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Boasting dramatic mountain scenery and a lively après scene, Whistler is Canada’s premier ski resort and its 8,171-acre ski area is one of the largest in the world.
A year-round leisure and meeting destination, Whistler is nestled in the Coast Mountains just 75 miles north of Vancouver.This incredible sking resort combines the superb terrain of two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb which offers a lift-served vertical drop of 1,610m, served by 37 lifts. There are over 200 runs that include interest for all levels – pistes are classed as 18% beginner (greens), 55% intermediate (blues) and 27% expert (blacks).One of these, the three-kilometer-plus PEAK 2 PEAK 360gondola joins the two mountaintops at mid mountain, meaning that access to both hills is equally convenient from Whistler’s three resort bases – Whistler Village, Upper Village and Creekside.It offers stunning 360° views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests. Whistler boasts a strong selection of spas, restaurants and family activities on offer, making Whistler a good all-round destination with appeal even for non-skiers. There are scenic helicopter rides around the area, and live music and concerts throughout the season. The Scandinave Spa is a luxurious retreat set in stunning wilderness and boasting hot tubs at different temperatures, massages and other treatment options.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences
A few minutes from the pistes at Blackcomb, the luxurious Four Seasons is anintimate retreat in the heart of North America’s largest ski resort. Oozing European refinement, the hotel contains 273 lodge guest rooms, hotel suites and townhouses each with out of this world services and amenities to accompany the spectacular decor. Withspacious rooms and suites with walk-in wardrobes and balconies showing guests spectacular mountain views, cozy wood interiors emitting a rustic alpine charm and fireplaces, this hotel is luxury at its finest. The property features a heated outdoor pool; a top-notch fitness center and spa. The upscale “ski lodge” lobby exudes a cozy vibe, with wood-paneled walls, wood beamed- ceilings, and chandeliers. Four Seasonsalso has its own impeccable steak restaurant Sidecut where guests can create their own decadent steak rub. This mountain hotel offers a one-of-a-kind service with its Ski Concierge, who will collect and store your equipment for you, assist with equipment rental (if needed), and help you purchase a lift pass, so you waste no time in enjoying the fresh morning powder.They also pamper you silly by offering free hot chocolate with a variety of toppings after an adventurous day on the slopes.