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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.”

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.

Taman Sari Spa

Taman Sari Spa
taman sari
This authentic Javanese spa will make you feel like you stepped out of Canada and into Indonesia.

The only authentic Javanese spa in North America, Taman Sari has a truly Indonesian feel. All of their artwork, fabric, flooring, furnishings, and wall coverings were imported from Indonesia, and all of their therapists are from Indonesia and have at least five years of experience. Try the Javanese massage to loosen your muscles and reduce tension after a long day of skiing. Feeling indulgent? Try the Jamu Massage and treatment, which is a combination of thermal, herbal, and aromatherapy as well as traditional massage therapy.
British Columbia | 604.938.8836 | tamansarispa.com

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