Why do Aussies love travelling to Whistler?

Situated in British Columbia, Canada, is one of the world’s most famous ski resorts, Whistler. Located just two hours north of Vancouver in the amazing Coast Mountains, Whistler is a magnet for Aussie skiers and boarders escaping the summer heat of home and searching for a snow filled adventure. But of all the ski resorts in the world, why is Whistler the resort of choice for so many Australians?

Aussies Love Whistler

With an average annual snowfall of over 11 metres, Whistler and its sister mountain Blackcomb combine to offer Aussie adventurers over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and over 3,000 metres of combined vertical. The other draw card of the terrain is that over 80% of it is intermediate and advanced, which for Aussies provides a fantastic chance to test their metal.

Canadians and Aussies have a long history of getting along. Whether it’s our similar interests, sense of humour, love of the great outdoors, laid back vibe, or some unconscious connection, we like each other. And the fact that we both have such a vastly different natural environment to offer, with loads of fun activities, it’s no wonder we love travelling to each other’s land for months on end.

Aussies Love WhistlerAnother thing Aussies love about Whistler is the nightlife. Voted by readers of SKI Magazine as number 1 resort for après-ski 2015, Whistler offers an array of options for every pleasure seeker. Whether you want to kick back with your mates with a quiet beer on the deck after a day on the slopes, wet your whistle with a zesty cocktail in a groovy hotel lounge bar, or dance the night away to one of the many world class DJ’s that make Whistler’s club scene a must stop during the winter, Whistler has what you need.

Travelling to Whistler is also relatively easy for young Aussies wanting a working holiday, as visas are quite easy to obtain for anyone under the age of 31. There are many different jobs to do, ranging from ski/snowboard instructors, chefs, hotel staff, lift operators, ski/board hire staff, the list goes on. The sociable atmosphere amongst fellow Aussies working together for the winter also means bonds and friendships are formed. And because of that many choose to remain for another year. Visas generally last for two years, but many choose to extend this and stay for a little longer.

Whistler Mountain

Put simply, Aussies love Whistler because it is such a great place to visit, and word of mouth means more and more people follow the Pied Piper. Don’t be surprised if the next time you visit this huge ski resort you find yourself being served at the local restaurant or ski hire by more Aussies than Canadians!

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