An Olympic-sized playground, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America. Only a few places in the Alps have more than the 8,171 acres here and its vertical drop, 5,020 ft, is the second longest globally. Either mountain is formidable, but together they are unrivaled in size and terrain variety. From endlessly long, steep runs, glaciers, powder filled bowls to gentle groomers, there is a challenge for everyone. The Base is a mecca for learning and the Whistler Kids program is one of our favorites. The logistics are simple - both mountains are serviced by a common base where the two gondolas are 1,000 feet apart. The European-style, pedestrian-only, Whistler Village, is nestled between the two mountain. There is little reason to leave - all of the lodging, restaurants and swag you could ever want are right here. The vibrant community is welcoming and you are sure to meet people from around the world (especially Australia and Asia). Breathe easy, the Summit at 7,165 ft, is lower than Vail's Base. The Downside? Lower elevation means the snow is not as light and fluffy as most Western resorts and regular snowfall is needed for good cover. Visibility can be poor at times; beware of the heavy fog. Acquired by Vail Resorts in 2016, its on the Epic Pass. 

RESORT FEATURES

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 LET'S GO 

  • Spend a week without repeating a run

  • Unrivaled ratio of shredding to lift riding; the efficient lift infrastructure and huge vertical drop make for very long runs

  • Logistics are simple. Fly direct to Vancouver and use shuttles; there's no need for a car

  • Breathe easy, lower altitude than most mountains of this size. The base is ~2,000 ft and the Summit, 7,156 ft

  • Lodging is convenient; a range of accommodations from AirBNBs to the Four Seasons have ski-in ski-out access

INSIDER TIPS
  • Pick a mountain and stay there for the day. The Peak 2 Peak gondola is scenic, but often crowded and there is so much to explore on each side that there is no reason to spend the time crossing between the two

  • Consider the Fresh Tracks program. For less than $25 CAD have breakfast and hit the slopes an hour earlier than everyone else. A no brainer on weekends when powder is in the forecasts

  • Something for literally everyone - exceptional terrain variety, explore the Olympic Village (site of the 2010 Winter Olympics), venture to the backcountry (with a guide), eat well, party if you wish...and repeat!

  • Heli-skiing! This is the place to do it. Tours for all abilities levels, whether its your first time or hundredth there is something new to explore

  • Consider taking a lesson, there is plenty to challenge and the ski and snowboard instructor training programs are regarded globally

  • Whistler has one of the longest seasons in North America. If you want to ski and bike on the same trip, consider a trip in April or May. For your summer fix, Blackcomb Glacier is open in June and July.

HESITATIONS
  • Lower elevation results in greater likelihood of fog / low; constant snowfall is needed 

  • Other resorts of this caliber have better on-mountain dining

  • Crowds; Whistler is easily accessible from Vancouver and Seattle, weekends can be chaotic and the downside of the efficient lift structure is it does bottleneck

  • Make sure you are in shape, endurance required - trails are long and often steep and deep

GETTING TO & GETTING AROUND

 
Getting To
  • Closest Major City: Vancouver, BC, Canada

    • Distance: ~122 km / 75 miles South 

    • Travel Time: ~ 1 hr 40 minutes 

Neighboring Resorts
  • There are no major resorts in close proximity, but that's not a problem - there is so much here!

Travel by Plane
  • Closest major commercial airport: YVR - (Vancouver International)

    • ~148 km South, ~2 hours

Travel by Bus
  • Whistler Blackcomb is easy to navigate without a vechicle 

    • Pros: Blackcomb has free parking in lots 6-8; useful if driving from nearby

    • Cons: No real cons, just unnecessary

  • There are several taxi services for transfer to / from Vancouver ​

    • Need to book in advance and not cheap at ~$250 CAD 
Travel by Car

There is no need for a car here, Whistler Village has it all and its pedestrian-only. Free shuttle service is available within the area. For airport transfers, we recommend shuttle buses or hire a taxi for off peak time flights. Soak up spectacular views along Highway 99 to / from Vancouver.  

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