Whistler Travel Guide

Whistler Travel Guide

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Whistler, an alpine mountain village located 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world.... Read More

Whistler, an alpine mountain village located 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. Its ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, has more than 200 trails with 37 lifts, 17 on-mountain restaurants, five terrain parks, a superpipe, and a snowcross track. With 8,171 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, the resort is the largest ski area in North America.

Besides skiing and snowboarding, visitors can also enjoy dog-sledding, ice fishing, ice climbing, winter ziplining, ice skating, and more during the winter. Additionally, the Whistler Olympic Park rents equipment and provides lessons for cross-country skiing, fat biking, ski jumping, and North America’s first baseboarding program.

While winter sports are a major attraction, travel to the town is not restricted only to the colder months. In the summer, the region attracts mountain bikers, zipliners, hikers, and tourists who simply want to take in the village’s sweeping mountain views. There are four championship golf courses and one of the best mountain-bike parks in the world. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which holds the world record as the highest lift of its kind in the world, provides a 360-degree view of volcanoes, glaciers, and coastal rainforests from November through April. Other summer activities include all-terrain driving, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and ziplining.

Another reason to love Whistler is the European-style village at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Travelers return for the thoughtfully designed pedestrian-only Village Stroll, which winds its way like a river through art galleries, après-ski bars, cinemas, and more than 100 dining options. There’s a little something for all budgets and ages.

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Best Time To Go

Whistler is a great year-round destination. In November and March, lift lines are short and there are great deals on the mountain. Accommodations and lessons book quickly over the holidays, so make sure to reserve well in advance. January is perfect for spectacular blue-sky mountain views, and February is best for big powder days. The World Ski and Snowboard Festival takes place in April, but for those looking to both bike and ski, May is the best bet.


Most visitors fly into Vancouver International Airport, rent a car, and drive the 75 miles to Whistler via the scenic Highway 99. There are also a few bus options, like Epic Rides ($25 round-trip from Vancouver) and Pacific Coach Lines ($102 round-trip from the airport). While most accommodations offer shuttle services to and from the lifts and Village, there is also public transit. BC Transit costs $2.50 per trip and offers free shuttle services to Lost Lake and Marketplace.


From December to March, temperatures range from 18°F (-8°C) to 37° F (3°C) in Whistler Village and 11°F (-12°C) to 23°F (-5°C) on the mountain. From March to May, temperatures range from 27°F (-3°C) to 62°F (17°C) in Whistler Village and 19F (-8°C) to 42°F (5°C) on the mountain. In the summer, temperatures usually do not exceed 80°F (27°C).

Know Before You Go

As the new owners of Whistler Blackcomb, Vail Resorts plans to improve ski lifts and snowmaking equipment while expanding the resort’s offerings in the next few years — think indoor water parks. The Vail Epic Pass is now accepted in Whistler Blackcomb, but be sure to check the restrictions before utilizing it for your trip. Those looking to track their activity should download the new WB+ system. It was developed by Whistler Blackcomb and uses your RFID-chipped day and season passes to track the number of runs, total vertical, and days you’ve skied.




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