'Better lifts enticing more skiers'

04 December 2012 12:21

Resorts such as Whistler are attracting more skiers after investing in lifts and other facilities

Resorts such as Whistler are attracting more skiers after investing in lifts and other facilities

Investment in state-of-the-art facilities is helping to attract growing numbers of European skiers to resorts in Canada.

As well as traditional destinations such as Switzerland, Austria and the French Alps, further flung resort such as Whistler are proving to be a big draw for skiers from Britain and other parts of Europe, according to writer and broadcaster Sarah Woods.

She said the popularity of Whistler - within easy reach of Vancouver - and similar resorts is partly down to the massive investment there's been in their infrastructure. Money spent on better lifts has resulted in less queuing time for winter holidaymakers and more time on the slopes.

Ms Woods said many of the resorts also benefited from being able to offer guaranteed snow - whether real or artificial - as well as competitive prices and an array of off-piste facilities.

Those planning a winter sports break should think about taking lessons first, she said, to improve their technique, safety and confidence, with skiers also advised to take out a sports travel insurance policy.

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