More accolades come rolling in for Whistler Blackcomb this week.
Freeskier releases their top picks for the 2011/12 season and Whistler Blackcomb is #1 again. The editors note what makes WB #1 in their eyes are “... the terrain is still the best lift-accessed in North America, and there’s still more of it than you ski in a season. The five terrain parks and two halfpipes will keep even the most die-hard park rat happy day in day out.” The editors continue on about the epic snow conditions “especially last year” (and this year’s forecast of a strong La Nina with another incredible snow year), the pro scene “off the charts”, the apres-ski culture is “beyond comprehension” and finally the “late-night partying is still the best on the continent for a ski town and is amongst the best in the world.”
Marie Brandon for Yahoo News (Oct. 21/11) - just released her “Top Five Ski Vacations in the World” which includes Whistler Blackcomb and one of our Preferred Hotel partners - the Aava Whistler Hotel.
UK’s Daily Telegraph reporter Emily Benammar (Oct. 22/11) reports that Whistler is one of “The Hottest spots to ski and ride” and says “The best skiers in the world come here, and that's the best recommendation you can get.” and continues with “In Whistler there's very little you can't do and the après-ski is unparalleled”
UK’s Sophie Morris (Oct. 22/11) reports on the “The 50 BEST Ski resorts” for the Independent (daily newspaper) of which includes Whistler Blackcomb. The article says, “With some of the best freestyle parks in the world and powder- heavy tree runs, Whistler is a 'must do'," says Duncan. "Many only reluctantly return to Europe following a Whistler experience. Aprs- ski is well catered for and varied, with live music, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. These are just a few of the reasons Whistler remains one of the most popular places for UK riders to do a season."
Annual Resort Rankings Recognize Whistler Blackcomb for “best” Terrain, Value, Après/Nightlife and Family offerings
With four “best overall” wins and eighteen No.1 “category” wins, Whistler Blackcomb cements its position as the consistently ranked No. 1 mountain resort in North America.
“We are ecstatic to be recognized as one of the best mountain resorts by such a cross-section of sources: from ski and snowboard industry magazines, to travel experts,” says Stuart Rempel, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “We’ve got extraordinary natural assets and a robust infrastructure combined with staff that go the extra mile to make guests’ experiences at Whistler Blackcomb one of the best in the industry. This past season Whistler Blackcomb scored an 88 on our Net Promoter Score, the highest score for customer satisfaction in Canada and among the top scores in North America. We’re going to work hard this season to not only maintain, but surpass this score.”
“No. 1 Overall” rankings Whistler Blackcomb achieved:
FREESKIER - “The Best”
Onthesnow.com – No. 1 Favourite North American Resort 2011
Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine – No. 1 Overseas Ski Resort 2011
Findthebest.com – Best Ski Resort in the World
Whistler Blackcomb “Top/Best” inclusions:
Forbes.com – World’s Best Ski Resorts
Yahoo.com – Top Five Ski Vacations in the World
Powderhounds.com – Top Overall Resorts
About.com – Top Ski Resorts
The Independent – 50 Best Ski Resorts
Whistler Blackcomb Category Wins:
Value Award Winner: Up! Magazine
Best Terrain: onthesnow.com, SKI Magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding, Powderhounds.com, and National Geographic
Best Après/Nightlife: FREESKIER, onthesnow.com, SKI Magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding, and Powderhounds.com.
Best Family Resort: SKI Magazine (Canadian Resorts)
Other “not too shabby” placing(s):
Terrain parks – onthesnow.com
Family – onthesnow.com
Digital Programs – SKI Magazine
Best Steeps - FREESKIER
Resort in North America – SKI Magazine
Lifts – SKI Magazine
Overall satisfaction – SKI Magazine
“vibe” – TransWorld SNOW Boarding
Top Destination in Canada – Trip Advisor
Best Powder – FREESKIER
Best Family Resort in North America – SKI Magazine (No. 1 in Canada)
Best Pipe – Transworld SNOWBoarding
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