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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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Olympic Bounce?

Olympic Bounce?
Olympics: What Now?
With the $6 billion Vancouver Winter Games Over, What’s the long-term payoff? The biggest benefit might not be easy to count.

Hosting an Olympics is like playing roulette, as far as immediate financial impacts are concerned. Go ahead, spin the wheel: Winter 2002: Salt Lake makes a $100 million profit; Summer 2004: Athens spends $15 billion, and 21 out of their 24 venues are now in disrepair; 1992: Albertville loses $57 million; The next Winter Olympics, only two years later, Lillehammer rakes in $50 million.

[ Tue, 2010-10-19 13:49 ]
Whistler gondola
Want to own a share of the biggest ski area in North America? Now you can.

Starting as early as next month Whistler Blackcomb will be a publicly traded company on the Vancouver Stock Exchange, which means that you could own a share.

In the initial public offering, the newly formed Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc is predicted to raise $300 million, part of which will go towards paying off Intrawest. Shares are said to start at between $14 and $15.

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