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
  • 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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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 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

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 ($59 USD) $66 CAD ($50 USD)
adult lift ticket$156 CAD ($118 USD) $80 CAD ($60 USD)
uncrowded
snow
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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Average!3 / 5Jan 20, 2006
BBob
It has everything listed on the important reason list plus a lot more. Including night life. It covers everything. Better enjoy it b4 the Olympics turn it into a commercialized trap.
Superb!5 / 5Jan 13, 2006
KKevin
You get to the village and you need not leave. and of the Heli was off the hook!
Average!3 / 5Nov 23, 2005
OOlga
It' sgreat for the short vacations
Very Good!4 / 5Feb 24, 2005
BBarry
Altogether Whistler excels in Terrain (different skill levels), types of lodging available, eating from gourmet dining to grocery shopping and it seems to have something for everyone. Transportation is great, we've taken everything from Limo's to the Greyhound bus and everything in between from YVR.
Poor!2 / 5May 08, 2004
JJake
I've been to Whistler each of the past four winters. When there's snow, it can't be beat. Unfortunately, we've had rain for two of the four trips, which made them absolutely miserable. It's hands down the premier destination in North America, but be aware that the weather can be very hit-or-miss.
Superb!5 / 5Apr 16, 2004
LLynn
What I really love about Whistler, other than the skiing, is the town at the bottom of the slopes. It's the prettiest ski town I've ever been to and I'm longing to go back. Please keep it affordable so everyone can enjoy it!!

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