Resort Poll: 2006 Best Overall Resort


Whistler/Blackcomb is king of the hills.
By ZoࢠOksanen

TWS hit up a random selection of readers to vote for their three favorite North American resorts that they had visited within the last season. In the online poll, readers voted on a wide range of factors including everything on-hill related from the design, grooming, and variety of the jumps, rails, and pipe to the general level of challenge of the resort. We also asked them to rate the lifts, lodging, on-mountain food, nightlife, snow quality, value, and the general vibe of each resort. They sized these places up. After totaling up the votes, Whistler came out on top as king of the hill-an all-around killer resort that offers up endless reasons to visit time and time again.


What’s So Great About Whistler/Blackcomb?
If you’ve ever been to Whistler, then its number-one ranking probably doesn’t surprise you. Whistler is a consistent favorite among mountain lovers year after year, and rightly so. It offers pretty much everything you can look for in a mountain resort-insane terrain, parks and pipe, natural untouched beauty, and a booming village with great nightlife to clinch the deal. Just a two-hour drive up the Sea To Sky highway from Vancouver, the resort greets you with overwhelming terrain that spans 8,171 acres, seventeen Alpine bowls, four glaciers, 200 trails, and a one-mile vertical rise. Add to this the scene that meets you at the bottom of the hill: an abundance of cafes, restaurants, bars, and spas surrounded by stunning panoramic scenery. You can see why local pro DCP describe it as “the best resort I’ve ever ridden with the most diverse terrain and good snow-it’s just epicness!”
The Whistler crew is making sure they stay on top of the game. As Michelle Leroux from Whistler resort explains, “Every year we raise the bar on the mountain. This year alone we spent over 22-million on things like the new Symphony Express high-speed quad, which accesses over 1,000 acres in the high Alpine of Whistler Mountain, as well as additional snowmaking, nine new snowcats, upgrading food and beverage outlets, and even an eco-friendly upgrade to on-mountain energy systems.”
And it’s only getting better. Whistler/Blackcomb acquired Whistler heli-skiing, meaning that the resort has just gained an additional near half-million acres of backcountry terrain to offer its guests. Looks like it’s already prepping for next year’s vote.