Comprising 37 lifts and crisscrossed with over 200 runs, the Whistler-Blackcomb sister mountains are also physically linked by the resort's mammoth 4.4km Peak 2 Peak Gondola. It takes 11 minutes to shuttle wide-eyed powder hogs between the two high alpine areas, so you can hit the slopes on both mountains on the same day.

More than half the resort's runs are aimed at intermediate-level skiers, and the season typically runs from late November to April on Whistler and November to June on Blackcomb – December to February is the peak for both.

You can beat the crowds with an early-morning (upload is between 7:15am and 8am) Fresh Tracks ticket ($20), available in advance at Whistler Village Gondola Guest Relations. Coupled with your regular lift ticket, it gets you an extra hour on the slopes and the ticket includes a buffet breakfast at the Roundhouse Lodge up top.

Snowboard fans should also check out the freestyle terrain parks, mostly located on Blackcomb, including the Snow Cross and the Big Easy Terrain Garden. There's also the popular Habitat Terrain Park on Whistler.