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Possibly the Best Ski Holiday Experience in the Word - 22/04/2015
Overall

The danger with Whistler is that, if you are European skier, and really love skiing, you may never want to ski in Europe again. The scope of the inbounds (i.e. patrolled and avi controlled) off-piste is immense, in Europe you are, for the most part, either on-piste (patrolled and controlled) or off-piste and therefore at risk. Bowls, Couloir, trees and open snow fields: the off-piste options are fantastic, that is before you venture into the backcountry (where you are beyond the ski area boundary) or heli-ski (90% of the world’s heli-skiing is in BC). There is plenty of on-piste skiing also available (over 1000 acres and some of the world’s best terrain parks (Ride Catskinner over the XL park in the afternoon to see how it’s done). All this is spread over two cable car linked mountains with a big pedestrianized village at the base and a great variety of restaurants; Araxi and the Rim Rock at the top end to Splitz and the Spaghetti factory at the value end and many in between. The après is good, not quite Austria, but Merlin’s can rock, particularly on a Friday. There is also the Long Horn GLC, Dusty’s and the Dub Lihn Gate, which also has live music every evening. The shops are open late if you need some retail therapy after a hard day on the slopes. Night clubs: most resorts in Europe that I have been to have one or two, try five. With an average of 10 meters of snow per season (that is 30ft in old money) it can be epic, but not often sunny. The ski school is very good, all day for the kids in Adventure Camp and good group and private lessons available. If you think that you are too good for lessons, or want to get into the steeps, Extremely Canadian Clinics are the thing. Hint: the slope grading is rather means that slopes are a bit harder than you might encounter elsewhere.

Apres Ski: 5/5

David Harper

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A Great Place o Ski - 01/01/2012
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Whistler-Blackcombe is an amazing ski area. I revel in the North American ski ethos of skiing all over the mountain with a huge variety of terrain. Starting with amazing alpine bowls which you can ski all over as opposed to the European style of skiing only on designated marked runs. There are also plenty of mogul runs which are fantastic fun, often in limited supply in Europe! Gladed runs are the best though skiing through the trees between runs, something I have not experienced in Europe and is great fun!! The ordered lift lines are also so much more relaxing han the frenetic scrums that you get in Europe. Ski school is also amazing especially for children and caters for all levels from beginners to level 1 ski instructors. Some great hotels and restaurants in the resort and incredible scenery when the sun shines!

Apres Ski: 5/5

Fiona Gidden

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