Flora and Fauna

From June to October, as the snow melts and then starts to reappear, Whistler Blackcomb undergoes a broad transformation via three unique summer seasons featuring various flora & fauna.

Early Summer:

May - July


Despite the warm summer days in the Whistler Valley, Whistler Blackcomb's alpine provides almost year-round opportunities for an impromptu snowball fight or snowman construction that'll bring out the kid in everyone.

Starting June:

The Mountain Top BBQ Series at the Roundhouse Lodge

Summer Skiing/Riding on the Horstman Glacier.

Mid Summer: 

Late July - Early September

At the height of summer, the open-air chairlifts raise you up high over the tree line into an expanse of giant, snow-capped peaks, glaciers and ancient volcanic debris. Warmer temperatures allow more access to alpine hiking trails and walking paths.  And for three to four weeks the mountains explode into a pallet of colour during wildflower season.

Learn more about the varieties of flowers atop Whistler Blackcomb.

Alpine Wildflowers »

Fall:

Early September - Early October

The alpine environment in autumn still allows for epic hikes or runs, incredible views, stunning colours and maybe even a light dusting of snow on the mountain peaks.  And this is your best chance to see wildlife, because it’s not just humans that play in these wild mountains: Black bear families, deer, grouse, marmots and pika all roam the dense forests.

Learn more about the wildlife that inhabit Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. 

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Bears

Bears

40-60 black bears, from approximately 8 resident families, call these Mountains home. Their diet consists primarily of berries that are plentiful in the ski runs and forested areas on Whistler Blackcomb. Spot them from the chairlifts and gondolas or take a guided bear tour from the comfort and safety of a 4X4 vehicle. Guided Bear Tour - More Info  » 

Marmots

Marmots

One of Whistler Blackcomb’s most famous residents is the Whistling Marmot. Found in high alpine areas, this giant squirrel-like character feeds on grass, berries, lichens, mosses, fl owers and roots. While it hibernates in winter, its shrill summer-time whistle was the inspiration for the Mountain’s name.

Black Tailed Deer

Black Tailed Deer

These majestic 100-200lb (45-90kg) animals take shelter in the old growth forests throughout summer and winter, but can be spotted at the treeline and in open spaces that offer grassy areas for grazing. The larger males have small fork-like antlers.

Wildflowers at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler and Blackcomb’s wildflower season provides a spectacular palette of colour from a huge variety of flowers and shrubs. Prime viewing months are July and August (dependent upon snow melt) and are best experienced from our Alpine Hiking Trails. There are 19 incredible hiking trails including the scenic Highnote Trail on Whistler Mountain and the challenging Decker Loop Trail on Blackcomb. Accessed as part of the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience, each of the trails range in difficulty from beginner to expert. Below are a variety of flowers that can be spotted on both mountains during the summer months.

Mountain Arnica

Mountain Arnica

Partridge Foot

Partridge Foot

Mountain Buttercup

Mountain Buttercup

Western Pasque Flower

Western pasque flower

Sitka Valerian

Sitka valerian

Arctic Lupin

Arctic lupin

White Mountain Heather

White mountain heather

Pink Mountain Heather

Pink mountain heather

Indian Paintbrush

indian paintbrush

Alpine Fireweed

Alpine fireweed

Mounatin Monkey Flower

Indian monkey flower

Our Partners

Using state-of-the-art technology, TELUS unleashes the power of the internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move.

Coca-Cola offers the world's favourite beverage brand to Whistler Blackcomb guests as a part or their memorable resort experience. As the cold drink sponsor at Whistler Blackcomb, Coca-Cola brings more than ice-cold refreshment.

Glacier Fresh Beer.Brewed in the mountain town of Creston, British Columbia, Kokanee beer is famous for it’s cool, crisp glacier-fresh taste. Kokanee is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts from coast to coast in Canada.

Since 1995, GMC has been the Official Vehicle of Whistler Blackcomb. GMC trucks and SUVs give you the performance, engineering and technology to get you, your family and friends and all their gear to and from the mountain any time of the year.

Monster Energy

Monster Energy

Nintendo

Nintendo of Canada

Smirnoff

Smirnoff is proud to be the vodka sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. From extraordinary event experiences, to the latest in Music, Nightlife and extraordinary Cocktails. The world's best cocktails start with Smirnoff.

Samsung

Samsung Canada is proud to be the official electronics partner and preferred supplier of Whistler Blackcomb. As a world leader in digital technology, Samsung Canada enables Whistler Blackcomb to enhance the resort experience in new and innovative ways.

The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper, daily offers unparalleled national, international and business reporting, analysis and commentary to all the guests and patrons of Whistler Blackcomb.

Jackson Triggs

Our name represents a long-standing tradition of producing premium wines from Canada and around the world; it is your guarantee of outstanding quality and an uncompromising commitment to making great wine. We’ve got a wine for that.

American Express is the official Card of Whistler Blackcomb. The sponsorship program brings unique offers, purchase incentives and rewards for American Express® Cardmembers. ®,™: Used by Amex Bank of Canada under license from American Express


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Gore-Tex

W.L. Gore & Associates, the makers of GORE-TEX® products, is proud to be the official technical fabric sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. GORE-TEX® products are wearable weather protection that keeps you dry and comfortable from head to toe in any kind of weather.

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