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Skiing in Whistler Blackcomb

Canada resident James Decker is a ski instructor in Vancouver, BC. A winter sports enthusiast, Jim Decker has provided private ski lesson since 2005. Additionally, Jim Decker has competed in numerous amateur ski competitions across the country.

Vancouver, British Columbia is known for its ideal skiing terrain. Among its star destinations to visit is Whistler Blackcomb, located just north of the city. Dubbed by some as the best ski resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb is comprised of two mountains that have more than 200 trails. Whistler and Blackcomb together span more than 8,100 acres, with Blackcomb being the taller of the mountains, in excess of 7,100 feet high. While Whistler Mountain features two parks, Blackcomb is home to three, one super pipe, and one snowcross track.

Visitors planning their visit to Whistler Blackcomb can participate in snow activities beginning November 27th, 2014. Whistler Mountain will remain open until April 19, 2015. Blackcomb Mountain will close a month later.

For more details about Whistler Blackcomb, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

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Vancouver, British Columbia’s Historic Stanley Park

Based in British Columbia, Jim Decker is a freelance photographer who has shot numerous sporting events spanning Canada and the world, including the Winter X games and the Super Bowl. Jim Decker also has an interest in local Vancouver, BC, sights and has photographed natural locations such as VanDusen Botanical Garden and Stanley Park.

One of the world’s largest urban green spaces, 1,000-acre Stanley Park enjoys a unique peninsular location bounded by the Pacific Ocean. Initially home to several settlements of Squamish Indians, the area experienced light logging during Colonial times before being converted into a British military reserve designed to strategically protect Vancouver harbor. In the 1880s, the land passed on to a prominent real estate investor, Arthur Wellington Ross, who had a vision of a world-class civic park. The creation of Stanley Park was not simply altruistic; Ross also hoped that adjacent neighborhoods would realize strong gains in property values. Seawall construction protecting the park began in 1917 and was completed in 1980, giving Stanley Park its current character. James Decker enjoys taking coastal photographs along this scenic seawall.