Whistler Blackcomb

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Pros

  • Largest ski area in North America, a massive 8,117 ac across two mountains
  • Wide variety of terrain with over 200 trails, bowls, glaciers and tree runs
  • World-class village full of amenities, activities and après ski to keep skiers and non-skiers well entertained for days

Cons

  • Low peak elevation of 7,493 ft means snow can be wet and heavy
  • Can get crowded especially during US and Canadian public holidays
  • Lift queues can be an issue here
  • Can be an expensive ski trip

Overall

4.2

If you’re serious about your skiing or snowboarding, sooner or later you owe it to yourself to visit Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia. It’s consistently near the top of Ski Magazine’s annual list of Top 50 resorts as well as Forbes Top Ten Ski Resorts in North America. With a ski area of 8,117 ac spanning two mountains, it’s North America’s largest and most popular resort. The staggering amount of acreage includes over 200 named trails of bowls, glaciers and tree runs. There’s plenty of variety and enough terrain to keep everyone from beginner to expert busy for days.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

March

Whistler’s season typically begins by the end of November and usually lasts well into May. If you go in March, you stand your best chances of getting an almost-perfect combination of longer days, great snow coverage all over and temperatures cold enough to keep the snow in good shape. It also avoids the Christmas/New Year’s crunch, and the US public holidays when Americans stream over the border for world class skiing and a (usually) favorable exchange rate. Just watch out for the local schools’ spring vacation period which is a recipe for big crowds. For 2017-2018, it’s the last two weeks of March.
Airplane

FLY TO

Vancouver International Airport

Car

DRIVE/BUS TO

Whistler (2-3 hours)

Whistler Village (Walk)

  • Most popular place to stay along with Creekside
  • Made up of three main areas
  • Known for its world-class dining, nightlife and shopping

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Creekside (Walk)

  • Quiet and residential
  • Access slopes via Creekside Gondola
  • 3 mi from Whistler Village

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Alpine Meadows (4-5 mi)

  • 5 minutes drive from Whistler Village
  • Cheaper lodging than Whistler Village
  • Range of accommodation from cabins to chalets

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Niklaus North (4-5 mi)

  • 5 minutes away from Whistler Village by car or public transport
  • Cheaper lodging than Whistler Village
  • Variety of accommodation from condos to chalets

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For beginners

Whistler Mountain has more suitable terrain for beginners than Blackcomb so it's best for never evers to start off on the bunny slopes there. More experienced beginners can also get a taste of high alpine skiing on the Burnt Stew Trail!

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For intermediates

Intermediates have an endless choice of runs here! On the Whistler side, Harmony Ridge will offer panoramic views of the peaks in Garibaldi Provincial Park while in Blackcomb, be sure to check out Hortsman Glacier; it's not often intermediates get a chance to ski on glaciers!

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For experts

Nothing screams world-class like the terrain at Whistler-Blackcomb. Test your skills on The Couloir and The Cirque, two iconic lines on Whistler Mountain. Or perhaps try out our favorite, Sapphire Bowl in Blackcomb, it's steep and packed with pow!

More experts tips

Find freshies

For in-bounds off-piste head to Lakeside Bowl or Xhiggy's Meadow or for backcountry make your way to Saphhire Bowl in Blackcomb.

Ditch the crowds

Avoid the runs below Emerald Chair and Orange Peel during peak times.

Non skiers

Whistler offers endless activities to keep non-skiers busy! From bobsledding - that's right bobsledding - to ice fishing to relaxing in outdoor baths amongst a cedar forest, there's something for everyone here!

Families

Whistler Village is renowned for its exceptional facilities and activities to keep the whole family entertained. On the slopes, the area directly below the Emerald Express is a dedicated family are so skiing together is made easy and hassle-free!

Whistler Blackcomb vs
Whistler BlackcombApex Mountain Resort
beginner18 %15 %
intermediate55 %30 %
advanced22 %44 %
expert5 %11 %
total runs200 119
ski area8,171ac 450ac
summit elevation7,493ft 7,135ft
total lifts31 4
child lift ticket$78 CAD ($61 USD) $66 CAD ($51 USD)
adult lift ticket$156 CAD ($121 USD) $80 CAD ($62 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall264″ 111″

Whistler Blackcomb Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 284 reviews

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Have your say on Whistler Blackcomb
Superb!

4.8 / 5

May 10, 2018
Mike C. Mike C.
advanced skier
With the most terrain in North America, apres and restaurants to compete with the best of them and an average annual snowfall of 37 feet, Whistler has it all. One thing I love about the resort is that you will find green and blue runs from the very top of the alpine to the bottom of the ski -out. For beginner and intermediate skiers, this is such a... More
Average!

3.4 / 5

May 09, 2018
Brian F. Brian F.
advanced skier
Largest ski resort in North America. 1900 hectares of inbound skiing. 1500 metre vertical drop. Great back country access. Wide range of terrain from beginner to advanced. Biggest complaint is cost; very expensive resort to visit.... More
Superb!

4.7 / 5

May 08, 2018
Nathan R. Nathan R.
advanced skier
Amazing resort. So much range, ski top to bottom feels like an eternity. Tons of groomers, tons of off-trail, never run out of range. Beautiful views, bring your camera. Cool little town, with so much to do.... More
Superb!

4.7 / 5

May 08, 2018
Joshua C. Joshua C.
advanced skier
I was worried about long lines and soo many people prior to coming to whistler. Mid week lines mostly nonexistent. Can get busy on weekends. Huge variety of terrain to suit all levels., great food and apres. Truly lives up to being called one of the worlds best resorts.... More
Good!

3.6 / 5

May 08, 2018
Marcel E. Marcel E.
advanced snowboarder
An amazing mountain with tons of terrain and something for everybody in the family! It is our go-to mountain, however I wish the prices were more affordable for a family.... More
Poor!

1.3 / 5

May 01, 2018
Kevin C. Kevin C.
expert skier
Parent pass was only available until September 4th. Missed the deadline. All other passes available until November. WB doesn't want families to ski together. WB does not support affordability. Disappointed.... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

May 01, 2018
Ryan M. Ryan M.
intermediate skier
Was a massive resort, well catered for, well known, a lot of australians... snow quality and lifts were good as expected. Pricing was reasonable. The range of difficulty of runs was good... More
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

May 01, 2018
Graham C. Graham C.
expert skier
After decades of vertical.. from a learner to a expert my roots have been in Whisler and Blackcomb mountains.. probably one of the best inthe world... sadly I have boycotted the New ownership who have clearly gone out of the normal and previous practise of operations to accommodate and profit of destination holiday skier / rider... good bye....... More
Good!

3.7 / 5

Apr 30, 2018
Kirk T. Kirk T.
advanced snowboarder
The cost of lift tickets is making more and more difficult for many to get out there and enjoy snow sports. Whistler isn't cheap. On the other hand, it really is something else as far as scale of terrain and how huge the village is. It's like Banff times ten. I won't make it a regular place to return but I'm really glad I had the chance to go. It's... More
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Apr 26, 2018
Kevin W. Kevin W.
intermediate snowboarder
Massive amount of terrain. Great on a pow day. Always a que for the lifts but once you explore and know the mountains you can avoid the busiest lifts. Very accessible and terrain suitable from beginner to expert. Really enjoyed my time here this season... More
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