There’s a reason why Whistler is at the top of many skiers’ bucket lists, whether that be the incredible snow record, vast terrain for all abilities, or Whistler Village’s picturesque European charm with a pedestrian stroll lined with restaurants, outdoor patios, and shops. As you look around at the stunning mountain scenery it feels like you are in a winter wonderland. We have put together a guide on how to maximise your time on a Whistler ski holiday, read on to be inspired for your next trip.

Fantastic skiing for all

Whistler’s ski area puts smiles on all levels of skiers who visit this famous resort. Whistler Blackcomb has an impressive 200km of groomed slopes to explore and is the largest and most famous ski destination in Canada. In addition to the marked pistes, Whistler also boasts amazing off-piste terrain that’s easily accessible within the mountain boundaries.

Whistler off piste

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Best runs in Whistler Blackcomb

If you’re a beginner skier there’s a great nursery slope area to learn without many skiers around. Once you’ve progressed from the nursery slopes there are brilliant green runs with beautiful views. For more experienced beginner skiers we recommend heading down the scenic run called the Burnt Stew Trail. It starts at the top of the Harmony 6 Express lift and winds down back to the bottom of the lift.

Another favourite ski run is the Cloud Nine blue run on the Blackcomb side of the ski area. Take the suitably named 7th Heaven chairlift to the top of the run and enjoy a long cruisy run. It has delightful views of Whistler Mountain opposite. If you’re early on the lifts the pristine corduroy snow conditions are worth the early alarm clock. It is the perfect terrain for intermediate skiers.

If you’re looking for a challenge, the double black diamond Couloir is by far the most difficult ski run in Whistler, if not North America. You have to start the run off a rock drop into a boulder-lined snow field. On a powder day, this run is superb to ski. Every year skiers across the world race in the Saudan Couloir Race Extreme event, where skiers make the vertical 2,500-foot descent as fast as possible.

Whistler piste skiing

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A superb choice of accommodation

Having an excellent place to stay during your Whistler ski experience can make all the difference. Whistler offers a diverse selection of accommodations from luxury full-service hotels and chalets to moderate and boutique properties and fully equipped condominiums. There is something to fit every need. Whether you’re a solo traveller or a large family, you can enjoy some of the best hotel services and facilities of any ski resort.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler is an iconic slopeside luxury hotel that is both striking in exterior and décor. Only a few steps away from Blackcomb Gondola, it is in the ideal location to maximise your skiing on the mountain. You can truly unwind in the amazing wellness facilities that boast both indoor/outdoor swimming pools, whirlpools, a fitness room, a eucalyptus steam room, and an in-house spa.

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler has an incredible wellness area to enjoy after hitting the slopes.

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Another hotel with excellent access to the slopes is Westin Resort & Spa. This hotel takes luxury skiing to the next level. Soothe achy ski legs in the marvellous wellness centre with facilities such as indoor and outdoor pools, two whirlpools, and a full-service spa and fitness studio. The on-site ‘Grill & Vine’ restaurant is a delightful place to dine out and offers an eclectic selection of dishes, from fresh fish to warming comfort food.

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Westin Resort & Spa takes luxury skiing to the next level and is in a prime location.

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Whistler town

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Some of the best food in the mountains

After a day on the slopes, there’s nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal. It’s a reward after covering the vast ski area and helps to fill that hungry appetite. Whistler has a fantastic choice of restaurants with a mixture of cuisine to choose from. Whether you want fine dining or a quick burger, there’s something for anyone’s taste.

Recently opened Wild Blue Restaurant + Bar is a great place if you want to treat yourself. The fine-dining menu focuses on elevated Pacific Northwest cuisine, sustainable seafood, and local ingredients, alongside an extensive wine selection and cocktail menu. Also new to the village, is the revamped Bar Oso, which is a tasty contemporary Spanish restaurant. Enjoy delicious tapas, charcuterie, and hand-crafted cocktails.

On the mountain, if you want a superb fine-dining experience with glorious mountain views, Christine’s On Blackcomb is the place to book. From succulent braised pork cheek to Keralan fish curry, the menu is full of amazing flavours. One of Whistler’s oldest and best restaurants in town is Araxi. Its menu is packed with local specialities such as roasted duck with sesame and rosemary or parmesan polenta. Araxi has a sophisticated feel and a welcoming atmosphere.

Whistler village

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It’s more than a ski holiday

Thrill seekers will love the highspeed acceleration of the Whistler Sliding Center’s Passenger Bobsleigh experience. Steered by a trained pilot you will feel the g-forces and 125km/hr speeds through the ten twists of the Olympic track. A truly unique experience that is rare to enjoy in any other ski resort in the world.

If you prefer to relax during your downtime, the Scandinave Spa Whistler is set in a wonderful secluded location and has brilliant facilities. The unique spa overlooks stunning mountain vistas and looks down the glorious Whistler Blackcomb Valley. Enjoy clean mountain air whilst immersing yourself in outdoor hot baths and refreshing waterfalls. Finish your visit with a rejuvenating massage treatment. The perfect holiday treat after a day exploring the slopes.

Many exciting events and tours are staged throughout the season. See the spectacular natural landscape via an amazing snowmobile tour. Journey through the landscape with a guide and reach places you wouldn’t normally see on foot or skis. There’s also the Fire and Ice show, where you can watch world-class athletes perform incredibly impressive tricks through a burning ring of fire.

Whistler spa

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If you want to know more about how to maximise your Whistler ski holiday call our ski experts today on 020 3918 7767.

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