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Remember, if it's raining in Whistler Village, it's probably snowing on the mountain top!
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Arrive at Vancouver International Airport

Airlines flying into Vancouver

It may be cheaper to fly into Seattle and drive for 4.5 to 5 hours. You can also take Quick Coach from Seattle Airport to Vancouver Airport, and pick up the Whistler shuttle bus.

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Whistler is a pedestrian-only village. A free shuttle service takes you around the village, and the WAVE bus takes you to points outside Whistler Village.



Whistler has an abundance of lodging options, which include hotels, chalets and condos. All prices are CAD.
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Westin Resort and Spa


Located close to Whistler and Blackcomb lifts, this resort hotel has a spa and a full-service fitness center. Depends on room size $211 to $800

Delta Whistler Village Suites


This pet-friendly Whistler Village hotel offers large suites. Depends on room size $170 to $250
Glacier Lodge A ski-in/ski-out lodging venue, located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Depends on room size. $194 to $1,099
Wildwood Lodge The Wildwood offers budget accommodations. Depends on room size $154 to $285


Whistler on Mountain Dining Map
The Crystal Hut on Blackcomb, with its all-day waffles, Sushi Village, with its Saki Margaritas and Cows, with its delectable ice cream deserve special mention.



Ski Espirit

Dave Murray Downhill Ski Camps

Ski School


The Good: The spectacular scenery on the Sea to Sky Highway

The Better: The apres ski parties after Ski Espirit

The Best: People of different levels can ski together on Burnt Stew. Novices take the cat track around the perimeter, while experts ski in the bowls.




Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb is regarded by many as the top ski resort in the world. On the slopes, every level of skier and snowboarder is catered for -- every type of terrain imaginable can be accessed by a fast and efficient lift system yet the slopes remain relatively uncrowded. Off the slopes there are about 100 restaurants and about 200 shops to try, and dozens of other sports and leisure activities. Whistler Blackcomb is located just 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad13
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person1
Lifts-Total number of lifts37
Lifts-Total lift capacity65,507 skiers/hr
Runs-Steepest run51*
Runs-Longest run7 miles
General-Base elevation2140'
General-Vertical drop5280'
General-Mountain range7494'
General-Total area in bounds8171 ac
General-Snow making coverage565 ac
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


 Whistler is a full-service resort.  You can find anything you want, including fine restaurants, shopping or  other rec for the nonskiers, and of course steeps and powder stashes.  


But being near the Pacific Ocean, it has erratic weather, though.  If you book your week in advance, you might get skunked if you need fresh powder.


As a mountain (well, pair of mountains), it's heavy on the cruisers.  You can find steep powder, but the lifts aren't set up so well for that.  Whistler bowl has chutes and powder, but it requires traversing and two lifts to make one cycle.  Spanky's Ladder at Blackcomb is worse in that regard (and a harrowing, but brief climb when it's icy).


Serious skiers will prefer Jackson Hole, Kicking Horse or Squaw.


Pros: Varied Terrain

Cons: Iffy snow conditions, long lines

Whistler is a world class ski resort. Saying that, I only ski there once or twice a year. The reasons being the iffy snow conditions and the crowds. On a powder day on Sat, the crowds are overwhelming due to the crush of people coming from Vancouver. Sometimes the lines at the Peak chair can be 20 minutes. Because of the crowds, fresh lines only last 30 minutes and then they are gone. It's ok if the snow is light, otherwise it's skiing cud all day. I never skied during the week at Whistler, so the crowds are probably a lot lighter.


The terrain is great. Runs off the Glacier bowl, Spanky's, and the Peak are steep and fun. Lots of gladed runs and chutes. The only downside is that usually it's a long runout back to the lifts and 2 chairs to get back up. Often times, half the day skiing is running cat tracks (sometimes the most dangerous part of the day!) and lifts.


Also, looking at the trail map, the area is huge. However, most people only ski the top 1/2 of the mountain. The bottom 1/2 is just to ski home- just groomers and sketchy snow conditions.


Overall, if Whistler wasn't so close, I don't think that I would ski there at all. I much prefer the skiing at Kicking Horse or Jackson. Don't want to sound too negative, since It is worth the trip to ski it at least once.


Pros: Big wide mountain with tons of trails

Cons: lifts were insufficient and crowded

Went there with my family (three kids: 4, 9, and 12) and we all have mixed feelings about the mountain.  

Pros:  The mountains (both) are vast with really varied terrain.  I could ski the blacks and meet up with the wife and kids at the bottom of particular lifts.  We were lucky as there was two feet of fresh snow a few days before we got there so the base was pretty deep.  Powder stashes were still available but on the higher slopes.  The Village was the best I have ever been too and I have been to Utah, Colorado, Vermont and California.  Nothing beats the Whistler Village.  Nothing.  FanatikCo worked on my boots and I swear after 15 years and 7 pairs of boots, my feet are skiing in their most comfortable state ever.  Whistler is an easy day trip from Vancouver and if lived in V-BC, I would probably go there every weekend.


Cons:  Very very crowded lift lines.  Reminds me of Killington on President's day week.  Really long waits on some lifts.  They should seriously add a few more lifts on some areas.  Crowded eating spots anywhere you go. Was tough on the kids who had to stand and wait for tables to clear.  The second and third day was bitter cold (-15C degrees) and the kids were crying because their toes were frozen.  The first day was foggy so we couldn't ski much.


Pros: Terrain, long season, vert, nightlife

Cons: Rain/fog, expensive, fake village, crowded

 Whistler is Canada's most complete resort.

It is huge, and most of the terrain is really good. You can find any type of terrain you like here, from easy cruisers, to steep chutes, to trees.

It snows here. A lot. If it is raining in the village, it is probably snowing higher up. Hopefully you can see where you are going!

The party scene is the best of any ski resort I have visited.

If you aren't afraid of fog or rain, you will have a blast at Whistler. If you need to ski in warm sunshine, go elsewhere.


Pros: massive area

Cons: weather

Just back from whistler,great place already looking for next year.The place is such a change from europe in a good way,the grooming is so much better and the variation and range of terrain is fantastic.The people are so much more friendly and helpfull than im used to aswell,the bars,resteraunts and hotel the staff just cant do enough for you.Apres was great with the start at GLH and ending in garfunkells,with the keg in between has made some of my best days of  skiing complete.The weather was a bit sketchy at times but only low down mid station but the best skiing is above anyway so you only really see it on the run down,and when the weather does close in the tree skiing is wicked fun.Im going back as soon as I can.


Pros: This is definitely the mutha of all ski areas for the amount of challenging terrain

Cons: Too bad the weather and snow conditions makes it tough to enjoy

Note that my "Downhill Terrain" rating reflects both the terrain and the snow conditions....

Went twice for a week each time in February.  Simply put the weather was consistently horrible - more rain than snow even near the top, and with fog that defies description.  Of course the snow conditions followed suit - a mixed bag of cement, slush, mashed potatotes, death cookies, and blue ice (yes - the kind you get in the east), with just a bit of nearly-light powder at the tippy top to tease you (which is especially frustrating given the incredible terrain). 

I thought that my experience was just bad luck until I watched the 2010 Olympics.  Nuff said!


Pros: Size, conditions, quality and quantity of terrain

Cons: cold

 Just returned from a very cold week at Whistler. There was no new snow but the cold and expert grooming kept the mountains in great shape. The boiler-plate snow made some of the more extreme upper bowls challenging but you could still find some nice, packed powder if you looked hard enough.

Well worth the visit and a great way to start the ski season.


Pros: BIG terrain and vertical, lots of snow, huge variety

Cons: Crowds, the Village

I live within reasonable driving distance of Whistler (3 hours) so I get up there a few times each season.  I have never stayed for as long as a week like many do.  Sometimes we do a one day trip.

As a ski area the place is amazing.  I've been skiing there since 1993 and I know I've not skied all the terrain.  There is something for everyone.  Skiers of all abilities can ski from all lifts, there is a green trail down from everywhere.  This means that the groomers tend to be pretty crowded, but off piste is completely open.  There is every kind of terrain from open bowls to cliffs and trees; and lots of it.  When Whistler/Blackcomb is on you'll think you died and went to heaven.

The crowds and lift lines can be pretty brutal at time, though.  Standing in line for 20 minutes is not unusual.  If you pay attention and watch the light boards at the top, you can usually miss the worst of it, though.

If you like to spend a lot of time at the mall and/or party 'till you drop, then Whistler Village will be right up your alley.  I don't like either so the place is a huge drag for me.  I think twice before going there sometimes just because of it.  The Tellus festival in April is one of the biggest parties I've ever seen.  It defies description.  If you get off on huge, seething crowds of merry makers, then you'll love it.