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Luxury in Whistler : Spectacular Alpine village of the North America's

With magnificent mountain scenery and an active après scene, the alpine mountain village of Whistler, on the west coast of Canada just north of Vancouver in British Columbia, is more European in flavour than most North American resorts. Widely considered as one of the top four-season resorts in North America and one of the most popular ski destinations in the world, the resort regularly appears in "Best of" lists, winning for its unmatched skiing and boarding, as well as for its luxury chalets, restaurants and golf courses. Whistler became even more famous as the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As well as global recognition, the Winter Olympics also brought millions of dollars' worth of expansion and improvements to both the town and the slopes. Joining together the lure of an alpine village with the facilities of an urban centre, Whistler Village offers fine dining, a pulsating nightlife, boutiques, spas deluxe hotels and our luxury chalets for rent. Whistler is ideal for families as well.

Before the skiers and boarders arrived, Whistler was a logging town with the name Alta Lake, which was well known for its snow. After Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, a group of Canadian investors got the idea to build a ski resort on London Mountain in the Alta Lake area hoping to attract the 1968 Winter Olympics. London Mountain was eventually renamed Whistler Mountain after the high-pitched whistling or chirping sound made by the hoary marmots native to the area. During the winter, temperatures typically hover around freezing during the day and dip considerably below that at night. The resort's ski area is one of the largest in the world, with around 8,000 acres of pistes and 1,610m of vertical. Running from mid-November until May, its season enjoys an amazingly reliable average snowfall of 39ft, which is remarkable even by North America's standards. Concentrated mostly in or near Whistler Village, accommodation includes various private villas for rent. You do not even need a car in this friendly pedestrian village!

  • Highest ski pistes: 2284m
  • Lifts: 19

Slopes:

  • 20% Beginner
  • 55% Intermediate
  • 25% Advanced

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In the village you can enjoy a pleasant leisurely walk around, go for a cappuccino and window-shop at the boutiques and shops, offering everything from designer art to home furnishings. The cosmopolitan town is a great destination even for non-skiers, with a strong selection of spas, restaurants and family activities on offer. With more than 90 places to suit every budget and atmosphere, Whistler has everything from fondue to sushi, tapas and tortillas. One of the true joys of Whistler is to go to one of the many laid-back bars, after a long day of outdoor activities. There are concerts and live music throughout the season. You can even take a scenic helicopter ride over the area.

Those looking to ski or snowboard need to visit Whistler between December and April, when snow is still on the ground. Adventurers pour into Whistler during every season and from every corner of the world. In winter, you will meet Australian and New Zealander skiers and guides who follow the snows around the globe. The staging of sliding (bobsled, luge, skeleton) and alpine and cross-country skiing events during the Olympic Games in Whistler has yielded a host of opportunities for the adventurous, including a world-class cross-country centre.

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