Province/Territory: British Columbia

Canada's Premier Ski and Snowboard Resort

  • 03 glaciers
  • 16 alpine bowls
  • 37 lifts

Soar, in 11 dizzying minutes, between Whistler and Blackcomb on the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the highest and longest lift of its kind in the world. Whistler, BC serves up more vertical feet, advanced lifts and varied terrain than any other ski resort on the continent. Add to that North America's longest ski season, more than 200 groomed runs, and a star-studded après-ski scene and you've got the makings of an epic ski vacation.

Whistler is Canada's premier ski and snowboard resort year-round. Sightsee over alpine meadows in a glass-bottom gondola in the summer. Take an off-road adventure into black bear habitat, hike deep into the backcountry and golf at a championship course. Play a game of celebrity spotting at any of Whistler's high-end restaurants, famous for talented chefs and deep wine cellars.

Outdoor adventure

  • Ski powder on 7th Heaven and the Symphony Bowl, both before lunch, on a ski dream day.
  • Flightsee Whistler Blackcomb on the record-setting Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the longest unsupported lift span in the world (3.024 km / 1.88 mi).
  • Take a tree-line canopy trek or zipline ecotour high above Fitzsimmons Creek.
  • Golf and spot wildlife at the Arnold Palmer-designed Whistler Golf Club.
  • Take a daredevil jump into the foam pit in the 8,400-sq-ft indoor Air Dome at Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Accommodation & Relaxation

  • Meet and mingle as part of Whistler's lively jet-setting après-ski scene.
  • Soothe tired muscles with a hot oil, shiatsu or Swedish massage at a Whistler day spa.
  • Meander through more than 200 shops and boutiques in the pedestrian-friendly plazas of Whistler Village.
  • Get married on a mountain with planning assistance from Whistler Blackcomb ski resort (it's legal for same-sex couples to tie the knot in Canada).

Arts & Culture

  • Read a miner's love letter and step inside a 20-storey sluicing shed, now a National Historic Site, on a tour of the Britannia Mine Museum along the Sea to Sky Highway.
  • See totems and the carvings of more than 20 Coast Salish artists at CRS Trading Post in Britannia Beach.
  • Take in film screenings, art exhibits, free outdoor concerts, and the fashion runway during the annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Food & Drink

  • Slice open a bottle of champagne with a sabre and sample Ice Wine Truffles on a Whistler Tasting Tour.
  • Spot the celebrities at one of Whistler's fine dining restaurants, popular pubs and nightspots.
  • Rekindle sparks with a candlelit fondue dinner for two at a romantic chalet.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Learn more about the local flora, fauna and geography exploring the backcountry at Whistler Interpretive Forest.
  • Hike the Ancient Cedars Trail surrounded by the woody scent of giant old-growth cedar trees.
  • Stop en route to Whistler to view the cascading 70m (230 ft) high waterfall at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, also a habitat for rare red-legged frogs.

Weather

  • Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are part of the Coastal Mountain Range and receive an average annual snowfall of 11.91 m (39.1 ft).
  • Due to Whistler Village's proximity to the coast, temperature in winter rarely dip below -10°C in the valley; lows in the alpine may reach -15°C, but average daily alpine temperatures in the winter are around -5°C.
  • Temperatures are generally 7°C to 10°C cooler on the top of the mountain than in the valley.
  • Summer temperatures reach highs of 27°C in July and August, while both spring and fall are cool and mild.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Population: 9,248
Number of runs: 200-plus
Longest run: 11 km (7 mi)
Number of chairlifts: 37
Hourly lift capacity: 65,507
Skiiable terrain: 3,307 hectares (8,171 acres)
Mountain restaurants: 17

When to go
  • The winter ski season in Whistler typically runs from the third weekend in November until April.
  • Spring skiing and snowboarding on Blackcomb continues until mid-May and Whistler re-opens for spring skiing until mid-June, depending on the snowpack.
  • Glacier skiing on Blackcomb begins in mid-June.
  • In the summer, Whistler Mountain Bike Park and local golf courses are attractions, along with sightseeing treks on the gondolas.
  • Visit in February for the annual WinterPRIDE festivities.
  • Be bear aware and bear smart in and around Whistler.
Getting Here
  • Whistler is a 2.5 hour drive along the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver, BC.
  • There is quick access to Whistler by air via helicopter, floatplane and express airport shuttle.
  • Access regular flight service to Whistler from Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
  • Travel to Whistler by rail via the Amtrak Cascades Train or the Rocky Mountaineer.
Getting around
  • Pedestrian-only Whistler Village is easy to walk around. A free shuttle runs between Whistler Village and the Upper Village.
  • The Whistler Transit System operates village connector routes and a marketplace shuttle loop.
  • Parking in Whistler includes day lots, overnight parking and some complimentary spots for guests.
  • Taxis, limousines and charter tour buses are other options for getting to and around Whistler.