The SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll has named Whistler Blackcomb the No. 1 overall best ski resort in North America for 3 years in a row. The reasons to come to Whistler are obvious. Whistler Resort is home to two world-class, magnificent side-by-side mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, connected by the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which combined offer more than 8,171 acres/3,307 hectares with sixteen incredible alpine bowls, three glaciers and more than 200 marked trails- steep powder chutes, challenging mogul trails, and groomed-to-perfection cruisers that offer skiers and boarders endless enjoyment. The mountains have a lift capacity of 67,307 skiers per hour.
Whistler Resort is located in British Columbia’s towering Coast Mountain Range 75 miles north of Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Whistler is a winter paradise and the winter season is blessed with plentiful snow falls. Whistler is consistently rated as one of the top Ski Resorts in North America.
Whistler offers a European pedestrian-style village with cosmopolitan luxuries and small town, West Coast charm. Beyond the slopes you can enjoy cross-country skiing, skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, zip line riding, world-class spas and even cooking classes and bungee jumping. However, you must not forget to visit the one-of-a kind shops and art galleries with local creations. The village’s dining, nightlife and unlimited Après-ski adventure is renowned.
Come ski the runs of the Olympians, which includes the Dave Murray Downhill and the Women’s Course on Whistler Mountain. The Symphony Express on Whistler Mountain, which runs to the Piccolo peak from the bottom of Flute Bowl and provides more access to the most spectacular high alpine terrain available in North America has been very popular. There is 1000 acres of gentle and challenging terrain, including the wide open upper bowl area, a high-intermediate gladed area and two new conventionally cut trails for low intermediates. Don’t forget the west side of Whistler Mountain’s “Peak to Creek”, which includes four runs for advanced and expert skiers, Dusty’s Descent, Big Timber and Home Run, while intermediate skiers can carve their turns on groomed runs leading to the Creekside Base. Now you can venture into the back-country while staying inbounds. Hike up and out to Flute Bowl where you can discover 700 new inbound acres with natural snow conditions: deep snow, rolling bowls and gladed subalpine terrain. For the boarder, renovations have been done on the Terrain Park and a Superpipe on Blackcomb Mountain is available for night boarding and skiing. Improvements have been made to the terrain for all levels of skiers. The Tube Park is ready for families to enjoy once the skiing and riding is finished for the day.
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola continues to make access to both mountains easy and fast. Twenty-eight sky cabins travel 4.4 km between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offering unprecedented access to both mountains expansive and unique high alpine terrain and spectacular views. This means you can ski the Peak of Whistler and with one ride have lunch with your friends on Blackcomb.
The big change for Whistler this year is purchase of Whistler Blackcomb by Vail Resorts. Vail Resorts is offering All 2016-17 Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders five days of skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb this winter season. It is also never been a better time to learn to ski as part of the Patski conference. Whistler Blackcomb has spent over $2.4 million to improve the learning areas on Whistler Mountain for the upcoming winter season.
Whistler/Blackcomb receives an average annual snowfall of 11.64 metres or 38.2 feet per year. Snowmaking capabilities at Whistler Blackcomb cover 697 acres, ensuring plenty of snow always. The average valley temperatures in March are a high of 5oC (42 oF) and a low of -8oC (19 oF).
How To Get Here
Enjoy a breathtaking two hour drive along the Sea to Sky Highway as you view rugged coastlines, dense green forests and soaring mountain summits. The Sea to Sky Highway, greatly improved during the lead up to the Games, is now a faster, safer and more scenic route from Vancouver to Whistler.
To get here, there are several options available.
- Scheduled service of luxury Airport Bus, Shuttle or Limousine Service is available 7 days per week. Departures are from the Vancouver Airport and some Downtown hotels. Reservations are recommended.
- Car Rental. Please ensure the vehicle you rent is equipped for winter driving conditions. A car is not required within the resort.
- Other options including private limo/car and air travel. Visit the W/B website here for more information.