In 1965, the first Gondola, Chairlift, and two T-Bars were installed at Whistler Mountain shortly after highway 99 was built and granted access to the area. On January 15th, 1966, Whistler Mountain officially opened. In the 50 years since it's opening, Whistler has become a mecca for North American Skiing. Whistler expanded and opened Blackcomb Mountain, offering 5 chairlifts and an incredible amount of new terrain in 1980. After the turn of the new century, Vancouver/Whistler's dreams came true since their original bid for the 1976 Olympics- Vancouver would host the 2010 Winter Olympics. 50 Years of Going Beyond tells the story of Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, as it evolved into the powerhouse for skiing it is today.
With 8,171 acres, Whistler hosts more skiable terrain than any other resort in North America, and has an average snowfall of 38.2 Feet per year (11.63 meters). Coming to no surprise that it constantly tops the list of best resorts in North America each year.
For the last five decades, Whistler Blackcomb has left its mark on those who are drawn to the mountains. What started as a single Olympic dream in 1966 has evolved into the largest ski resort in North America, with a slew of accomplishments and accolades to back it up. From the resort’s adventure-seeking founders to its freestyle heydays—and breaking Guinness World Records along the way—snowsport industry legends recount the contributions that Whistler Blackcomb has made to skiing and snowboarding and the significance of its golden anniversary. But while 50 Years of Going Beyond solidifies the resort’s legacy in the past, there’s no denying that the last 50 years is just the beginning. - See more at: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/50#sthash.NfrTOowp.dpuf