Ski Whistler Blackcomb: A raw, natural force

At its core, Whistler Blackcomb is a love story. The late-90s marriage of the side-by-side Whistler and Blackcomb mountains was a coming together of two rivals that achieved not only an uneasy truce, but a truly symbiotic partnership. 

Snow enthusiasts repeatedly return to this glorious destination for the rugged West Coast beauty, passionate community and refined experiences. Some are enchanted by the mountain town’s unique vibe; others by the ski-in/ski-out convenience of the pedestrian village, the legendary slopes, consistently deep snow and the world-famous Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Outdoor activities abound, from the mild to the seriously wild. Then there’s the irresistible après-ski scene: five-star dining, luxurious spas, shopping and nightlife. 

But ultimately, there is only one question: why ski one mountain, when you can ski two? 

Find your Whistler Blackcomb trails

Then resort enjoys the longest ski season in North America. Early season dumps average 2.4 metres in November alone, and even in March, the mountains see as much snowfall dusting an already amazing base. Now how to use that to your advantage… 

Part of the resorts’s appeal lies in its variety of trails. From pow hounds to snow plowers, the whole team is covered. Beginners love the Green Acres and Olympic runs on Whistler, which offer gentle slopes and stunning views. 

A mix of adventure and challenge is brought to you by the Symphony Amphitheatre on Whistler, a vast area with bowls and glades perfect for pristine powder days. Harmony Ridge, another favourite, provides a mix of intermediate and advanced runs with stunning alpine views that make every descent memorable.

Intermediate skiers will find their haven on Blackcomb’s famed cruisers, like Ridge Runner and Springboard, providing a thrilling yet manageable runs. Advanced skiers and snowboarders are appropriately challenged on the famous Saudan Couloir, where they run the famous Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme Challenge, and the deceptively named Spanky’s Ladder on Blackcomb. These trails are not for the faint-hearted but reward those brave enough with exhilarating descents and breathtaking scenery. 

The Seventh Heaven zone is aptly titled, providing a mix of wide-open groomers and off-piste delights that may well invoke a certain Big Guy’s name in vain. The glacier skiing here is particularly noteworthy, offering a unique experience that’s accessible for intermediates and above. In fact, Horstman Glacier often provides skiing and riding well into the summer months, making the resort a year-round destination for snow enthusiasts.

The resort’s extensive backcountry terrain also offers plenty of off-piste adventures for the more experienced.

Austin Ross on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler Blackcomb.

The ideal ski destination for Families

The variety of trails is reflected in all that the mountains have to offer, and as a memorable winter holiday for families, there is no other. There are many family-friendly amenities to choose from, including dedicated learning zones for those just starting out. The Kids Snow School offers professional instruction, ensuring young skiers learn in a safe and fun environment. Choose to ski with your family or group in a private lesson, or sign the kids up for a multi-day camp to build confidence and learn alongside children of a similar ability level. Once everyone’s up on their feet, head to the Bubly Tube Park, where both kids and adults can enjoy the excitement of tubing down snowy slopes.

Ice skating at the Olympic Plaza provides a picturesque setting for some classic winter fun. Meanwhile, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (more on that below) offers breathtaking views and a unique perspective of the surrounding mountains, making it a must-do for families looking to revel in the stunning scenery.

For a more interactive experience, families can embark on guided snowshoe tours, where exploring the winter wonderland together locks in those core memories. Indoor activities such as the Escape Room and the Audain Art Museum offer exciting alternatives for days when the weather is less favourable.

Off-Piste Winter Activities

One of the reasons Whistler is such an attractive winter destination is its range of off-piste activities. Try a snowmobile tour through the stunning backcountry. Ice climbing, zip-lining, and dog sledding are also great ways to take in the dusted vistas without strapping the skis on, but true thrill-seekers can experience the exhilaration of heli-skiing, where untouched powder is but a chopper ride away.

At the other end of the effort scale, for the ultimate indulgence, visit the luxurious Scandinave Spa to hop between hot pools, cold plunges, waterfalls, saunas and a steam room in a tranquil forest setting. Possibly the best way to see this white wonderland is from high above, and no way is easier the world-renowned engineering marvel that link the two mountains, The Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Spanning 4.4 kilometres and breaking records with its 3.03-kilometre unsupported span, it offers breathtaking 360-degree views of alpine peaks, dense forests and glacial valleys. 

Only friends on a powder day. Skiing and snowboarding fresh lines. Mike Crane Photo.

Après-Ski Dining and Nightlife

After a hard day on the slopes, Whistler’s vibrant après-ski scene is the perfect relaxing tonic. From cosy and casual dining, like Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in Creekside and its hearty meals and live music, to the Bearfoot Bistro’s gourmet cuisine and extensive wine list – it’s the apres version of a choose-your-own-adventure. 

For a more liquid experience, The Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) is a popular spot for drinks with a view, while the Longhorn Saloon & Grill offers a lively atmosphere and DJ sets. And don’t miss the chance to visit the Grey Goose Ice Room, the world’s coldest vodka tasting room. Knees still have it in them? Dance the night away at Buffalo Bill’s and Moe Joe’s Nightclub, open till (very, very) late.

The resort’s unique blend of history, geography and world-class amenities makes it a must-visit destination for any winter sports enthusiast. From its diverse range of ski trails and apres-ski options, to the spoilt-for-choice family-friendly offerings, Whistler Blackcomb presents an unforgettable winter adventure. 

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Snowy Whistler village. Photo by Justa Jeskova.