Tucked away in the scenic Coast Mountains in British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the top four-season resorts in Canada. Whistler features two majestic mountains and consistently offers some of the most reliable snow conditions, receiving an average annual snowfall of 11.91 meters.
Whistler broke records in December 2008 with the opening of the brand new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Linking the summits of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, it boasts the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles) and is the highest lift of its kind at 415 metres / 1,361 feet. It takes just 11 minutes to cross and opens up a whole new world of skiing and snowboarding possibilities.
Whistler became even more well-known as the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
So where did the athletes go when the games had finished? Well, happily for those who have always fancied testing themselves against the best, some of them have stuck around. These days there is no longer any need to wonder what it would be like to ski or snowboard with an Olympian. With the ‘Ski With An Olympian’ scheme you can follow in their tracks, copy their technique or hear their stories.
The Ski with an Olympian program allows you to spend the day with an Olympic skier or snowboarder on the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is not cheap ($899 for private lesson with an Olympian; $4000 for a full day of skiing with an Olympian Gold Medalist), but it’s become a popular draw at Whistler Blackcomb. If You Go Ski with an Olympian Tourism British Columbia Skiing in BC