Winter Skiing Season

Skiing during the “winter” months in Whistler Blackcomb is a large window of opportunity. The mountains open in November and the season doesn’t end until April of the next year. Average snowfall is 33 feet per year, while temperatures stay moderate at –5 degrees Celsius on average.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains span an impressive 8,000 plus acres of terrain. The high-speed lifts, smooth corduroy cruisers, steep alpine bowls and a number of basic runs make the experience comfortable for beginners through to professionals.

Great Deals on Lift Tickets and Accommodation

The best deals are found before leaving for a vacation in Whistler. Up to 20% off of regular prices are given just for booking in advance, a minimum of 7 days prior, in conjunction with a hotel. This same deal also applies for going later in the season, from late March through to the end of April. A $210 CDN, 3-day ticket is reduced to $177.60 CDN by booking early.

Tickets are then delivered to the accommodation of choice and are good for both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Whistler Blackcomb Vacation Activities

There are unlimited activities to do in the area during the winter months. Although skiing and snowboarding are the most popular, groups and individuals have many other options:

  • Backcountry tours: beyond the bustle of the slopes lies untouched terrain to be explored through ski tours, ice climbing and mountaineering
  • Cat Skiing: Bombardier Snowcats take guests daily on untracked expeditions that include breakfast and lunch, safety equipment and a guide
  • Dog Sledding: get chauffeured by Alaskan Huskies through the Soo Valley and beyond
  • Heli-Skiing and Heli-Boarding: for advanced skiers and boarders, reach up to 18,000 vertical feet of slopes on a variety of tours
  • Heli-Glacier Walking: fly over the Coast Mountains of BC and discover 12,000 year old glaciers like Rainbow Glacier
  • Cross Country/Nordic Skiing: this affordable activity in Whistler covers over 32 kilometres of isolated trails that are almost empty during the day and lit up at night
  • Sleigh Riding: Christmas isn’t the only time to hear sleigh bells, as large Percheron horses take visitors on picturesque rides that can include dinner or a private tour for couples
  • Snowshoeing: guided excursions from beginner to intermediate levels
  • Snowmobiling: get Canadian by trying out the snowmobile, equipped with a professional guide, and see frozen lakes, an ancient cedar forest and the expansive backcountry
  • The Tube Park: not only for kids, Blackcomb Mountain’s Excalibur gondola mid-station hosts a park with 1,000 feet to ride down