Incredible terrain, Lively or Quiet, Tremendous food
My husband can't go above around 8000 ft. total so when we discovered the Canadian Rockies are way lower than the Rockies in the U.S., we decided to head to Whistler/Blackcomb. Even though their total altitude is lower, the amount of terrain in amazing. In almost a week's time, we never really repeated a trail. By the way, they claim to have the longest intermediate trail in North America: it was long, challenging and fun! The Peak to Peak Gondola just opened and that revealed some spectacular views. It took around the same amount of time to take it as taking any of the regular lifts too. We stayed at the Marriott for a few days, taking advantage of their ski and stay package. Don't you just love ski in, ski out? Their breakfast buffet was quite good, even for those of us who love fruit, yogurt and herbal tea. After that we stayed in quiet little Pemberton, a 25 minute drive from Blackcomb (shuttle provided). The independent restaurants in town were spectacular. Maybe the best chefs are skiiers who go where they can ski in their off time:) Between Blackcomb and Whistler, we liked Blackcomb better. Creekside seemed a bit crowded. We took a lesson but the teacher acted more like a travel guide--she never looked at us ski, only answered questions and pointed out sights and the lesson was rather costly besides. There were plenty of trails we never got to so we'll probably return. Also, the dollar went further there so it was a reasonably priced trip.