British Columbia is one of the top winter sports destinations in the world. It is endowed with some of the most spectacular slopes, pulsating courses and challenging terrain found anywhere. Its extravagant variety is why it was selected to host the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games. It is also the primary reason why it is the training ground for most winter sports professionals.
However, the attractiveness of British Columbia is not limited to professional winter sports. It is a prime destination for winter sports amateurs, adventurers and enthusiasts bent on having a great time. It offers endless opportunities for playful, fun and even quirky winter sports. Some of the most fun winter sports attractions are the following.
For those who savour the delights of skiing through rugged, untamed countryside, British Columbia has the perfect places. Whether going for it as an individual, a couple, a family or a troop of adventurers, there is so much to enjoy. It is not uncommon to see an excited group of people, swooping down the rugged mountainsides, their screams of ecstasy echoing through the snowy valleys.
The main backcountry skiing destination in British Columbia is Whistler Mountain. With a height of over 6,000 feet above sea level and an average snowfall of 400 inches above sea level, Whistler is skier’s paradise. It also boasts of a vertical drop of 5,280 feet, over 200 trails, and a lot of unmarked and unexplored territory. In a nutshell, it is the perfect site for anyone who wants to enjoy the thrills of backcountry skiing.
To get up-close, personal and intimate with the British Columbian landscape, there is now better way than through snowboarding. The magic of the moment is captured as a person stands on the mountain top, taking in the enchanting view. And then whoosh! Down the slope they go: adrenaline racing, wind whistling past, and heart screaming with delight! This is what they live for. This is what draws thousands to British Columba every year.
There are plenty of snowboarding destinations in the British Columbia. One of the most popular ones is the 7,000 acres which is the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Sections have been curved out into some of the most thrilling snowboarding slopes in the world. There are up to 38 gondolas and even helicopters to whisk snowboarders to the most attractive starting points.
For those who desire to enjoy the wintry delights with a touch of playful motorized mayhem, nothing beats a good old race. British Columbia offers vast expanses of snow in which to enjoy a variety of races featuring snowmobiles, automobiles, motorcycles and even doglegs. Whether racing a lover, a group of friends or a perfect stranger, there is no end to the thrills, challenge and excitement.
There a number of ice racing companies which provide the equipment, map out the routes and even set a few basic rules. Their focus is on ensuring that every one has the greatest amount of fun, in the safest way possible. Even those who do not know how to use the equipment are provided with basic tips on how to get started. In the end, everyone has a super great time.
In a nutshell, British Columbia is the ultimate destination for anyone who wants to enjoy some winter sports just for fun. There are endless other sports available including ice skating, figure skating, ice hockey, tubing, sledding and biathlon. There are places where people can hire equipment, get safety tips, leave pets, send kids, feast, party and do just about every thing to have a marvellous time. Basically, British Columbia is the Shangri La of fun winter sports.
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