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Whistler Blackcomb

Ski Resort in Canada


Whistler Blackcomb is a major ski resort located 121 km (75 mi) north of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. By many measures it is the largest ski resort in North America.

Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, and receives on average over 1,164 centimetres (458 inches) of snow annually. A world class resort for all seasons, Whistler Blackcomb has one of the longest ski and ride seasons in North America, as well as lift accessed mountain biking and alpine hiking in the spring, summer and fall.

Whistler is one of the world’s top ski resorts and an absolute must destination for skiers of all levels. The statistics for Whistler speak for themselves - with more terrain, more snowfall, the best nightlife, the biggest gondola, hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, the list goes on.

Whistler consistently places in the top 5 Ski resorts in North America (in major industry magazines such as SKIING, Powder and Transworld Snowboarding) and has won the No.1 overall ranking numerous times. On top of the formidable facts listed above, Whistler-Blackcomb employees pride themselves on extending a truly world class guest experience. There are activities for young and old, skiers and non-skiers alike.

A favourite among North American skiers, Whistler also attracts visitors from all over the world. Excellent ski schools, safer family slopes, top-quality accommodations and service, fantastic skiing and the overall convenience of location are the reasons people chose Whistler over other resorts in Canada and the USA.

The ski season in Whistler-Blackcomb runs from late November until early June and snowfall averages over 33 feet (more than 10 metres) per year, supplemented by extensive state-of-the-art snowmaking facilities over the main runs and the ski outs.

Regularly voted the No. 1 ski resort in North America, ski holidays in Whistler offer everything that you could possibly want: an attractive village, efficient lift system, wonderful skiing for all standards, family friendly activities, good accommodation to suit all pockets and excellent après ski.

Whistler Blackcomb info card

Resort Altitude675m
Highest Lift2284m
Total Piste216km
Longest Run11km
Directions of SlopesN, S/W, W, N/W
Uphill Capacity59007
Total Lifts34
Gondolas/Cable cars4
Drag Lifts12
Snow Parks4

Skiing in Whistler

Whistler Canada is the largest ski resort in North America and the biggest ski area in the world outside of Europe. Whistler Blackcomb ski resort consists of the interconnected Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, and it has an incredible 8,171 acres (3,307 hectares) of terrain, a huge vertical drop of 1,609 metres, over 200 marked trails, and plenty of off-piste opportunities. The Whistler ski resort is so big that instead of having a trail map, they have an atlas!

The Whistler skiing and snowboarding terrain varies incredibly from gentle slopes and wide groomed cruisers to tree skiing, steep alpine bowls, couloirs and terrain parks. No other resort offers so much variety. Whistler Resort is suitable for all types of skiers and snowboarders, from first-timers to extreme riders who want to ride hair-raising steeps.

The only downside to the Whistler ski terrain is for those with un-fit legs who may struggle with the super long runs. Also, sometimes the powder that falls is a bit wet, but the terrain makes up for it.

Whistler Blackcomb is committed to continuing to develop the resort and in the past decade they’ve opened new terrain and upgraded the infrastructure. A major highlight has been the addition of the very impressive Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola which connects the upper parts of Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.

Whistler Snowboarding and Skiing for Beginners

The best area for novices is on Whistler Mountain at Olympic Station, the area at the mid-station of the Whistler Village gondola (beginners can download the gondola at the end of the day). This area has a slow zone, magic carpets, and a couple of short lifts that aren’t too daunting for beginners.

If you’re staying in the Upper Village there is a beginners’ area suitable for first timers at the base of Blackcomb (Yellow Brick Rd). The Creekside base is not set up for beginners, although the ski instructors are adept at getting the little kids up to easy areas from there.

Confident beginners can head up the two mountains to various green runs, although slow riders may find these runs to be really long and exhausting.

Intermediate Boarding and Skiing Whistler

Whistler skiing and snowboarding is bliss for intermediates. The Whistler Blackcomb ski resort has sooooooo much variety for intermediates, with plentiful wide cruisers. The blue runs on Blackcomb tend to be a little steeper than those on Whistler Mountain.

They can’t groom all the blue runs (and black runs) so check the grooming charts at the top of the lifts. The Peak to Creek run on Whistler can be super fun for racing if it’s been groomed, but otherwise this really long run can just become a grueling long hard slog.

Ski Whistler – Kids and the Family

Both Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain have child specific areas including a children’s adventure park with terrain features, a little terrain park, and a tree fort adventure playground. One of the benefits of Whistler Blackcomb is that there are quite a few areas where riders of differing abilities can play together because a green run weaves around the mountain and crosses the more challenging blue and black runs. The Harmony Bowl is one example of an area where there’s something for everyone.

Whistler Terrain Parks

Whistler Blackcomb has so much to offer with multiple terrain parks that allow easy progression. The various terrain parks cater for novices up to those doing the most extreme tricks. Blackcomb has more terrain parks than Whistler Mountain and it’s also home to the super pipe and the pro level terrain park.

Advanced Snowboarding & Skiing

A “must do” for strong intermediate and advanced riders on a pleasant weather day is the Blackcomb Glacier. Easy access is via the Showcase T-bar and a quick hike, whilst game experts can get there via Spanky’s Ladder. The trail out from the glacier is a little tediously long, but it’s worth it because the snow quality up on Blackcomb Glacier is often lovely.

If the run’s been fully groomed, the Dave Murray Downhill to Creekside is an awesome run for racing, but you’ll need to tighten your goggles as the speeds you’ll reach may be eye watering. It’s a great glory or ego boosting run, unless of course you let your friends beat you down!

The Whistler Blackcomb ski resort has plenty of bowls and steeps for advanced riders. Some of the single blacks are pretty steep, so sharpen your edges! Favourite single black runs include the Secret Bowl just around from the Extreme Couloir area on Blackcomb. The Whistler Bowl seems rather trendy so it can quickly develop nasty bumps, but if you nip around to the skiers left and give the Bagel and West bowls a go there’s less skier traffic.

Examples of enjoyable tree skiing at Whistler Blackcomb are below the 7th Heaven chair (Blackcomb) and runs such as “Where’s Joe?”. And start a love affair with the Symphony bowl - this area is fabulous.

Ski Whistler - Experts

Experts will love Whistler due to the abundance of super challenging terrain. Whistler Blackcomb ski resort scores full marks for both expert and extreme terrain, so it’s not surprising that Whistler attracts (or develops) lots of hard-core ski bums.

There are plenty of double black diamond runs in-bounds. Most of these are up in the high alpine areas, but there are a few zones for steep gnarly trees (e.g. Crystal area). Spanky’s Ladder into the glacier provides some tricky chutes and rocks to navigate, and Extreme Couloir is considered “the” expert run of Blackcomb, and many an embellished story has been told of the legends of this run. This is not the place to do a garage sale! There are usually a couple of reasonably easy entries into the couloir, or there are entries that fall into the extreme category. This run was formerly known as Saudan Couloir after an extreme skier, although I always thought it was called Saddam Couloir and that they had to change its name after Saddam Hussein was executed in 2006!!

In good visibility there are also great runs and nasty chutes off the Peak chair at Whistler.

There is additional expert skiing at Whistler in the side-country areas. One example is a hike up from the Blackcomb Glacier into the 7th Heaven area and Ziggy’s Meadow. There are various guiding and coaching services available for those wanting to explore the Whistler Blackcomb side-country.

Whistler Snow and Weather

Whistler BC has an average annual snowfall of 11.2 metres, so the chances of scoring fresh powder are pretty good. The quality of the Whistler snow is incredibly variable because the temps vary significantly, but the snow has a tendency towards being wet due to the proximity to the coast.

As to be expected for a ski resort with mile high vertical, the snow conditions between the top and bottom can be amazingly different. On the lower parts of the mountains it can be raining and the snow may be very slushy, but there is significant snowmaking capacity to ensure adequate snow coverage.

The alpine areas of Whistler Blackcomb are quite exposed so on inclement weather days the visibility is often crap, and sometimes the lifts close due to wind issues. Impressively there are various electronic signs around the resort that indicate which lifts are open, the wind speed, and the visibility.

Family ski holidays in Whistler

Whistler-Blackcomb caters extremely well for families, hosting a wide selection of activities to keep the little ones entertained.  The resort offers a childcare programme for tots aged 18-48 months and will provide parents with a complimentary pager so that you can check up on how they are doing while you’re away.

Family activities include:

  • Coca-Cola tube park
  • Magic Castle and Tree Fort adventure playground
  • Nintendo gaming lounges
  • Fire & Ice big air show
  • Ice skating
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoeing

Apres ski, restaurants and non-ski activities in Whistler

As well as some great family friendly activities, Whistler-Blackcomb also provides plenty of activities solely for adults. From gourmet evenings, to zip lining, spa days and backcountry tours, there’s something to suit everyone.

Activities include:

  • Heli skiing - Heli skiing gives you access to a massive 173 glaciers and 475 runs, offering different packages ranging from intermediate to expert. You will be taken out by an experienced guide and provided with lunch on the mountain. There will be also be a photographer on hand to capture your experience and you’ll have the chance to buy the photos at the end if you so wish. If you’d rather skip the skiing or boarding, or you’re not quite up to intermediate level, then you can still enjoy the birds-eye view by taking a breathtaking tour by helicopter.
  • Coca-Cola tube park
  • Fresh tracks and mountain top breakfast - Get earlybird access to the slopes an hour before they’re open to anyone else. Meet at the Roundhouse Lodge at 7.15am where you can take an early gondola ride to the restaurant on top of the mountain. Here, you can pile up your plate with a hearty buffet breakfast to set you up for the day. As soon as the slopes open, an announcement is made giving you time to get in an early run or two before everyone else.
  • Ziptrek Ecotours ziplines and suspension bridges - Take part in this unique ziplining-ecological exploration combo and fly across Fitzsimmons Creek, which joins the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains together. A great way to take in the scenery and the surrounding nature, while giving yourself a big adrenaline rush.
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
  • Fire and Ice big air show
  • Snowmobiling
  • Scandinave Spa - Visit the Scandinavian baths and pamper yourself with Swedish, Hot Stone, Sports and Thai Yoga massages. To top it off you can also get a 2-3 hour session in the Finnish sauna, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, cold plunge baths and solariums, followed by relaxation next to the outdoor fireplace.
  • Free mountain tours
  • Sleigh rides
  • Bobsleigh
  • Dog sledding
  • Mountain Top Fondue Snowcat Tour
  • Snowshoeing
  • Helicopter sightseeing tours
  • Foodie tasting tours

Whistler Accommodations

There are plenty of Whistler accommodations to suit all budgets and requirements. There's a diverse selection of Whistler hotels ranging from standard to 5-star, as well as lodges, apartments (condos), and even a few hostels. Only a small amount of Whistler lodging is ski-in ski-out but there are lots of accommodations that are only a short walk to the lifts.

When choosing Whistler accommodation the first decision is regarding which village to stay in. Whistler Village is the main heartbeat of Whistler with prolific restaurants, bars and shops. The adjacent North Village has plenty of action, but it requires a longer walk to get to the lifts or use of a shuttle bus. Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain offers some slope-side accommodation, whilst the Creekside base is popular with families.

Cost of a Whistler Ski Holiday

There are some components of a Whistler ski resort that are expensive. The lift ticket prices are by far the highest in western Canada, but you get great value for money considering the infrastructure and terrain on offer. Other Whistler Resort owned services such as ski rentals and ski school are very costly but there are also private providers who don’t charge as much. Whistler activities also generally cost a little more than at other Canada ski resorts.

When it comes to Whistler accommodations, you can pay as much as you want in relation to the quality and location of the lodging. Relative to other Canada ski resorts, the accommodation rates are very reasonable due to a large supply and plenty of healthy competition. The same can be said for dining and shopping. You can spend a fortune if you want, but if you’re watching your pennies there are lots of inexpensive options available.

Transportation - Get In

By car

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. Historically, the Sea To Sky Highway also had a reputation for being one of the deadliest scenic highways in the world, but was significantly upgraded and widened prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is far safer today. It is currently a divided four-lane highway from Vancouver to Brunswick Beach, which is about 30 kilometers or 25 minutes north of Vancouver. North of there to Whistler, the highway alternates between two, three, and four lanes, with or without a center divider. There are a few stretches of Highway 99 between Brunswick Beach and Whistler that are still dangerous, with only two lanes, sharp curves, and no divider; this is usually because they pass through rugged terrain that would be cost-prohibitive to bypass altogether. Those stretches are clearly marked as such with prominent advance warning signs. Regardless of the substantial safety improvements, extreme caution is still advised, especially in winter conditions.

Typical driving time from Vancouver is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours without traffic. If a major accident occurs, expect delays of anywhere from one to three hours until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police can clear the accident off the highway; since this is the only direct land route between Whistler and Vancouver, you will have no choice but to wait it out. There are a number of rideshare sites available [www] where you can find people to share the drive or find a ride for anything from $0 to $20.

Under British Columbia law, from October 1 to March 31, winter tires are required on most provincial highways (including Highway 99 north of Squamish), which means either M+S "all-season" tires or snow tires with the alpine or mountain snowflake logo (which indicates they are certified as having even more traction in snow than regular all-season tires). Drivers of vehicles without M+S tires or certified snow tires will be forced to return to Vancouver if caught by the RCMP or other law enforcement agencies. There are several signs along Highway 99 reminding drivers of this requirement, and "chain up" turnouts where police enforce it during snowstorms. Most car rental agencies already rent vehicles with M+S all-season tires; some like Avis or Dollar will specifically rent vehicles equipped with snow tires for an additional $20 or more per day.

By bus

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.

  • EpicRides, 604-349-1234, [www]. Direct bus service from Vancouver to Whistler, $35.00 round trip no extra charge for skis, bikes or luggage. multiple departures from Vancouver and Whistler daily, multiple pick up locations around East Vancouver, Kits and downtown Vancouver. The bus ride generally takes about 1.45 hours.
  • Greyhound Canada, 1-800-661-8747, [www] offers coach service from their Vancouver bus depot at Pacific Central station (1150 Station Street, near Main Street-Science World SkyTrain). Greyhound allows bicycles unboxed on this route. They charge $10 for a bicycle. A bus ride generally takes 2-2.5 hours each way. $28 one-way.
  • Pacific Coach Lines, 1-888-403-4727, [www]. Runs direct from airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler SkyLynx service. 12 daily departures in winter and 7 other times. $70/$31 one-way (adult/child).
  • Snowbus, 604-331-7850, [www]. Stops in Richmond, Vancouver and Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver. Provides movies as in-bus entertainment. $30.95/$20.00 one-way from Vancouver (adult/student). $56.19/$34.29 Round Trip (Adult/Student).
  • Perimeter Bus, 1-604-717-6600, [www]. Runs direct from YVR airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler Express service. 6 daily departures in winter. 5 daily departures at other times. $84 single trip.
  • Party BusSquamish BC[www]Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish.
  • Landsea Tours & Charters (Vancouver Tours), 680 Industrial Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6A 2P3 (Can also book them through many Whistler Hotels),  604-255-7272 (toll free: 1-877-669-2277[email protected]), [www]Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish. 
  • The Huckwagon Adventure Shuttle[www] is an affordable, flat rate, 24 seat charter bus line run by outdoor enthusiasts that specializes in accommodating gear; bikes, skis, or boards, at no extra charge. The Huckwagon can pick up at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and is a great option for groups who wish to share the cost of transportation.
  • Whistler Shuttle, 1-866-943-0516, [www]. Runs direct from airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler service or from Downtown Vancouver to Whistler with their DV-Whistler service. Flexible daily departures in winter leaving within one hour of collecting your luggage (with flight landing between 6am-8pm and set summer departure times. $69/transfer.

By taxi

Whistler Resort Cabs, +1 604-938-1515, [www], provides taxi service from Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport to Whistler for $255. operates shuttles between between Vancouver International Airport and Whistler.

By limo

When travelling with a number of people together (6 to 10 people), it is possible to go to Whistler by limousine for $385-675, depending on the number of people and the chosen vehicle. The benefits of taking a limousine include the convenience of a private chauffeur, comforts of a luxury vehicle and in some cases, may be more affordable than other alternatives, especially with larger groups of people.

In addition to the standard stretch limousines or town cars, vehicles offered by limousine companies may include sedans, SUVs, stretch SUVs, passenger vans, and shuttle buses.

  • KJ Limousine Services7871 Westminster Highway +1 604-377-1618[www]Chauffeured limo service to Whistler from anywhere in Greater Vancouver. 
  • VanCity Limos991 Hornby St #125+1 778-654-5699[www]Chauffeured limo service to Whistler from downtown Vancouver.

By plane

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.

Visitors arriving from the United States may find flying domestically to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) & Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and taking bus services across the border to be a cheaper option. The bus journey will be upwards of five hours. Quick Shuttle [www] offers bus services. Cheaper flights also fly into Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) near Vancouver[www].

  • Air: Helicopters & Sea Planes (land at both nearby Whistler's Heliport & Whistler Airport).
  • Whistler Heliport: Helijet9960 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9, (toll free: 1-800-665-4354[email protected]), [www]$200/person 1 way. Scheduled flights to & from downtown Vancouver Harbour Heliport, YVR / Vancouver International Airport, & Victoria Harbour Heliport Helijet.
  • Whistler Heliport: Blackcomb Aviation:9990 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B 604-938-1700 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354[email protected]), [www]Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment
  • Whistler Airport: YWS (Harbour Air / Whistler Air), 8069 Nicklaus N Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8 (at Nicklaus North on the South end of Green Lake),  604 932-6615 (toll free: 1 800 665 0212 Canada & US), [www]

Direct Flights to Vancouver & Victoria.

  • Pemberton Aerodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS: Heli-Skiing, Charter Prop & Jet Planes & Helicopters. (Web Cam), (45 min North), [www].
  • Pemberton Aerodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS (local airport, regional airport), (45 min North),  604 894-6135[www]Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment.

Tie-down Accommodation Fees: Aircraft Weight < 2,000 kg 2,000 to 5,000 kg Day $7 $10 Month $60 $70 Year $260 $320

Landing Fees - For Commercial Uses Only: Landings Per Months Fees 1 to 10 $25 11 to 30 $22 30+ $20 Annual Rates for aircraft < 2,000 $600"

  • Coast Range Heliskiing LtdHead Offices, PO 16, 1641 Airport Road, Pemberton BC, V0N 2L0, Booking Office [[Whistler]], 218-4293 Mountain Square (Booking Office [[Whistler]]by Gondola), 604.894.1144 (toll free: 800.701.8744 Canada & US[email protected]), [www]
  • Blackcomb Aviation: (Prop, Jet & helicopters), 1850 Airport Road, Pemberton, BC, Canada. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B 604-894-5153 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354[email protected]), [www]Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment.

By train

  • Whistler Mountaineer 1-888-687-7245 ([email protected]), [www]Once daily train service between North Vancouver and Whistler between May and October. This is not the fastest or the cheapest option, as the train travels slowly so passengers can take in the view, but possibly the most relaxing and scenic. One-way tickets cost $120 for economy and $200 for the Glacier Dome car

Transportation - Get Around

The town of Whistler sprawls out around the valley, but the heart of the Whistler experience focuses on the European-style villages built as planned communities around the base of the gondolas. Most of the accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and the Blackcomb and Whistler gondolas are in Whistler Creekside (Old Alpha Lake)Whistler Village and the Upper Village, at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb. Village North (Blackcomb Village), built around the old base of Blackcomb, is smaller but still has a number of restaurants and hotels. Whistler Creekside is built around the original gondola on the south side of Whistler Mountain. There is a new southern town site at the former Olympic Village Site called Cheackamus; the location of the Whistler hostel, 20 min from Whistler Village. The small town of Pemberton is only 20 minutes to the north of the Whistler town limits and is a quiet bedroom community for a large number of Whistler workers (who have been priced out of Whistler by wealthy vacation home owners).

The easiest way to get around most of Whistler is on foot. Whistler Village and the Upper Village feature mostly pedestrian walkways and are small enough that one can walk almost anywhere. A short trail (5-10 minutes) links them with Village North and there is also an extensive system of trails that links Whistler Village with many of the parks, golf courses and beaches in other parts of the valley. Whistler transit or cars are best used to reach outlying areas. The main road through town is Highway 99.

By bus

Operated by BC Transit, the WAVE, (604) 932-4020, [www] is Whistler's public transit system and is considered very good for a city of its size. It runs regularly from 5:30AM to 3AM all year. Commuter services are also offered to Pemberton. Flat fares are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors over 65 and students up to grade 12, free from Whistler Village to Upper Village and Village North. A book of ten adult tickets can be purchased for $20, or a day pass for $7, from the visitor centre and other authorized outlets like 7-11 . A transfer is available on request from the driver for connecting buses, only good for 1 way trip. Being that Pemberton is a bedroom community of Whistler it is tied into the Whistler transit system too; fares $4.50. Greyhound Commuter to Pemberton $8- $13 on weekends & Holidays.

By bike

In the summer months there are many bike rental outfits. A valley trail connects 99% of all areas within and around Whistler. This is a paved 2 way - 1 lane trail system that is very pleasant and fast to get around on, yield to Pedestrians & wildlife including bears. More advanced trails head north to Pemberton and south to Squamish,for those who may be more adventurous and experienced. End of Summer Grand Fondo: 7000 plus riders, runs from Vancouver to Whistler. Transit will carry the 1st 2 bikes on the front bumper - Whistler Transit bus drivers have refused to allow boarding with even a very small child's bike or scooter (even when folded. On Greyhound bikes can be taken for an additional fee. Even though it is a commuter service, from Vancouver they usually demand the bike be boxed.

By taxi

  • Whistler Taxi 604-932-3333
  • Whistler Resort Cabs 604-938-1515

All the taxi services have small Vans that can seat up to 6. So a big trip to or from the outlying area can be split 6 ways if you request a van.

Accommodation & Hotels

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a shore walk to Blackcomb Mountain*s ski lefts or a short shuttle ride to Whistler Mountain and Whistler Village - 15min walk to the main village and 3min walk to the upper village. The resort offers a full-service spa, fitness center, an outdoor pool and three heated whirlpools. Guest can enjoy an array of winters sports as well as warm-weather outdoor adventures including golf at 3 nearby champion courses. The Four Seasons Ski Concierge offers complete winter sports support. The Four Seasons Whistler combines a spectacular setting with inuitive service that will make every stay memorable.

    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Wonderful sightseeing
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.

About Nita A Luxury Stay in Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge Your Home Away from Home in Whistler's Creekside. Experience one of the Top 25 Hotels in Canada in 2012 as voted by Trip Advisor. Fast becoming one of Whistler's most talked about properties, the Nita Lake Lodge offers a distinctive Whistler experience through a commitment to personalized service and unique experiences in a serene lakeside setting. Located just 500 metres from the Whistler Creekside gondola on the valley trail, the Nita Lake Lodge offers the best of tranquil surroundings with proximity to activities in all seasons. Please note that the AURA restaurant will be closed for dinner service only from September 20th-November 4th. However, Cure Lounge will still be open for dinner service.

    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Good shuttle service
    • Impressive bathroom
    • Spacious rooms
    • Nice building
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Property Location: Located in Whistler (Village North), Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel is minutes from Black Tusk Gallery and Whistler Marketplace. This romantic condominium resort is close to The Range and Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 81 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Kitchenettes are outfitted with refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. This condominium resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: Grab a bite to eat at the condominium resort's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Planning an event in Whistler? This condominium resort features 861 square feet (80 square meters) of event facilities. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for budget travelers.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Parking is rare
    • Great shopping
    • Good kitchenette
    • Comfortable beds
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

Experience the contemporary yet intimate ambience of this Whistler boutique hotel situated in the heart of Whistler Blackcomb. The 83-suite hotel offers the ultimate in Whistler luxury, where guests can revitalize at the boutique spa or relax poolside at Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre's year-round outdoor heated salt water lap pool or enjoy one of the hotel's two outdoor hot tubs, all with spectacular views of the idyllic mountains. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is pleased to offer a scrumptious buffet breakfast in the guest-exclusive Pacific Lounge for all hotel guests. The hotel is an ideal location for small meetings and weddings with 950 square feet of function space and a Garden Terrace. Pets are allowed at a fee of $25 plus tax per night. Property is 100% non-smoking. Guests must be 21 and over with a valid credit card to check in. Self parking is CDN $28 and valet parking is CDN $32 per night taxable. In addition to the cancellation policies, after check-in an early departure fee of CDN $100 is charged for any departure earlier than the original reserved date.

    • Guests recommend this hotel for budget travelers.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Wonderful sightseeing
    • Rooms need regular maintenance
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Friendly service
    • With a good TrustScore of 78, guests choose this hotel because of its location and service. However, some guests complain about the amenities and Vibe.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Whistler (BC). The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage. Television LCD/plasma screen, carpeting, slippers, separate living room, smoke detector can be found in selected guestrooms. Take a break from a long day and make use of hot tub, fitness center, sauna, golf course (on site), golf course (within 3 km). Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel is an excellent choice from which to explore Whistler (BC) or to simply relax and rejuvenate.

    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Great view
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 9% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and amenities.


The Crystal Lodge & Suites, "at the centre of if all" is located in the heart of Whistler Village. Our ideal location allows for easy access to all that Whistler has to offer, including three on-site restaurants, a lounge, on-site Starbucks, Farfalla Hair & Esthetics and whistler's best retail; including Lulu Lemon, Roots, Quiksilver and TNA. Just steps from the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and the Whistler Conference Centre, The Crystal is an ideal location to experience all that Whistler has to offer. Please note that guests must be 21 years of age or older to check in; a valid credit card and government-issued ID is required.All rooms are non-smoking. Complimentary internet is offered in all rooms. Self park charge is $22 per night; valet parking is $26. Pets stay for free!

    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Parking is rare
    • Wonderful sightseeing
    • Great shopping
    • Friendly service
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 87, this hotel is one of the top 14% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its location, service and cleanliness.



Property Location: With a stay at Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites, you'll be centrally located in Whistler, steps from Whistler Public Library and Whistler Museum. This 4-star hotel is close to The Range and Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 205 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: After a day on the slopes, relax in one of the 3 spa tubs. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 3 km.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Wonderful sightseeing
    • Could be quieter
    • Friendly service
    • Parking is rare
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and cleanliness.

Located in Whistler Village just yards from the gondolas servicing the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler is an all-suite, full-service conference hotel and spa.In addition to skiing, charming Whistler Village, our Avello Spa & Health Club and four stellar nearby golf courses make the resort a year-round destination for vacationers and business groups attracted by our full-service conference facilities.All of our 400 rooms are suites ranging in size from 350 to 1,600 square feet and all feature the Westin Heavenly® Bed, gas burning fireplaces, soaker tubs, kitchens and windows overlooking the stunning mountain landscape.

    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Good kitchenette
    • Wonderful sightseeing
    • Friendly service
    • Rooms need regular maintenance
    • With a very good TrustScore of 84, this hotel is one of the best 20% in the city. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and amenities.


Ski Area

The hallmark of Whistler's ski area is its variety, from steep powder chutes and challenging mogul fields to secluded tree skiing and miles of groomed pistes.

Whistler has some of the greatest vertical rise and has more skiable acreage than anywhere else in North America. 8,171 acres (3,307 Ha) is the count after the recent addition of the Symphony express- the combined size is double Aspen. The two massive mountains are divided by the Fitszimmons Creek and connected via the Village and the new Peak to Peak Gondola, which connects the mountains at alpine level.

There truly is skiing here for every standard and every mood - bowls and trees, piste and powder. The variety of terrain means that you can ski in almost every condition. When it's all powder with no visibility, head for the trees. In sunshine and hard pack, cruise down steep and fast groomers. If you're lucky enough to get the good snow and bluebird sky then shred the bowls and couloirs to your heart's content.

There's more than 17 miles (27 km) of cross-country trails throughout the village, including the Lost Lake area, the Chateau Whistler Golf Course, and Nicklaus North Golf Course. Rental equipment and trail maps for cross-country skiing are available at Lost Lake Hut.

Whistler Beginner Skiing

Whistler's beginner skiing offers a “whole mountain” experience by allowing novices to ski well-groomed green trails from high altitude all the way down to the village.

Two vast mountains may seem rather daunting, but do not be put off by the fact that only 15-20 percent of the mountain area is graded for beginners. One of the great things about Whistler is that beginners are not restricted to the lower slopes. You can learn fast here and confident beginners can quickly progress to enjoy some of the high altitude beginner trails like Burnt Stew Trail off Harmony Express chair (6,939 feet / 2,115 m)-a perfect area for groups of mixed ability with some breathtaking 360-degree views and easy trails running down to the village. This gives beginners a "whole mountain" experience and a strong sense of achievement as they ski well-groomed green trails from high altitude all the way down to the village.

Beginners are likely to join one of the many ski school classes available, but there will be plenty of time left to explore the ski area. For those not joining a class, take the Whistler Village Gondola or Fitzsimmons Express to Olympic Station at 3,346 feet (1,019 m), where you'll find the Children's Learning Area and the best area for beginners on either mountain. Return to the gondola at Olympic Station and progress higher up the mountain to Roundhouse Lodge at 6,069 feet (1,850m), from where you can access the Green Acres Family Zone off the Emerald Express, or take Upper to Lower Olympic trail and ski all the way back down to the village. This run can get busy and skiers need to be of intermediate ability to ski all the way down to the village. The alternative is to download the Whistler gondola form either the Roundhouse or Mid Station. On Blackcomb, you can get started low down at the Magic Chair, but the upper mountain has only 2 green runs and it is easy to get stuck in the network of steep blue runs. Whistler Mountain is by far the better mountain for beginners and children.

The trail map is clearly marked to show slow-skiing zones on both mountains. Highlighted yellow on the trail map, they are well patrolled by the Mountain Safety Team-recognizable by their bright yellow jackets-who are quick to seize upon would-be racers skiing too fast in beginner areas or at intersections where skiers of mixed abilities meet.

Whistler Intermediate Skiing

Both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains offer excellent skiing and boarding for intermediates and there is more than enough to keep you busy and tested if you return here year after year.

Whistler has so much terrain available it's difficult to know where to begin. About half the trails you'll find are graded for intermediates and many are quite long. Improve your technique on mile after mile of well-groomed marked trails, or test your off-piste skills in the high alpine terrain.

On Whistler Mountain try the Marmot Trees near the Emerald Express area, a new gladed run has formed here after trees were cleared for the construction of the Peak to Peak gondola. The Symphony Amphitheatre is a great place to get introduced to powder and tree skiing. Intermediates can also ride the Peak chair, from the top check out Highway 86, then Franz's trail all the way down to Whistler Creek.

Blackcomb has some great skiing and riding in the areas around Solar Coaster, Crystal Chair, and 7th Heaven Express. Ridge Runner from the top of Crystal, and Panorama off 7th Heaven are not to be missed. Blackcomb glacier is also possible for confident intermediate skiers with some off-piste experience.

It is wrong to assume that heli-skiing is only for experts. Heli-skiing certainly means backcountry and powder, but it doesn't have to be neck-deep and steep. Fat skis are available and a day's guided heli-skiing is within the capabilities of most confident and aspiring intermediates. It very much depends on the prevailing weather conditions and having the local heli-ski operator select terrain that is appropriate to your group's abilities.

Whistler Expert Skiing

Whistler's expert skiing is word famous. The high alpine areas on Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain are outstanding, with wide-open alpine bowls, steep chutes, and almost limitless choices.

It is in the high alpine areas that Whistler stands above most other resorts, with wide-open alpine bowls, steep chutes, and almost limitless choices. Each mountain has its own advantages; Whistler has more bowls and Blackcomb more couloirs.

Whistler Mountain Expert Skiing

On a blue bird powder day you can't get better than Whistler's Peak chair. Once you've lapped it once and gorged on the fresh, bypass the long lift queue and continue down to Big Red chair through Frog Hollow, West Bowl or Doom and Gloom.

From Whistler peak there are some relatively easy descents like The Saddle-a steep and exhilarating trail when freshly groomed. West Bowl offers some of the toughest skiing on the mountain with double black diamond trails like Monday's and Cockalorum. Beware of avalanche debris in this bowl, frequent blasting by ski patrol can leave sizable hazards lurking underneath the powder. For fast groomer days take on Peak to Creek, the longest groomer in North America at 5.5km and descending over 5,000 vertical feet (1,530m) or try the World Cup tested Dave Murray Downhill.

In the Harmony bowl check out the double black 'Horseshoe' couloirs to the left of Harmony Ridge. There are plenty of single black diamond descents including Little Whistler, Low Roll, McConkeys, and Boomer Bowl. The Sun Bowl off the other side of the ridge has many more adventurous lines which are less frequented.

Hiking Flute Bowl from near the top of the Symphony Express could keep any advanced skier entertained all day. Further afield and just outside the ski area boundary is the Musical Bumps trail and Cowboy Ridge, peaceful and intermediate glades and bowls. All backcountry skiing in this area requires a ski out along the hazardous Singing Pass hiking trail. Hiring a certified guide is recommended if you wish to explore this area. Whistler Blackcomb recommends Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau

Blackcomb Mountain Expert Skiing

For a classic ski outing on Blackcomb Mountain get up early and be first in line; skip the gondola line up and go up the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster instead. Warm up with a few laps on Jersey Cream chair and then line up for the Glacier express. From here you have many options; take the Horstman T-Bar up to 7th Heaven, Traverse over to the Couloir Extreme (home to the former Saudan Couloir Race) or follow the experts up the short boot pack to Spanky's Ladder. From the top of Couloir Extreme you can traverse along the treacherous Chainsaw Ridge. An error here could send you tumbling down Jersey Cream Bowl, so proceed with caution. If you want to try glacier skiing take the Showcase T-Bar up and drop into the Blackcomb Glacier. The main bowl of the glacier is more moderate terrain. Experts will no doubt find the double black Blowhole exhilarating.

7th Heaven's Everglades trees are a favourite on powder days, as are the chutes and gullies around Jersey Cream. The Bite, Blowdown and Staircase all allow you to zip in and out of the tress at your leisure. During the frequent white-out powder days head for the trees on Crystal chair. Arthur's choice and Outer Limits offer steep and technical tree skiing. If you are riding the chair with locals see if you can convince them to show you the entrance to the famed Fraggle Rock.

Fancy yourself a mogul skier? Hit the zipper lines on Davies Dervish and Trapline above the Glacier Creek Lodge. These runs are the stomping ground for local and provincial freestyle teams and are sometimes closed for team training.

The four massive bowls in Spanky's ladder- Sapphire, Garnet, Diamond and Ruby, all have their own playground of chutes, cliffs and risky entrances. There is no other terrain like this on either mountain; Spanky's Ladder is truly the realm of extreme skiers. Be advised that this area has plenty of 60+ foot cliffs around so make sure you have good visibility and someone showing you if you are exploring it for the first time.

Whistler Snowboarding & Parks

Whistler's snowboarding options are fantastic as its choices for skiers. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders have plenty of bowls to make powder turns, together with well-groomed halfpipes and parksto choose from.

Both mountains have snowboarding lessons and clinics, and there are specialized camps offering accommodations, instruction, and fun activities. Each mountain has its own set of Nintendo Terrain parks. Both mountains have beginner terrain park features (S), park staff recommend the Blackcomb Terrain Garden (accessed from Easy Out) as the best place to start. The main parks on both Blackcomb and Whistler have medium (M) to large (L) features where majority of park riders spend their time. The Highest Level Terrain Park (XL) on Blackcomb requires a special pass and a helmet.

The World Cup Halfpipe is located at the bottom of the Blackcomb terrain park and is considered one of the best in North America. It is cut every night with 17-foot (5m) radius and 15-foot (4.5m) walls, conditions in the pipe largely depend on how many people are using it.

Every park has a mix of jump and rail features appropriate to the signed level (S, M, L or XL). The popularity of park riding in Whistler means crowding and queues for jumps are inevitable. If you want to practice without lining up or having dozens of people watching you then get in there before lunch time.

The only pitfall of Blackcomb's park layout is that it has no dedicated lift service, all traffic must either descend to Solar Coaster or take the slower Catskinner chair.

Whistler Off-Piste Skiing

Whistler's off piste skiing is truly world class. Almost half a million acres of backcountry terrain in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Access to the backcountry is available to experienced skiers and boarders, but anyone entering this area must be prepared with proper survival and self-rescue equipment.

Off-piste skiing in Whistler

Whistler has many classic off-piste options. Most popular with the locals is Million Dollar Ridge and Khyber's Pass (neither are on the trail map), just past the boundary of the Peak to Creek area. Make sure to have someone guiding you in these places, tales of people getting lost for days in Khyber's circulate around Whistler on a regular basis.

From the Flute Bowl the Musical Bumps and Cowboy Ridge offer excellent day touring options. Beyond Cowboy Ridge are Fissile and Whirlwind Mountains which require an overnight stay in the Russet Lake Hut. This hut (consisting solely of sheet metal walls and a roof) is unlike the luxurious catered huts of the European Alps.

On Blackcomb Mountain there are plenty of choices, though they are not all visible from the Blackcomb Glacier. Passing through the boundary gate on the far side of the glacier starts you up a moderately steep hike towards Blackcomb Peak. Use of climbing skins is faster but snowboarders and alpine skiers are able to boot pack this slope easily. From here there are several options: climb the ridge on the left towards Corona bowl and Husume Flank, traverse right to the entrance to D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival) and Disease Ridge or continue out towards Circle and Decker glaciers. An easier option for those not inclined to hike is to traverse from the top of 7th Heaven out to Lakeside Bowl and Xhiggy's meadow. This area is relatively flat but nearly always fresh and is a favourite spot for freestylers building massive booter jumps.

Ski Touring in Whistler

Experienced ski-tourers can hire a guide and embark on the Spearhead Traverse. This two to four day trip (depending on how much skiing is done) traverses the scenic glaciers from Blackcomb to Whistler. Tours run several times throughout the season and can be booked through local guiding companies such as Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau. Web:

Heli-skiing in Whistler

Approximately 80 percent of the world's heli-skiing is in British Columbia, and weather conditions permitting, Whistler Heli-Skiing will take you into the backcountry to ski or board four or more drops per day, with each drop giving you access to between 2,500 and 5,000 vertical feet of untracked powder. Contact Whistler Heli-Skiing on Tel: +1 604 932 4105, toll free on 888 HELISKI or via their website For backcountry tours with professional guides contact the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau or log on to

Ski Pass

Whistler offers lift passes to suit most people and circumstances, depending on age and on how long and when you plan to ski. Reduced prices apply to veterans in the 65-74 and 75 age groups and to younger skiers where lift passes are progressively cheaper for those aged 13-18, 7-12, and six or under. There are also parent passes (for those accompanying young children), a midweek pass, and a single mountain pass which is unlimited on the mountain of your choice. Children aged six years and under ski free.

Lift passes can be bought at all mountain base stations, via the website and at 7/11 stores (which is usually a bargain if bought in Vancouver). Early season and spring specials are available every year and are always advertised.

23.11.2017 - 08.12.2017

Pre PurchasePre PurchasePre PurchasePre Purchase
2 Days$198$178$168$100
3 Days$267$240$228$135
4 Days$352$316$300$176
5 Days$430$385$365$215
6 Days$504$456$426$252
7 Days$581$525$497$294
8 Days$648$584$552$328
9 Days$684$612$585$342
10 Days$730$660$620$370

09.12.2017 - 22.12.2017

Pre PurchasePre PurchasePre PurchasePre Purchase
2 Days$210$190$178$106
3 Days$300$270$255$150
4 Days$396$356$336$200
5 Days$485$435$410$245
6 Days$570$516$486$288
7 Days$658$595$560$329
8 Days$736$664$624$368
9 Days$774$693$657$387
10 Days$820$740$700$410

23.12.2017 -07.01.2018

Pre PurchasePre PurchasePre PurchasePre Purchase
2 Days$262$236$222$132
3 Days$393$354$333$198
4 Days$520$468$444$260
5 Days$640$575$545$320
6 Days$756$678$642$378
7 Days$868$784$735$434
8 Days$976$880$832$488
9 Days$1,089$981$927$549
10 Days$1,210$1,090$1,030$610

08.01.2018 - 31.01.2018

Pre PurchasePre PurchasePre PurchasePre Purchase
2 Days$226$204$192$114
3 Days$321$288$273$162
4 Days$424$380$360$212
5 Days$520$470$440$260
6 Days$612$552$522$306
7 Days$700$630$595$350
8 Days$784$704$664$392
9 Days$828$747$702$414
10 Days$880$790$750$440

01.02.2018 - 24.02.2018

Pre PurchasePre PurchasePre PurchasePre Purchase
2 Days$248$224$210$124
3 Days$354$318$300$177
4 Days$468$420$396$236
5 Days$570$515$485$285
6 Days$672$606$570$336
7 Days$770$693$658$385
8 Days$864$776$736$432
9 Days$909$819$774$459
10 Days$970$870$820$490

25.02.2018 -01.04.2018

Pre PurchasePre PurchasePre PurchasePre Purchase
2 Days$236$212$200$118
3 Days$336$303$285$168
4 Days$444$400$376$224
5 Days$540$485$460$270
6 Days$636$570$540$318
7 Days$735$665$623$371
8 Days$824$744$704$416
9 Days$864$774$738$432
10 Days$920$830$780$460

02.04.2018 - 22.04.2018

Pre PurchasePre PurchasePre PurchasePre Purchase
2 Days$186$168$158$94
3 Days$267$240$228$135
4 Days$352$316$300$176
5 Days$430$385$365$215
6 Days$504$456$426$252
7 Days$581$525$497$294
8 Days$648$584$552$328
9 Days$684$612$585$342
10 Days$730$660$620$370

Rates are quoted in CAD funds. Lift ticket is per person.

Ski lifts

Whistler has North America's largest high-speed ski lift system, rising from four different base stations. The capacity of over 64,000 riders per hour keeps lift lines to a minimum; however during peak season, weekends and powder days all chairs will be inevitably get crowded. Skier numbers are usually higher on Whistler Mountain, so on busy days Blackcomb will more often have shorter lift lines.

In total there are 39 lifts, nearly half of them high speed - only Vail comes close to this. Ski lifts on each Mountain are also accessible for skiers with disabilities. The lifts run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm during the peak season, and the last lift closes between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm (although this hour is subject to change). Keen skiers and boarders can buy a "Fresh Tracks" ticket giving them access to Whistler Mountain from 7:15 am, a cooked breakfast feast at the Roundhouse Lodge, and then first choice of the freshly groomed trails or, after a dump of new snow, fresh powder!

Each mountain has both high speed quad chair and gondola access. The chairs can often be a faster way to get up the mountain as the queues are usually shorter and both connect to another chair taking you directly into alpine elevation.

One of the latest additiosn to the ski resort's lift system is the Symphony Express. Commissioned in December 2006, this high speed quad chair takes skiers and boarders up to the newly named Symphony Amphitheatre on Whistler Mountain. This area gives access to 1,000 acres of intermediate and advanced skiing Locals have long known the backcountry here as part of the 'Musical Bumps' with the Piccolo and Flute bowls - new pisted descents include Rhapsody Bowl, Adagio, Staccato Glades, Glissando Glades and Encore Ridge. The Symphony Express has made the Flute Bowl hike more accessible and has also taken pressure off the notoriously long queue for the Harmony Express quad.

The Peak to Peak Gondola opened in December 2008 and is the largest lift of its kind in the world. Linking Whistler's Roundhouse with Blackcomb's Rendezvous, this state of the art machinery attracts visitors from all over the world. The new lift has allowed traffic to flow freely between the two mountains and skiers no longer need to decide which mountain to ski that day. The 11 minute journey spans 4.4 km and the highest point (over the Fitzsimmons Creek) will be 1427feet/436m.

Winter Lifts

Lift NameLengthVerticalTypeRide TimeHourly
Peak 2 Peak Gondola4,400 m36 m3S Gondola11 min4,200Doppelmayr2008
Whistler Village Gondola4,957 m1,157 m8 Person Gondola15 min2,800Whistler MountainPoma1988
Creekside Gondola2,050 m644 m6 Person Gondola7 min2,097Whistler MountainPoma1996
Excalibur Gondola2,204 m367 m8 Person Gondola7.2 min2,600Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1994
Kadenwood Gondola925 m228 m8x2x2 Pulse Gondola6.1 min160Whistler MountainDoppelmayr2010
Harmony 6 Express1,772 m524 mHigh Speed Six Pack5.9 min3,600Whistler MountainDoppelmayr2013
Big Red Express2,495 m555 mHigh Speed Quad8.2 min2,800Whistler MountainDoppelmayr1997
Emerald Express1,760 m425 mHigh Speed Quad7 min2,535Whistler MountainDoppelmayr1997
Fitzsimmons Express1,744 m343 mHigh Speed Quad5.8 min1,850Whistler MountainDoppelmayr2000
Symphony Express2,158 m509 mHigh Speed Quad7.2 min2,400Whistler MountainDoppelmayr2006
Garbanzo Express2,115 m657 mHigh Speed Quad6.9 min2,800Whistler MountainDoppelmayr2002
Peak Express1,073 m401 mHigh Speed Quad3.6 min2,500Whistler MountainDoppelmayr1998
Excelerator Express1,655 m509 mHigh Speed Quad5.4 min2,800Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1994
Wizard Express2,233 m565 mHigh Speed Quad7.4 min2,650Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986
Solar Coaster Express1,895 m623 mHigh Speed Quad6.3 min2,800Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986
Jersey Cream Express1,414 m375 mHigh Speed Quad4700 min2,800Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1989
7th Heaven Express1,753 m588 mHigh Speed Quad5.8 min2,800Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986
Glacier Express1,882 m599 mHigh Speed Quad6.3 min2,500Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1992
Crystal Ridge Express1,708 m535 mHigh Speed Quad5.9 min2,400Blackcomb MountainPoma2013
Franz's Chair1,161 m272 mTriple Chairlift8.4 min1,405Whistler MountainPoma1998
Olympic Chair726 m123 mTriple Chairlift5.3 min1,800Whistler MountainLift Engineering1980
Catskinner1,140 m364 mTriple Chairlift8.3 min1,656Blackcomb MountainLift Engineering1980
Magic Chair621 m94 mTriple Chairlift6.1 min1,530Blackcomb MountainLift Engineering1994
Showcase521 m148 mT-bar3.2 min1,034Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1989
Horstman759 m206 mT-bar4.3 min1,161Blackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986
Glacier Bowl 1 & 2703 m188 mT-bar4.2 min1,515Whistler MountainMueller1965

Summer Lifts

Lift NameLengthVerticalTypeRide TimeHourly
Peak 2 Peak Gondola4,400 m36 m3S Gondola11 min4,200Doppelmayr2008
Whistler Village Gondola5,000 m1,157 m8 Person Gondola30 minWhistler MountainPoma1988
Fitzsimmons Express347 mHigh Speed QuadWhistler MountainDoppelmayr2000
Garbanzo Express660 mHigh Speed QuadWhistler MountainDoppelmayr2002
Peak Express401 mHigh Speed QuadWhistler MountainDoppelmayr1998
Wizard Express565 mHigh Speed QuadBlackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986
Solar Coaster Express623 mHigh Speed QuadBlackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986
7th Heaven Express588 mHigh Speed QuadBlackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986
Showcase T-Bar148 mT-barBlackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1989
Horstman T-Bar206 mT-barBlackcomb MountainDoppelmayr1986

Activities & Things to do

 If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb, 1-800-766-0449 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134, [www]. With 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs on two mountains and a vertical drop of over 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), Whistler-Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and consistently ranks as one of the top three ski destinations in North America. The variety of terrain is huge — ranging from beginner areas to chutes and trees and groomed cruising runs to alpine bowls heaped with powder after a fresh snow fall — so there should be something to suit everyone. On the freestyle side of things, it has four terrain parks, a snow cross track and a superpipe.

If you are staying in Whistler Village or are parked in the day lots, the closest access point for both mountains is the two gondolas from Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village. The ride up takes 20-25 minutes and lineups can be long during the morning. Whistler Creekside has a gondola that accesses the southwest side of Whistler Mountain. This is a long walk from the Village so it is only useful if you are staying in the Creekside area or have a car. Village North has a couple of lifts that access Blackcomb Mountain and a beginners area. The gondolas start operation at 8:30AM and stop between 3PM and 4PM, depending on the time of the year. Snow conditions are available from the Snow Phone at +1-800-766-0449.

Both mountains open the fourth weekend of November and the main season runs until late April. Conditions permitting, the resort will keep one of the mountains open until early June for spring skiing. An adult lift ticket costs $89 at peak times of the year (typically over Christmas and during March), with slightly cheaper rates at other times. Spring skiing tickets are cheaper at $47. Lift tickets are also available at the 7-Eleven convenience store in Squamish (on the drive up from Vancouver), where they are sold at a small discount.

The Blackcomb Glacier opens for a few hours a day from mid-June to early August, but there are only a few runs as most of it is used by summer ski and snowboard camps.

Whistler Heli Skiing

The exhilaration of Whistler heli skiing or heli boarding will provide the perfect adjunct to your Whistler ski holiday. Ogling the views from the helicopter are an amazing experience in itself, but shredding all that fresh backcountry powder is what really gets powder hounds drooling! There are Whistler heli skiing packages available to suit intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders from three heli ski providers.

The Whistler Heli Skiing company provides a range of packages. Their specialty is their 3 and 4 run packages with big helicopters (and big groups). They are best suited to first time heli skiers and those with limited powder skiing experience. Whistler Heli Skiing also has a small group, 6 run package. Whistler Heli Skiing has amazingly vast terrain so they have a huge choice of terrain to find the best snow available.

Coast Range Heliskiing provides 4 or 6 run packages. They only offer small group heli skiing, which has the advantage of better tailoring of runs to suit the ability of the group. Coast Range is well suited to advanced riders and they provide runs that are slightly longer on average than the other two Whistler heliski operators. Their 6 run packages are the same price as for Whistler Heli Skiing, whilst the 4 run package costs a little more (but it potentially provides better value for money considering the small group heli skiing). Coast Range Heliskiing also provides accommodation pick ups and drop offs.

Family Activities Whistler

There are lots of family activities in Whistler. One example is the tubing park on Blackcomb Mountain (catch the free Blackcomb Excalibur gondola up to the park), which is open until 8pm. Ice skating at the Whistler Olympic Plaza (North Village) on the outdoor rink is another popular family activity, or other options include snowshoeing and sleigh rides.

Whistler Adventure Activities

The tourist trade in adventure activities is alive and well, with a large range of things to do in Whistler.

Canadian Wilderness Adventures offer dog sledding tours that run for a few hours. The dogs will take you for a ride on beautiful trails in the Callaghan Valley.

Canadian Wilderness Adventures (aka Canadian Snowmobile Adventures) also offer a variety of snowmobiling tours for beginners up to advanced riders, with the latter heading heading into the backcountry for some powder chasing. One of the tours is a Whistler fondue dinner trip. It starts with the guided snowmobile tour up to the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain. The dinner includes a couple of fondues, dessert, wine and live music, before you head down the mountain and enjoy the views of the twinkling lights of Whistler. For those who don’t want to ride a snowmobile (or want to drink a bit of alcohol with dinner), the other option is to take a snowcat tour up to the Crystal Hut instead. The Whistler fondue tour is a pretty unique experience.

Zip Trek Eco Tours is a great tour if you’re feeling like an afternoon off the slopes and want to partake in an activity that’s not too sedate.

Other adventure activities include ice climbing, bungee jumping and ice hockey, or you can visit the Great Wall Climbing and Guiding Centre.

Whistler Spas

If you feel like a well earned rest from the slopes, or just in the mood to spoil yourself, then there are a number of Whistler day spas whose services you can avail of. Treatments include a simple one hour massage to a full day all encompassing body and mind adjustment.

Other activities

  • Backcountry skiing and cross country skiing are popular in Whistler as well. There is cross country skiing around Lost Lake, including night skiing if the conditions are right, and Backcountry Skiing throughout the valley, particularly off of the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb. The Callaghan Valley is just south of Whistler (turn left before Function Junction) and will host the Nordic Skiing events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Callaghan Country hosts guided ski touring, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing tours in this region. Heliskiing is an expensive but worthwhile endeavour if you crave making tracks where few others do. Several operators make Whistler's miles of backcountry terrain available to visitors.
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Parkaccess from Skiers Plaza,  +1 604 904-8134, toll-free: +1-866-218-969010AM - 5PM daily mid-May to mid-Oct. Open until 8PM during summerDuring summer, the skiing paradise turns into a biker's paradise with a handful of lifts carrying bikers and bikes up the mountain. There are over 50 runs and 4,900 feet of vertical catering to all skill levels. Tracks include single trails and fast race tracks with spectacular jumps and some Northshore elements have been built. Bikes can be rented at the base of the Whistler gondola. Lift tickets regularly $51, $44 early season.
  • Lost Lake Parkturn-off near the end of Blackcomb WayLost Lake is a great place to relax in the summer and is a popular spot with the locals. There's a beach, the water is warmer than the other lakes in the valley and there are miles of trails for walking or cycling. It's also a popular spot for cross-country skiing in the winter.
  • Golf is a popular activity in Whistler and it has a driving range & 3 championship caliber courses, & two more amazing courses under Mount Currie in nearby Pemberton.
  • There are a number of hiking trails in and around Whistler. For the casual walker looking for a pleasant walk through an ancient grove of cedar trees, Cougar Mountain provides an easy hour loop. More aggressive day hikers might head to Brandywine Meadows, a six-hour trip up much steeper terrain. And multi-day backpackers also have a variety of options including the Helm Creek trail to Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk. Of course, the ski lifts and gondolas of Whistler Blackcomb operate in the summer to offer hikers a relaxing short cut into back country.
  • Whistler also offers some excellent sport and trad/gear rock climbing. Within the city limits there are several small, single pitch crags collectively known as Nordic Rock. The area offers 23 vertical routes, most of them sport, up to 20m long ranging in difficulty from 5.8 - 5.13a (French: 5 - 7c+). For more information on the routes in Whistler and area, check out any of the quality guide books describing the climbing in the Sea to Sky corridor.
  • There are a number of companies that specialize in outdoor adventure travel such as whitewater rafting, fly fishing, ATV (all terrain vehicle) tours, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other types of activities. Depending on your particular tastes, some or all of these can be extremely entertaining and are generally professionally run. Tour operators include:
  • Bear WatchingWhistler is famous for its black bears, with up to 70 living around the village. They can be seen on the mountain bike park occasionally. For a better chance of viewing them, an organised bear tour is a good option. $189.

Sights & Landmarks

  • Take in the view from the top of the mountain. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run daily almost year-round (they are closed for maintenance during October-early November). The views from the top are quite spectacular. Sightseeing tickets cost $52.45.
  • Brandywine Falls Provincial ParkHwy 99 (11km (7 miles) south of Whistler). A 70m waterfall and subsequent canyon along Brandywine Creek. From the parking lot, it is a 10-15 minute walk along a good trail to the viewing platform. Unfortunately this is not accessible by public transport.
  • Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia, toll-free: +1 866 441 75229:30AM–5:00PM, Mon–SunShowcases the art, history and culture of the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations$18.00 (adults); $13.50 (post-secondary students); $5.00 (children aged 6–12 years and students aged 13–18); $42.00 (family of two adults and two children)

Restaurants & Nightlife

Many of Whistler's apres-ski bars have outdoor terraces, play live music and serve food. Naturally, they all boast a lively fun atmosphere as well. Eating out in Whistler is superb with a choice of international cuisine and over 90 restaurants o choose from.

Restaurants in Whistler

There are an abundance of restaurants in Whistler to choose from. On arrival you’ll find various Whistler dining guides to help you choose a restaurant, or you can just explore and see where your nose leads you.

Whistler is very multi-cultural and this is reflected in the range of international restaurants on offer. There are also plenty of restaurants in Whistler offering traditional North American fare.

Many of the Whistler restaurants are located in Whistler Village. Creekside also has a handful of dining options, as does the Upper Village.

Whistler has its fair share of fine dining options. A highlight is the Rimrock Café and Oyster Bar, located near Creekside. This upscale restaurant specializes in seafood and game.

In the fine dining sphere, there are various Italian restaurants in Whistler. Examples include Umberto’s Trattoria and Umberto’s Il Caminetto that serve Tuscan cuisine. For mid to upper range, Quattro (in the Pinnacle Hotel) has gorgeous contemporary Italian meals. Go here hungry, because you’ll want to order three courses.

For a casual Whistler dining experience, try Caramba Restaurante in North Village. This Italian restaurant serves up a large range of pizzas, pastas, and entrees such as tuna, steak, and salmon. The pizzas and pastas in particular are very reasonably priced.

Whistler Apres-Ski Bars

Nestled into the base of Whistler Creekside, Whistler's original après-ski bar, Dusty's, was established in 1965 and is home to Whistler's sunniest patio. Rebuilt in 2000 and a favorite among locals, Dusty's looks like a classic Western ski lodge with wood-beamed ceilings and a cozy fireside, but it has a distinctly contemporary atmosphere with the excellent sound and video system turned on.

Garibaldi Lift Co or GLC for short overlooks the base of Whistler Mountain and is a popular haunt for those ending the ski day in Whistler. A sophisticated synthesis of lounge, restaurant, bar, and club, the GLC has a signature tapas and martini menu, plays the latest ski and snowboard videos, and reggae and ambient house music most evenings - and celebrity spotting is a must here.

Merlin's Bar & Grill in the Upper Village, with the resort's largest outdoor patio and plenty of live entertainment, is the favorite among mountain employees and local stars, and the place to party after a day on Blackcomb.

Citta's is situated in the village square and the patio is known as the best place in Whistler for people watching. This bar is crowded from après till closing time. Other local picks are Crystal Lounge (limited seating so get in early) and the Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grill.

For the freshest beer in Whistler, look no further than the Brewhouse. The draught beer is brewed on-site and the kitchen produces tasty north western dishes. Kick back with a pint Lifty's Lager straight from the tap, a welcome change from the domestic beers of Canada.

Most bars in Whistler have outdoor patios, play live music, and serve both classic and creative après-ski food and beverages. Naturally, they all boast a lively fun atmosphere, but for those wanting a quieter end to the ski day there are plenty of tamer bars to choose from and plenty of late night shopping.

Visitors to British Columbia, those from outside North America especially, will need to get acquainted with the local liquor laws. In Whistler you have to be 19 to consume alcohol and all clubs strictly enforce ID checks at the door. Young children cannot accompany their parents in some bars, but most establishments will allow children during après ski, but due to licensing restrictions families will have to vacate after dinner time.

Whistler Cheap Eats

Whilst a Whistler currency may be applicable to lift tickets, ski lessons and other activities, at least you know that you can eat in Whistler without having to pay a pretty penny. Whistler has a surprisingly large number of dining options for those on a budget.

One example of a cheap eats restaurant in Whistler is Three Below which is located underground next to the cinema. This restaurant with funky and cosy décor provides inexpensive meals such as burgers, curries, lasagna, chicken parmas and other homely food. It has a good bar scene and it’s also a rather family friendly restaurant.

Even more casual and inexpensive is the BG Urban Café/Grill that offers international food (Italian, Asian, and Greek). The various pubs are also a good option for cheap pub grub, although a couple of the trendy pubs near the gondolas tend to charge a little more.

Whistler also has an abundance of eateries serving pizza, gyros or the like that are predominantly for take-out food but they may have a little eat-in seating as well. There’s a Zog’s Dogs/Beavertail snack shack not far from the gondolas that has some outdoor tables and chairs. They sell chili dogs, burgers, poutine and other fast food. They also sell beaver tails (flat doughnuts) that are way over-priced but it seems a must in Whistler because this is a quintessential Canadian experience.

Whistler Nightlife

The Whistler nightlife is world famous! In summary the Whistler nightlife is incredibly vibrant, and there’s something to suit everyone. In addition to the pubs there are sophisticated cocktail bars, lounge bars, or venues with live bands and DJs.

If you’ve got some sophisticated threads to wear, you can head to the Fifty Two 80 Bar, located in the Four Seasons Hotel in the Upper Village. Here you can relax in one of the plush chairs and sip on an upscale cocktail. Many of the other luxury hotels also have sedate bars that are good for a chilled out drink.

When the sun has well and truly gone down, the Whistler nightlife makes a transition from the pubs and lounges to the night clubs. Tommy Africa’s usually has a vibrant dance floor that is helped along by the go-go dancers. Garfinkel’s is an institution with pumping music. Buffalo Bill’s tends to attract a slightly older crowd and the occasional cougar attract has been known to occur on the dance floor!

Whistler Mountain Restaurants

Whistler's mountain restaurants are quite good by North American standards. The quality and variety of Whistler's on mountain dining facilities is higher than many of its competitors, starting with the Roundhouse Lodge’s market-style eateries.

The culture of mountain eating in North America is very different from Europe with quick snacks such as burgers, soup and sandwiches the norm. Packed lunches are permitted and microwaves are available to use.

Whistler and Blackcomb have between them 17 on-mountain restaurants serving breakfast as well as lunch, and the standard and choice of food is generally very good as far as North American resorts go. Step off the Whistler Village Gondola into Roundhouse Lodge's market-style eateries with West Coast specialties plus enchiladas and fajitas, salads, soups, main-course sandwiches, and full-service dining at Steeps Grill. The Chic Pea, a cabin-style hut and patio on Whistler, is popular, while Raven's Nest Mountain Deli has a fabulous valley-view deck and a menu featuring sandwiches, soup, chilli and an outdoor grill.

Blackcomb's original mountain restaurant is Rendezvous, offering Mexican food, salads, BBQ, and full-service dining at Christine's. Also on Blackcomb Mountain is Glacier Creek, a spectacular lodge with two restaurants. The Crystal Hut, a cozy European style log cabin has hearty home-style food and is famous for their great value Belgian waffles. The Horstman Hut is perched high up on Blackcomb at 7,494 feet (2,285 m.) serves café cuisine.

The main mountain restaurants are big and busy. They offer an excellent choice of food, but do not expect the same eating experience as a long lunch with wine in a quality Swiss or Austrian mountain restaurant. Eating on the mountain is pleasant enough, moderately cheaper than Europe but good value for money, but the self-service arrangement in many restaurants means people linger less over lunch and consequently spend more time on the slopes.

Facilities & Services

The world famous Whistler Blackcomb offers an amazing array of resort services and facilities. These are of high quality but there tends to be a Whistler currency applied whereby some services cost more at Whistler than the other Canadian ski resorts.

Whistler Village

Whistler Village is the main hub of facilities and services, which is close to both the Whistler Village and Blackcomb Excalibur gondolas. This base area and nearby zones have a plethora of Whistler ski rental shops and retail stores, lots of options for equipment storage near the slopes, and an abundance of other amenities required for skiers and snowboarders. The Whistler Village also has the biggest choice for eateries where you can grab breakfast, a coffee, or lunch.

You’ll pretty much be able to find whatever it is that you may seek in Whistler Village – foreign currency exchange, medical and dental clinics, church services, physiotherapy, office services, library, internet, DVD rentals or movie theatres.

The other two base areas, Creekside and Blackcomb (Upper Village), also have amenities such as ski rentals, ski school, child care and eateries.

Whistler Ski Rental

There are lots of options for ski rental and snowboard rental in each of the villages, particularly in Whistler Village. The Whistler ski shops have the latest and best gear, so a major determinant in choosing a shop may be the convenience of location, either close to your accommodation or the lifts.

Whistler ski rental and snowboard hire is much more expensive than at the other Canadian ski resorts (e.g. approximately $10-15 more per day for a ski or snowboard set). The resort owned shops (Whistler Blackcomb Rentals) and other chain stores are expensive but you pay for multiple bells and whistles, and they also offer significant discounts if you pre-book your ski rentals on-line. Some of the smaller independent shops still provide quality equipment rentals, but minus the convenience of some of the frills (e.g. storage, valet service, van transport), the need to pre-book, and the associated extra cost.

The largest of the Whistler ski rental providers is the resort owned Whistler Blackcomb Rentals. They have a huge range of ski and snowboards from beginner through to demo equipment for adults as well as children. They have multiple locations at Upper Village (Blackcomb) and Whistler Village and a store at Creekside. They also have rentals at Whistler Kids (kids ski school) which is super convenient. Another convenience is that you can store your equipment at the shops near the Whistler and Blackcomb bases, and you can swap your equipment over during your stay.

Affinity is another big player in the Whistler ski rental market. They have multiple stores, well maintained equipment, a free shuttle van to pick you up, and late opening hours. In addition to recreational and performance equipment, they also rent out backcountry equipment.

Summit Sport also has multiple locations with two shops in Whistler Village and one shop in Upper Village at the Blackcomb base. Their main shop near the Whistler gondola and Whistler Kids ski school drop off is large and they have a broad range of recreational up to demo equipment available at reasonable prices.

If you’re looking to rent (or buy) backcountry equipment, another option is Excess Backcountry in the Crystal Lodge. In addition to touring skis, split boards, skins, backpacks, probes, shovels, and beacons, they also hire out avalanche airbag backpacks.

Whistler Ski School for Kids

Whistler Blackcomb has a huge kids’ ski school program at the Whistler Village, Blackcomb and Creekside base areas. Whistler Kids provide ski and snowboard lessons for ages 3-12, as well as a series of programs for teens. Group lessons are for the full day or there are private lessons available. All kids ski school lessons include the use of a GPS tracking system.

Whistler Ski Lessons and Snowboard Lessons - Adults

The Whistler ski school provides a huge range of programs for ski and snowboard tuition for those riding green runs up to single black diamond runs. Group lessons are only offered in a full day format. Adult lessons have a maximum of 4 clients per class which aims to optimize your learning capacity, but you’ll pay a premium for the added attention. Adult private lessons are provided in either a full or half day format, and meeting places are only at the Whistler or Blackcomb base. There’s definitely a Whistler currency applied to private ski lessons. It costs up to twice as much as at other BC ski resorts.

Whistler Blackcomb provides beginners package that incorporate a lesson, lift ticket and equipment rental, and these are really expensive relative to other parts of Canada.

Whistler ski school also provides a raft of specialized camps and programs for women, parks and pipes, racing, and moguls, and a large adaptive program.

For those riding the double blacks, Xtremely Canadian offers a steep clinics program as well as a few backcountry programs.

Whistler Babysitting and Childcare

The Whistler Blackbomb resort owned child care is incorporated within the Whistler Kids program. They have slopeside locations at the Blackcomb Base (Upper Village) and Whistler Village base (Westin Resort), whilst at Creekside the Whistler Kids building is located just a short walk from the gondola. Day care is available for infants 18 months to 48 months old. Pagers are provided to parents to facilitate communication and provide some peace of mind. The rates for childcare are a little more expensive than found at other BC ski resorts.

There are various other Whistler babysitting and childcare services available whereby a nanny or babysitter can come to your hotel. Some childcare providers also rent out baby gear such as high chairs and strollers.


The Whistler shopping is absolutely fantastic. This is definitely the place to max out the credit card, with awesome opportunities to shop at boutiques, ski and snowboard stores, specialty stores and souvenir shops galore. There are over 200 sensational shops at Whistler, which is more than enough to keep a shop-aholic very happy.

Unlike shopping at some other high profile ski resorts such as Park City, Aspen or Vail, Whistler shopping is much more eclectic and caters to a varied budget, which is somewhat reflective of the people that visit Whistler. You’ll only find a handful of fur shops, high end jewellery stores, or upmarket designer shops in Whistler.

Whistler Ski Shops & Snowboard Stores

Whistler Blackcomb would have to be up there as the ski resort with the highest concentration of ski and snowboard shops. If you are looking for a new snowboard or skis, new boots, or a spanking new snow outfit, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at Whistler. Here are just a handful of Whistler ski shops.

The Salomon store in the Pan Pacific Lodge right at the base of Whistler Mountain sells a range of Salomon and Atomic skis, and a large range of ski boots. This is a super handy location for boot fitting because it’s easy to pop in to get any required adjustments, although you might have to pay a little more for this convenience.

One amazing Whistler ski shop is Can-Ski. They sell a good range of skis and ski boots, and best of all, you can try the skis at the demo centres outside the Rendezvous Lodge and Roundhouse Lodge. It’s free to test the skis, so this is a great place to try before you buy. Can-Ski also has lots of fancy ski threads, with brands such as Bogner, Descente, Kjus, Spyder, Arc’teryx, and a little Peak Performance. They also sell a raft of ski accessories and some really nice Whistler souvenir clothing.

Other upscale Whistler ski shops are the two Whistler Clothing Co stores. They don’t sell any hardwear, just a range of spiffy ski clothing from Kjus, Spyder and Descente, and all the POC helmets you could ever dream of.

Showcase Snowboards also have a demo center on mountain at Whistler and Blackcomb, so this is a great shop if you’re looking to buy a new snowboard.

Escape Route and Excess Backcountry are two Whistler ski shops that specialize in backcountry equipment such as touring skis, avalanche beacons, and backpacks.

For ski clothing that is beautiful and incredibly functional, check out the Peak Performance shop at Whistler (Town Plaza). This store is chocked full of great outerwear, inner layers, helmets and other Peak Performance accessories.

In case you lose an item of clothing whilst you’re up on the mountain, there are ski-osks at Roundhouse Lodge, Glacier Creek and Rendezvous Lodge, selling limited ski and snowboard accessories, and Whistler Blackcomb souvenirs.

Whistler Souvenirs

It seems that when you visit Whistler Blackcomb that it’s compulsory to buy a souvenir or piece of clothing with Whistler emblazoned across it. See if you can resist buying a Whistler souvenir. Bet you can’t!

There are countless Whistler shops selling souvenirs with everything you could imagine. There’s significant variety in the quality and price of the souvenirs, so there’s something for every budget.

Can-Ski and Roots sell high quality Whistler logo clothing. Whistler Smile Gift has lots of T-shirts with funny Whistler slogans, as well as an abundance of other souvenirs such as mugs, and key rings, and the Japanese girls that work there are very smiley!

49th Parallel is a budget oriented souvenir shop with lots of Whistler T-shirts, caps, hoodies, stickers, and other logo items. Cool as a Mouse is also good for those looking for inexpensive souvenirs. In addition to the usual souvenirs, they sell a bit of cheap jewellery.

General Shopping Whistler

The villages of Whistler also have lots of specialty shops, including shoe shops if you need some new snow boots, boutiques, art galleries, bath goods, and there is even a chocolate shop or two. If you are looking for a fur shop, head to the Chateau Whistler Hotel at the Blackcomb base.

Grocery Shopping

The IGA supermarket at Market Place (North Village 4330 Northlands Blvd) is massive and offers a vast range of groceries. In Whistler Village there’s a medium sized grocery store, The Grocery Store (4211 Village Square), with an adjacent liquor store. In Creekside Village is the aptly named Creekside Market (305-2071 Lake Placid Road), and Upper Village (Blackcomb base) also has a supermarket.

Most of the grocery stores also have a delivery service in case you have an attack of the lazies and don’t want to leave your condo!