"When the sun shines it is not difficult to see why the combination of spectacular mountain scenery and extensive and varied terrain has won the hearts of so many"
By plane or air
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the nearest major airport. Because of Vancouver's notorious freeway revolt, the city lacks a direct north-south freeway connector linking YVR to downtown Vancouver. There are also no freeways through downtown Vancouver, meaning that you will have to sit in downtown traffic at some point. You should plan for minimum travel time of 25 minutes just to go from YVR to the Lions Gate Bridge. Allow one to two hours if traveling during rush hour.
At YVR, you can rent a car, take a bus, or book one of the Whistler shuttles. Tickets for Snowbus (Tourism BC Visitor Centre) and Pacific Coach Lines (SkyLynx counter) can be purchased in the arrivals hall.
Whistler is connected to the rest of British Columbia by the Sea To Sky Highway (Highway 99), a beautiful but somewhat winding road. The section along Howe Sound between Vancouver and Squamish is generally considered to be one of the most scenic routes in the world. Typical driving time from Vancouver is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours without traffic.
Buses are a good choice if you are staying in Whistler Village itself. The village is so compact and so carefully designed that a rental car really isn't necessary if you are staying within one mile of Skiers Plaza. Taking the bus means you won't have to deal with the stress of driving the Sea To Sky Highway, parking, refueling, or scraping ice off a windshield.
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