Welcome to wonderful Whistler. There are myriad good reasons why the jewel in British Columbia’s mountain crown is the most popular resort in North America. To ski or snowboard here is to follow in the footsteps of the greats – its twin mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, were home to the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic games. A big favourite with American and international snow seekers alike, the resort itself is a ski and snowboarder’s paradise of three resort villages, an incredible 8000+ acres of ski terrain, over 200 marked trails, 37 ski lifts, 17 restaurants, 269 snow cannons and a historic annual snowfall of 38 feet that is skiable all the way from November to May.
And Whistler isn’t just a pretty face – it’s also leading the field by developing itself into an eco-conscious ski resort. Whistler is dedicated to combating the effects of global warming at a local level as well as future-proofing its winter weather for generations to come, and by skiing and boarding here, you’re part of a message – that the snow sports industry needs to come together and take positive action on climate change to protect the snow we all love.
Whistler has a game plan. In efforts to make its energy consumption neutral, the Fitzsimmons micro hydro renewable energy project got involved by building a local hydro plant on the Fitzsimmons River (between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains) to produce enough electricity to match the total annual energy consumption of the ski resort’s winter and summer operations (that includes a whopping 37 ski lifts, 17 restaurants and 269 snow cannons as well as all other buildings and services).
It’s also becoming a sustainable employer – Whistler Blackcomb has already been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, a recognition of a commitment to sustainability and energy, due to its commitments to using electric vehicles as well as the resorts dedication to achieving zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill and zero impact to forests and habitats by 2030.
And Whistler is encouraging the little green changes all visitors can make, too, be it re-using towels, turning off lights or walking to the slopes. The resort team hopes their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint will show other resorts how to follow suit, and make a real impact for good.
Want to choose a planet-positive ski trip for next winter? For somewhere so clad in white snow, Whistler is as green as they come.
Go bespoke in Whistler
Sold on Whistler for your next fix of snow? Ski Independence create tailor-made trips to both Whistler and Vancouver. A family owned and run travel firm for 50 years, the company’s expert Ski Specialists are the best in the business for creating totally bespoke dream trips. Whether you fancy finding the perfect plush chalet for your group of friends, planning the dream family holiday or combining a few days on the slopes with a city break in gorgeous Vancouver (just a two-hour drive away) Ski Independence will tailor-make an itinerary to suit you and your gang down to the ground.
Plus, if you book by 31 August 2018 you could score some huge savings on your dream trip – Savings are available on a complete holiday package including accommodation, flights, transfers and Ski Essentials (lift passes, equipment rentals and ski/snowboard lessons). Even better, both British Airways and Air Canada have flight sales on until the 31st August, too.
Get your green Whistler adventure booked in now for winter 2018/2019 and you can spend all autumn dreaming of those bluebird days to come…
To book your next Whistler & Vancouver ski holiday, call Ski Independence for a tailor-made quotation on 0131 243 8097 or visit ski-i.com