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Whistler Blackcomb

Sixteen huge, snow-fattened bowls scallop across majestic twin peaks. Punctuated with glaciers, the expanse feels like the Alps—with consistently great service (No. 5), seamless connectivity (Lifts, No. 2, including the bold Peak 2 Peak gondola), and a lifetime of choose-your-adventure skiing (Terrain Variety, No. 1; Challenge, No. 7). Whistler Blackcomb is back at the top of the rankings (it was No. 1 in 2012–13), and readers are giddy. “Nothing else in North America compares.” “The mountain is an 11- plus... Just more in every way.” The slopes descend a whopping vertical mile through lush spruce forests (and frequent dreaded mid-mountain fog) to a dynamic ski-tropolis as abundant and diverse as the mountains above. —Susan Reifer Ryan

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.”

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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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