Whistler Blackcomb in Canada is the best spot for skiing and snowboarding. They say you haven’t seen powder until you’ve been to Whistler, plus the trails offer the very best in skiing and snowboarding for beginners and experts alike. Even the lifts here are adventurous – a peak to peak gondola transports you between two snow covered mountains suspended some fifteen hundred feet above the nearest tree top.
With 38.5 feet of average annual snowfall, Whistler blows all but a handful of world resorts out of the water for reliable skiing and boarding conditions. In Whistler, it snows big. With more and more people wanting to improve their deep snow technique and enjoy the pleasure of powder riding, Whistler is the place.
Located in the mighty Coast Mountains that stretch along British Columbia and Alaska, Whistler is the first major resort to get hit by the prevailing Pacific storms, generally bringing the most intense snow and deepest powder days. We can get as geeky as you like about snowfall, so if you want to discuss further, please get in touch and we’d love to talk to you about it.
The resort also boasts some 8100 acres of resort terrain, and access to some of the most exciting backcountry skiing in Canada provides limitless options – an important consideration when taking an extended course.
The scale of terrain only tells half the story. The sheer diversity is what really sets Whistler apart. From world class tree riding, huge open powder bowls, steep couloirs, long pistes, glaciers and word class freestyle facilities – Whistler has it all.
The ski area is made up of two distinct mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, linked by the mighty Peak2Peak Gondola. As they say in Whistler, “it’s awesome squared”.
Both mountains offer a mile of vertical drop making for long runs through diverse terrain. The upper half of both mountains is open, alpine terrain with a combination of powder bowls, chutes, wide groomers and moguls as well as amazing scenery.
Lower down, you hit some of the best and extensive tree skiing anywhere on Earth. When it’s dumping snow, the trees on the lower half of the mountains provide shelter, visibility and keep the snow in great condition protected from the sun and wind.
When the weather calms, the upper alpine terrain offers a great contrast with fantastic open bowls and spectacular vistas.
38.5 feet of snow
8100 acres of terrain
5 Parks & Pipes
11 Km longest run
The resort itself is an energetic and friendly place. Unlike many Canadian resorts, Whistler village is right at the base of the ski area and not a long bus ride away, making for a fantastic ski resort atmosphere.
It is not a resort that shuts down outside the ski season and is home to thriving permanent community of skiers, snowboarders and others who love life in the mountains.
This is an especially important consideration for people considering a longer course as you really do feel part of the wider community and enjoy the benefits and facilities that comes with that.
Whistler is home to Canada’s best après ski, a diverse collection of mountain stores, cafes and restaurants, a cinema, theatre, gyms, climbing centre and much more.
There are countless exciting events that happen throughout the season that really do add to the overall enjoyment of your experience.
Highlights include the annual Whistler Film Festival, the Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photography Competition and the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.