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Whistler

Whistler Ski Holidays Canada

Whistler is one of the most highly regarded destinations in the world for ski holidays.

Some will never holiday anywhere else. Whistler is the biggest ski area in North America and one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. The mountain is all about flying through the trees, playing in high open bowls, and magnificent snow. Coupled with all the delights of a supreme modern village, you might say this is as good as it gets.

Whistler Village is a varied cluster of chalets, apartments and some high-rise blocks. It is purpose-built but tasteful, with a car-free centre. The colourful variety of après-ski bars and the vast array of eateries mean the only difficulty is choosing where to go. The village is very lively, but there are rocking bars with live music as well as quiet and cosy snugs, gourmet restaurants (make sure you book in advance) as well as cheap and cheerful cafés - whatever you’re looking for, something will fit the bill.

Transfer time
  • Vancouver

At a Glance

Resort Altitude: 670m

Resort Skiing: 2,284m

Total Ski Area: 200km

Lifts: 26

Blue Runs: 40km

Red Runs: 110km

Black Runs: 50km

Cross Country: 28km

Ski Areas

Guaranteed snow, breathtaking views and a large variation of terrain; the multi-award-winning Whistler-Blackcomb ski area is one to be visited. With 200km of slopes and trails to experience over two mountains, there is something for all abilities and you are sure to find new runs every day of your holiday. Runs vary from gentle slopes in wide, groomed bowls to steep tree-skiing and numerous snow parks. There are also lots of off-piste ski areas available. 

 

Whistler accommodations

Accommodation

Top Runs

  • Stoker, Cruiser, Espresso - there is a magnitude of cruising blue woodland trails below Rendezvous and Glacier Creek
  • Horstman Hut - the highest lift-served point in the whole Whistler area
  • Big Bang, Couloir Extreme - some of Blackcomb's most testing skiing, on seriously steep double-black diamond terrain, can be found on the left hand side of Horstman Hut

Skiing

For intermediates, Whistler is a playground like no other, with extensive terrain that includes long cruising groomed trails through the trees and beautiful blues on the Horstman Glacier which dazzle in the sun. Some good off-piste can be found amongst the ridges and bowls across Whistler Mountain, and there are incredible views from blue trails in the same area. Experts will love the steeper bowls and gullies available and, though the terrain is a little more limited for beginners, the nursery slopes are excellent. 

 

Snowboarding

The lift system comprises almost exclusively of chairlifts and is consequently very boarder-friendly. (There is one T-bar up on the glacier, but the quality of the powder will make it worth the trip.) Blackcomb has a Terrain Park of 16 acres including one World Cup sized half-pipe, as well as a 17-foot radius Pipe Dragon. (There’s also a 2,000 watt sound system and a DJ booth.) In Whistler, the Nintendo Terrain Park covers 26 acres. It is accessed via a half-pipe at the top of the Emerald chair.

Ski Schools

The two mountains have amalgamated their ski schools and standards are very high. They offer a full range of well-defined programmes for women only and skiers with disabilities as well as the usual child and adult courses. The ski school here also offers Bump Clinics and Powder Workshops, not to mention Snowboard Camps geared to all levels of riders. For budding ski racers, we recommend the Dave Murray Ski Camp. Free guided tours are offered daily on both mountains by the local 'Mountain Hosts'. 

 

Crèches

Whistler hosts a resort run childcare program for children aged 18 months to 5 years, located across the resort in four different locations. Staff have plenty of childcare experience and create a fun environment for children to relax and play. 

Restaurants

Araxi - almost certainly the best restaurant in town, brilliantly designed modern Italian which specialises in seafood and Pacific Rim dishes 

Roundhouse Lodge - the main hub on Whistler Mountain, accommodates 1,750 guests and offers dishes for all to enjoy

The Chic Pea - arguably Whistler's coolest on-mountain restaurant, serves legendary cinnamon buns in the morning and great pizzas at lunchtime 

Après Ski

The Garibaldi Lift Company - known to the locals as "The GLC" this is the perfect place to unwind with a beer just steps from the main run into the village

Merlin's bar - the spiritual home of local rockers, The Hairfarmers, Merlin's offers flowing brews, good times, and nachos. Open daily for lunch, dinner and bevy's from 11am until late

Buffalo Bill's - has a nice wood and stone rustic ambience with open fireplaces

Non-Skiers

Non-skiers in Whistler are not short of choice. Whistler village has plenty to explore with its local art, music and culture. Additionally, non-skiers are also able to venture up into the mountains with the Peak 2 Peak Sightseeing Experience. Other winter activities are also available such as snowmobiling and even bobsleighing at the Whistler Sliding Centre. 

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