Eleven kilometres of Whistler bliss

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Posted December 11, 2017 by Snow Seekers in British Columbia
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Loving the powder at Whistler, British Columbia. (Dave Heath/SnowSeekers)

Vacay.ca is excited to partner with SnowSeekers through January 2018 to bring you stories and inspiration about booking a snow-filled adventure you won’t soon forget. In previous installments we wrote about the fine powder on BC’s coast and top tips for planning your BC ski trip. In this column, we give you some hints about some of our favourite ski runs at four BC ski resort.

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Across Canada there are well over 200 ski resorts and on average with 20 runs each. That’s more than 4,000 ski runs to choose from.

Some of the top in the world are in British Columbia – for length, powder and, of course, the views.

Did you know Peak-To-Creek, Whistler’s longest run goes for 11 kilometres and covers a vertical fall line that adds up to more than 500 storeys?

Learn more about some of B.C.’s top 12 ski runs in this SnowSeekers story.

It’s not an easy thing navigating a mountain, making your way across a foreign landscape and wanting to make the most of every run. Sure, you can look at a trail map, but the best way is to talk to a local to get some real insight into what runs are right for you. Your best bet is to ask for advice on the chairlift and do your homework online.

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Find a friendly snow host to help you navigate unfamiliar ski hills (Jim Barr/SnowSeekers)

At any major B.C. ski resort such as Whistler, Red Mountain, Fernie or SilverStar, you will find mountain hosts. These folk, who are usually wearing brightly coloured coats with big ‘snow host’ logos, will happily show you around and give you some advice on where to ski – and even the best time of day to ski it.

Rick Bauer , a long-time ski host at SilverStar Mountain Resort outside of Vernon, BC., knows his mountain well and here’s why.

“I get in about 100 days on the mountain here, so for me, some of the best parts of my season are when I get to show people around and show them why I love skiing here so much,” says Bauer with a wide Cheshire cat kinda grin.

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Hitting the slopes at Red Mountain. (Andrew Strain/SnowSeekers)

And after hanging with this guy for the day, you realize that’s not a Cheshire cat grin, its perma-grin from his love of a skiing and being out in the snow.

“When people really understand a place, and can get around the resort confidently, it can be a game changer for (their) experience,” adds Bauer. “They know how to navigate the place and they can get into their day a lot better and not have to think so much; skiing is about having fun and exploring.”

MORE ABOUT #SkiBC

#ExploreBC by skiing it this winter.

Start doing your #SkiBC homework with SnowSeekers, your go-to website on everything snow in B.C.

Check out this story on SnowSeekers and find out the top runs at Whistler, Fernie, Red and SilverStar.


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