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How to Experience the Next Great Ski Area: Whistler, B.C.

Andrea Fazzari Heli-skiing at Whistler, in British Columbia.

Photo: Andrea Fazzari

Whistler sits in a lake-dotted glacial valley north of Vancouver, and until the 1940's it was accessible only by a combination of steamship and train. People came mostly to fish. The first ski lifts opened in 1965. Whistler bid for the '76 Winter Olympics and lost—fortunately, everybody now agrees. Long a low-key, old-fashioned resort, British Columbia's Whistler has transformed itself, slowly and sensibly, into the next great ski area.

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Destinations: Whistler

Inspired by: Whistler's Big Moment — by Alan Brown, Published Dec. 2005

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    Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    Ski-in, ski-out resort in the quiet upper village, with a Robert Trent Jones Jr.–designed golf course. 

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    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

    The Four Seasons' first Canadian ski resort hugs the base of Blackcomb Mountain and is a short walk or shuttle to the Whistler-Blackcomb lifts and ... More

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    Roots, Whistler

    Hand-made leather goods such as bags, boots, and accessories.

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    Lululemon Athletica

    Vancouver-based chain offering yoga-inspired athletic gear.

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    Rogers' Chocolates

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  • Mini Trip Guide to Whistler's Party Scene


    Long known as the land of twisted dreads and cannabis-smoking ski bums, this bucolic village deep in Canada’s Coast Ranges is lately more trendsetting than tree-hugging, and appeals to clientele wh



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