The small resort municipality of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada attracts tourists year round to enjoy both winter snow activities and in the summer to enjoy the hiking, mountain biking and breathtaking Whistler sightseeing.
Whistler is located just 125km north of Vancouver making it easily accessible on the Sea to Sky Highway. The drive along the scenic Sea to Sky highway from Vancouver to Whistler takes just 1.5 hours. During winter months it is recommended to drive with snow tires and to have chains at the ready, as winter conditions don’t always just stay in the mountains!
For those planning a winter ski vacation, Whistler is one of the most reliable skiing destinations with an average annual snowfall of 11.91 metres / 469 inches / 39.1 ft per year. Both Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain combined have over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America.
Whistler’s main street or Village Stroll, is a pedestrian walkway lined with boutique stores, quaint restaurants and cafes and stores selling everything from top of the line ski gear to local artisan crafts. The buildings resemble a typical European ski village but once you enter the stores and entertainment venues you’ll realize that Whistler is an international hub for travelers seeking a special and exclusive vacation experience.
Whistler Village comes alive when the slopes close for the night. Live music spills out onto the snow covered streets and the aroma of delectable eats from the apres-ski crowd floats in the air. As Whistler is known almost as much for its nightlife as it is for being a world-class ski resort, you can always find amazing apres-ski patios, dynamic dance clubs, intimate bars with roaring fireplaces and even elegant wine bars.
Winter Outdoor Activities in Whistler
In the winter Whistler offers the full range of snow related activities at the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. The resort is spread over the two peaks of Mount Whistler and Mount Blackcomb. Tourists can reach the top of the peaks on over 20 lifts, 3 gondolas and chair lifts.
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola – Is a North America’s longest gondola and allows skiers and sightseers alike the ability to easily travel from the summit of Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an attraction offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as well as, giving those who do not wish to ski the ability to soak in the sights just the same.
Skiing and Snowboarding – Beginners, kids, and experts can all find suitable slopes and learning programs to enjoy the ski slopes. There are 8,1772 acres of ski terrain and 200 trails so you’re sure to find something to suit you. Click here to view Whistler Blackcomb Webcams.
Tube Park – Slide down Blackcomb Mountain with your family! As this requires no particular skill, all can take part just for fun.
Cross country Skiing – Follow the 28km tracks which go along the shores of Lost Lake. There are rental outlets and cross country ski schools.
Dog Sledding – Be the passenger or take a quick lesson in being the Musher of your own team of husky dogs, then follow the trails through the snow.
Snowmobile Tours – Take a half or full day excursion into the surrounding mountainside on a snowmobile.
Snowshoeing – For the less adventurous try a snowshoe excursion, this is harder than it looks but you do get to see some great backcountry views.
To talk to a local Whistler vacation planner, call Toll Free: 1.877.932.2285 or visit www.WhistlerHotels.com today.