With huge diversity across the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb, the resort has more than 8,000 acres of terrain – far more than you can ski in a week. Connected by the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, you can easily ski both mountains in the same day, and there’s genuinely something for all abilities, from rolling cruisers and back-country bowls, to glade runs and top-to-bottom blues. Add to this some of North America’s most reliable snowfall, and you can see why so many skiers, including us, have a soft spot for Whistler.
Our favourite runs
After more than two decades of skiing in Whistler, there are certain runs that, for us, really stand out. We think you’ll love them too.
On Whistler Mountain
Intermediate - Peak to Creek, Franz’s, Harmony Ridge, GS, Fisheye
Advanced - Bear Paw, Ratfink, Harmony Bowl, Dave Murray Downhill, Franz’s Meadows
Expert - Whistler Bowl, Cockalorum, Gun Barrels, Big Timber
On Blackcomb Mountain
Intermediate - Ridge Runner, Rock’n’Roll, Cruiser, Honeycomb, Cloud Nine
Advanced - Heavenly Basin, Arthur’s Choice, Xhiggy’s Meadow, Blackcomb Glacier
Expert - Pakalolo, Couloir Extreme, Ruby Bowl, Outer Limits
Our tips to help you get the most from Whistler’s lift network.
Peak to Peak - Connecting Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, this fantastic gondola is your ticket to making the most of the resort’s vast ski area. The ride takes 11 minutes and there’s rarely a queue.
Fitzsimmons Chair - A great option if there are weekend queues at the Village Gondola in Whistler. Once up Fitzsimmons, take the Garbanzo Express to access the best ski areas.
Magic Chair - If you are staying at Blackcomb and need to reach the village, take the Magic Chair and ski across. Although obvious, it’s amazing how many people walk all the way, carrying their skis.
Creekside Gondola - The quickest route to the village from Creekside is to take the local gondola and ski down on the Expressway slope. It takes 20-mins if you get your skates on!
Weather & Conditions
Tips and advice from our team to help you make the most of Whistler in all conditions.
Use Snowphone - A free service that gives you regular updates on snow conditions and weather. Dial 604 932 4211 from your hotel room.
Don’t queue on a powder day - It takes time for the ski patrol to make the mountain safe after heavy snowfalls. Rather than wait at the lifts, we always do a few lower runs first, or sneak into the trees to get first tracks in the powder.
Stay low when it snows - Ski below the tree-line if visibility is poor, as they hugely improve your spacial awareness and provide shelter from the elements. The Crystal area on Blackcomb, and Emerald area on Whistler are our favourite spots.
Head higher if it rains - Don’t be put off by the weather outside your window. Rain in the village often means snow up high, so head up the mountain for fresh tracks on the quiet slopes, while everyone else is getting wet.
Take the Peak chair on a clear day - The view of Black Tusk volcano is stunning when the sun’s shining. You’ll get the best vista from the top of the Peak chair.