Best Dawn Patrol

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Out of bounds near Whistler

Out of bounds near Whistler     Photo: Adam Clark

The key to tackling 8,171 acres of powder is a good breakfast at the Roundhouse Lodge beneath Whistler Peak. An $18 trip up the village gondola at 7 A.M. covers your ­bacon and eggs plus an extra hour of skiing with your regular lift ticket. Last year, the deal was an especially good investment, consider­ing that the resort got seven feet—seven feet!—of snow the week of Christmas. Once the lifts open to the masses, break out your cell phone. Whistler’s new, free mobile app tracks trail and lift openings throughout the day. Try to catch Blackcomb’s 7th Heaven lift early: it serves some of the mountain’s best glades, cliff bands, and open bowls. Then crash at the Pan ­Pacific Whistler Mountainside (doubles from $194; panpacific.com), just a short walk from the gondolas. Smart Idea: Sign up for one of Whistler’s adult ski-school classes. They’re limited to four students, which means plenty of individual instruction.

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