Whistler Blackcomb Facilities and Activities
Written by Karl Sander • Last updated Sep 18, 2017
Ski Rentals and Shops
In addition to the resort’s rental outlets, the village has several independent shops. Whistler Village Sports and Black Tie Ski Rentals of Whistler are both highly regarded. At a resort this big, especially at peak times, the rental shops may get crowded so if you’re going to rent, you should book ahead and plan to get the shop early.
Whistler Blackcomb operates the only snow school on the mountain for ages young as three. Private and group lessons are available, along with multi-day camps for every ability level from first-time beginners to expert clinics. The school’s certified instructors come from around the world and are able help guests in their own languages. There are private lessons and guides for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels, adult four-person group lessons, and family lessons so you can enjoy the time with your kids while leaving the teaching to the pros! And, if your budget can handle it, there’s the chance to ski with an Olympian!
The resort operates Whistler Kids Childcare at three locations (Westin Resort, Blackcomb Base, and Creekside) for children 18 months to 4 years old. The rate for ‘16/’17 was $74. Morning drop off is between 8-10am with pickup times at 3:30pm. Also available through the resort is Teddy Bear Daycare for 3-5 year olds, located inside the Millennium in Whistler Village. It costs $75 US with drop off between 7:30am and 10am and pickup by 6:00pm. Alternatively, Babysitting Whistler sends nannies to homes and hotels and has more flexible hours, so parents can arrange for childcare while they have a nice dinner out.
A large, well-trained, and professional Ski Patrol covers the entire resort, operating out of seven posts. If, for some reason, you can't find one when you need one, call 604-932-4211 or any resort employee. There is a medical clinic in the village with a general hospital in nearby town of Squamish.
Health and Wellbeing
For lesser ailments, most high-end hotels and physiotherapy clinics offer massage therapy. Scandinave Spa is a particularly popular massage spot. Of the several physiotherapy clinics, Back in Action and Peak Performance Physiotherapy are particularly popular.
In case all that skiable terrain isn’t enough exercise for you, several hotels offer fitness facilities. If your accommodations don’t, check out the Core Climbing and Fitness Gym or the municipality’s Meadow Park Sports Centre.
Several full-service banks operate in the village and Creekside, including RBC Royal Bank, Scotibank, and TD Canada Trust. There are ATMs throughout the area, and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Places throughout the village areas have WiFi. On mountain, the Roundhouse, Rendezvous, and Glacier Creek Lodges all have WiFi. Cell service is reliable, especially in the village, but Americans who haven’t been to Canada before may not know that they will be charged international roaming.
Heli-skiing is available through Whistler Heli-Skiing, including transportation to their base, lunch, safety equipment, and guides. They have exclusive access to 432,000 acres, and you don’t need to be an expert: they welcome strong intermediates and have an array of packages to suit a range of ability levels. Prices start at $775. Powder Mountain also offers heli-skiing (at a comparable price) as well as cat-skiing, which costs $415 for a full day that includes 6-10 runs and at least 7,000 feet of vertical.
If you’re not a seasoned backcountry expert, Whistler has you covered with different levels of guided adventures complete with demo touring skis and avalanche gear. Backcountry guides are also available through Coast Mountain Guides and Whistler Ski Guides. Multi-day glacier travel and level 1+ and 2 avalanche skills training courses and are available through the resort. Whistler also offers a free avalanche awareness tour run by ski patrol which runs for 2 and a half hours, so be sure to check that out!
Need to rest your legs but still want to play on the snow? Have little ones who are sick of lessons? The Coca-Cola tube park is near the bottom of Blackcomb. For adults it costs $17 for an hour or $24 for two hours, with discounts for seniors, youth, children, pass holders, families, and groups of 15 or more.
If the tubes aren’t quite enough for you, there’s the Whistler Sliding Centre and the opportunity to ride in a bobsled or, for the truly adventurous, get up to 60 mph head-first on a skeleton sled (don’t worry, there’s safety orientation first). The track is another legacy of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and is right in Whistler, so no side trip is required.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures and The Adventure Group both offer snowmobile and snowshoe tours. Canadian Wilderness Adventures also offers dog sled runs and evening snowmobile trips to Crystal Hut at the top of Blackcomb’s Crystal Ridge Express for a fondue dinner. You can book through Whistler Blackcomb’s site, or through the operators’ websites.