15. Whistler, Canada
Why go: Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb’s ski season lasts nearly six months, one of the longest in North America (in 2017, the area got 313 inches of snow). If you don’t mind driving, it’s relatively easy to get to from three international airports: Vancouver, Seattle-Tacoma, and Bellingham International in Washington. You can also get there by float plane and helicopter, depending on ice and weather conditions. The two separate mountains, connected by the Guinness World Record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which spans nearly two miles—unsupported at that—give you access to more than 200 trails, five terrain parks, and more than 8,100 acres of skiable land.
Where to stay: Westin Whistler Resort & Spa is literally steps away from the main Whistler Gondola, a major plus if you want to maximize your time on the slopes (there’s a free ski valet, too). The hotel was renovated this year, and each suite includes post-ski day necessities like a fireplace, soaker tub, and Westin’s signature “Heavenly Bed.”
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