Skiing Facilities at British Columbia

By: Andrew Regan

Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the province of Alberta, British Columbia is renowned for its natural beauty and remarkable diversity, with over 75% of the province being mountainous, 60% forested and only about 5% arable land. Each region is distinct and offers a multitude of rare sights and unique experiences to visitors; while nestled between the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb is the incorporated resort town of Whistler.

Formally known as Whistler Blackcomb, the town of Whistler has a permanent population of just under 10,000 people, but because of its function as a world-famous alpine skiing resort is visited by over two million people every year. It regularly gets stellar reviews and last month it was named Skiing Magazine's 'Best Skiing Resort in The World' for 2007. With the combination of good snow, extensive terrain and fantastic night-life, it is not hard to see why.

Combining the two previously separate ski areas of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in 1997, the resort is the largest single ski area and has the largest vertical drop in North America. As a result it has been chosen as the Host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games; hosting the alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, ski jumping, bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events. This does not mean the resort is not suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers however; the resort has over 40 slopes to suit beginners and over 100 to suit intermediate skiers. Apart from alpine skiing and snowboarding, the resort also offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, wildlife tours, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

After a day on the slopes there are several options available for groups of all ages to unwind. The resort offers plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining - shops and eateries are located on both mountains as well as in the valley, offering boutiques, art galleries and theatres. The eateries offer diverse styles of cuisine at varying prices. In addition to the outside activities, amenities such as the sports centre, spas and massage are available year round.

For those looking to enjoy the night life there are plenty of attractions to fit anyone's fancy, whether it's music, location, food or atmosphere that's important. There are also a variety of venues open late for those wanting to stay out until the small hours of the morning.

Visitors wanting to experience the splendour of Whistler Blackcomb can take advantage of numerous flights to Vancouver and from there catch a shuttle bus or arrange a private transfer to get to their final destination with ease.

So make the trip to Whistler this season and experience for yourself how Whistler Blackcomb can offer everything you could want both on and off the slopes.

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