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Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb offers more choices than nearly any other mountain destination in the world.
With so much room for progression your kids will be speeding right past you before you know it.

Whistler in Winter - For the Family


Whistler takes winter adventure to places your family never imagined. On the mountains, our specially designed family zones, amazing Whistler Kids Snow School, enchanted Tree Fort and Magic Castle are guaranteed to put smiles on everyone’s faces. Off the mountain, stroll the pedestrian village brimming with over 200 shops and 150 restaurants and bars, or for more adventure have a blast on our free outdoor skating rink at the Olympic Plaza, go tubing at the bubly™ Tube Park or witness the incredible Fire & Ice Show. Looking for family friendly accommodation? Whistler is filled with numerous family friendly hotels, condos and private homes, many of which are ski-in/ski-out at any of our three mountain bases, Creekside, Whistler Village or Upper Village. It all adds up to a winter experience your family will remember forever.

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Activities and Events

bubly™ Tube Park

Cruise down our exhilarating tubing hill as you feel the wind in your face.

bubly™ Tube Park

Fire & Ice

Watch world-class athletes flip and twist through a burning ring of fire.

Fire & Ice

Dog Sledding

Let your dog team lead you through magnificent old growth forest on a truly Canadian experience.

Dog Sledding

Whistler Sliding Center

Take a trip down the icy track with Bobsleigh and Skeleton programs that are worthy of any bucket list.

Bobsleigh and Skeleton

Snowmobile Tours

Grab the throttle on a guided sled tour through the snow, and experience a treasured Canadian pastime.


Ziptrek Eco Tours

Take a high flying trip with Ziptrek’s network of ziplines and suspension bridges.


Ice Skating

The perfect activity for the whole family offering free skating daily. (P: Mike Crane)

Magic Castle & Tree Fort

Great for families of little ones to check out while exploring the mountains.

Magic Castle & Tree Fort

Find the best time to come


With an almost 200-day ski and snowboard season, choosing the best time to visit Whistler Blackcomb in the winter can be difficult. Each part of our winter is different, providing unique experiences that leave you wanting to come back for more. Discover our seasons below for a glimpse into when to visit.

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Young children snowboarding with instructor

Mid-November to Late December

With some of the best prices (and smaller crowds) of the season, great availability of family-friendly lodging, abundant early season snowfall, and a wonderfully festive atmosphere as you get closer to the holidays, it’s easy to see why so many families choose early season for their Whistler Blackcomb visit.

Early Season Details:

  • Value: High
  • Average Snowfall: 249 centimeters (98 inches) in November, 227 centimeters (89 inches) in December
  • Terrain Open: Mid-mountain piste with alpine terrain and ski-outs as snow falls
  • Featured Events: Opening Day celebration, Whistler Film Festival.

Insider Tips:

  • Whistler Mountain typically opens even earlier than planned, so be prepared at least a week or two out to get your first turns in.
  • GORE-TEX® products are best to keep you warm and dry all day long. It's especially important in the early season when we see a mixture of precipitation.
Santa skiing powder on Christmas

Late December to Early January

Families love celebrating the holidays at Whistler Blackcomb! Our beautifully decorated resort village takes festiveness to a whole new level with an atmosphere that is absolutely magical. On and around the mountains, an endless array of amazing outdoor activities and awesome holiday-themed events deliver the promise of an unforgettable holiday experience for everyone big and small.

Holiday Season Details:

  • Value: Moderate
  • Average Snowfall: 227 centimeters (89 inches) in December
  • Terrain Open: All terrain
  • Featured Events: First Night New Years Celebration

Insider Tips:

  • Get up early to beat the crowds by being in line before the lifts open from the bottom.
  • Stay up high and move around the mountain as new lifts open up on the mountain.
  • Eat smart, breaking for lunch before 11:30 a.m. or after 1 p.m. to skip the crowds.
Sara Nidblock Snowboarding Powder near Whistler Village GOndola

Early to Late January

Whistler delivers one-of-a-kind experiences that have been bringing families closer together for generations and January is a perfect time to make some new memories of your own. From our popular Whistler Kids Snow School and specially-designed family zones (not to mention the most groomed terrain in North America) to the thrilling Coca-Cola® Tube Park and the endless family fun in our spectacular resort village, this is family adventure that everyone will love.

Deep Winter Details:

  • Value: Medium-High
  • Average Snowfall: 187 centimeters (74 inches) in January
  • Terrain Open: All terrain
  • Featured Events: WinterPRIDE, Samsung Deep Winter Photo Challenge presented by GORE-TEX®

Insider Tips:

  • 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’.
Whistler Blackcomb

February to Late March

The longer days of February and March are the perfect time to make all your family’s winter dreams come true. The snow is amazing, our skiable terrain is breathtakingly vast, and the family fun is endless in our awesome resort village. With dedicated kid-friendly zones, activities like snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating, Kids’ Adventure Camps and so much more, Whistler Blackcomb delivers unforgettable family memories.

Mid Season Details:

  • Value: Medium
  • Average Snowfall: 158 centimeters (62 inches) in February, 248 centimeters (98 inches) in March
  • Terrain Open: All terrain
  • Featured Events: Peak To Valley Race, Roxy Quiksilver Week
  • March is Considered "Powder Month" by locals, due to the abundance of snow seen on average.

Insider Tips:

  • Mid-week skiing will always be less crowded than weekends. Plan your trip by skiing at least Tuesday through Thursday.
Whistler Blackcomb

April to May

At Whistler Blackcomb, the longer, warmer days of spring offer up big-time family value and fun. Enjoy all the amazing family après at the Olympic Plaza, experience high flying adventure on a Ziptrek tour, then challenge yourselves at one of two Nintendo® Gaming Lounges. For spring’s biggest celebration, don’t miss the concerts, competitions, events and epic fun of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Spring Skiing Details:

  • Value: High
  • Average Snowfall: 85 centimeters (33 inches) in April, 21 centimeters (8 inches) in May
  • 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

Insider Tips:

  • Sunscreen. Multiple times a day.

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