Whether you have skied for years or are a complete beginner, Whistler is the perfect choice for your ski holiday for 2019/2020. Whistler is North America’s leading ski resort and its attractions are obvious – two massive mountains, both with extensive slopes and plenty of varied terrain, rising high above a village packed with great restaurants, bars, clubs, a wide range of lodging and plenty of other off slope entertainment. A ski holiday to Whistler definitely has something for everyone.
The twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb are linked by the awe-inspiring Peak 2 Peak gondola, and are covered in a vast array of trails, with everything from beginner areas to tough tree runs. The resort’s annual snowfall is definitely in the ‘epic’ category too, with an annual average of 37.5ft, pretty much guaranteeing great snow all season.
With over 8,100 acres of terrain, of which up to 1,500 acres are groomed each night, there is plenty of variety on offer. Novices will find plenty of interest, particularly with earthwork in the Olympic Station are while intermediates are spoilt for choice, with wide blue runs and lots of challenging single black diamond trails. There are thrills aplenty for the more advanced, with bowls, bumps, glades, steeps and much more available on both mountains. Whistler Blackcomb also has five terrain parks, a snow cross track and a superpipe. Should that not be enough, Whistler day heli-skiing trips are a great way to experience heli-skiing from a resort location.
Last season two brand new lifts were added on Whistler Mountain; a new six-person Emerald Express chair which has made life in the Family Ski Zone easier, while a high-speed, four-person Catskinner chair adds laps to your day on Blackcomb Mountain. Access to Blackcomb will also be faster, warm and dry; a 10-person gondola, from the Upper Village to the Peak 2 Peak connection, opened the first fully-sheltered route up Blackcomb.
Off the slopes
Off the slopes
Whistler’s pedestrianised village is packed with plenty of off the slope attractions, great après spots, varied dining options, stylish stores and relaxed coffee shops. There is a vast choice of accommodation for your ski holiday to Whistler, from chic apartments to luxurious hotels, but almost without exception well appointed and offering friendly welcomes and great service.
There is an eclectic mix of restaurants to choose from on your Whistler ski holiday – from amazing steaks in Hy’s Steakhouse to Sushi Village’s Japanese delights, from Caramba’s family restaurant to all the fun of the Mongolie Grill. Enjoy a Whistler Tasting Tour for a gourmet dining experience, wine tasting and even champagne sabering! Whistler’s après is almost as famous as its skiing, with the party atmosphere highlighted by the free Fire & Ice Show on Sunday evenings through most of the season featuring fire spinners, fireworks, and some of Whistler’s best skiers and riders showing their skills as they hit big air jumps through a blazing ring of fire.
The GLC at the base of Whistler Mountain is a popular place after a hard day on the mountain, and also hosts the official after party to the Fire & Ice Show, Afterburn. Dubh Linn Gate at the Pan Pacific Mountainside, right by the Whistler base, with a traditional Irish pub feel and excellent food, and Dusty’s at the base of the Creekside Gondola, full of local Canadian flavour and host to the Canadian National BBQ Championships, are also favourites, but there are plenty of other bars – including the world’s coldest vodka tasting bar, the Ketel One Ice Room under the Bearfoot Bistro – and several clubs to keep even the most energetic entertained through until the early hours.
There is a huge array of off slope activities on offer in Whistler, including snowmobiling, sleigh rides, tubing, zip trekking and snowshoeing to name a few. There is also the Whistler sliding centre, home to the fastest ice track in the world, where you can don a helmet and try bob-sleigh and skeleton!
There are also plenty of laidback activities too, such as a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride, perhaps combined with a fondue, a number of delightful spas and even the opportunity to go eagle viewing. Each winter the Whistler Olympic Plaza at the heart of Whistler Village is transformed into an outdoor skating rink, providing family-friendly skating with the most spectacular views.
Whistler Blackcomb is a 2.5 hour transfer along the stunning Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver; ask us about adding a city stay at the end of your ski holiday. Vancouver has fantastic harbour-side hotels, colourful markets, lively shopping and plenty of entertainment; perfect for a relaxing city break.
|Whistler Mountain||Blackcomb Mountain|
|Base elevation||7,945 feet||8,104 feet|
|Top elevation||11,221 feet||12,510 feet|
|Vertical drop||3,267 feet||4,406 feet|
|Number of runs||76||94|
|Lifts||8 including 1 gondola, 1 high-speed quad, 1 high-speed double, 2 quads.||20 including 1 eight-passenger gondola, 1 pulse gondola, 1 six-pax lift, 8 high-speed quads, 2 quads.|
|Lift capacity||10,755 skiers per hour||32,358 skiers per hour|
|Terrain Park||–||3 parks, 1 superpipe & 1 beginner pipe|
|Average annual snowfall||300 inches||300 inches|
|Skiable terrain||675 acres||3,332 acres|
|Ski season||Nov 23 – Apr 15||Nov 23 – Apr 15|
Frontier’s Personal Experience
“Whistler Village is such a lively place; I love the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) with its great beers and live music. Its also family friendly until 10pm! My kids thoroughly enjoyed discovering the Great Glass Elevator Candy shop in Whistler Marketplace.”Jeremy Timms,