Photo: Tourism Whistler/ Mike Crane
We know you love winter, but what if we told you that spring is the best time of the year to be in Whistler? Back in the day (circa 2006) the end of winter marked a distinct end to the tourist season, when locals could reclaim their hometown and tourists only came for the weekend when hotels offered dirt cheap rates to get business. Not anymore. Whistler has morphed into a four seasons resort and spring, when the winter and summer collide, is the best season of all. Why is it the best you may ask? Here are 6 Reasons Why Springtime in Whistler Rocks!
If sitting on a sunny patio with friends, recounting stories from the day while downing a few beers or Caesars is your happy place- then spring is the season for you! Shed the outerwear and get comfortable for long, sun-drenched après sessions at one of the many Whistler après institutions such as The Longhorn Saloon, Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC), Merlin’s and Dusty’s Bar and BBQ- all legendary spots around town where the crowds, music and menus epitomize mountain culture.
Whistler’s biggest festival of the year takes place between April 8th and 18th featuring world-class snow sports competitions, free concert events, art, photography and film contests and exhibitions, and parties every night in pubs and clubs around Whistler. Make sure to check out our Unofficial Guide to the World Ski and Snowboard Festival for a full festival itinerary. Don’t miss out on the incredible atmosphere that engulfs Whistler during WSSF. Join the biggest mountain culture celebration in the world!
Most people either love or hate spring skiing. If you’re after waist deep champagne powder then spring skiing might not be your thing; however, if you prefer warmer temperatures, softer snow and longer days, spring skiing could be your jam. For spring skiing enthusiasts nothing beats sleeping in a bit, having a fun and relaxing day on the mountain, stripping off layers as the day progresses and ending the day on a patio somewhere in the Village. Spring skiing is cheaper and typically less crowded just to name a couple more reasons why it ROCKS!
Nothing beats the warmth of the sun’s rays hitting your skin- especially after months of vitamin D deprivation. As the sun begins to make longer and stronger appearances in the sky everything in Whistler comes alive and out of its winter hibernation. The flowers begin to bloom, icy lakes start to thaw, the bears crawl out of their dens and creatures big and small re-enter the world. Whistler in springtime really is a stunning and magical place (cue the school girls skipping and whistling hand in hand).
As the skis and boards take their last few runs, the bikes emerge, ready for months of riding in the valley and alpine. A large and growing portion of Whistler’s population is on the edge of their seats waiting to hit the dirt for another year of downhill and cross-country biking. Each year Whistler attracts more and more bikers from around the world to experience its world class bike park and terrain. Spring marks the beginning of this exciting season.
Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GOFest) takes place May 20th- 23rd and truly is a celebration of everything that makes Whistler amazing. As summer and winter collide, bikers, boarders, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts come together to celebrate the outdoor playground that is Whistler by participating in almost every outdoor activity imaginable. Don’t miss out on this May long weekend celebration and an opportunity to get outside and truly connect with the natural paradise that surrounds us here in Whistler.
Are you excited for spring in Whistler yet? Here are six reasons why the spring season is absolutely awesome and one of the best times of year to get to Whistler. Check out our last minute deals for accommodation this spring and get outside and celebrate this glorious time of year!