Last Updated: 23rd Sep 2013

<p>Whistler in is known the world over being one of the best ski resorts not only in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/canada">Canada</a>, but the entire world. This village amongst the lakes and mountains of British Columbia is also one of the most underrated and beautiful summer resorts also in the world.</p> <p>Long before Whistler became a ski and resort area, logging was its main industry and it wasn’t until the 1960&#8217;s that began discovering the crystal clear lakes the began making it a popular holiday destination. During this time the alpine areas were developed with the hope of winning the 1968 Winter <a href="/contikipedia/articles/olympic-cities-visited-by-contiki">Olympics</a>, and although the big failed, this opened the way for some of the best skiing in Canada.</p> <p>The Blackcomb mountain lifts opened in 1980 and since then Whistler has been consistently voted the best skiing in North America.</p> <p>The Olympic dream that sparked the amazing ski fields will come into late fruition in 2010 when <a href="/contikipedia/articles/vancouver">Vancouver</a> hosts the <span class="caps">XXI</span> Winter Games with Whistler hosting some of the main events of the Games.</p> <p>Whistler however has not forgotten is summer roots and the village is designed to create a European style feel with loads of outdoor activities like mountain biking, canoeing and hiking along with an excellent nightlife.</p>