NESTLED IN THE SPECTACULAR COAST MOUNTAINS less than two hours from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler is Canada's premier year-round destination and Host Mountain Resort for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Distinguished by impressive twin mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, and surrounded by forested valleys, rivers and lakes, the resort offers countless outdoor adventures. Skiing and snowboarding are the biggest draw, but golf, mountain biking, and a long list of other winter and summer activities bring people here, and bring them back again and again.

The mountains blend seamlessly with Whistler Village, a vibrant town centre with every amenity for the traveller: diverse accommodations, local and international cuisine, shops, arts and cultural centres, wellness spas and entertainment venues. Much of the village is pedestrian-only.

Whistler is consistently rated one of the world's top year-round destination resorts, and has received international recognition for its visionary and innovative work as a sustainable community.

Things you should know about Whistler:

HUGE VERTICAL: Whistler Blackcomb has a mile of vertical
MOST TERRAIN: 8,171 acres (3,037 hectares) of skiable terrain - the most in North America
GLACIER SKIING: The only resort in North America where you can ski or ride on a glacier
LONGEST SEASON: North America's longest ski season runs from November through July
SKI TO THE VILLAGE: Whistler Blackcomb's runs reach right to the edges of Whistler's pedestrian village
GOLFING PARADISE: Canada's top mountain golf destination, with four championship golf courses designed by legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Robert Cupp
SUMMER FUN: More than 40 summer activities let visitors enjoy the mountains, valleys, waterways and village. Activities range from glacier hiking to white water rafting, and heli-biking to horse riding
WATER WONDERLAND: Five sparkling lakes and numerous rivers for a multitude of water activities
SHOPPER'S DELIGHT: 200-plus retail shops ranging from chic brands to unique local finds - plus everything you need for your Whistler adventures
ENDLESS APRES: More than 30 bars, pubs, lounges and nightclubs
FOODIE'S PARADISE: More than 90 restaurants ranging from local to international fare and featuring award-winning chefs
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: Whistler boasts more than 10,000 bedrooms - ranging from hotels to condominiums, townhomes, bed & breakfasts and chalets
LOTS OF LIFTS: 38 lifts including advanced high-speed systems and the new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, the longest unsupported span (3.3km) for a lift of this kind in the world, connecting the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb
TONS OF TRAILS: Hundreds of hiking and cross-country skiing trails throughout the Whistler valley
BEST BIKING: Hundreds of kilometres of cross-country and paved trails for all levels of riders, plus the lift-serviced Whistler Mountain Bike Park - widely regarded as the best bike park in the world
WINTER PLAYGROUND: Abundant snow (on average 33 feet annually) and countless winter activities both on and off the slopes
FOR YOUR HEALTH: More than 20 spas, salons and therapeutic treatment services to relax and rejuvenate
WEST COAST CLIMATE: An ideal combination of moderate year-round temperatures and consistently excellent snow conditions call visitors outdoors

- courtesy Tourism Whistler
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