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Whistler Blackcomb

Big, dazzling, daunting, popular. It’s the Paris of North American skiing—but neither Paris nor Whistler Blackcomb is for everyone. Locals love the frequency of high-quality snowfall in the high alpine, which brings fresh powder as often as seven days a week. But for visitors, the same equation can mean valley drizzles, mountain clouds and a holiday in which they never glimpse the Coast Range’s remarkable glacial landscape. Locals love the brilliant sunshine of the Arctic outflow, a weather pattern that delivers weeks of blue skies, cold temps and astounding views. But for visitors, everything depends on the roll of the weather dice. Come during a bad week and you may never see more than five feet in front of you. What doesn’t change is Whistler Blackcomb’s terrain: 16 sprawling alpine bowls, serious steeps, World Cup race runs, thousands of vertical feet of uninterrupted tree skiing and summit-to-base fall-line nonstops that can last as long as the queue for the Eiffel Tower on a sunny spring day. Also unmatched: The cosmopolitan, all-ages liveliness of Whistler at full rip. “This place is a game changer!” Oh, yes. —Susan Reifer

What’s New » Keep an eye out for new dining options, including Alta Bistro, Fuji Market, Harajuku Izakaya, David’s Tea, Chinese Bistro and the reborn Uli’s Flipside.

On-Hill Lunch » Christine’s at Blackcomb’s Rendezvous, where regionally sourced entrées paired with award-winning Okanagan wines cost only a few dollars more than lunch in the cafeterias.

Family Activity » Riding the Peak 2 Peak for an unforgettable “Wow.”

Summer in: Vancouver and Whistler

Summer in: Vancouver and Whistler
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From skyscrapers to summits, British Columbia's got it all.

Olympic hype two-years in its rearview, British Columbia is steering a course back to the four-season recognition it deserves. If you think winters here rock, wait till you experience summer.

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Summer in Vancouver and Whistler

No need to compromise: get urban buzz and wilderness splendor.

Getting there: Fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR), which has daily nonstop flights from 20 major U.S. cities. Aim to arrive as early as possible to get the most out of your first day: There's a lot to see, and the sightseeing begins before you even leave the terminal.

Josh Dueck's Incredible Sit-Ski Backflip

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Josh Dueck
Paraplegic skier Josh Dueck amazes and inspires by landing the first-ever sit-ski backflip.

Freeskier Josh Dueck was only 23 years old when he overshot a front flip off a jump at Silver Star, B.C., his home mountain, in 2004. He came to in the hospital to find that he was paralyzed from the waist down, never to ski—traditionally, at least—again. But that wouldn't stop him. Not even close. Nine months later Dueck was back on the slopes in a sit-ski, which he called his freedom chair.

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