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Whistler Hotels and Tourist spots

Whistler, British Columbia, has become Canada's finest resort for vacationing in all four seasons. However, its true claim to fame – and what fills up Whistler hotels – is undoubtedly its top-notch skiing facilities.

Whistler is within half a day's drive of places such as Vancouver (54 miles), Bellingham, Washington (90 miles) and Harrison Hot Springs, BC. This makes Whistler an excellent spot for both on-site activities and nearby touring. The region hit the pinnacle around 1996, when three top skiing magazines ranked Whistler as North America's best skiing destination.

Today, visitors pack Whistler hotels for all kinds of outdoor activities in Canada throughout all four seasons. Naturally there are plenty of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding winter, but there are also lots of other winter sports available. In summertime, the lifts take visitors up to the mountains for hiking the high ridges and other outdoor pursuits – including summer skiing!

Skiing in the summer is possible because of Whistler's two adjacent peaks, Whistler (2182m) and Blackcomb (2284m). Each mountain has its own extensive lift system and a multitude of ski runs to accommodate all skill levels. What these two peaks don't have are the kind of long waits typical of more congested ski resorts. Easy access to the slopes is one of the many things that bring visitors to Whistler season after season.

Whistler Village forms the heart of this resort area, a largely pedestrian community that was built specifically around skiing and other outdoor activities. The resort area includes plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops and other kinds of après-ski pastimes. Whistler Village has two other areas, Upper Village and Village North, which have expanded its offerings. About 6km to the south, Whistler Creek also has a gondola and lift system and has been undergoing redevelopment to bring its services up to the standards of its neighbors.

For those who like their skiing on the luxurious side, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers four-star elegance at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Among other things, guest room amenities include high-speed Internet access, coffee/tea makers, video checkout and On-Command movies and video games and voicemail. Plus, the windows actually open to let in that fresh mountain air! Recreational activities include snow skiing of course, but also a golf course, outdoor tennis, bicycling, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tub, a health club and spa with massage facilities. There's also childcare for children too young to enjoy their parents' sports.

Another top-rank luxury hotel in Whistler is the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. Located a mere 200 steps from the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas, its rooms are all suites, in configurations ranging from a studio all the way up to three-bedroom-with-den penthouses. If skiing gets dull (!!), visitors can rejuvenate themselves in the year-round outdoor heated saltwater lap pool, two hot tubs, a fitness center featuring a sauna and spa treatment and massage therapy. All suites include fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen TVs, complimentary high-speed Internet access, gas fireplaces and private balconies, among other features.

More moderately priced accommodation among Whistler hotels is available at the Residence Inn by Marriott, a three-star hotel that's friendly to children and pets. Situated on the side of Blackcomb Mountain, the Residence Inn offers childcare along with an array of in-room amenities such as a refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave oven, cable/satellite television with DVD/VCR players, and even working fireplaces. Some rooms come with a kitchen or kitchenette and a balcony or terrace.

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