Whistler Blackcomb

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Karl Sander
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.

FLY TO

Vancouver International Airport

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 ($60 USD) $66 CAD ($51 USD)
adult lift ticket$156 CAD ($120 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 288 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

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Good!3.7 / 5Dec 01, 2017
BBBeau B.
advanced snowboarder
Whistler is world class when the snow is good, but it can be pretty hit or miss! Everything including food is very expensive, and the cost of accommodation is out of reach for the non-affluent unless you can get staff housing through work. That being said, it is a fantastic community and the pros of living here far outweigh the cons. If... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 30, 2017
MBMichael B.
advanced skier
Went to Whistler/Blackcomb for an early season trip. Snow was amazing ! Powder almost up to my knees, amazing terrain and views. Love it. Cannot wait to return when the full mountain is open. The glacier bowls and spin run to Creekside look amazing!... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 30, 2017
DHDerek H.
intermediate skier
Awesome. This place is always amazing with great snow. It's a little ways away from Vancouver but it's a beautiful drive. Wish everywhere I ski could be as amazing as Whistler. ... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 29, 2017
CChris
advanced snowboarder
Whistler blackcomb is the best of the best but with that comes expensive lift tickets and big crowds. If you can, you should go on a weekday and it's worth it.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 29, 2017
KKarston
expert skier
The most notable change last season was the quality and the impact of the greeters at the base of the lifts. Having people who were smiling and talking as you came through the gates made the long lift lines a little less frustrating.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 28, 2017
SGStephen G.
advanced skier
Whistler Blackcomb has something for everyone. It's a MASSIVE winter wonderland for all ages and skier types. It's a grade A staple of mine, and I plan to go back each winter. ... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 28, 2017
MHMichael H.
expert skier
I have skied at Whistler-Blackcomb since 1996. The available terrain is vast and the scenery is spectacular. The two mountains offer great steep skiing with many bowls to choose from. Gladded runs are also plentiful After a day I love strolling through the village and being amongst the friendly local. There is always somebody willing to share the... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 28, 2017
ECEddie C.
intermediate snowboarder
I learned how to snowboard at Whistler Blackcomb and now it's a place I call home. I have been to many other resorts around the world, but It's hard to compare them to Whistler. There's such a large amount of terrain to ski on, it's really hard to get bored. With world class facilities and countless bars and restaurants to indulge for apres,... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 28, 2017
WCWill C.
intermediate skier
Hands down the Best resort in the world. Facilities, runs, hotels, ski camps, restaurants and spas. There's something for everyone here. Try it out if you haven't already. Bring your friends and family.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 28, 2017
PFPeter F.
advanced snowboarder
Whistler Blackcomb is an amazing resort because it quite simply 'has it all'. Everything from long groomers to brilliant back-country and world class park riding. But best of all is the Peak-to-Peak gondola which lets you switch up between Whistler & Blackcomb mountains without having to go all the way down the the mountain!... More

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