Spot Check 14.7:Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia

It’s pretty much impossible to pick up any snow mag and not see a picture taken at Whistler or Blackcomb. Both mountains have parks, pipes, freeriding, and more vertical drop than the average single resort.

Lifts, quads, and gondolas, just a few yards from each other and located smack in the middle of Whistler Village, access the two peaks. The Village is full of hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, and clubs. Maxx Fish is the place to see and be seen. The Brass is the best place to stop when you’re done riding for the day and want to do a little people watching. You can sit outside, drink, and wave to all your friends as they make their way off the mountains. Make sure to get sandwiches from Ingrid’s, soup from the Gone Bakery, and wraps from Moguls. Westbeach and Showcase snowboard shops are great to browse through or buy from. And Whistler even has its own concrete skatepark complete with bowls, hips, and funbox. Absolutely everything is within walking distance of each other. Whistler/Blackcomb was named the best place to snowboard in the first-ever Snowboard Life 2000/2001 Top 25 Resort Poll-it was number one from more than 225 resorts across North America in categories such as snow quality, nightlife, and ride vibe. You can view the complete list at, use the search engine or click on the resort/travel section of our Web site. You can also check out Whistler’s Web site at, or call 1-800-766-0449 for more information.

Average temperature: December through February, eleven to 23 degrees Fahrenheit; March through May, nineteen to 42 degrees Fahrenheit
Summit elevation: Whistler, 7,160 feet; Blackcomb, 7,494 feet
Average snowfall: 360 inches
Lifts: 33
Total acreage: 7,071 acres
Vertical drop: 5,280 feet
Pipes: Three
Parks: Two
Lights: Yes