North America’s major ski resort focuses on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, attracting up to two million winter and summertime visitors a year.
Linked by the groundbreaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the two mountains peer over the pretty alpine town of Whistler Village.
The official skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic winter games, the Whistler and Blackcomb resorts merged in 1997 and together have a total of 38 ski lifts and more than 200 ski runs.
In summer the ski runs transform into mountain-bike trails for nail-biting thrills, and the alpine meadows are crossed by hikers and nature lovers.
The Whistler-Blackcomb resort is a two-hour drive north from Vancouver, a distance of 115 km (70 miles).
One of the most scenic ways to travel to Whistler is aboard the Sea to Sky Climb train, a stupendous three-hour rail journey from Vancouver.
Whistler Mountain measures 2,182 meters (7,160 feet), while Blackcomb is 2,284 meters (7,349 feet). The longest ski run zooms for 11 km (7 miles).