Two side-by-side ski giants rise from a lush and lake-dotted valley, climbing high past tree line into a sprawling alpine arena of glaciers, crags, and awe. This is where 8,100-plus seamlessly connected acres offer weeks of intermediate cruising, expansive kid zones, the continent’s largest serving of true expert terrain, and a whole separate universe of tree skiing.
Expect big snowfall—over 450 inches annually—easy-to-manage altitude, and variable temperatures that deliver mixed blessings. At the base, the little ski city of Whistler and its car-free center buzz and hum with internationalism, vitality, and a nonstop spirit of fun. Both mountain and town are booming, with 2018 bringing a combined $90 million in upgrades from Whistler Blackcomb’s new parent Vail Resorts, the town’s big hotels, independent businesses, and the municipality itself.
The not so good? Prices have risen dramatically, particularly for lodging and lift tickets—although the favorable exchange rate and an Epic Pass dulls the sting. But with more than three million annual visitors from around the globe plus the weekend surge from Vancouver and Seattle, nothing is slowing this meteor down.
Whistler Blackcomb Stats
Whistler Blackcomb Pass
Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. is on the Epic Pass. Epic Pass holders get unlimited access with no blackout dates.
Find out SKI editors’ favorite hotels, restaurants, bars, and activities on the slopes and in the villages at Whistler Blackcomb.
Ride the Peak Express to West Cirque, a double black with a dauntingly rocky entrance that gives way to a steep pitch. Not quite up for that? Detour to Peak to Creek, a 5,000- vertical-foot descent over nearly seven miles.
The best entertainment these days is outside, and you can switch it up from the resort by sliding the Valley Trail instead. Departing right from town, a portion of the 25-mile paved path is groomed for Nordic skiing in the winter.
Visit the Audain Art Museum for cutting-edge West Coast architecture and a definitive showcase of B.C. art dating back to the 18th century.
Downtown Whistler’s Sushi Village taps Pacific roots to serve the best Japanese food of any Canadian ski town.
Corner Pocket on Whistler Mountain.
We’re partial to Basalt, Bar Oso, or Mallard for cocktails and chef-styled snacks.
Test your limits in Saudan Couloir on Blackcomb; Harmony Horseshoes on Whistler.
Hike up and over Blackcomb’s Spanky’s Ladder to the serious expert terrain of the Gemstone Bowls. Go with a guide if it’s your first time.
The Dirty Bowl or a bacon-maple doughnut at Portobello.
Whistler Mountain’s year-round Peak Suspension Bridge hovers in thin air over the heights of Whistler Bowl, spanning 1/10th of a mile and proffering 360-degree views.