Rated again and again as North America’s best ski resort, Whistler has it all.
Over 200 trails spread between two peaks (Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains) and linked by the famous Peak2Peak gondola, the resort has become the pride and joy of Canada’s Pacific North West.
The resort boasts a mix of chalet-style apartments, inns, lodges and condo’s, and pedestrian-friendly streets, the whole place is as beautiful as it is practical and heaps of fun!
The skiing and snowboarding is world class, and will suit all needs- both off piste and on- carefully groomed nursery slopes with ski schools, plenty to easy blue and green slopes for those finding their feet in the snow, and even of more options for those at a more intermediate level including the bowls and the Extremely Canadian off-piste tours for those who fancy something a little more daring.
If you’re more suited for the après-ski, you can kick back in the mountain bars, Whistler offers a superb array of night life for once you’ve hung up your skis and boots for the day. Including top of the range restaurants and numerous bars that are open serving champagne and nibbles from the moment the lifts close until dinner time.
Into the night, Whistler is host to a fantastic variety of clubs and bars for those who fancy a spot of dancing. Anyone craving a cocktail at happy hour, there are also plenty of comfortable lounges to indulge in after the sun dips beneath the mountains.
For those who have never skied or boarded before, Whistler is a fantastic place to start your adventure on the snow. With nearly 50 easy and gentle slopes across the resort, you have plenty of time to master that snowplough before moving on.
There are ski schools (both public and private) throughout the season for all ages, whether you want your children to experience the excitement of skiing for the first time, or you want to ski or board for the first time yourself!
Inghams guests can book their skiing and boarding lessons along with their equipment rentals and lift pass for a fantastic price.
Head up the Whistler Village Gondola or the Fitzsimmons Express to the Olympic Station, the easiest and calmest part of the mountain, made up of a majority of green slopes and marked slow zones. Perfect for building up your confidence on the slopes before heading on to more challenging runs.
Intermediate skiers are described as being able to ‘ski parallel’ and can tackle most blue runs with confidence. If that sounds like you, then you’ll be pleased to know that Whistler is a great resort for those who just like to take it easy on the slopes.
There are over 100 blue runs across the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains so intermediate skiers and boarders will be well within their comfort zone, and for those willing to push themselves a little further, lots of blue runs lead to the starts of short black diamond runs.
There are some fantastic options available for intermediates who want to go that extra step further too: specialty ski school for improving your technique, and for those feeling a bit more daring, heli-skiing/boarding isn’t just for the advanced experts!
Due to its wild nature, Whistler is a haven for the more advanced skiers and boarders.
Enjoy over 50 black runs across the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and make the most of the backcountry and off-piste skiing, Whistler holds the record for the most ski and ride-able terrain out of all of the North American resorts!
Hop on to the Peak Express chairlift to make the most of the extreme runs and bowls that Whistler mountain has to offer, and stick within the marked areas for a bit of wild backcountry skiing and riding. There are also some great slopes and areas that can be accessed from the top of the 7th Heaven chair lift.
Heli-skiing/boarding is also another great way to make the most of your time in Whistler, especially for those with more advanced abilities to crave a little bit of deep, untouched power for a truly special day out!
Freestyle and terrain parks
For the bravest skiers and boarders out there who love nothing more than to show off their skills on the mountain, there are some fantastic freestyle parks across the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, a variety of kickers, rails and boxes for an array of different abilities.
There is a real culture of freestyle skiing across the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with lessons available to those who want to push their advanced skiing ability a little bit further.
Freestyle and terrain parks across Whistler and Blackcomb come in a ranking system of S, M, L and XL. S being the smallest, offers the best features for those getting started with freestyle, while XL is the largest and definitely not for the faint hearted.
Helmets and a high level of ability are mandatory in all parks.
If backflips and 360’s don’t really sound like your thing, you can always pause to watch the skiers and boarders show off their moves at the Fire and Ice Show: an eccentric show of music, dance, fire and skiing! Located at the Whistler Village plaza, this is an exhilarating stunt show that runs every Sunday during the peak season.
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Whistler restaurants, food and drink
Whistler is proud of its huge variety of restaurants and bars dotted throughout the village.
From fine dining with views of the mountains at the Bearfoot Bistro, Alto Bistro and Hy’s Steakhouse, through to the smaller, cheap’n’cheerful lunches offered at the Thunderbird Cafe and La Cantina, there is a huge range of gastronomy on offer in Whistler.
Enjoy the best that Whistler has to offer with our Whistler Tasting Tour which starts at £65 per person and goes straight from après ski into the evening.
Whistler après, bars, clubs and nightlife.
There are plenty of evening options for those looking to shake off their boots and get down on the dance floor after a long day of skiing.
After a day of skiing and riding on the mountain, enjoy some après at Dusty’s Bar and BBQ at the base of the Creekside Gondola (can be accessed by the Lower Peak to Creek blue slope from the top of Whistler mountain). The original après ski bar that was built in Whistler in the 1970’s has undergone a huge refurbishment but still holds on to some of that mountain cabin charm.
For those looking for something a little crazier, there’s Garfinkel’s Night Club and Moe Joe’s, both venues host guest DJ’s and regular themed nights out into the small hours of the morning.
Whistler tourism office offers a fantastic deal on bars and nightclubs with the ‘Whistler Club Crawl’- Make the most of the vibrant nightlife on a Saturday night as your group moves between two bars and three clubs. Tickets include three drinks, line priority and guest list access.
Whistler is a great place to indulge in a bit of holiday shopping, offering a variety of different kinds of stores including those selling sports clothes and equipment (including the Quicksilver, The North Face and Salomon brand stores), fashion, luxury items and local crafts.
There are also many gift shops around the village that offer authentic and traditional Native American souvenirs.
Whistler spas and relaxation
With all of the sport and non-stop ‘go’ attitude around Whistler, sometimes you just need to kick back and relax.
The famous Scandinave Spa in Whistler incorporates age-old Finnish traditions of soaking and soothing in hot climes, and plunging into cold water showers for a real sensory experience!
Relax your aching muscles with various other top-notch spas around the village, and enjoy a spot of yoga in the YAMA YOGA centre on the Main Street, and also enjoy the summer wellbeing festival of Whistler Wanderlust, a celebration of mindful living.
Whistler arts, culture and events
In Whistler there is a wide selection of unique local art galleries, museums and collections including the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, built to preserve the history and culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. The centre hosts a wide variety of educational events and experiences.
There is a huge array of cultural events and festivals happening in and around Whistler all year, including ‘Cornucopia Whistler, a celebration of food and drink produced locally in the British Columbia. The festival runs for 10 days in November.
There is also the world famous Pride and Ski festival in January, the biggest gay and lesbian ski festival there is! The festival runs for a week and is easily the most colourful festival that the season has to offer.
Finally, there is the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in April, exclusive to Whistler, this is another 10 day festival that celebrates snow sports, music and all around the clock partying and good times.
Make the most of your Whistler adventure by pre-booking your place on these exciting winter excursions.
Whistler Tasting Tour
Some of Whistler’s finest dining: Bearfoot Bistro, Hy’s Steakhouse, Quattro, Rogers’ Chocolate, Firerock and Mix Lounge, all rolled into one evening!
Enjoy our guided walking tour and sample a multi-course progressive dinner across all the best restaurants in Whistler, a superb course of tasters and small meals laid out for you with complimentary drinks to go with. No excuse to stay in the hotel for another evening when you can have all of the finest foods that Whistler has to offer in one evening, for an amazing price!
£65 per person, starts at 5pm and finishes at approximately 9pm.
Whistler Adventure Superfly Ziplines
Flying through the tree tops, 600 feet high and at 100km per hour... experience one of the world’s most spectacular ziplines, 1km long, in the middle of the resort in Whistler. If the Superfly Zipline doesn’t set you on your toes, we don’t know what will! Excursion takes place on Rainbow Mountain, comfortable and safe lifts will be provided on snowcats up to where the zipline begins. And then, hold tight!
£95 per person. 2.5 hours.
Whistler Adventure TAG Snowmobile Tours
Perfect introduction to snowmobiling and a guest favourite! Comfortably catered to your abilities and confidence, a guide will lead through an exhilarating adventure through the snowy woods. Nervous about driving a snowmobile for the first time? Not to worry- this TAG Whistler snow mobile tour is well suited for couples or parties with people that are hesitant to drive for the first time, and the possibility of a ‘driver swap’ provides a pressure free environment for first timers.
£95 per person. 2 hours. (combined price for Superfly Zipline and TAG Snowmobile Tour).
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Vancouver - City Break Add On
Vancouver is consistently rated among the world’s most beautiful cities and winter is a great time to visit. There is so much to see and do and all sites are easily accessible by public transport.
See Stanley Park by horse drawn carriage or, for great views, walk across the Lions Gate Bridge or try the Harbour Centre Tower with its panoramic views of the city. Visit Granville Island which, with its farmers‘ market and artist studios has become a magnet for the creative and flamboyant.
This cosmopolitan city is a great add-on destination to your Whistler winter holiday.
£55 per person (per night).
Experience the thrill of being pulled by a pack of arctic sled dogs and the cold mountain air against your face while being led by experts through a secluded outback trail.
You can either opt for having an expert to command the sled for you while you remain seated, or you can ‘mush! Mush!’ your way through the trails yourself.
As everyone always says, if you can walk on your two feet, then you can snowshoe! Get away from the hustle and bustle of the village and ski slopes, and completely immerse yourself in nature.
Enjoy a guided tour that will follow the paths of the Native American ancestors in Whistler and learn about the traditional uses of the forest bounties for survival in the harsh mountain climates, or go unguided, an spend an hour in your snowshoes and enjoy a trip on the Peak2Peak gondola.
Enjoy a fun day out for all the family at the Whistler Blackcomb tube park that has 7 different lanes and over 1000ft of sliding fun!
There are suitable lanes for children as young as three years old (Mini-kids lane), as well as adults, and plenty of fun options for groups.
Wear your warm, waterproof clothing and after a day of tubing enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and other refreshments offered by the park.
Endless, untouched powder of the mountain glaciers and guided tours that are catered to your ability, for those more experienced skiers and boarders who love the thrill of off-piste and backcountry skiing, heli-skiing/boarding is an absolute must.
A helicopter will safely drop you off at the top of the mountain and from there your guide will lead you down some of the best and most exhilarating trails.
Weather permitting, the heli-skiing/boarding tours run from the start to the end of the ski season.
Heli-sightseeing and snowshoeing
Much alike Heli-assisted skiing and snowboarding, but at a much more relaxing pace!
Enjoy a quick tour of the mountains and see the peaks and valleys from a bird-eye point of view (15-45 minute helicopter tours available), or make the most of being able to reach points by helicopter by snowshoeing it across the glaciers and through the secluded areas of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
The tours run all year around but are highly dependent on weather conditions permitting.
If getting out of helicopters at the summit of mountains and dashing down near-vertical slopes doesn’t really sound like your thing, try a romantic and peaceful sleigh ride.
Pulled by two gentle giant Percheron horses, this tour will see you sitting warm, and comfortable while the snowy landscapes pass you by. Perfect for the Christmas seasons!
Throw in a Swiss-style fondue dinner at the end of the tour to bring the perfect end to this romantic day.
A favourite Canadian past-time, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to ice skating in Whistler village.
Grab a pair of skates for a small fee and enjoy the Whistler Olympic Plaza ice rink during the winter months, for some outdoor ice skating (runs December-April), or enjoy the indoor facilities at the Meadow Park Sports Centre.
The Lift pass rates below are available till 31 August 2017
|Senior 65yrs+||Adult 18-64yrs|
|Whole area Pass|
|1 - 22 Dec||£314/£450||£349/£499||£296/£424||£175/£250|
|23 Dec-07 Jan||£416/£666||£462/£740||£393/£629||£231/£369|
|8 Jan-31 Jan||£336/£481||£373/£535||£317/£454||£186/£267|
|1 Feb-24 Feb||£369/£529||£410/£588||£349/£499||£205/£294|
|25 Feb-1 Apr|
|2 Apr-30 Apr|
Ski and board rentals
Renting your skis and boards with Inghams has never been easier. You have the option of renting your equipment for either 6 or more days at a time, and all equipment will come suited to your needs, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier/boarder.
It’s often recommended that you rent your skis and boards: you will save money on transporting your equipment overseas, you get to sample the latest technology, and if you consider yourself an occasional skier, it’s a chance to find out what your slope style is before committing to a pair of skis/board.
|Skis or Snowboard & boots||6/10||£174/£227||-|
|Child (2-12yrs)*||Skis or Snowboard & boots||6/10||£76/£115||-||-|
*Child snowboard & boots = 7-12yrs. All child rentals include FREE helmet hire.
|TUITION||Ski & Snowboard tuition available to pre-book - 3 full days (6hrs per day) from £265|
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking
Resort Code: CAWH
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GMT-8
Flights depart Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Direct from Heathrow
Via Amsterdam Aberdeen
Flying time 9hrs direct
Transfer 2½hrs by coach
Upgrade to World Traveller Plus with British Airways from £600 return
Free connecting flights via Heathrow with British Airways from Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen
Limited number of seats on these connecting flights so it is essential that you book early.
Private transfers and Car hire are available.
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No