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Whistler, the biggest of them all

By Janick Robidoux, Ski Travel Specialist
No matter how you decide to enjoy Whistler, your experience is guaranteed to be an unforgettable one. Whether you choose to hit all the black diamond runs, glide down perfectly groomed pistes, indulge in some fine dining or just kick back and enjoy vacationing with family and friends, Whistler has it all! The biggest ski resort in North America offers 8,171 acres of terrain, over 200 marked runs, a vertical drop of 1,609 metres, average snowfall of 1,163 cm, 37 lifts including the Peak 2 Peak which connects the summits of Blackcomb and Whistler, and a ski season that runs from November to May, thanks to summer skiing on the glacier. Both the mountain and the village have something for everyone. And, if you happen to be skiing with family, note that there are specially reserved zones on the mountain just for you. With direct flights from all major Canadian cities, Whistler is just a hop, skip and jump away—a mere five hours from Montreal. It would take you the same time to drive to Val D’Or! After landing in Vancouver, Whistler is a short hour and a half away. I would advise against renting a car, though, because everything here has been designed with skiers in mind. So, whatever you want to do can be done on foot, or using the incredibly efficient (and free!) shuttle bus system. One of my favourite runs at Whistler is Spanky’s Ladder on Blackcomb. This fabulous double black diamond provides the challenge and the breathtaking views I expect from a ski vacation. Just hop on the Glacier Express and you’ll be there in no time. Another great option is Arthur’s Choice, a black diamond run accessible to all. The view of Whistler Valley from here is glorious, the trees are well spaced, the snow is just incredible and the surrounding nature procures a sense of peace with every turn. Just before Arthur’s Choice, you’ll find the Outer Limits, a double black diamond glade run unique for its petrified trees. This sector is a little tighter and has a greater pitch than Arthur.  It’s an absolutely magnificent sector easily accessible with the new Crystal Ridge Express. If the delectable aroma of waffles happens to come drifting by while you’re here, don’t worry, you’re not imagining things (just in case you think the altitude is messing with your head!). Chances are you’re somewhere near Crystal Hut, where you can indulge in the best waffles you’ve ever tasted! With my morning skiing over, I headed over to Whistler on the Peak 2 Peak—sheer joy! In addition to the 360-degree panorama, you will also have a clear view of the ski area that is waiting for you, all from the highest possible vantage point in British Columbia! What more could you ask for? Once in Whistler, I stopped in for a quick bite at the Roundhouse Lodge, located at the summit, before tackling Symphony, Sun and Whistler Bowl. These 3 runs are my personal favourites, but I have to say that I am also quite partial to the fantastically impressive Symphony run. Be wary of any strong winds though, as they can completely eliminate all visibility in a few short minutes. It’s really important to remain cautious. However, if you’re enjoying lovely, sunny weather, the view and the skiing are quite simply, well… (words can’t do it justice, but I trust your imagination!) Those who prefer early morning skiing can take advantage of the Fresh Tracks option. For about $ 20, you can make your way up in the gondola before everyone else, enjoy a healthy buffet breakfast at the Roundhouse Lodge and, as soon as the bell rings, you’ll be first in line to hit that fresh powder. I loved it so much, I did it twice in one week. Whistler is, without a doubt, Canada’s chameleon resort—it adapts to everyone! Whether you’re an expert who wants to ski from morning until night, or a beginner who prefers to end the day with a different activity, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. From fine dining to cozy cafés, pubs of every description, shops of all sorts (each more interesting than the next!) and tons of activities for those who relish the great outdoors as well as those who prefer to take it in smaller doses, Whistler has everything you need. Come experience it for yourself!
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2015-2016 Ski Magazine 

Always a great choice!

By Caroline Samson, Special Contributor and Group Leader I have been fortunate enough to ski many of the resorts offered by Gendron Travel over the years. So, when people ask me which is my favourite, I am always hard pressed to choose. I tend to say that each of the places I’ve visited is special for its own unique reason. But, when it comes to Whistler, I have to say, the reasons are innumerable! Let me fill you in. Faced with all the options Whistler has to offer, I would definitely start with the bowls. Both on Whistler and Blackcomb, you’ll find areas with tons of potential for loads of fun. One look at the trail map and you’ll quickly realize that these wideopen spaces—Symphony, West, Glacier, Diamond, Ruby and many more (all named for precious stones)—are nothing like the ones we have back home. The beauty of it all is that, if you are not used to skiing on this type of terrain, Whistler is probably the best place for you to learn. To get to Harmony, for example, there are several paths you can take, ranging from steep to easy going. And, after a big storm, the snow really piles up nicely in these spots. So, one of the first reasons I would recommend Whistler is its phenomenal bowls! The variety, quality and sheer size of the terrain is another characteristic that sets this destination apart from the rest. The numbers speak for themselves: with 8,100 acres of terrain, Whistler is the biggest resort in North America. You’ll need at least a week to test out your legs on all sorts of terrain, from easy, mellow greens to steep blacks to terrain parks, bowls, Olympic runs, moguls and long groomers like Peak to-Creek and Chainsaw Ridge. This entire playground is at your disposal through an incredibly efficient and constantly improving network of lifts that will get you to your favourite runs in no time. The added bonus is that, unlike other resorts, it’s incredibly easy to find your way around at Whistler. Reason number two for choosing Whistler—incredible variety. Whistler is also marvellous from a logistic perspective—in other words, getting there is a breeze! After a direct flight to Vancouver, shuttle to Whistler, settling into your choice of the countless accommodations, and maybe a quick stint at the nearby grocery and liquor stores, you’ll be geared up for a fabulous week-long vacation in no time (and I didn’t even mention the fact that you don’t have to go through customs!). In fact, getting to Whistler is so easy that, I have, on more than one occasion, chosen to hop on a plane at the last minute, fast on the heels of a snowstorm heading West! And, with the possibility of snowstorms from November to April, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to head out and enjoy this little piece of heaven… whether for the first, 10th or 20th time!

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