Whistler is an awesome place to visit, no matter what time of year it is.
We’re not just saying that – every month has something different to offer, showcasing a unique side of Whistler that’s well worth exploring.
Ideally, you would plan a yearlong trip to Whistler, allowing you to experience every side of our incredible mountain town. If that’s not quite in the cards, then we’ve got the next best thing: this guide will offer you a glimpse into what Whistler is like any time of year.
Best for: Powder hungry skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to wait
If you’re coming to Whistler to ski or snowboard, January just might be the perfect time to do so. By now, the mountains are usually blanketed with a thick cover of snow, offering you ample terrain to tackle on your plank(s). The Christmas crowds have dissipated, and despite being the smack-dab middle of winter, the mountains remain relatively uncrowded, especially mid-week.
Best for: Friend trips
Ditch the books for reading week and plan a trip to Whistler instead! February is known for some incredible powder days, so you’ll want to devote plenty of time to the mountains. We highly recommend cat skiing and heli skiing this time of year. The village is action-packed seven nights a week, so plan to enjoy some dinners out and nights on the town.
Best for: Family fun
Families flock to Whistler every March to take advantage of our wonderful winter wonderland. Skiing is a no-brainer, but families also like to try other fun outdoor activities, like cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and zip lining.
Best for: Having the time of your life
Here in Whistler, we have a saying: “Party in April, sleep in May”. That’s because every April, Whistler hosts the infamous World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Concerts, athletic competitions, creative shows and displays, parties, spring skiing, surprise powder days – April is truly an incredible time in Whistler.
Best for: Experiencing a little bit of everything
There aren’t many places in the world where you can spend the morning on your skis, the afternoon on your mountain bike, and still sneak in a round of golf before dinner. Whistler in May is such a place. As a bonus, the winter crowds have all but completely dissolved, meaning you can enjoy our big backyard practically to yourself.
Best for: Testing your fitness
If you gained an extra layer of warmth this past winter, now’s the time to lose it: June in Whistler is all about getting outside and staying active. First off is the Whistler Half Marathon, showcasing beautiful spring colours throughout the Valley. Then, if you’re tough enough, check out Whistler’s very own Tough Mudder competition – only the strongest survive!
Best for: Getting your hike on
With so many spectacular mountains in and around Whistler, alpine hiking could practically be a full time job this time of year. Start by exploring the trails on Whistler and Blackcomb, then check out other popular hikes like Rainbow Mountain, Wedgemount, and Black Tusk. In the evening, kicks back and enjoy a free outdoor concert under the stars – your legs will thank you for the break!
Best for: Mountain biking every day
By now, the bike park has been buzzing for a few months, but there’s no denying that August is Whistler’s unofficial mountain biking month. That just might have something to do with the Crankworx festival that takes place this time of year. Many Whisterlites claim this to be their favourite local festival – you’ll have to experience it yourself to fully get it!
Best for: Living like a local
Come September, the summer crowds have died down – but the weather usually continues to be pretty spectacular. Locals spend time squeezing in the last of summer lounging at the beach, floating down the River of Golden Dreams, and sipping beers at the Whistler Village Beer Festival.
Best for: Rest and relaxation
If you’re the kind of person who likes to look at the beautiful Whistler scenery without getting too cold, wet, or dirty, come visit us in October. This quieter month is a great time to enjoy specials at local spas and restaurants. This is the time to treat yourself.
Best for: Eager beavers
There’s a noticeable buzz that comes around every November: it’s the anticipation of the upcoming ski season. Gyms become a little busier, people watch the snow line like a hawk, and skis are tuned up in anticipation of the big day. Opening Day usually takes place towards the end of November, and we’re often treated to an early opening. Tip: this is a good time to squeeze in a ski lesson to brush up for the season.
Best for: The holiday spirit
With twinkling lights, falling snowflakes, and life-sized gingerbread houses in hotel lobbies (seriously), it’s hard not to feel like you’re living in a snow globe. December in Whistler is a truly magical time – and earlier December is also great for sneaking a few extra turns in before the crowds pick up for the season.