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!

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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 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 ($122 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
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
KLKristian L.
intermediate skier
In short, Whistler is a must go destination for everyone and anyone. The fact that you can ski here your entire life and never explore all the available terrain is mind-blowing. I've had friends move here and never want to leave, and some of them have really stayed ! The lifestyle here is fun everyday minute of everyday. Everyone that comes here... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
KGKate G.
intermediate snowboarder
The rideable terrain is probably the best there is anywhere in North America. Gets very overcrowded on weekend even though the resort keeps installing new lifts to try and spread out the masses. The food is really good but slightly overpriced. Day lift passes are quite a bit overpriced at around $140 a day. I feel $100 is around the most someone... More
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
CGCrisostomo G.
intermediate snowboarder
Besides the price of accommodation at Whistler and maybe it's time to add one more lift from the village. It's an absolute powdered dream though. I plan on spending every weekend up there this winter. ... More
Good!

3.8 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
JHJeff H.
advanced skier
Great place to ski, lots of hidden gems, just a little crowded. Hard to beat on a powder day with your friends, but that West Coast cement can be tough on the legs.... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
TDTyler D.
expert skier
Great ski town; never ending, varied terrain, easy back country access and plenty of lifts provide good value and epic days. Solid snow cover, great food options on the hills and plenty of Apres stops keep your day going well into the night. Worth a visit!... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
Great resort with something for everybody. Can be very expensive around the holidays so plan ahead to find cheaper options. Lift tickets can also be pricey so your best bet is to get an Edge card or pre-purchase online.... More
Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
SCStefan C.
expert snowboarder
Great world class resort with unparalleled amount of terrain to ski on. Wet snow most of the year except in alpine where it gets soft and fluffy. Very pricey and only getting worse unftnly. Worth checking out though!... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
PFPatrick F.
advanced skier
One of the best resorts In the world . If I could afford it I would be there every weekend skiing the double and triple blacks. Food is also amazing all across the mountain ... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
GKGary K.
advanced skier
Best in the World has long runs and challenging hills. Great atmosphere with people who are coming from around the world. Great views of surrounding areas. Fast lifts and good food... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
NANiall A.
expert skier
Great variety of terrain especially if you’re an advanced skier but you’re not ready to hit the backcountry just yet. Can get a bit crowded during peak times but this can always be avoided.... More
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