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Legendary Whistler, regarded as one of the top four-season resorts in North America, became even more world-renowned as the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Whistler is a 2-hour drive along the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) fromVancouver. Flights to Vancouver International Airport are available from almost any major city. Scheduled bus services from Vancouver and connecting locales arrive in Whistler daily. The Whistler and Valley Express (WAVE) provides year-round public bus service throughout Whistler, as well as between Whistler and Pemberton.
Highlights of the city include:
Ski or snowboard on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. There are a remarkable 200 marked trails with access from 37 lifts. Its 3,307 ha of diverse terrain tempt skiers of all levels, from novices to experts.
Hop on a chairlift or gondola to a mountaintop. Enjoy the panoramic vistas of glacier-capped mountain ranges and the Whistler Valley.
Sports & Outdoor Activities
Cycle, walk, jog or blade the Valley Trail, which gently traverses the Valley. It becomes an excellent Nordic (cross-country) ski route during the winter season.
For a unique rush, strap on a full body harness then zoom across the forest valley between Blackcomb and Whistler on zipline cables.
Whistler is home to four championship courses designed by the greats: Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Arnold Palmer and Les Furber. The scenery at each is spectacular, with snow-capped majestic peaks and an abundance of wildlife.
Go for an adrenaline rush down gravity-defying runs at Whistler Bike Park, North America's largest.
Hike or walk to streaming waterfalls, crystal lakes and rugged backcountry in Whistler's mountains and parks, perfect for day trips or overnight camping.
In winter, board a helicopter for the giddy, gravity-defying rush of heli-skiing. In summer, try heli-sightseeing and heli-hiking. Ask to stop off on a glacier.
Take the memorable, 3-hour, 118-km train journey from Vancouver to Whistler aboard the Whistler Mountaineer, taking in one scenic landmark after another, including the sparkling waters and wooded islands of Howe Sound, tumbling Shannon Falls and the rugged, snow-capped Coast Mountains.