Province/Territory: British Columbia

Discover mountain-top culture

  • 436 metres high
  • 4.4 kilometres long
  • 360-degree view

Flight-see the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on the longest continuous lift system in the world. At your first summit, survey jagged Black Tusk from the shadow of a towering Inuksuk. Board the Peak 2 Peak Gondola—the highest and longest lift of its kind. Wait for one of the glass-bottomed gondolas and glide soundlessly above the glacier-fed Fitzsimmons Creek. Peer down through the clear floor and watch for berry-picking brown bears half a kilometre below.

Step off at Blackcomb Mountain and photograph alpine wildflowers and imposing glaciers. Catch an open-air chairlift ride back down to the village. Try a gooey “pudgie pie” from the farmers’ market.

Why you should visit
  • Flight-see Whistler Blackcomb aboard the longest continuous lift system in the world.
  • Glide soundlessly half a kilometre above a glacier-fed creek in one of the glass-bottomed, 360-degree gondola.
  • Circle Whistler’s two-kilometre high summit on an interpretive trail.
  • Scramble a via ferrata rock face on Whistler's 2,182 metre summit.
  • Survey jagged Black Tusk from the shadow of a towering Inukshuk.
  • Walk past alpine flowers near Blackcomb Lake or onto Horstman Glacier to throw a summer snowball.
  • Sip a merlot from an Aboriginal-owned winery at Christine's Restaurant, a high-altitude bistro.
  • Tour venues, parks, and attractions from the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Weather

  • Whistler is a high-altitude mountain valley village near the sea. Accordingly, temperatures are moderate but conditions can change quickly.
  • Summer (June through September) can be sunny and clear. Winters are milder in the valley than in the alpine.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Open year round.
  • Summer months, feed your adventurous spirit with a mountain-top barbeque with live music.
  • Winter months linger with hot chocolate at the Roundhouse Lodge.
Need to know
  • Bring warmer clothing layers for the high alpine and open-chair chair lifts.
  • Wear sturdy footwear if you plan to walk or hike at the peaks.
  • Both Whistler and Blackcomb offer full dining and comfort services.
  • Notify the gondola attendant if you wish to ride in one of the glass-bottomed cars.
Getting Here
  • Located in Whistler, a 2 hour drive from downtown Vancouver.
  • Arrive by bus aboard Greyhound, Pacific Coach Lines or Snowbus (winter months only).
  • Arrive by train aboard Amtrak or the Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Taxis and rental cars are available within Whistler.
  • On-site parking for cars and RVs.