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Our Travel Consultants are the Local Experts when it comes to Whistler. They have the experience and knowledge to provide useful tips, suggestions and answers to any questions you may have. Read below for some of our most frequently asked questions or better yet, give us a call and let us guide you through booking your next Whistler Vacation.

Lodging, Lift Tickets & Packages

Yes, simply contact one of our expert Travel Consultants and they would be more than happy to assist you with any last minute needs. To avoid disappointment and to ensure the best availability and pricing we recommend booking in advance. During certain holidays such as Christmas and Presidents Week it is not uncommon to have sold out dates. In addition, as demand increases rates will generally increase, that applies for lodging providers as well as airfares.
During the season, some properties offer "3rd night free" or "5th night free" deals. Plus, many partners will often give a bigger discount the longer you stay – check the website often for great offers like these. And remember; staying longer means you can enjoy even more Whistler Blackcomb magic!
WhistlerBlackcomb.com guarantees the lowest lift ticket pricing. Book in advance to save off the ticket window price, and have your tickets waiting for you when you check in. 
 
Early Booking Offer – If you book by Nov 15, you'll be able to take advantage of huge lift ticket savings as part of our early booking offers. Make sure to sign up to receive our special offers by email. 
 
Edge Card - If you are a resident of Canada or Washington State, you are eligible to buy an Edge Card. Purchase a 5 or 10 day 10-day card by the early booking deadline and receive a free early season day of skiing or riding. during the early season. 
 
Call one of our Whistler Experts at 1-888-403-4727 to see what the best deal is for you.  
Kids 12 and under stay, ski and rent free as part of our early booking offer for every adult ticket purchased (minimum of 3 days and only if booked by Nov 15). Kids 6 and under always ski free.
Many lodging partners will post their rates more than a year in advance. We generally launch our winter Early Booking Offers by May, giving you plenty of time to book in advance and save big on your winter holiday.
Yes. There are a limited number of homes in Whistler. They are popular and should be booked well in advance. Keep in mind there are many condo units that can accommodate large groups and offer better locations, amenities, common areas, pools/hot tubs and some even boast ski-in/ski-out access; often at a lower price than these houses.
There are a few hotels in Whistler that offer complimentary continental breakfast. These include Blackcomb Springs Suites, Listel, and Pan Pacific Village Centre. Subject to change.
Spring (especially April) is an excellent time to come. For one, conditions are terrific, the days are longer and sunnier and the season not even close to being done (you can ski or ride well into May!) Plus, you save big with low seasonal rates and enjoy great events, including the world-renowned World Ski and Snowboard festival. 
 
There are other times to save, including early season, mid-week, or booking a Last Minute Deal. Check out our Deals & Packages page for our best offers. 
Popular weekends such as BC's Family Day and President's Day in February are typically more expensive than midweek stays. But during then rates will go up. In slower times like early December, there might not be as much of a savings by staying mid-week versus a weekend.
It's hard to beat rolling out of bed, walking a few steps and strapping on your skis or board. Whistler has three bases that offer ski-in/ski-out and many lodging choices that come at a pretty reasonable price. 
 
However, it's good to keep in mind that Whistler's Village contains many excellent accommodation options that are a quick walk to the Gondolas. Several other properties offer free ski shuttles to the lifts. In addition, Whistler offers free shuttles that run throughout Whistler Village, Village North and the Upper Village.
With airlines baggage fees, it's usually not worth the extra cost and hassle of lugging your skis or snowboard. Make your visit more enjoyable by renting the latest gear. As conditions and your skills change, so can your equipment. Book now to ensure you get the best ski for the current conditions. 
 
Whistler Blackcomb is proud to offer you some of the best brands including Salomon, Rossignol, K2, Head, and Burton. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skiers and riders – we've got you covered.
  • This season's brand new equipment
  • FREE storage, tuning and service
  • Switch gear to suit the conditions – any time
  • Try different skis from our on-mountain rental fleet
  • Avoid the hassle and expense of travelling with your equipment
Package deals generally include lodging and another component like lift tickets or an activity. We love packages because it allows us to bundle products and pass the savings on to you! If you see a great deal, jump on it quickly as the best deals sell out quickly.
The busiest times are typically Christmas Holidays and other holiday weekends such as BC Family Day and Presidents Day. There are many advantages of coming while the resort during these busy periods. There's even more energy in the Village, with free concerts and events. New Year's Eve is particularly popular, with big crowds enjoying family friendly celebrations celebrations.
With our Early Book Deals, we guarantee that if you book your vacation package by November 15, you will be receiving the best possible price of the season. If the price decreases after you've booked your stay, we will match it.

The Mountains & Weather

We can't guarantee great snow, but our consistent track record let's us get pretty close. Over the past 10 years, Whistler Blackcomb has averaged annual snowfall of 11.7 metres (38.4 feet). All this natural bounty is supported by a 220-strong fleet of state-of-the-art snow guns that boost the quality and coverage of our snow all winter long.
Historically, November-January and March are the snowiest months of the season, but consistent snowfall throughout the season is one of the hallmarks of the Whistler Blackcomb experience.
EARLY SEASON - You know what they say about the early bird. With Whistler Blackcomb’s reputation for reliable early season conditions, smaller crowds and great value, early winter is a prime time to visit.
HOLIDAYS - Imagine family time in the morning, skiing and riding all afternoon and sticking around for an epic New Year’s party. Make Whistler Blackcomb part of your holiday tradition.
DEEP WINTER - January brings deep and plentiful snow, the kinds of conditions that Whistler Blackcomb is famous for.
MID-SEASON - In February and March, Whistler Blackcomb enjoys longer daylight, the largest snow base of the year, and offers great deals for families.
SPRING SKIING - Whistler Blackcomb boasts the longest season in North America, meaning you can be up on the mountain enjoying the sunshine well into May. Don’t miss the celebration of the season, with the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in mid-April. 
 
With over 8,171 acres, Whistler Blackcomb is the biggest mountain resort on the continent. It's diverse terrain offers thrills for all skill levels, from first-timers to Olympic-level elite skiers. Consistent snowfall (with an average of nearly 12m (39ft) a year over the last decade) means you can book with confidence, while a moderate temperature that rarely dips below -10ºC (12ºF) means you'll be comfortable when you arrive. A unique, vibrant, pedestrian-only base Village is the envy of resorts the world over, while a rich array of activities ensure there's plenty for everyone to do. It all adds up to the #1 Mountain Resort in North America.
Whistler Village is at 2,140 ft / 652 meters and Blackcomb base is at 2,214 ft / 675 meters. This means no elevation sickness unlike other ski resorts at higher altitudes.

The Village & Activities

Taking a day off from the slopes or maybe you're not a skier? You could go sightseeing, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ATVing or opt for something slightly less intense with a day at the spa or one of the popular local dining tours. 
 
You could also go for a little gold of your own on the same track used by Olympians bobsled and luge athletes in the 2010 Winter Games. Lessons and guided runs are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 
 
Ziplining with ZIPTREK is one of the most popular and exciting activities, and is available year-round. 
 
Click here to see more of the great activities available.
Yes. For infants and toddlers 18-48 months, we offering licensed childcare programs with trained, qualified staff. Plus, parents receive pagers for added peace of mind.
Coca Cola Tube Park, Magic Castle & Tree Fort, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, sleigh rides, snow-shoeing. 
 
Dedicated learning centres and programs with the Whistler Kids Snow School, specially designed terrain gardens and family zones, and enchanted Tree Fort and Magic Castle ensure that any time is a good time for families to experience Whistler Blackcomb. 
 
Once the day's on-mountain adventures are done, the village is packed with family-friendly activities. Restaurants and bars like the GLC, Merlin's and Dusty's Bar & BBQ welcome kids until 8pm and give everyone a chance to enjoy après. 
 
And for those with energy to spare, skate circles around one another at the outdoor skating rink at Olympic Plaza, and experience the thrill of the Coca-Cola Tube Park and the Sunday night Fire & Ice Show.
Yes, generally we can offer a discount on activities any from 5 – 20% savings off the regular rate if you book in advance. Click here for more info.
Most visitors are surprised at the number (and quality) of free events and activities available at Whistler Blackcomb. There are mountain tours, an ice skating rink, even free shows and concerts like the Fire & Ice show held every Sunday night (Dec-March) at the base of Whistler. Take a look at the Top 5 Free events here.
There are a number of restaurants in all areas of the resort. However, the majority of options are in the main Whistler Village. Each base area also has great après, restaurants and nightlife options, but again Whistler Village will be your best bet.
Whistler Village is at 2,140 ft / 652 meters and Blackcomb base is at 2,214 ft / 675 meters. This means no elevation sickness unlike other ski resorts at higher altitudes.

Transportation & Airfare

With discounted airfare on flights from major cities around the world via Vancouver International Airport, getting to Whistler is easier than you think. From downtown Vancouver, Whistler is only a 1.5 hour drive north on the newly improved, spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway. The resort is also just a five hour drive from Seattle along I-5. There are a number of ways to get to Whistler: car rentals, limos, or coach transfers. Find out more about these and all other transportation by visiting this page.
It depends on your needs and schedule. If you want the flexibility to stop along the way from Vancouver, go grocery shopping, or spend time in Vancouver, you’ll want to rent a car . 
Best of all, your car rental will be waiting for you at the airport. Simply book your car online call one of our agents who will be eager to assist you. 
 
The drive to Whistler along the famed Sea to Sky Highway will be one of the most breathtaking journeys you'll ever take. Click here to read more about this amazing tour.
 
Travel Tips 
Rent a car just for the drive to Whistler and back, or rent one during your stay. (Note that many Whistler accommodation providers and hotels charge extra for parking). Most car rentals include unlimited mileage, and ski racks and child seats are available upon request. 
 
Be sure to ask about a One Way Round Trip. This special arrangement gives you a 24-hour rental in each direction from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) or Sea-Tac Airport (SEA) to Whistler and back. It's a great way to get to and from the resort without having to pay for parking while you are here. Rates are subject to availability.
Yes, there is a mix of paid and free parking available in Whistler Village at the Day Lots. Lots 1, 2 and 3 are pay parking while Lots 4 and 5 are free. As well, Blackcomb has free parking near Base II (Lots 6, 7 and 8) and Whistler Creekside, in the underground garage. Overnight parking is available under the Whistler Conference Center and Whistler Public Library underground lots year-round for $5 from 5 PM to 10 AM. Overnight parking is permitted in the Day lots from May 1 to November 1 only, with exceptions for trekkers on multi-day hikes in Garibaldi Park in Lot 4 next to the berm. Please note that pricing is subject to change. 
 
Sleeping/camping in vehicles is not permitted at any time. Several hotels offer free parking while many other hotels charge a surcharge ranging from $8 to $40 per night for underground parking. During the winter, neighbourhood street parking is restricted to allow for snow clearing. 
 
Of course, the Village’s pedestrian-friendly layout, plus the abundance of free shuttles, means a car isn't really necessary.

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