Whistler Blackcomb

Ski resorts in Canada
Those looking for big might look no further than British Columbia's Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. It is the largest ski resort in several categories, including uphill capacity. That also makes it a popular destination, with visitors exceeding two million in several years. The original design might have been for a bid package to host the '68 Winter Olympics, but it has grown into a winter destination for skiers and snowboarders around the globe.

Visitors that drive here will use Highway 99 north of Vancouver, British Columbia. That will take them directly to the ski town of Whistler. Americans will likely use I-5 north from Bellingham, Washington. The Vancouver International Airport handles flights in this part of the Province.

Big Downhill Fun Needs Support


A winter resort as big as Whistler Blackcomb requires more than one vacation day to explore. That is why visitors that come here have almost 100 lodging options available in the resort area or nearby. Lodging is not the only thing you will find in the village, though. Skiers and snowboarders have 200 establishments offering almost any type of food and drinks they could want.

The fun does not stop when the sun goes down at Whistler Blackcomb, with plenty of apres-ski and a unique nightlife on the slopes. From a sophisticated lounge restaurant to multiple bars, there are plenty of places to meet up or catch a live show. Retail is another part of the resort's character, with more than 200 shops offering accessories, clothes, gear, and more.

Plenty of equipment, including hi-performance gear, is available to rent at Whistler Blackcomb. Delivery service is available, and a test center lets guests try it before they buy. The Carleton Equipment Valet & Tuning Services offers drop-off for visitors' gear, so the staff can tune it up and have them ready to get back on the slopes. World-class instruction is available at this winter venue, with private and group lessons for any skill level.

Two Mountains for Big Fun


A base elevation of 2,215 feet combines with a top summit of 7,493 feet to create the 5,279-foot vertical that skiers and snowboarders enjoy as they bomb down the slopes. The resort uses Blackcomb Peak and Whistler Mountain, with a connecting gondola allowing movement between the peaks. There are more than 4,700 acres of skiable terrain on Whistler and another 3,414 acres on Blackcomb, providing Whistler Blackcomb resort guests enough space to ski for several days and never hit the same run twice.

Skiers and riders have access to 270 alpine trails at the Whistler Blackcomb ski area, with the mountains broken into several sections. Whistler's terrain ratings are (beginner/intermediate/advanced) 20/55/25-percent, while Blackcomb's ratings are (beginner/intermediate/advanced) 20/50/30-percent. Several advanced runs are rated double black diamond for expert skiers and riders to explore.

The Whistler Blackcomb ski resort maintains five terrain parks, a superpipe, and a snowcross track. These focus on terrain and downhill freestyling that more traditional downhill runs will not generate. The average annual snowfall reaches 448 inches, but that does not stop the resort from using additional snowmaking on 697 acres across the venue.

Guests at Whistler Blackcomb have access to 31 lifts on the mountains, with a staggering 69,939 guests per hour uphill capacity.

Whistler Blackcomb Snow forecast

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    70°F
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  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
    0.16 in rain
    Partly cloudy
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Facts about Whistler Blackcomb

Number of slopes:234
Easiest Green slopes:10
Intermediate Blue slopes:40
Advanced Black slopes:110
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:50
Longest slope:36089 ft

Lifts (Total: 36)
Gondola lift:3
Chair lifts:17
T-bar lift:15
Lift capacity:  69939 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Whistler Blackcomb Vertical drop
Highest Point: 7493 ft
Vertical drop: 5279 ft
Base Point: 2215 ft

Cross country skiing
Tracks:17.4 miles
Lit tracks:0 miles
Artificial snow:0 miles

Areas
Snowparks:5
Country: Canada
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Reviews for Whistler Blackcomb

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listagangstern
22/12/2017 (Modified: 22/12/2017)
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Whistler is North America's largest ski resort and is considered by many to be one of the better in the world. I do not really share that view. The t... Read more (300 words)
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Vakteman
09/11/2011
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When the low pressure leaves its impressions, it will be very good. In Whistler they come very often. Went 5d in Beb 2011 and they fell more and more ... Read more (122 words)
Lemmy
09/01/2009
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Do not have to say much. World class! But watch out for fog for the Olympics and beware of Revelstoke coming !! But always world class !!

nomme
22/05/2008
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Whistler / Blackcomb really has really good and above all varied terrain many steep chutes, rough forests, most of the corridors simply! I went the... Read more (171 words)
Rydellen
09/10/2007
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Spent 5 months in Whistler this winter and will try to squeeze through what's necessary to know about the place. Whistler is a city, very cozy-calf-du... Read more (1426 words)
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20/06/2007
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Have never experienced better driving than this trip offered. If the economy allows, I suggest you go to Whistler, it is a sunny dream for the jibb... Read more (61 words)
Alexander
Alexander (Guest)
30/05/2007
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Hi, come home from Whistler a week ago so I have it in fresh memory. Thought to tell about the absolute best places for offpiste when that's okay (we ... Read more (912 words)
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oskar (Guest)
30/05/2007
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I was in Whistler week 8. When we got there it was raining in the village, which is quite common because the village is low. On the other hand, sno... Read more (469 words)
the_shine
17/05/2006
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Whistler must be the dream of everyone to go to. where there were Feb-05 but then they had never snowed so little in 27 years in Whistler, but why com... Read more (44 words)
ortqvist
03/01/2006
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After completing a business trip in the United States, South Carolina and Canada, Ontario, I had booked a 5 day vacation in Whistler. Whistler is loca... Read more (1785 words)
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Trail map Whistler Blackcomb

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Airports near Whistler Blackcomb

Vancouver International Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 2 minutes (84 miles)
Distance: 65 miles