Whistler is unlike any other resort in North America. In some respects - the scale, the high bowls and glaciers, the scenery, the crowds - it is more like an Alpine resort. But like most resorts on the western side of North America, it offers the advantages of usually excellent snow and a lot of woodland runs too.

All things considered, the mountain is about the best that North America has to offer. Catch it in good weather - which with the Pacific climate is not a guarantee - and during the week when the Vancouver crowds are at work to enjoy this epic resort at its finest.

Whistler Village sits at the foot of its two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, a scenic 135km drive from Vancouver on Canada's west coast. Whistler started as a locals' ski area in 1966 at Creekside and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Whistler Village, a 10-minute bus ride away, was developed in the late 1970s; Upper Village - around the base of Blackcomb Mountain and a 10-minute walk from Whistler Village - was started in the 1980s.

Pros

North America's biggest ski area

Excellent combination of high open bowls and woodland trails

Good snow record

Almost Alpine scenery

Cons

Proximity to Pacific Ocean means a lot of cloudy weather, and rain at resort level is not unusual

Inadequate lift system; queues can be a big problem at peak times

Overcrowded runs also a problem

Mountain restaurants are overcrowded and mostly no more than functional

Getting there

  • Vancouver airport: 2 hours

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Off The Slopes
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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