Readers of SKI Magazine have once again confirmed what locals have long-known – Whistler is the best of the best.
For the second year in a row, and the third time in the past four years, Whistler Blackcomb has topped the polls in the magazine’s annual reader survey.
Rated the Number One overall resort in North America, together Whistler Blackcomb mountains and the town of Whistler topped the charts in the areas of variety of terrain (#1), après (#1), off-hill activities (#1) and terrain parks (#1), and achieved second highest points (#2) in the areas of lodging, lifts, scenery and overall satisfaction. Other high-earning categories included service (#3), dining (#3), kid-friendly (#3), challenge (#4), on-mountain food (#4), character (#5) and grooming (#5).
The official results will be published in SKI Magazine’s annual Resort Guide.
The recognition is welcome news in Whistler, as the resort prepares for the upcoming winter season, and a year of milestones: the Resort Municipality of Whistler celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015; and winter 2015/16 marks the 50th anniversary of Whistler Mountain and the 35th anniversary of Blackcomb Mountain.
“This is exceptional news for Whistler,” said Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler’s President & CEO. “We think Whistler is a pretty special place, but we might be a little biased, because Whistler is our home. It is therefore truly an honor when our town is also recognized by our guests and industry.”
When asked what sets Whistler apart from other leading destinations, Fisher says: “I think it is the combination of our two massive mountains, inviting village, electric energy, and warm, friendly people; all set in a stunning natural environment.”
But Fisher adds that Whistler would not be the destination it is today without the vision and leadership of business and government working together.
“Whistler’s success is built on a foundation of strong resort-wide partners,” she said. “I would like to congratulate Whistler Blackcomb for its ski area leadership, along with all of our resort businesses who continually strive to exceed our guests’ expectations. As well, I would like to recognize the Resort Municipality of Whistler for its oversight of village and recreation amenities, and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce for its service excellence program. We truly have a great team.”
The SKI Magazine award is the most comprehensive of its kind, ranking the top 50 resorts in North America, and recognizing all aspects of a ski destination’s offerings, from on-mountain to resort-wide categories.
The most recent award from Ski Magazine follows on a string of number one accolades for Whistler this year, including being named the Best Ski Resort in the World by Ultra Travel and the Best Overseas Ski Resort by Luxury Travel Magazine.
Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day is scheduled for November 26. The resort continues to offer the most terrain and the longest ski season in North America.
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