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When is the best time to come?
With ski and snowboard season that stretches almost 200 days a year, choosing the best time to visit Whistler Blackcomb for your winter vacation can sometimes be difficult. Each part of our winter is different and provides a unique experience that will keep you wanting to come back. Discover our seasons below and get a glimpse of when you should visit.
Mid-November – Late December
One of our best-kept secrets is the abundance of early season snowfall – an average of 2.4m (almost 8ft) in November alone. Combine that with smaller crowds and some of the best values of the entire season and it’s easy to see why those in the know consider Early Season prime time to visit.
- Whistler Mountain typically opens even earlier than what is planned so be prepared at least a week or two out to get your first turns of the season in.
- GORE-TEX® products are required to keep you warm and dry all day long. It's especially important in the early season when we see a mix if precipitation.
Late December – Early January
When you’re planning a vacation over the holidays, you want to be assured of an unforgettable experience. From the magical atmosphere and endless shopping in our vibrant resort village to the vast collection of outdoor activities and family-themed events on and around the mountains, the Holiday season really delivers.
- Value: Moderate
- Average Snowfall: December 227cm/89in
- Terrain Open: All terrain.
- Featured Events: First Night New Years Celebration
- Get up early – beat the crowds by being in line before the lifts open from the bottom.
- Stay up – move around the mountain as new lifts higher up open.
- Eat Smart – break for lunch before 11:30 am or after 1pm to skip the crowds.
Early January – Late January
January is when our 8,171 acres of stunning terrain and deep, plentiful snow combine with one of the largest networks of high-speed chairlifts in the world to give you a mountain experience that’s second to none, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned shredder.
- Skiing the week after the holidays is one of the quietest weeks of the season with the most terrain open.
- Rent powder skis if you don’t have them. You’ll need em’!
February to Late March
Make the most of the longer daylight of February and March to pack even more in your Whistler Blackcomb experience with awesome new adventures that everyone will love, from snowshoeing and ziplining to heli-skiing, snowmobiling, and even dog sledding. No wonder Whistler Blackcomb is the envy of resorts everywhere.
- Mid-Week skiing will always be less crowded than weekends. Plan your trip by skiing at least Tuesday – Thursday.
April - May
Spring just doesn’t get any better than this. Our March snowfall average of 2.5m (over 8ft) adds to an already amazing base to deliver the longest ski season in North America. You won’t want to miss the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, where concerts, competitions, events, and epic nightlife combine for a never-ending celebration of spring.
- Value: High
- Average Snowfall: April 85cm/33in May 21cm/8in
- Terrain Open: Typically only one mountain post World Ski & Snowboard Festival with mid-mountain piste and limited alpine terrain only.
- Featured Events: World Ski & Snowboard Festival
- Sunscreen. Multiple times a day.