Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, both part of the Whistler Resort, are the two largest ski mountains in North America and are consistently ranked as the No. 1 or 2 ski destinations on the continent. They offer winter and summer glacier skiing, the longest vertical drop in North America, and one of the most advanced lift systems in the world. Whistler Village, Village North (also called Marketplace), and Upper Village are a rapidly expanding, interconnected community of lodgings, restaurants, pubs, gift shops, art galleries, and boutiques. Local residents refer to the entire area as Whistler Village.
Whistler Village is a pedestrian only community. Parking lots are just outside the village. There are dozens of hotels and condos within a five-minute walk of the mountains. Culinary options in the area range from burgers to French food to Japanese fare to deli cuisine. Whistler has also grown as a summer destination. In summer the focus shifts to cycling, hiking, and boating at various spots around the Whistler Valley. The Valley Trail is available for rollerblading, cycling, and walking. There are ample opportunities for golf, tennis, and horseback riding, and the Whistler River is known for its excellent white-water rafting.