If you’re a passionate skier in search of a new destination, then you’d be hard pushed to find a resort to match the size, choice and luxury of Whistler Blackcomb. Located in British Columbia, Canada - around 125 kilometres north of Vancouver – Whistler Blackcomb occupies the position of being the largest ski resort in North America, attracting more the two million visitors every year. Here’s your guide to visiting this world-class resort.
How to get there
If you’re flying into Canada, head for the city of Vancouver. Served by a host of international carriers, this is the closest major airport to the resort. When it comes to getting yourself to Whistler Blackcomb, there are several options available, including car rental. However, for a truly unique experience, it’s worth considering travelling by rail. You’ll experience breath-taking views of Canada’s mountains and lakes, as you relax in comfort on your way to the resort. Book tickets online here.
What to take
Though lots of places in the ski resort offer equipment hire, if you plan to ski again in the future it’s a much better idea to invest in your own gear. Retailers like Decathlon stock an extensive range of ski equipment and clothing at affordable prices, available to buy online. It’s also good idea to think outside the box a little; if you’re travelling as part of a group, walkie talkies can be extremely handy when you’re trying to find each other. You might not be spending any time on the beach, but sunscreen is also an absolute must when you’re hitting the slopes.
Where to stay
When it comes to accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are plenty of luxurious hotels throughout the resort, although the Crystal Lodge and Suites boasts great facilities and a central location, with quick access to both the Whistler and Blackcomb lifts. Check prices and availability at the official website.
Our top tip: as one of the busiest and most-popular resorts in the world, it’s no surprise that the queues here can be as extreme as the skiing. We’d advise investing in a Fresh Track ticket, which is available from Whistler Village Guest Relations. You’ll be some of the first people on the slopes when the snow is fresh and conditions are at their best. The price of the pass even includes breakfast at the mountaintop Roundhouse Lodge - where the views are as delightful as the pancakes and sausages on offer!