If you hadn't heard, Whistler is rad. Not only is it in Canada - an awesome country - but it's also in British Columbia, a state that's practically made of powder.

Situated a mere two hours away from the liberal city of Vancouver, it's no surprise that Whistler-Blackcomb is often cited as one of snowboarding's capital resorts - so many great riders have originated and graduated from the hallowed slopes it would be impossible to list them all in one place.

Here are just some of the reasons that Whistler is one of the raddest places on earth to strap in to:

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Not only are there over 200 pistes ('trails' in the native tongue), they’re all accessed by 37 lifts including the famous PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, Whistler to Blackcomb.

To get a good idea of how massive the place really is, check out the above video of Leanne Pelosi showing the Airblaster team around her home resort by hitting every lift in one day, no mean feat.

Between the two mountains it has well over 3,000 metres of vertical terrain for you to get rad on, anymore would simply be too much!

With two mountains that size, the in-bounds terrain you can access is off the hook. Steep, deep tree runs that just sit there and the collect the 450+ inches of snow that falls on average each year. Powder heaven.

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If you thought the in bounds terrain was good, the miles of accessible backcountry are even better. DCP and Helen Schettini know one of the best ways to access it is by sled, but scores of snow cat and heli operations vying for you Canadian dollar will tell you otherwise. Whichever way you choose to go, it'll have you coming back time and time again.

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Right at the bottom of the lifts awaits lies Whistler's village: a vibrant, pedestrianised area with heaps of bars, restaurants and shops.

Artisan coffee houses, craft beer breweries, wine tasting, even an ice bar straight out of Die Another Day. Forget over-priced French bars that only serve Amstel, this is a whole new type of ski town.

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An essential part of The Village is it's special apres ski vibe. And a night on the town wouldn't be complete without the locals' drink of choice...

Forget beer, wine or even Jager - the best après in the world is the famous Canadian cocktail: The Ceasar. Fact.

Merlins Apres at the base of Blackcomb

It might sound wrong - it's essentially a Bloody Mary with clam juice - but the salty treat is the best way to round off a day on the hill. Alright, it's not a Whistler specific drink, but we heard the famous Merlins bar makes a pretty mean one...

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