Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb continues to live up to its name, with one of its most recent accolades coming directly from the skiers who love its famous slopes. Whistler was named the best place to ski in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice Awards, with the travel forum referring to its “stunning landscape, pedestrian-only village, and genuine, down-to-earth mountain culture,” as the reasons behind its continuing popularity.
The largest ski resort on the continent, and with a season that stretches well into May, here we focus on what makes Whistler stand out as one of today’s must-visit resorts. From the stats to the steeps, and even places to sleep, dive in deep and discover six reasons why Whistler, with its terrain spread across the two neighbouring peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain, should be on your list this year.
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1. The Stats: How Does Whistler-Blackcomb Stack Up?
Two mountains, over 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, 35 lifts, five exhilarating parks, and over 8,000 acres of varied terrain, including a vast backcountry paradise, make Whistler a fabulous choice for both skiers and snowboarders.
We all crave that next vertical high, and Whistler-Blackcomb delivers twice over on long rides down the mountain. The resort is home to two of the biggest vertical ski drops in North America: Blackcomb Mountain reaches 5,280 feet, and Whistler Mountain measures 5,020 feet.
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which brings skiers from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountain, is part of the longest continuous lift system on the globe, connecting two high-speed chair lifts and one gondola. A Guiness World Record holder, it is also the highest lift of its kind at 427 feet above the valley floor. The ability to transfer from one mountain to another with such ease has to be the sweet spot for Whistler, as you can ski the best terrain all in a day—a local tip, start your day riding the peak of Whistler, and spend your afternoon on Blackcomb’s 7th Heaven.
With an upgraded Fitzsimmons Express chairlift scheduled to be installed and ready for the 2023/24 season, the experience at Whistler Blackcomb is about to get even sweeter. The original four-seater is being replaced by a high-speed, eight-person chair, significantly boosting uphill capacity from Skier’s Plaza.
Snowfall is pretty reliable and consistent at Whistler, with an annual snowfall of 35.5 feet. Combined with a fleet of 270 state-of-the art snow guns, there is snow aplenty all season long.
2. From Easy Greens To Blacks: Where To Find The Best Runs
With 200 runs on offer, the debate is ongoing as to where to shred the slopes, and there’s even some friendly competition between the mountains themselves, but here’s our brief take on a few of the best runs, from the easy greens to the more advanced blacks.
A third of the resort’s runs are marked green for beginners, and there are slow-skiing family zones and family-certified snowboarding routes. Accessed off the Expressway trail to 7th Heaven on Blackcomb Mountain, try Easy Out, a mid-mountain fun green run with just enough fall line to thrill. A big plus is the opportunity to twin the run with the Big Easy Terrain Park and its entry-level jumps.
Everybody’s favourite for pleasure cruising, 55% of Whistler Blackcomb’s runs are marked as intermediate. While Blackcomb mountain has the most blue runs, Whistler has the most variation for intermediates, and a first choice with locals is the Upper Peak To Creek. Get ready for some spellbinding panoramas and views of the famous Black Tusk. Highway 86 or the thigh-burning Lower Peak to Creek—seven miles in total—are your options on the way down.
For a black run you can ease yourself into, try Catskinner on Blackcomb, as it’s regularly groomed. For the ultimate ride, Blackcomb is also the location of the world-famous “Couloir Extreme, one of the top ten steep inbound runs in the world.
With plenty of additional thrills to spare, Whistler is one of the few resorts that operates on-site heli-skiing, with access to another massive 430,000-plus acres.
3. Learn To Ski & Level Up With The Experts
Operating one of the best ski and snowboard schools in North America, Whistler is a fabulous choice of resort for those who want to learn to ski and those who wish to improve their skills. Often selling out in advance, we advise booking either group or private lessons with our team before you travel. Ski school rates will be released soon so contact us as early as possible to confirm your interest and we will add lessons to your booking when they become available. The kid’s school offers instruction on learning to ski from three years of age. Teen programs and even infant and toddler daycare are also on offer.
4. Après Your Way In Whistler
Whistler has all the bars and nightlife you could ever yearn for, and between the two mountains there are plenty of restaurants, so you don’t have to dine in the village. The Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler offers an incredible mountaintop dining experience with live music, and Christine’s on Blackcomb has a solid reputation for stylish high-end dining with a view.
Back in the heart of the village you’ll find the latest in gourmet, Wild Blue featured among Canada’s Best New Restaurants and Condé Nast highlighting the restaurant as “The Hot Table to Book in Whistler.”
Hoping to dance the night away? The Longhorn at the base of Whistler and Buffalo Bills are favourites for the best DJ sounds, or for more soul-soothing apres, head for the Scandinave Spa Whistler, which features hot pools, cold plunges, and solariums.
Our Managing Director, Jeremy Timms, is a fan of Whistler’s après too: “Whistler Village is such a lively place; I love the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) with its great beers and live music. It’s also family friendly until 10pm!”
5. From The Slopes To Sleeps: Where To Stay In Whistler
Booking with Frontier means you have the benefit of our first-hand knowledge. From the slopes to sleeps, we know all there is to know about Whistler’s accommodations, and there is plenty of choice to suit all styles and tastes.
Opt for five-star luxury at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and stay in the recently renovated Fairmont rooms and Mountain View Suites. Catering to your every whim, the hotel’s facilities include six restaurants, fantastic spa facilities, and an indoor and outdoor pool.
Alternatively, Nita Lake Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel based in the Creekside neighbourhood. South of the village, the quieter area attracts couples who want a more romantic and less lively vibe, its facilities including a wellness spa and three gourmet restaurants. There is also a complimentary shuttle service to and from Whistler Village and a complimentary slope-facing ski locker for all guests, who have a choice of studios, one- and two-bedroom suites.
Within easy reach of the area’s top attractions and just steps from the Whistler Creekside lifts, the Delta Whistler Village Suites is a full-service, friendly, modern hotel featuring studios, one- and two-bedroom suites. Another popular option is the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler, the all-suite hotel only a short hop from Whistler Village and the mountain gondolas.
6. The Original Whistler: Creekside
A quieter and more laid-back version of Whistler, Creekside is around two and a half miles south of Whistler village, with the Creekside Gondola providing easy access to all that Whistler and Blackcomb have to offer.
Perfect for families who want to swap the village’s nightlife for slower-paced apres, this peaceful corner of the resort still has many amenities, including bars and cafes, and of course, accommodation. One of Whistler’s longest ski runs stretches from Whistler Peak down into Creekside. Marked blue, the route is dotted with some challenging black runs.
Built up over the course of three decades, at Frontier Ski, you benefit from our unrivalled personal knowledge, as every recommendation is based on first-hand experience. As an ATOL and ABTA-protected tour operator, you can also book with complete confidence.
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