Whistler Blackcomb has identified 'uncompromising safety' as a core value for our company. We hope that you will find this area of our website useful, and will help support our efforts to ensure that you and other guests have a fun and safe visit.
Safety doesn't stop when the snow melts.
Please read our Hiking Tips to ensure a safe summer mountain experience
To create the safest possible mountain experience for our guests and staff.
Mission statement for the Whistler Blackcomb Safety Department
Whistler Blackcomb recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.
Natural hazards such as tree wells occur within and outside of the ski area boundary. Whistler Blackcomb would like to remind all guests to ski and ride with care, obey all mountain signage, and ski/ride with a partner or group.
A tree well is a hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree while snow accumulates. A tree well incident occurs when a person falls, head first, into an area of deep snow around the base of a tree and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles the more entrapped in the snow they become. The risks of a tree well accident or fatality can be reduced by following these basic practices:
The points listed in the Alpine Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain. The Mountain Safety Team, the Ski Patrol, and the Terrain Park Rangers will stop and let guests know when they are not following the code. Failure to follow the Alpine Responsibility Code could result in consequences ranging from a one-on-one Safety Awareness Seminar with a Ski Patroller to a lifetime suspension from Whistler Blackcomb. So take it easy out there. Give people some space.
Please respect all ropes, signage and ski area boundry markers. All may indicate possible dangers that may not be readily apparent. In particular, the snow making water resevoirs on both mountains are roped off from public access, clearly signed and should be avoided.