Trip Ideas: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb is a leader in every aspect of the skiing experience.
Whistler Blackcomb has beers and chicks who rip. | Photo: Jason Hummel

WHY: Legendary terrain, size, vertical, facilities, nightlife. WB is a leader in every aspect of the skiing experience. If you haven’t been, go. Now.

CANADIAN INTELLIGENCE: On Whistler, don’t miss the aptly named narrow groomers of Jeff’s Ode to Joy in the Symphony area. On Blackcomb, hit Spanky’s Ladder to the wide-opens of Sapphire Bowl. For a bit of backcountry, Corona Bowl offers a mix of north- and west-facing open slopes and an exit right back onto the Blackcomb Glacier, ideal for an end-of-the-day powder lap.

LOCAL SECRET: Located in the Village, Wild Wood Cafe is where locals chow on American-size portions.

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See a line starting to form at the closed Peak or Glacier chair? Get in it. If the upper lifts, which access the above-treeline alpine terrain, have been closed due to weather or lack of visibility there’s a good chance the skiing up high will be really, really good once they open. Step into the lineup. It’ll be worth the wait.

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