Beyond Whistler Blackcomb’s 8100 acres of incredible and varied terrain, its mile-long vertical and its dedication to grooming more terrain than anywhere else in North America, is an experience so unique that it’s hard to measure. It’s about our abundant and reliable snow, our friendly vibrant village and a vibe that encourages visitors to push their limits – whether it’s ticking every run on the map or attempting to eat at every award-winning restaurant in the village.
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You have lots of choice when deciding on where to visit for a ski vacation but here are a few reasons why Whistler Blackcomb stands above the rest.
Consistently rated as North America’s No. 1 resort, Whistler Blackcomb is proud to be presented with the highest resort rankings amongst other ski destinations.
2014.15 SKI Magazine Results Whistler Blackcomb Achieved
“No. 1 Overall” Rankings:
No. 2 Rankings:
No. 5 Rankings:
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With a mile-high vertical, a top elevation that lets you breathe easy, and much more Whistler Blackcomb stands above the rest
Whistler Blackcomb Vital Stats
More Skiable Terrain than any other resort in North America.
• 2 side by side mountains
• 200+ trails
• 1,609 metres/5,280 feet
Average Annual snowfall of 11.64 metres (that’s over 38.2 feet!) See more »
The most lifts of any resort in North America with 37.
A pedestrian-only village directly at the foot of the slopes.
Specifically dedicated family zones and children’s on-mountain play areas. See More »
A ski season that stretches from November to May, as well as summer glacier skiing.
Whistler Heli-Skiing offers an additional 432,000 acres of helicopter accessed high alpine terrain.
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You want reliable snow, year over year, and consistent snowfall throughout the season, to be assured of a ski experience that delivers the goods.
When it comes to what really matters, count on Whistler Blackcomb’s snow advantage.
More than a gondola, the PEAK 2 PEAK is innovation on a different scale entirely and it transforms the way you ski Whistler Blackcomb.
Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a 4.4-kilometre/2.7mile, 11-minute journey to infinite possibilities. By connecting the high alpine terrain of both mountains, it changes the way you ski Whistler Blackcomb. It allows you to transfer mountains and ski the best terrain on both mountains the same day. Ski the Peak of Whistler in the morning then 7th Heaven on Blackcomb in the afternoon.
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Claims To Fame
World’s longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind at 3.024km/1.88miles
World’s highest lift of its kind at 436m/1,427ft above the valley floor.
World’s longest continuous lift system: Connecting 2 high speed chair lifts and 1 gondola.
Nestled at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Whistler Village concentrates all the off-hill action and amenities you want into a pedestrian-only village. Teeming with shops, restaurants, and a wide range of accommodations and services, the Village anchors a year-round community, and has everything to meet the needs of those who gather here. It’s a unique intersection of two massive mountains, where cobblestones meet snowflakes, where quaint mountain town meets cultural melting pot.
There’s a Neverland vibe about Whistler—no one who comes here wants to grow up, and that’s best experienced after hours.
The nightlife gets top honours, and the people behind Whistler Blackcomb’s slopeside bars have turned après into an art form. Virtually every ski and snowboard publication on the planet agrees, with magazines like SKI, FREESKIER and Transworld giving top marks to Whistler’s nightlife.
Foodies unite! Whistler’s culinary scene has evolved into one that rivals cities ten times the size. With more than 200 establishments dishing up delight, Whistler’s range is as big as your appetite.
Quick, tasty and Canadian options abound for great local and fresh versions of “fast food”. Try a burger from Splitz Grill or poutine (a Canadian favourite made from fries, gravy and cheese curds) from Zog’s Dogs.
Permission to indulge. Take advantage of Whistler’s proximity to the coast and discover why the fresh sushi from Sushi Village has a cult following. Araxi Restaurant has been named Whistler’s best restaurant for over a decade, while the Bearfoot Bistro boasts an internationally acclaimed wine cellar. Locals love the Rimrock Café for its seafood and game menu. With Whistler Tasting Tours, discover local culinary gems and hot spots on a guided multi-course dining tour where each delicious course is served at a different Whistler restaurant.
So when you’re packing for your Whistler Blackcomb escape, don’t forget to bring your appetite.
Stroll through the Village and it’s clear that this isn’t frontier-land. From high fashion to high performance gear, Whistler is chock-full of trend-makers, and the Village stores are stocked with a huge selection.
More than 200 retail shopsincluding brands such as Quiksilver lululemon athletica, The North Face, Patagonia, Roots, Salomon and Lush Cosmetics sit side-by-side with local artisans and unique gift shops.
High performance specialists: Equipment retailers like CAN-SKI & Showcase are staffed with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the snow business. And there’s no better place to get boots custom-fitted than a place where the staff live, eat and breathe “high performance”.
When you have explored the 8,000 plus acres of terrain on both mountains, head down to the valley and experience Village life. So much to do, so many choices. Explore native history at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Treat your self to a well deserved rest day activities such as a spa treatment. Or soak up all the activities at Whistler Olympic Plaza, including entertainment, concerts and outdoor ice skating.
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The perfect vacation starts with choosing the right time of year, so when is the best time to visit? Well the answer depends on what makes up your dream ski vacation, whether its blue bird skies, knee deep powder days or holiday festivities we can build a package to make your vacation one to remember.
Opening Day - Middle December
With reliable early season conditions, smaller crowds and great value, early winter is a prime time to visit Whistler Balckcomb
|Mountain Conditions||Machine groomed on-piste skiing. Expect skiing to the Village and high alpine terrain to open gradually as more snow falls.|
|Base Temperature||High: 5 ° C / Low: -5 ° C|
|Price||Low / Value|
|Events & Holidays||Opening Day, Whistler Film Festival|
|Mountain Hours of Operation||8:30am – 3:00pm|
Middle December – Early January
Imagine family time in the morning, skiing and riding all afternoon and partying into the night. It’s time to start a holiday tradition!
|Mountain Conditions||Machine groomed on piste skiing with fresh snow off-piste. Typically all terrain types and areas are now open and skiing is available to all 3 Village areas.|
|Base Temperature||High: -2 ° C / Low: -8 ° C|
|Events & Holidays||Christmas Holidays, First Night – New Year’s Eve|
|Mountain Hours of Operation||8:30am – 3:00pm|
Early January – Early February
January brings deep and plentiful snow, the kind of conditions that Whistler Blackcomb is famous for.
|Mountain Conditions||All terrain types and areas are ready to be explored with fresh snow and fewer crowds following the holidays.|
|Base Temperature||High: 3 ° C / Low: -8 ° C|
|Events & Holidays||Whistler Pride|
|Mountain Hours of Operation||Jan 4 - Jan 23 : 8:30am - 3:00pm / Jan 24 - Feb 6 : 8:30am - 3:30pm|
A great mix of sun and mid-season snow plus great deals for families make this a perfect time to visit Whistler Blackcomb.
|Mountain Conditions||A solid snow base makes for a wide variety of terrain choices with typically sunnier skies and lower snowfall. Machine groomed on piste skiing can be at its best.|
|Base Temperature||High: 3 ° C / Low: -5 ° C|
|Events & Holidays||President’s Week (US Holiday)|
|Mountain Hours of Operation||Feb 7 – Feb 20 – 8:30am – 3:30pm / Feb 20 – Feb 27 – 8:30am – 4:00pm|
Early March – Early April
March and early April are all about the deepest snow pack, Spring Break, Easter and good times with family.
|Mountain Conditions||Traditionally one of the snowiest times of the ski season. Expect fresh snow, sunshine, and longer day light as we head into April and the temperatures warm up.|
|Base Temperature||High: 8 ° C / Low: -3 ° C|
|Events & Holidays||Showcase Showdown, Canadian School Spring Breaks - March|
|Mountain Hours of Operation||8:30am – 4:00pm|
Early April - Closing Day
With the longest season in North America, you can be up on the mountain enjoying the sunshine well into May. The perfect way to wrap up the ski season with blue skies, groomers and never ending events, festivities and parties at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival
|Mountain Conditions||Spring skiing with warmer temperatures, sunnier skies, machine groomed skiing, and goggle tans.|
|Base Temperature||High: 11 ° C / Low: 2 ° C|
|Events & Holidays||World Ski & Snowboard Festival|
|Mountain Hours of Operation||8:30am – 4:00pm|
Whistler offers a wonderful array of accommodation options, from luxurious mountain chalets to economical hotels. Whistlerblackcomb.com lets you browse the very best in Whistler accommodations and offers the convenience of booking online or with the help of our friendly Travel Consultants.
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Whistler Resort is split into a few distinct areas, each with its own advantages and personality. There is something to suit every vacation type, from the Main Village located in the heart of the Resort, to the charming Creekside area or the alpine seclusion of the Upper Village.
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It’s surprisingly easy. With direct flights from cities around the world, Whistler is closer than you think. Plus, you’ll enjoy discounted airfare when it’s bundled with lodging. Getting to the resort by car is easy, too. It’s a 1.5 hour drive from Vancouver and just five hours from Seattle. Check the maps below for flight and drive times from other cities.
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Once you’ve landed in Vancouver your vacation kicks into 4th gear, you’re so close you can almost feel the snow hitting your nose. The transport options are numerous but no matter which option you choose one thing is guaranteed, you’ll be blown away by the stunning views on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway where the Coastal Mountain range meets the majestic Howe Sound.
Car Rentals – Take in all the tourist stops on your trip to Whistler, from lush green rainforests to the magnificent Shannon Falls. Avis car rentals ensures you can enjoy the trip to Whistler on your schedule. More Info »
Private airport transfers – From luxury SUV’s, mini coaches or limousines there is a chauffeur on hand to whisk you to Whistler while you take in the scenery. More Info »
Bus – Sit back and enjoy the ride to Whistler with direct bus services from Vancouver International Airport or downtown Vancouver. More Info »
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TV personality, producer and storyteller from Colorado, Halley O’Brien ventured north to tick Whistler off her bucket list. But as she said “There is just way too much to do here that it would take way more than one trip to really do it justice.” From fresh tracks breakfast to ski-in/ski-out accommodation to pow turns in the alpine and plenty more she experienced Whistler’s must do activities.
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Do you want to holiday like Halley and experience Whistler at its best? Here are some holiday tips to make the most of your Whistler ski vacation on the slopes and in the Village.