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The Canadian resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. More British people visit it than any other North American ski area and anyone serious about their snow should visit. See why in this PlanetSKI sponsored feature that includes a video interview about the resort.

There are many reasons to visit Whistler/Blackcomb but here at PlanetSKI there is one fact that stands out for us.

Over the past ten years, Whistler Blackcomb has received an average of 11.9 metres of snow per season. That is the height of almost three double decker busses.

Last winter despite the snowfall being poor in many areas of North America Whistler had a bumper season. It had 13.9m - that's over three double decker busses.

The main reason for this is that it has a maritime climate at is it near to the Pacific Ocean - this brings in plenty of precipitation and up on the ski slopes of Whistler Blackcombe it falls as snow.

Whistler and Blackcomb are two separate mountains but now linked by state of the art lift. 

The Peak 2 Peak gondola opened back in December 2008 as we reported on PlanetSKI at the time.

The ski area offers more than 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers and it has one of the longest ski seasons in North America. There is 1 mile of vertical.

In short it is like one of the mega resorts of Europe rather than the smaller, unconnected, ski areas normally found in North America.

If you like the Alps you should love Whistler.

As well as the mountain statistics it has a vibrant mountain culture of athletes, artists, film makers, photographers, festivals and events.

And it has some pretty good après ski too.

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For a video interview with Lisa Tyrrell from the UK Tour operator, Inghams, about the resort then see below.

She was speaking to the PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove, at the Inghams office in the UK.

They discuss the pros and the cons of the resort.

 

Terrain

Whistler and Blackcomb's 8171 acres of terrain have helped to establish it as a destination on every skier and rider's must-do list.

It is up there with Zermatt, St Anton and Chamonix as a resort every serious skier and snowboarder should visit.

As well as the extensive terrain it has an advanced high-speed lift system.

It manages to combine some great skiing for the experts with slopes for the mere mortals too.

The huge, wide-open, and varied terrain of these mountains is good for skiers of all levels including families, children and those who are new to the sport.

Snow

The combination of high levels of precipitation and moderate temperatures creates the west coast powder that Whistler Blackcomb is famous for.

This unique snow consistency sticks to terrain, offering great coverage and enabling Whistler Blackcomb to offer some of the best, most accessible expert terrain in North America.

Just in case Mother Nature fails to provide then the area has a 220 guns to ensure a  coverage of our snow all winter long. It converts up to 200 million gallons of water into snow.

The Whistler Blackcomb snowmaking team can turn 10,000 gallons of water per minute into snow on Whistler Mountain and 5,000 gallons of water per minute on Blackcomb Mountain.

Grooming

Grooming more terrain than anywhere else in North America is the ski area's priority.

From the top of the peaks to the valley floor, wide-open beginner trails to high-speed intermediate cruisers, the resort uses the largest fleet of piste bashers and pipe shapers in North America.

It grooms between 1,200 and 1,600 acres each night.

Terrain Parks

For those who like their jibs and jumps there are 99 acres of terrain parks containing more than 100 rails, countless tabletops and wall rides-a plenty.

The Nintendo Terrain Parks on Blackcomb Mountain has three parks of varying difficulty, starting with Terrain Gardens. It has smaller rails, rollers and mini-hits destined for those who want to get some air.

The Nintendo Terrain Park ups the anti, acting as a stepping stone to its big brother "Highest Level," that has some expert offerings.

For those with the need-for-speed, they can consider themselves covered.

The Snow Cross Track pushes high-speed free-riding skills to the limits, but rookies can also hit the course at their own pace if they'd like to go for a fun test run.

Most popular resort in North AmericaMost popular resort in North America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now if all this has whet your appetite then one of our partners at PlanetSKI, the UK tour operator Inghams, has a couple of great offers on at the moment;

Grab a bargain

Early booking discount to the Delta Whistler Village Suites has been extended for April 13 departures. 7 nights in a room for 4 from only £948pp when you book online. Your stay includes free ski shuttle to the lifts, free daily newspaper & free voucher per room to spend at Hy's restaurant $20 for 7 night stays. Flights from Heathrow - Vancouver are included + local airport - hotel transfers.

FREE connecting flights are also offered subject to availability from Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

See here for further details.

Looking for luxury

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler starts from just £1090pp for 7 nights 4 share and includes free daily continental breakfast worth £150 (2 per room). Also included are free village shuttle, free daily newspaper and free local calls. Flights from Heathrow - Vancouver are included + local airport - hotel transfers.

FREE connecting flights are also offered subject to availability from Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

See here for further details

There are also some other rather special offers at the moment.

Kids can ski and hire equipment for free.

There is one free child lift pass (under 12) per adult who pre-books a lift pass + 1 free child ski and boot rental per adult who pre-books ski and boot hire. 

There is also a free child helmet when ski hire is pre-booked. 

For more information about Whistler Blackcomb then check out its web site that contains all the information about the resort that you may want to know.

Meanwhile for a great video that we had on PlanetSKI a while back then see below.

It made us smile.

One word of warning about all the snow though - down in the resort it often falls as rain so be prepared.

Up top though it is powder.

Worth a visit?Worth a visit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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