Whistler Blackcomb

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Pros
  • Largest ski area in North America, a massive 3,285 ha 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 2,284 m 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
Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
7% off $1,519
ResortQuest at Whistler Peak Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
25% off $1,103
Le Chamois by Whistler Premier
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
20% off $1,444

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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 3,285 ha 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 (435 m. 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) favourable 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
  • 5 km from Whistler Village

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Alpine Meadows (6-8 km)

  • 5 minutes drive from Whistler Village
  • Cheaper lodging than Whistler Village
  • Range of accommodation from cabins to chalets

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Niklaus North (6-8 km)

  • 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 favourite, 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 area3,307ha 182ha
summit elevation2,284m 2,175m
total lifts31 4
child lift ticket$78 CAD ($86 AUD) $66 CAD ($72 AUD)
adult lift ticket$156 CAD ($171 AUD) $80 CAD ($88 AUD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall671cm 282cm

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Whistler Blackcomb Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 327 reviews

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Good!3.8 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsTony L.
advanced snowboarder
Whistler is a massive resort, great for spending multiple days at or repeat visitors, local and abroad. The food pricing is on the more expensive side, and the lift tickets definitely are the highest around, but if you can get a season pass or edge cards and bring your own snacks, it is well worth it. Whistler is the easier mountain, with... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsAlice L.
beginner snowboarder
Absolutely love it here for so many reasons! They have so many options for runs and so many for each level. The scenery is unreal and never gets old. A little piece of heaven for sure! With the scenery and options for runs, it is no wonder this place is first class. I always think the cost is absolutely worth it for what you get for... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsMicheal T.
expert snowboarder
Love it. Passed are a little pricey. Terrain epic. My kids love all the things they can do at the mountain. The skating tobogganing are the base of the mountain... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsOne W.
intermediate skier
The best resort in North America . Good environment, good service on the top. absolutely fantastic, location and staff. The skiing is amazing and the views only increase in beauty the higher up you go! The Gondola and lifts are always kept in great shape and the staff run them smoothly. Whistler Village is a fun, youthful, and family friendly ski... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 04, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsJordan H.
advanced snowboarder
This is my favorite place to go snowboarding in the winter. There is always great trails and the staff are so nice, very friendly and not rude at all. I give this resort a 5 star rating.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Oct 27, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsRaymond Z.
intermediate snowboarder
Just a short 2 hour drive from nearby Vancouver is the world class Whistler ski resort. We enjoyed our 3 day trip to whistler! All the days were filled with wonderful snow and great vibes! Would recommend to anyone to come check out Whistler for themselves!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Oct 09, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsDel H.
advanced skier
I am not a fan of big resorts with crowds of people, villages and traffic but the terrain and snow at Whistler Blackcomb is worth these inconveniences especially on a pow day.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Sep 30, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsSean F.
expert skier
Pros: - Large resort with fantastic facilities. - The mountain has a huge amount of terrain for all skill levels, and an expanded side-country/back country area's with newly built huts. - Town life here is next to none, being similar to Queenstown, but on a larger scale. - The bike park in summer is world class. But if downhill biking is... More
Poor!2.2 / 5Sep 26, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsPaige S.
advanced snowboarder
I do not like it. The snow is very heavy. It rains a lot. Most facilities are old and not kept well and cleaned. I prefer Vail. You can’t even compare the two.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Sep 26, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb ReviewsJamie C.
intermediate snowboarder
I have ridden whistler over the last couple of years and it just keeps getting better each year. There are plenty of options depending on skill level, mood and conditions. The lifties are always super friendly and really add to the day of good riding. Yeah it has gotten more expensive over the years but the early bird deals are well worth jumping... More

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