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Whistler

Whistler is one of the most highly regarded destinations in the World for ski holidays.

Some will never holiday anywhere else. Whistler is the biggest ski area in North America and one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. The mountain is all about flying through the trees, playing in high open bowls, and magnificent snow. Coupled with all the delights of a supreme modern village, you might say this is as good as it gets.

On the mountain

For intermediates, Whistler is a playground like no other, with extensive terrain that includes long cruising groomed trails through the trees and beautiful blues on the Horstman Glacier which dazzle in the sun. Some good off-piste can be found amongst the ridges and bowls across Whistler Mountain, and there are incredible views from blue trails in the same area. Experts will love the steeper bowls and gullies available and, though terrain is a little more limited for beginners, the nursery slopes are excellent. Plus, in 2008, Whistler opened the Peak 2 Peak gondola Whistler Blackcombs breathtaking new lift spanning the Fitzsimmons Creek linking Whistler and Blackcomb mountains covering 2.4kms in 11 minutes.

Off the mountain

Whistler Village is a varied cluster of chalets, apartments and some high-rise blocks. It is purpose-built but tasteful, with a car-free centre. The colourful variety of apres-ski bars and the vast array of eateries means the only difficulty is choosing where to go. The village is very lively, but there are rocking bars with live music as well as quiet and cosy snugs; gourmet restaurants (make sure you book in advance) as well as cheap and cheerful cafes - whatever youre looking for, something will fit the bill.

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