Whilst many of the great European ski resorts tend to rest on their laurels, Whistler has shot up through the ranks to become one of the strongest contenders for the much disputed title of ‘World’s Greatest Ski Resort’. The twin-prionged assault involves having phenomonally good skiing, with one of the world’s greatest high-speed lift systems and on the ground a vast array of apres-ski alternatives and comprehensive facilities. In the ’90s Whistler has repeatedly been voted ‘Best North American Ski Resort’ by North Americans and in Japan the favourite international destination for Japanese skiers.
Built on a dream of hosting the Winter Olympics in British Columbia, a group of Vancouver businessmen submitted a bid to be Canada’s candidate for the 1968 Winter Olympics upon selecting what is now Whistler Mountain. Although unsuccessful for the 1968 games, the development of this new ski area began and success was found in 2003, when the bid to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games was won. From opening in 1966, twelve years passed until the new town centre opened and another two years saw Blackcomb Mountain open in 1980, creating one of the largest ski areas in North America.
In 2017, for the third consecutive year, Whistler was named the No. 1 Overall Ski Resort in North America by SKI Magazine.