Attractions and Events During Winter in Whistler
For six straight years, world-renowned Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort has been the top-rated ski resort destination in North America.
But while most are aware of the brilliant ski and snowboarding, not all know that Whistler Blackcomb is a four-season playground, with many cultural and athletic attractions and events.
No matter the season there is plenty to do in Whistler
Revel in the winter energy of the world-famous Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, or enjoy the warmth of the West Coast sun at Crankworx – the hugely popular mountain bike festival. But first, find and book your Whistler accommodation rentals and Blackcomb lodging through ResortQuest Whistler.
All Year Whistler Activities
Peak to Peak Gondola - The Whistler experience just got a whole lot bigger! The new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola spans from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb. Boasting the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles), it’s also the highest lift in the world at 435 metres / 1,427 feet.
Meadow Park Sports Center is located 3 km north of Whistler Village just off Highway 99; it’ right on the Valley Tail. The sports Center has a lot to offer such as: Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Skating Rink, Gym and Fitness Classes and 2 Squash courts.
Whistler Winter Attractions and Events
Starting mid-November until the end of June, Whistler is the perfect mountain escape and a genuine winter wonderland. Immersed in the Coast Mountain range of British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort consistently offers the most reliable snow conditions in North America and is only a two-hour drive (120 km) drive north of Vancouver.
Whistler Village's elevation is 675 meters/ 2,214 feet while Whistler Mountain is 2,182 meters/ 7,160 feet tall. Blackcomb Mountain's elevation is 2,284 meters/ 7,494 feet.
This means glorious, snowy winters in Whistler Village and throughout the almost 8,200 acres of ski runs and trails and many world class events and activities:
- The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
where rivers, mountains and people meet - embodies the spirit of partnership between Whistler's two Native cultures, the Squamish Aboriginal people and the Lil'wat Aboriginal people. Squamish Nation territory extends from North Vancouver through Squamish to Whistler, and Lil'wat Nation territory starts in Whistler and extends north through Pemberton to Mount Currie. Our traditional territories overlap in Whistler. The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, the first of its kind in Canada, offers guests the opportunity to learn about two distinctly different BC First Nations.
The Squamish and Lil'wat people welcome you to our Cultural Centre. We are open to the public daily between 9:30am - 5:00pm. We have a deep connection to this land - our people have lived here since time immemorial.
- Skiing and Snowboarding
With more than 8,100 acres of snow-covered terrain Whistler is the place to come for all ages and levels. With an annual average of 33 feet (10 metres) of snowfall, 200+ trails, more than 17 alpine bowls filled with powder, 38 lifts, amazing terrain parks, four glaciers and a one mile vertical rise of corduroy, chutes and pillow lines, is no doubt Whistler is North America’s top ski resort.
- Back Country Tours
See Whistler’s amazing backcountry. Featuring ski touring, ice climbing and mountaineering, in Whistler’s wilderness. Try snowshoeing to a hidden waterfall or take a helicopter to a remote lodge for cross-country skiing and a gourmet lunch. For the ultimate winter adventure, snowmobile or dog sled through breathtaking scenery.
- Bungee Jumping
Whistler Bungee, located just 15 minutes from Whistler Village, is British Columbias highest year-round bungee jumping venue, featuring a 53-metre (160-foot) drop over the glacial-fed Cheakamus River.
- Cat Skiing
Enjoy your own private mountain for skiing and snowboarding when you book a tour on a Bombardier Snowcat. You can enjoy up to 10 runs of first tracks in powder! Private tours are available for groups of 10 or make some new friends on a scheduled tour.
- Cross Country Skiing
No chairlift lineups here, just perfectly groomed trails. Whistler offers more than 130 km of trails and beautiful wonderland to explore.
- Heli Skiing and Riding
A thrilling helicopter ride and making the first tracks in fresh powder is the most adventure you can pack in a day. Offering full days in mountain wilderness, tours include lunch, avalanche safety equipment and experienced guides. Skiers and boarders must be intermediate or advanced and be able to ski blue runs confidently. See Whistler’s backyard like you never have before!
- Helicopter Tours
Hop on one of Whistler’s scenic helicopter tours and explore the Coast Mountains, one of the most glaciated regions in the world. Featuring timeless places rarely seen, experience the last ice age and trek across a 12,000 year-old glacier to marvel at stunning ice formations. Walking tours include glacial travel gear and mountain-style brunch or lunch.
- Snow Mobiling
Let professional, friendly tour guides take you through the backcountry areas, along hidden, snow-covered pathways. Choose from early morning fresh tracks, day or evening dinner tours complete with gourmet meals served in a private, backcountry yurt. Tours are designed for beginner or experienced riders; private and family tours also available.
- Terrain Park
Blackcomb Mountain has three parks, one Super Pipe and one Snow Cross Track while Whistler Mountain has two parks. Each park is designed for specific skill levels so you should start in the beginner park before progressing if you are new to Parks and Pipes.
- Tube Park
Blackcomb Mountain’s family-friendly Tube Park is a blast for all ages. Located at the Excalibur gondola mid-station, the Park features 1,000 feet of sliding fun.
Ziptreking combines the thrill of flying with the security of being safely tucked into a harness while you glide over the spectacular Fitzsimmons Creek and through majestic old-growth forest. www.ziptrek.com