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 ($61 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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Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 18, 2017
LALouie A.
intermediate snowboarder
Whistler mountain is a perfect place for beginners to start snowboarding (or ski). During the peak snowfall of the season magic chair is open for public at a discounted rate. You are able to only pay ($10-$20) for this individual lift, separate from the complete package that you normally get from a seasons or edge pass. It's a perfect place for... More
Average!3.5 / 5Nov 18, 2017
JCJenny C.
intermediate skier
Wow.. crowds. We went over Presidents Day weekend and oh my gosh. It took us from 9am - 11am just to get up to the top of the mountain and by then is was already lunchtime. Being on the coast Whistler's snow is a big wet compared to what we're used to in Colorado and Utah. Still a fun village with lots of restaurants and activities.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 18, 2017
AGAdam G.
expert skier
The definitive mega resort. Can get incredibly busy at peak times, but has expansive terrain and some of the best side country in the world. Bring strong legs, Coast Range snow can get heavy and you'll need to earn your turns if you want freshies all day. Expensive, crowded, increasingly soulless, and still completely worth it.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 18, 2017
SBSteve B.
expert skier
I've been skiing for 40 plus seasons, and hands down the WB rocks my world every time!... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 17, 2017
MVMichael V.
intermediate skier
All around great resort with great skiing. Only disappointment is they don't have night skiing. Have limited Time to enjoy all the many trails and the terrien parks. Many friendly staff also.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 17, 2017
CFChris F.
advanced snowboarder
Whistler Blackcomb regards itself as one of the best and most accessible resorts in the world and it's easy to see why. Just 2 hours from Vancouver airport and with a wealth of hotels and lodges you get 2 world class mountains that you can reach with just a stroll through the village. If you get bored of one mountain then you can hop on the... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 17, 2017
JBJason B.
advanced skier
Whistler is amazing however it is incredibly expensive to be here and to buy passes, accommodation is hard to come by and when you do it comes at a high price. The mountain is run very well and it runs like clockwork. The atmosphere of the town and the quality of the runs makes it all worth it! Amazing place to be!... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 17, 2017
DDDanny D.
advanced skier
Whistler Blackcomb is the ultimate ski destination in the world bar none. Great runs with amazing and varied terrain, awesome views, and wonderful facilities. The village is epic - walkable, with all the mod cons and a wide range of bars and restaurants. It's been too long since we last had the chance to get to Whistler Blackcomb... take me back... More
Average!3.5 / 5Nov 17, 2017
TLTony L.
intermediate snowboarder
Whistler Blackcomb has something for everyone. The biggest reason why I'm so draw to the resort is the open space of the ski hills. You feel like you are one with nature. The views are to die for.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 13, 2017
JPJustin P.
advanced skier
I've been skiing whistler blackcomb since I was 3 years old. It has all the terrain you can ask for from the bunny hill to some amazing back country. It has always been my favorite resort to spend the winter season and I look forward to spend my more there. ... More

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