Whistler, B.C. – Condé Nast Traveler magazine, a trend-setter in the travel industry, has awarded Whistler the top spot in its annual “Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America” reader survey in its December 2008 issue.
Condé Nast Traveler readers were asked to evaluate North American ski resorts that they had visited in the past three years, and rate each resort. Whistler received the top score on the combined criteria of Terrain and Conditions, Lifts and Lines, Local Ambience, Local Dining, and Après-Ski/Activities. The addition of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola this winter received special praise in Condé Nast Traveler for going head to head with Wyoming’s Jackson Hole to be the “first to finish a fantastical mode of mountaintop transport” by linking Whistler and Blackcomb peaks together via one lift.
Whistler also placed five of its hotels in North America’s top 25 ski hotels in the Condé Nast reader survey: Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, Four Seasons Resort & Spa, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, Westin Resort & Spa, and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Meanwhile, the Luxury Travel Awards were announced this week in Australia, and Whistler once again won the Gold List 2009 Award for Best Overseas Ski Resort and a Platinum Award for winning this award five years in a row. As well, Fairmont Chateau Whistler was named Best International Ski Hotel.
“These awards are great news for us as we move into a period of incredible energy and anticipation here at Whistler, the last full season before the 2010 Winter Games arrive,” says Arlene Schieven, Vice President of Marketing for Tourism Whistler. “We have a unique set of tourism products and experiences, and it’s gratifying when our visitors recognize the quality of the experiences we offer. And this year, along with the new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, our visitors can take in World Cup events showcasing our 2010 Winter Games venues.”