Whistler Ski Resort

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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With the largest ski area in all of North America, Whistler ski resort can rightly claim itself the number one winter destination on the continent. While the folks in Vail and Park City would beg to differ, Whistler Blackcomb has made the final cut on lists from Ski and Skiing Magazine to Freeze and Transworld Snowboarding. There is also more ski terrain available above the tree line at Whistler than at any other resort in the U.S. or Canada.

Whistler ski resort also claims to offer the only glacier skiing in all of North America. For those who are leery of the skis, poles, boots, and bindings, it's also possible to sign up for glacier riding, which offers thrills for the tamer crowd (glaciers only move a few inches at a time). Adrenaline addicts, however, can turn to 7000 acres of terrain covering a full mile-long fall line (the distance from the summit to base camp).

More Reasons To Choose Whistler Ski Resort

As if all this weren't enough, Whistler ski resort has dedicated itself to more than 14 million dollars worth of improvements for the coming season. This includes an expansion of skiable terrain that opens 1000 additional acres to the public and introduces Whistler Mountain's first runs on its western face. The "Peak to Creek," as it's known, gives even long-time Whistler devotees their first look at BC from the other side of the mountain.

To go with the opening of Peak to Creek, Whistler ski resort is also opening its brand new Flute Bowl that boasts over 700 more acres of terrain. Improvements such as these are part of the natural expansion of the area and largely serve a growing population of skiers. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll find that many of these upgrades and expansions can be tied to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, which will be held at Whistler Blackcomb.

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