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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ultratravel readers name Whistler Best Ski Resort in the World for the second consecutive year


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Whistler, B.C. – Whistler continues to add to its list of impressive accolades, most recently – and for the second time in a row – being named the Best Ski Resort in the World by Ultratravel magazine.

Ultratravel, launched in the UK in 2004 as a unique, high-quality travel magazine, is the highest-circulation luxury travel magazine in Europe. Each year, readers of Ultratravel UK vote for their preferred travel suppliers – everything from hotels to cruise lines. On May 31, 2015 Whistler was voted Best Ski Resort in the World from the reader survey. There are only 20 ULTRAs voted for and presented each year.

“We are excited that Whistler has been recognised, for the second year in a row, by readers of Ultratravel magazine as the best ski resort in the world,” said Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler’s President & CEO.

“It is quite an honour for the resort – and a huge compliment for our many businesses and partners – to receive this prestigious award,” she said. “Tourism Whistler would like to thank our many member businesses who continue to strive for the very best in customer service, helping to elevate our overall guest experience and drive such impressive results.”

Also in June, Tourism Whistler, which operates, the official website and central reservations for the resort, was recognized by Travelzoo, receiving their award for Best Deals from a Destination Marketing Organization (Canada).

Travelzoo is a global Internet media company and their awards recognize companies that provide the best travel and entertainment deals. “The Travelzoo Award is the ultimate stamp of approval. The winners go above and beyond to create experiences that surprise and delight our 27 million members,” said Travelzoo CEO Chris Loughlin in announcing the awards.

The ULTRA and Travelzoo awards follow a string of recent accolades for the resort and various local businesses so far in 2015, including:

Luxury Travel Magazine – Best Overseas Ski Resort: Whistler

SKI Magazine – Best Ski Resort in North America: Whistler

Trip Advisor – Best Canadian Destination (top 10)

Condé Nast Traveller – Best Resorts in Canada (top 15)
    o Four Seasons Resort Whistler (4)
    o Pan Pacific Mountainside (10)
    o Fairmont Chateau Whistler (12)

World Snow Awards – Eco Award: Whistler Blackcomb

The Georgia Straight’s 2015 Golden Plates Awards
    o Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Resort Restaurants (second place)
    o The Wildflower Restaurant – Best Resort Restaurants (third place)
    o Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Whistler Restaurants (first place)
    o Bearfoot Bistro – Best Whistler Restaurants (second place)
    o RimRock Café – Best Whistler Restaurants (third place)

World Ski Awards
    o Whistler Blackcomb - Canada’s Best Ski Resort Nominees
    o Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside - Canada’s Best Ski Hotel Nominees
    o Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler - Canada’s Best Ski Hotel Nominees
    o The Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Canada’s Best Ski Hotel Nominees
    o Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel - Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel Nominees
    o Adara Hotel Whistler - Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel Nominees
    o Nita Lake Lodge - Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel Nominees
    o Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre - Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel Nominees
    o Sundial Boutique Hotel - Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel Nominees

Readers Choice Best of Vancouver Awards, Georgia Straight
    o Whistler – Best Weekend Getaway (first place)
    o Whistler – Best Winter Destination (first place)
    o Whistler – Best Place to Buy a Vacation Home (first place)
    o Whistler – Best out-of-town Spa Getaway (first place)
    o Ziptrek Ecotours - Best BC Adventure Tour Company (first place)
    o Whistler – Best Romantic Hideaway (second place)
    o Cornucopia - Best BC Wine Festival/Event: (third place)
    o Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Best Resort/Hotel in Whistler (first place)
    o Four Seasons Resort Whistler – Best Resort/Hotel in Whistler (second place)
    o Westin Resort & Spa Whistler – Best Resort/Hotel in Whistler (third place)

Gogobot – Top Winter Destination: Whistler (top 20)

Where Vancouver Annual Where to Dine Awards – Whistler:
    o Earls Kitchen + Bar – Casual Dining: 
    o Longhorn Saloon & Grill – Après-Ski
    o Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Fine Dining

A more complete list of Whistler’s recent awards is available here.


Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.944.7853 and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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