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Coast Mountains, order a wine flight at Christine’s, and dine on local, slow-cooked wild salmon.
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