© Mike Crain Tourism
Don’t dismiss Whistler as a sleepy ski resort town: The village's two spectacular mountains make up the largest ski area in North America with more than 8,000 skiable (and hikeable) acres with over 200 named runs. And secondly, summertime visitors now outnumber winter guests, and the shoulder seasons are quickly catching up. 

The resort was first developed to lure the 1968 Winter Olympics. The Winter Games didn't arrive until 42 years later, but when they did, Whistler was changed significantly. One lasting benefit, the widening of the Sea to Sky Highway, has eased travel between the village and Vancouver. The Whistler Sliding Centre—built for the Olympics and still serving as a training site for athletes—now invites anyone along for a bobsled or skeleton ride.