Ski holidays in Whistler

Fully deserves its long-standing reputation as one of North America’s top resorts

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 hotels and apartments along pedestrian-friendly streets, the whole place is as beautiful as it is practical.

The skiing and snowboarding are world class, and will suit all needs. There are plenty of easy blue and green slopes for those finding their feet, and even 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 nightlife including top of the range restaurants and numerous bars with down to earth, welcoming après 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. 

Why not make the most of your time in Canada and add on a flexible Vancouver city break at the start or end of your Whistler holiday?

Added value

$300 Whistler Restaurant Credit

$300CAD Whistler dining voucher for every new booking - redeemable in resort at a variety of dining outlets. (Book by by 31 Aug or whilst stocks last, valid for new bookings staying 10+ nights in Whistler only, one voucher per booking)

  • from£825pp
  • 158 rooms
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A modern mountain lodge in a fantastic location - close to the shops and restaurants and a short walk to the ski lifts. It's friendly and welcoming with award winning service and is one of Whistler's most popular properties.

  • from£886pp
  • 186 rooms
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The Blackcomb Springs Suites enjoys a quiet and wooded slopeside location with perfect ski-in, ski-out access of Blackcomb Mountain. Choose from a range of spacious studios and larger suites, each with a fully equipped kitchen.

  • from£965pp
  • 287 rooms
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The Hilton Whistler Resort is an elegant and convenient luxury hotel offering superb value for money. It's adjacent to the gondola so you can almost roll out of bed onto the slopes in the morning!

  • from£1016pp
  • 550 rooms
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This magnificent chateau-style hotel offers all the high standards and facilities you would expect from the world-renowned hospitality leaders. Step outside and you are already on the slopes with its convenient slope side position and fantastic ski-in ski-out access.

  • from£998pp
  • 205 rooms
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Newly renovated, the Delta Whistler Village Suites offers high quality rooms and suites combined with the services and facilities of a full service hotel. Conveniently located in the heart of Whistler Village.

  • from£834pp
  • 98 rooms
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Located in the heart of Whistler village and close to all the outdoor activities and local restaurants, Hotel Listel is conveniently positioned in the centre of the resort with all the amenities a short walk away. Enjoy the famous Bearfoot Bistro with its champagne lounge and the Vodka ice bar room for the taste of world's finest Vodkas!

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

For beginners
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!

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.

For intermediates
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!

For the advanced
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.


Mountain facts
Area 8171 km
Resort Altitude 675m
Ski Alt. From 675m
Ski Alt. To 2284m
Runs
42
116
58
Longest run 11 Km
Run Information

Over 200 runs. Longest Run 11km. 20% Blue, 55% Red, 25% Black.

Lifts Chairlifts 18, Draglifts 15, Gondolas 4, Magic Carpets 15
Lift Times

08.00 - 15.00/15.30 - depending on time of season

Lift Ski LockersNo
Local Pass Lifts37
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Glaciers1
Cross Country Trails

Having hosted the Nordic events for the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler now boasts over 130 kilometres of cross-country trails. More than 90 kilometres are available at Whistler Olympic Park and an additional 30 kilometres can be found at Lost Lake Park in the heart of the village.

Nursery Slopesolympic chair/station on whistler mountain and magic chair area on blackcomb mountain
Off-piste OptionsYes
Slope DirectionN, S, W
Snowpark Info

5 snow parks,

Things To Do

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.

 

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 some late night dancing, 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.

 

Shopping

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 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 Canadian First Nations gifts.

Shopping trips to Vancouver are easily organised and a few days in the city is highly recommended. Why not stay a few nights before or after your Whistler trip - give us a call and we'll arrange everything for you.

 

Wellness and relaxation

With all of the sport and non-stop ‘go’ attitude around Whistler, sometimes you just need to kick back and relax.

Relax your aching muscles with various top-notch spas around the village - 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!

If yoga is more your thing, enjoy a spot of yoga in Yogacara Whistler, in the heart of the village. 

 

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 festival celebrates snow sports, music and all around good times.

 

 

Activity information

 

Zip Lining

Enjoy an unforgettable opportunity to fly over the BC treetops and see Whistler from a different angle with a Ziptrek or Superfly zip lining experience. Most tours start and can be easily arranged from the village centre.

 

Whistler Sliding Centre

Located above the village on the side of Blackcomb Mountain, the Whistler Sliding Centre is a world-class bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track. You'll be able to slide like an Olympian with no prior experience, or explore the history and Olympic legacy on a sightseeing tour.

 

Dog sledding

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.

 

Snowshoeing

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 First Nations ancestors in Whistler and learn about the traditional uses of the forest bounties for survival in the harsh mountain climates, or go unguided and experience Whistler’s backcountry at your own pace.

 

Tubing

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.

 

Heli-skiing/boarding

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.

 

Sleigh rides

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. The sleigh ride includes a short stop at a cozy rustic cabin to warm up by a crackling wood fire and sip on hot chocolate. Perfect for the holiday season!

 

Ice skating

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.

Useful Information
Information about Whistler
Resort Code CAWH
Languages spoken English
Time difference GMT-8
Currency CAD
Latitude 50.119571
Longitude -122.954084
Meet Your Rep

Telephone rep service - Representative based in resort

Your rep in resort is a local expert and works on behalf of Inghams to make sure you have an enjoyable holiday and everything runs smoothly. They aim to contact you within 24 hours of your arrival.

Travel and Transportation
To Depart from Day
Vancouver Heathrow Daily
Vancouver (via LHR) Regional airport* Daily

*flights via London Heathrow with choices of regional departure airport

  • (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Humberside, Teeside, Norwich, Liverpool, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle)

Flying time: 9hrs 30mins direct.

Transfer approx. 2hr by coach.

Private transfers available.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • Consistently voted ‘World’s No. 1 Resort’
  • Two incredible mountains in one resort
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