With 8,171 acres of skiable terrain it's no secret why readers selected Whistler Blackcomb, North America's largest ski resort, to receive the OntheSnow 2012 Visitors' Choice Award for Best Overall Terrain. Whistler Blackcomb has terrain spread out over glaciers, open bowls, glades and groomers, providing terrain for all skiers and riders. The Peak 2 Peak gondola connects the resort's expansive high alpine terrain, traveling 2.73 miles between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in just 11 minutes. The resort's 8,171 skiable acres, 469 annual inches of snow, over 200 trails and 37 lifts are just a few reasons why Whistler Blackcomb is this year's Visitors' Choice winner for Best Overall Terrain.
WHERE TO GO FOR BEGINNER TERRAIN: Whistler/Blackcomb is so big that there's plenty of terrain for beginner skiers to enjoy. On Whistler Mountain, head to the Olympic station, a whole area designed for learning, with smooth slopes, easy-loading lifts and slow-skiing zones. The Magic Chair at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is also a great area for learning.
WHERE TO GO FOR INTERMEDIATE TERRAIN: The Symphony Express lift on Whistler Mountain features a variety of great intermediate skiing and the 7th Heaven Express lift on Blackcomb Mountain is where to head for cruising terrain with expansive views.
WHERE TO GO FOR EXPERT TERRAIN: There is an abundance of terrain at Whistler Blackcomb where skiers and riders can go to challenge themselves. On Blackcomb Mountain, head to the Showcase T-Bar to access terrain on Blackcomb Glacier, such as Spanky’s Ladder; On Whistler Mountain, head to the Peak Express lift to access steep chutes and wide open alpine bowls.