Drive up the Sea to Sky highway from Vancouver for about an hour and a half and you will find yourself in Whistler, arguably one of the most complete resorts in the world. This place has more of everything, more lifts, more trails and more terrain than any other resort in North America.
The terrain on both mountains is very diverse from top to bottom, with plenty of wide open bowls and chutes up top and all kinds of trails and tree skiing on the lower portions. I would classify the snow in Whistler as dry coastal powder, as it is usually closer to the dry stuff you get in the interior than the heavy snow you find on the coastal mountains. It can get heavy on the bottom parts of the mountains during warmer weather, but is almost always dry on the upper parts of the mountains. The snow falls here all season long most years, there is plenty of backcountry to hike to from the resort and the parks are as about as good as they get.
With all of this attracting people to Whistler to shred the downsides are fairly predictable, there are a ton of people here slashing the pow to pieces and everything is expensive. Go during the week if you can and try to avoid any holidays as this place can quickly turn from everything you love about shredding to everything you hate depending on how many people are up there.
Don't watch these videos if watching someone plow through bottomless pow pillows will make you depressed. Transplanted Whistler local Tadashi Fuse once again gives us a few reasons why everyone wants to be here.
It looks like the Whistler Blackcomb propaganda machine is going to be churning out some real quality material this year. Episode 1 of their new pre-season series, the Wonder Reels, features incredible time-lapse videography by Sherpas
Anyone who likes to shred park should know about Weekend Warriors. In this video contest from Camp of Champions, participants attempt to recreate a specific stunt. There is a brand new trick to attempt every Friday
Winter has come early! It's mid-November and many BC resorts are already open. With thin bases and many runs not covered yet, conditions aren't exactly perfect, but that hasn't stopped these powder hounds.