At a Glance
North America’s #1 ski resort
Perfect for all levels of skiers
Annual average snowfall of 12m
An incredible 8,171 acres of terrain
Skiing in Whistler
Whistler is home to enough trails to satisfy everyone from beginner skiers to the seasoned expert, and offers heart-pumping descents and epic mountain scenery. At the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains is the European-styled pedestrian-only village, which boasts a host of excellent restaurants and bars – so, there is plenty to do once the ski boots have been hung up for the day.
Whistler is not on the way to any of the CMH lodges but is a great option for a longer warm-up or post heli trip.
Whistler may not have the light fluffy powder you get in the interior ranges of British Columbia, however it does benefit from huge dumpings of the white stuff, making it highly likely to find deep snow. Being the largest ski resort in North America, you will be sure to find some terrain to suit all abilities.
How do I get there?
It is a 2-hour drive from Vancouver Airport, with regular shuttle buses running from the airport to your hotel in Whistler. You can also rent a hire car or book a private transfer, and our team are on hand to help organise this for you.
Pure Powder Recommends
The Westin Resort & Spa
Situated in the heart of the village, the Westin Resort & Spa is just steps away from both mountain gondolas and also offers free ski valet service. This luxury hotel boasts fantastic, spacious one- or two-bedroom suites as well as an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, a fitness centre and a spa.
For Alternative Stays…
This hotel is just a 1-minute walk from Whistler Village and just a few more steps to the lifts of Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains. The bedrooms are simple, smart and chic and all come with modern amenities – and the hotel’s heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna are the perfect place to unwind.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury resort then the Fairmont Chateau is the place for you. It is located at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain allowing for ski-in/ski out access. There is an extensive amount of amenities – a complimentary health club with heated outdoor and indoor pools, hot tubs, steam rooms, sauna, fitness centre, complimentary yoga classes and spa. There are also 6 in-house restaurants to indulge in. The bedrooms are grand but cosy.
Pure Powder Loves
√ The lively après scene – Whistler is the most European-like resort in North America and Canada meaning it is not hard to find a vibey bar for that post ski cold beer.
√ Being keen beans for Fresh Tracks – you enjoy a cooked buffet breakfast at the Roundhouse Lodge before taking advantage of the fresh powder and the perfectly groomed pistes before the mountain is open to the public.
Things to Consider
– It can get very busy at the height of the winter season, and it is extremely popular on weekends when the Vancouvians migrate to the slopes.
– Due to its coastal location, the powder can be a little heavy and it does occasionally rain on the village and lower slopes.
– In order to reach one of the CMH lodges, you will have to either catch a flight from Vancouver to Kelowna, Kamloops or Calgary or you will be looking at a long drive of over 7 hours.