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  Whistler Forest   Whistler and Blackcomb combined have over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and each mountain has over 5,000 feet of vertical. You'll find three glaciers, more than two hundred trails and over 30 lifts. No other North American destination can match these statistics. Whistler/Blackcomb has consistently been named the best ski resort in North America and the impressive statistics are a good part of the reason why. Now that, that's established have a good look at the other great possibilities in the area and you'll see more of what makes this a world class destination.
 
 

Cross country skiers have lots of tracked trails to choose from and have the option of breaking their own trail in the areas spectacular backcountry (make sure your equipment and skills are up to the task). The Lost Lake Trails, just beside the village, are tracked and only a five minutes walk from many hotels. They make there way around the the lake the wind there way over to Green Lake while providing a great perspective on the two mountain back drop.

Snowshoeing is an increasingly popular sport in and around the area. The main trail is intertwined with the Lost Lake Ski Trials and access is from the same point, at the cross country parking lot. You can also take advantage of a lot of the areas hiking trails but make sure you have a map and compass or a guide. Cross country skies and snowshoe rentals are readily available in the village and at the main trail access point.

Ski touring and hut to hut skiing can be had just behind the two ski mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park. You can access the park from the top of the Whistler Gondola, as well as from several other areas along Highway 99. The sea to sky corridor provides access to some of Canada's finest ski touring and telemark areas. Backcountry skiing and boarding areas are also accessible by cat or helicopter, with several companies in the area willing to take you to a number of exceptional locations.

   
 

Now for the really kool part, Whistler may be even more fun in the summer! This mountain resort has wicked mountain biking and is only an hour or two from every mountain biker's dream (or nightmare) the world famous "north shore extreme" area. The mountain has a phenomenal bike park, which just keeps getting better. Off mountain, you'll find more trails in the immediate area and dozens and dozens more within an hour or two south or north of the resort.

A wide variety of trail systems for hikers and backpackers can be found on the mountain and in the surrounding region. HIkers can take the Gondola to the top of Whistler and hike to the mountains glacier. Backpackers can keep going and pack into Garibaldi Provincial Park, which provides the spectacular backdrop to the ski resort. Campsites and a hut are available just beyond Singing Pass. There are several other backcountry camping areas in the park as well. There are over 3000km of other trails to explore in the surrounding Sea to Sky corridor.

World class big wall climbing is only a stone's throw away from Whistler at Squamish. There are well over a thousand routes in the area. You'll also find some bouldering at the base of the cliffs and some sport climbing areas along the highway corridor. Ice climbers will find a number of places to try their skill in the Lillooet area above the resort during the winter.

Rafters and whitewater enthusiasts haven't been forgotten, with lots of nearby rapids to be run and plenty of holes to play in. Several companies will take you rafting on many of the areas rivers. You can even book a float trip in season to view the world famous gathering of the Brackendale Eagles.

Whistler has a hostel available for the backpacking traveler and once again has a campground. There are also excellent provincial park campsites nearby. The closest is Brandywine Falls just 11km south of the resort. Alice Lake is another popular option just above Squamish, while Nairn Falls north of the resort is another option. Be sure to make reservations during high season. As previously mentioned backcountry campsite are available to backpackers in the Garibaldi Provincial Park, which provides the spectacular back drop for the resort.

Within the resort village and in the surroundings you'll find every type of accommodation imaginable, from simple condos to elaborate suites at the Fairmont Whistler. Finally don't forget the mountain festivals, the races, the concerts, the restaurants and of course the oh so incredible nightlife. Put this all together and what have you got? A world class destination any time of year!

   
 
Whistler is located in the spectacular Sea to Sky corridor just two hours drive from Vancouver in British Columbia. The resort's mountains tower above the valley at over 8,000 ft providing spectacular views of the region. Vancouver International airport is service by most major carriers and can be reached directly from many North American cities.
   
 
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