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City Population 543,871

Skiable Acreage Within 90 Miles 8,900

Ski Areas Within 20 MilesCypress 14-mile drive; 250 skiable acres; 1,785-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $24; season pass, $463; Grouse Mountain 6-mile drive; 212 skiable acres; 1,210-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $21; season pass, $328. Mt. Seymour 17-mile drive; 600 skiable acres; 1,115-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $19; season pass, $331.

Big Areas Within 80 MilesMt. Baker 76-mile drive; 1,000 skiable acres; 1,500-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $33; season pass, $615. Whistler-Blackcomb 75-mile drive; 7,071 skiable acres; 5,280-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $40; season pass, $1,007. (All prices are in U.S. dollars.)

Best On-Slope Event Whistler-Blackcomb's World Ski & Snowboard Festival¿held every April¿without doubt the continent's biggest on-slope bash.

Average Annual Income $19,215

Unemployment Rate 8.6 percent

Median Price of a 2,000-Square-Foot Home $238,700

Tax Rates Property, 0.8 percent of assessed value; income, between 25.4 percent and 43.35 percent; sales, 14 percent.

Cool Ski Fact Number of chairs at Mt. Seymour that began life as an amusement park sky ride: One.

For Information on relocating to Canada, visit www.cic.gc.ca or www.relocatecanada.com.