Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain is serviced by 36 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains.
Whistler was originally conceived as part of a bid to host the 1968 Winter Olympics. Although the bid was ultimately unsuccessful, construction began, and the resort opened in 1966. After years of expansions and a merger with Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in association with Vancouver.
There are over 18 restaurants between the two mountains, ensuring that you don’t have to waste time going into Whistler to find food. Also, for those who want to extend their ski season, Blackcomb offers summer skiing and riding in June and July.
Whistler is located about two hours from Vancouver. The easiest way to get there is by car. You can fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Once you get to Vancouver, you can take the Rocky Mountaineer Whistler Sea to Sky climb train or bus to get to the resort. You could also rent a car or look into rideshare options.
If you’re looking for a quick bite, then check out Purebread. This local chain specializes in fresh-made bakery items for any time of the day.
Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the mouth-watering food at Elements is well worth a stop, especially if you’re looking for a hearty breakfast.
This is another place that’s great for breakfast or lunch. Southside Diner offers up everything from burgers to steaks to all-day breakfast.
Burgers are a mainstay on the menu of Splitz Grill. Sink your teeth into one of these massive creations.
If you’re looking for some light, but delectable fare, order up a few small plates and tapas at the much-loved Bar Oso.
Or, you might want to up your dinner experience with a fine dining turn at the The Wildflower restaurant located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
For a night of fun and live music, head to Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub. The fun usually runs late into the night.
Relax on the patio next to a firepit at Basalt Wine and Salumeria while having a few glasses of wine and small plates, and watching the passing crowd.
Holding the title of North America’s largest ski resort, these two colossal mountains offer more than 200 marked trails that include in-bounds backcountry, wide-open glaciers, powder-filled bowls, secluded glades, and perfectly groomed trails.
Freestylers will find 8 terrain parks that accommodate beginners to elite athletes, including a 22-foot superpipe. Averaging 461 inches of snowfall each year – which is bolstered by nearly 700 acres of snowmaking - there’s something for everyone at Whistler Blackcomb.
Whistler Village elevation is 2,214 feet. Top elevation is 7,160 feet with 5,020 feet of vertical on Whistler Mountain. Blackcomb’s top elevation is 7,494 feet with 5,280 feet of vertical. The skiable terrain on Whistler is 4,757 acres and 3,414 on Blackcomb. The longest run on Whistler is seven miles (Peak to Creek) and seven miles on Blackcomb (Green Road to Easy Out).
On Whistler, the breakout of the terrain is 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% advanced. On Blackcomb, it’s 15% beginner, 55% intermediate and 30% advanced.
Beginner terrain options are abundant and include a beginner’s only area located at Olympic Station containing slow zones, short lifts and magic carpets aimed at giving first-timers an adequate place to learn. More experienced beginners and intermediates have an almost endless quantity of blue trails to explore.
Whistler Blackcomb is also a great family resort with children’s adventure parks, mini-terrain parks, and a tree fort playground. The resort is a great destination for families, thanks to terrain that allows for beginners and more experienced skiers to stay within the same region of the mountain.
Whistler is a paradise for Nordic sports, with over 160 km of trails for all ability levels. From December through March/early April, Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley and Lost Lake Park in Whistler Village offer cross-country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, night skiing, and dog-friendly trails.
Ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, the Guinness Book of World Records-holder for the longest and highest lift, connecting the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It provides an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia's rooftop and incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers.
Spend the evening watching Whistler Blackcomb Fire & Ice. Watch world-class athletes flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire, then finish the night off with a first-class fireworks display at this free event on Sunday nights.
Go on a winter Zipline Tour over spectacular creeks and through majestic old-growth trees.
Visit the Whistler Sliding Centre. Hop into a four-person bobsled and take a guided adrenaline-fueled ride at speeds of over 125 kilometers per hour down the world’s fastest track, which is now an Olympic legacy. This is also the only place in Canada where the public can experience the rush of skeleton. After a safety orientation, participants take off from the Maple Leaf starting point, passing through six corners, clocking speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour.
For a more relaxing experience, spend a day at the Scandinave Spa Whistler, featuring Scandinave Baths, Swedish Massage, deep tissue massage, and more.
In the early season, check out the Opening Day celebration and Whistler Film Festival. During the holidays, don’t miss the First Night New Years Celebration. In the spring, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is the highlight.
Whistler Blackcomb Resort is a must-ski destination and has terrain to suit any ability level. The resort has ski and snowboard schools that have classes for beginners, intermediates and even advanced skiers.
Whistler Blackcomb offers child care programs for children 18 - 48 months. Provided in three convenient locations, child care at Whistler is a fun, stimulating, age-appropriate environment.