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Country: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Author: Helen Beaumont
Date: 21-30th March 2005
Our holiday: Family trip, 2 teens and ourselves
Website : www.whistlerblackcomb.com
Basics : Flight to Vancouver via Heathrow, hire car from airport to Whistler.
Lift system : 3 gondolas from each base (Blackcomb, Whitler and Creekside), rest all chairlfts and a couple of t-bars
The terrain : Awesome terrain for all, but I would probably not recommend it for a beginner, although there is an excellent learnign area at the Whistler Gondola mid-station. YOu wnat it Whistler has it, bumps, steeps, and immaculate grooming
The snow : Awful before we got there, fantastic when we arrived, but you still couldnt ski back to the base.
Off-piste : Endless off-piste opportunities.
The resort : Nicely laid-out, large pedestrianised village (more like a shopping centre really). Excellent free shuttle to base of the mountain (Max 10 mins)
Food : Endless possibilites. Lack of gourmet options on the mountain, but Steeps Grill (Whistler ROundhouse) was the best . Good noodle bowls in Glacier Creek (Blalckcomb) . In the village, Zeuski's(Greek), Brewhouse (Steak, etc),and the Crab Shack (seafood) were all excellent. Apres ski, Garibaldi Lift company, Blacks, and the Brewhouse(real ale), are all excellent.
Accommodation : Private rental, Glacier's Reach. 2 bed apartment with hot tub on patio
Costs:10 day lift pass ¬£230 approx . Meal for 2 with wine ¬£40-60(huge portions) . accom 100 per night low season , up to ¬£250 high season (for 2 bed 2 bath apartment, sleeping 2-6, with private hot-tub
Conclusion:A fantastic place, exellent skiing , excellent restaurants, excellent shoping. The only thing that lets this down is the long flights and the subsequent jet-lag.
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