Whistler Blackcomb

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Karl Sander
  • 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
  • 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
  • Whistler Blackcomb can be an expensive ski trip

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
ResortQuest at Whistler Cascade Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
51% off $558
ResortQuest at Whistler Peak Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
44% off $1,116
Blackcomb Springs Suites
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
40% off $1,957

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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 resort consists of two distinct mountains, Blackcomb Peak and Whistler Mountain, with the main village nestled between and joined by the Peak2Peak gondola, which is the highest lift of its kind in the world (1,427 ft. 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.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go


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.


Vancouver International Airport


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!

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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!


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

Whistler BlackcombApex Mountain Resort
beginner18 %15 %
intermediate55 %30 %
advanced22 %44 %
expert5 %11 %
total runs200 79
ski area8,171ac 450ac
summit elevation7,493ft 7,135ft
total lifts31 4
child lift ticket$78 CAD ($59 USD) $66 CAD ($50 USD)
adult lift ticket$156 CAD ($118 USD) $80 CAD ($61 USD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall264″ 111″

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Whistler Blackcomb Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 302 reviews

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Good!3.8 / 5Nov 14, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsAnne T.
beginner skier
Excellent resort for both summer and winter sports. Whistler is architecturally beautiful. Most of the resort buildings have a Pacific Northwest style with warm wood and stone. A lot to find and explore in the shops. (I bought my favourite hat in Whistler Village.) There are many places to eat with varying prices. I enjoy cross-country skiing... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 08, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsCarrie P.
beginner skier
Whistler Blackcomb is the place to go! Everything about this area is amazing. The slopes are great, the views are amazing and the town is da bomb! I always recommend Whistler Blackcomb to my friends and family!... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 08, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsDave J.
intermediate snowboarder
Whistler Blackcomb is my favourite place to ski,actually my favourite place to visit,not only in the winter ,for skiing,it is a great place to go,year round,but for skiing,it is number one in my opinion,great runs,great atmosphere,great place to party,great place to unwind,also very family oriented... More
Very Good!4 / 5Sep 13, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsKirk T.
intermediate snowboarder
They've made big efforts to cater to all levels of riders for sure. The runs are long! It was an interesting place to visit. The village is like nothing I've ever seen before. It's monolithic. It'll be a one off though. It definitely caters to the elite. 140 bucks for a lift ticket is a bit out of hand for most of us.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Jul 03, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsFrank H.
expert skier
A very large resort that definitely caters for all areas of mountain sports. There is endless winter terrain and with the dual mountains of whistler and blackomb there is always pockets of hidden gems for the more advanced skiers. Love the mountain life and the nightlife... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jun 07, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsJason S.
advanced snowboarder
Whistler Blackcomb should be on everyone's priority list. The skiable terrain is insane for all ski level, the village is car free with ample shopping and dining but best of all Canadian hospitality boy these people are the friendliest on earth. Stop looking for the all round resort you just found it in Whistler Blackcomb.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jun 01, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsJosh F.
intermediate snowboarder
Fantastic resort, vast, going outside of peak was amazing too! Highly recommend! The number of lifts available really allows for endless fun, you're definitely never bored of the same areas because you simply never run out of runs. There are many green and blue runs which help to develop your skills, and having access to both mountains, all runs... More
Superb!4.7 / 5May 11, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsNathan 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 / 5May 11, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsJoshua 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 / 5May 11, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsMarcel 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

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