Whistler Blackcomb

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  • 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 ($117 USD) $80 CAD ($60 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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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
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 27, 2017
AOAidan O.
intermediate skier
I was really impressed with the access to the lifts from the car lots, the friendliness and efficiency of the staff, the amount of ski lifts and gondolas, clever planning could result in avoiding line ups. The variation of terrain was fantastic. There is a wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars to engage in. The Travel Routes to and from... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 27, 2017
MMMichael M.
advanced skier
Skiing was excellent each of the five ski days. We had fresh snow continually all the way to the base. We did have a few moments of clear sky on the peak to peak gondola. The Village is extremely large and has everything you could ask for, including a hardware store, bank, and supermarket. Five days was not even close to enough time to ski all... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 27, 2017
ABAaron B.
intermediate skier
Whistler is indeed a jewel. You can walk almost anywhere and once you figure out the trail ststem you can walk anywhere. Everything is centrally located whick makes it great for family members that dont ski. The mountain is awesome. The terrain varries from beginner to your dead and everthing in between. Lift lines can be long at times but I can... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 24, 2017
NBNoah B.
intermediate snowboarder
Really good resort and offer many ways of saving money and getting everything you paid for. No other mountain compares as there is plenty for everyone to do no matter your level of experience. I go to whistler every year when possible and will continue to do so. ... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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

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