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

4.1

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!

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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!

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 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 ($119 USD) $80 CAD ($61 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall264″ 111″

Whistler Blackcomb Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 287 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

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Family Friendliness
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 02, 2008
AAndrew
Tons of skiable area. I would prefer it was little higher as rain/warmth can be a problem. But for sheer variety and size, I like Whistler.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Aug 19, 2007
KKen
Whistler is an all-around great ski resort. The mountains, lifts, lodging, dining, and nightlife are within walking distance.
Superb!

5 / 5

Feb 21, 2007
SShirley
The hotel itself is unbelievable, but the location and surroundings really make it stand out!
Superb!

5 / 5

Feb 06, 2007
CCraig
Has everything a mountain/resort can possibly offer. Great snow, amazing terrain, good food, nightlife, bars, and great accommodations.
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 14, 2006
KKathy
Whislter has it all for everybody--any age, any ski level, quality restuarants, great nightlife, and the nicest people.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 01, 2006
SSherri
all inclusive village - shops, eatery, grocery, liquor, etc...plus it is a beautiful place
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 30, 2006
RRobert
Great skiing, variable skiing, lots of activities, wonderful people, gorgeous village, great shopping and dining.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 13, 2006
FFrank
Best overall for vertical and choices - if you hit it when the weather is good.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jun 18, 2006
LLeah
Great vacation spot. Easy access to everything, skiing, shoping, nightlife. Great skiing and long runs.
Superb!

5 / 5

Mar 08, 2006
JJeffrey
There is skiing of all types on Whistler and Blackcomb. It can take 3 days to thoroughly explore the mountain and then spend a couple days skiing your favorite runs.
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