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Whistler should be your first choice when it comes to world class skiing. With over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and the greatest vertical rise of any mountains in North America, Whistler Blackcomb is consistently ranked as one of the best ski resorts in the world.
Located only two hours from Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler is a popular choice among skiers of all skill levels for the endless opportunities it offers to experiment in not only downhill skiing but cross country skiing, cat-skiing, heliskiing and even glacier skiing during the summer months.
Avoid the lift lines while skiing in Whistler with Fresh Tracks, which offers skiers early morning uploading privileges on Whistler Mountain. You'll also receive a mountain-sized hot breakfast in Whistler's Roundhouse Restaurant once you reach the top - it's the perfect way to line the stomach before getting the green light to hit the slopes.
Cross country (or nordic) skiing is another one of Whistler's best kept secrets, with Lost Lake a cross country's skier's heaven. Only a five-minute walk from Whistler Village, Lost Lake is home to over 32 kilometers of scenic woodlands and lit trails for cross country skiing at night.
The more adventurous at heart may be tempted by the snow-cat or heliskiing activities also popular in Whistler. With over 1,000,000 acres of terrain accessible via heliskiing and an average vertical of 7,000 to 10,000 vertical feet per day from a snow-cat, you'll be sure to enjoy a day of uninterrupted Whistler skiing among untouched mountains and awesome white powder.
You can keep skiing in Whistler as the days warm up too with Blackcomb Mountain's Horstman Glacier open for sun-filled days of skiing during summer. Be sure to pack sunscreen though as the rays are hot.