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BC's ski country isn't really just about skiing. Snowboarders and snow mountain bikers would argue that the province's fame as a world-class winter getaway reflects its adaptability for the newer and more ingenious classes of sports. But the truth is, BC is all about skiing. Whether its downhill, cross-country or taking a short junket down a slope on a heliskiing tour, BC's fame as a winter paradise owes its origin to ski giants like Whistler, Blackcomb and Apex Mountains.

That isn't to say you have to be a ski junky to enjoy Whistler-Blackcomb. Now a combined vacation resort, the two mountains offer a multitude of activities for the non-skier. Whether it is bungee jumping, backcountry hiking or shopping in the village, Whistler is still North America's most popular winter recreation destination with more than 8,000 acres of open terrain and year-round attractions.

Apex, a favorite among veteran skiers, boasts almost 2,000 vertical feet of terrain. Sun Peaks, another BC legend, has 2,900 v.f., and hosts an ice wine festival in January. Both resorts are located in the interior of the province, while Vancouver Island's mile-high Mount Washington rivals Whistler in its snowfall and premier coastal location.

Heliskiing wraps up the argument that BC is indeed meant for skiers. With several pristine mountain ranges to pick from, skiers have an almost unlimited choice of terrain and vistas to experience. And these days, snowboarders are just as likely to be found on the ungroomed slopes of BC's backcountry, a testament to BC's continuing rep as a top winter recreation destination.

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