Ski Holidays in Whistler, Canada
Europe has so much great skiing on offer, that many people often forget about the resorts that lie a little further afield; resorts such as the stunning Whistler-Blackcomb located in Western Canada, amid the impressive Coastal Mountains of British Columbia and just 75 miles north of Vancouver. Whistler-Blackcomb resort links the impressive Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with the famous PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. In 2010, Whistler played host to the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and there is still the opportunity to visit the Whistler Olympic Park. Regularly voted the No. 1 ski resort in North America, ski holidays in Whistler offer everything that you could possibly want: an attractive village, efficient lift system, wonderful skiing for all standards, family friendly activities, good accommodation to suit all pockets and excellent après ski.
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort
Whistler is home to two spectacular mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb, both of which tower over Whistler Village. The pedestrian-only Village, lined with countless shops, restaurants and galleries, is the perfect place for you to wander or just relax with a coffee. Whistler is also favoured with mild winters and copious amounts of snow; on average, Whistler receives 9 metres of the white stuff.
Skiing in Whistler
Ski holidays in Whistler Blackcomb are hard to beat, with high speed eight and ten person gondolas sweeping skiers from the village up 1000m to where the possibilities are endless. Wide open bowls, gentle nursery slopes, gladed tree runs, steep chutes and gullies, bump runs that look like a snowed-in car park of VW Beetles, and mile after glorious mile of perfectly groomed corduroy piste. Like Banff, Fernie, Jasper and other North American resorts, Whistler has invested in plenty of snow making cannons so snow reliability is good, although with the Village only being at an altitude of 675m and close to the Pacific Ocean, it can rain at resort level when it is snowing higher up. You must remember that you're dealing with a mile of vertical, so drizzle in the village can mean snowfalls halfway up and -15 degrees and sunshine at the top!
Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard School offers outstanding programs whatever your level or ability. Specially developed kids’ programs and learning areas, private and group lessons, women’s-only camps plus single and multi-day programs for teens confirm that nothing can improve your ski or snowboarding vacation like a lesson can.
Parks and Pipes
The award-winning Nintendo Parks include terrain for all abilities. On Whistler, you’ll find a park and a half pipe while Blackcomb boasts three parks and one super pipe. With a unique difficulty rating system - S, M, L, XL - the parks are divided into increasingly challenging levels of terrain, but they're cleverly designed to encourage skills-development from novices through to Olympic-training experts. If rails, picnic tables, half pipes, cannon boxes and booters aren't really your thing, jump on the Catskinner Chair on Blackcomb Mountain and watch the action unfolding below.
Ski Chalets in Whistler, Canada
Igluski is pleased to offer a selection of ski chalets in Whistler. Our Whistler ski chalets are ideal for groups wanting to enjoy a ski holiday in Whistler.
We have huge selection of brilliant Whistler hotels that can match any need. Whether you want a quiet luxury spot or you want to be right in the centre of the action on a budget, we'll have just the accommodation for you.
Activities for Families in Whistler
Whistler-Blackcomb caters extremely well for families, hosting a wide selection of activities to keep the little ones entertained. The resort offers a childcare programme for tots aged 18-48 months and will provide parents with a complimentary pager so that you can check up on how they are doing while you’re away.
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· Family Après
Let the kids enjoy some outdoor playtime, with fun activities such as snowman building, street hockey, tobogganing and storytelling. To keep you lovely and warm, there will also be plenty of hot drinks on offer.
Mondays and Wednesdays, Whistler Olympic Plaza. FREE.
· Fire & Ice Show
Watch in awe as fire-spinners perform mesmerising sequences, while skiers and snowboarders display their best tricks, jumping through a ring of fire. As well as the live performances, there will also be a colourful firework display to top off the evening.
Every Sunday, Skiers Plaza (base of Whistler Mountain). FREE.
· Whistler Olympic Plaza Snow Zone
Make snow angles, build snow men and have fun with general outdoor snow play, all while soaking up the warmth of the cosy outdoor fireplace. The plaza is surrounded by bars and restaurants so you can reward the family with a comforting hot chocolate afterwards.
Daily, Whistler Olympic Plaza. FREE.
· Bobsleigh & Skeleton Training
Check out the training schedule for the Canadian Bobsleigh and Skeleton athletes, then pop along to the sliding centre to watch them zoom past you as they complete their fast-paced training sessions. Check the Whistler-Blackcomb events calendar for up to date information regarding special experience days, where you may just have the chance to receive a guided tour, or even meet an Olympian.
Daily, Whistler Sliding Centre, Base II, Blackcomb Mountain. FREE.
· Outdoor Ice Skating
Enjoy the beautiful mountain views as you strap on a pair of skates and glide around the Whistler ice rink. Helmets and push bars are provided for those little ones who may be a bit unsteady on their feet!
Daily, Whistler Olympic Plaza. FREE.
· Kids Après at Whistler Museum
Head to the Whistler Museum and participate in various art & crafts activities, lego fun, scavenger hunts & much more. The schedule is always changing, meaning that there’s something new every day.
Thursdays, Whistler Museum, Whistler Village. FREE.
· Winter Scavenger Hut
Head to the Visitor Centre to pick up a copy of the Whistler Scavenger Hunt and follow the instructions and clues to find the popular Whistler landmarks around the resort. You can then upload your photos to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WhistlerUnfiltered.
Daily, Whistler Visitor Centre. FREE.
· #Whistler Public Library
Browse magazines, connect to wi-fi and indulge in yummy hot chocolate, while you let the kids roam free in the play area. There’s also a special teens lounge to keep the older kids occupied.
Daily, Whistler Village. FREE.
· Magic Castle, Blackcomb & Tree Fort, Whistler
Take a break from skiing or snowboarding and head to one of the lively adventure play areas. There’s plenty to explore, not to mention the breathtaking surrounding views. There are two play parks – one is Located on Whistler Mountain and the other on Blackcomb.
Children’s Adventure Park, Blackcomb Mountain & Bear Club Trail next to the Big Red Express lift, Whistler Mountain.
· Cola Tube Park
Ride down the 1000ft tubing hill, which features multiple lanes and a conveyor lift so you can do it all over again. And again. And again! The tubing park is open into the evening, providing plenty of family fun for hours.
Daily, Base II, Blackcomb Mountain.
· Snowshoe at Lost Lake
Strap your snowshoes on and head out along this gentle 2.8k Nature Trail, where you will be able to spot some of the local wildlife, feed the birds and play on the snow slides. This is a great activity for those who have never snowshoed before.
Daily, Lost Lake Park.
· Meadow Park Sports Centre
Take a break from a day of snowboarding and skiing and head to the leisure centre where you can relax in the hot tub and sauna, while the kids splash around in the pool. Also onsite is a gym, an ice skating rink and squash courts.
Daily, Alpine Meadows.
· Toboggan at Whistler Olympic Park
Rent a toboggan at the Olympic Park and revel in the fantastic views of the rugged mountains and the Olympic ski jumps surrounding you. There are also bonfire nights held every Wednesday between 5 and 9pm.
Daily, Whistler Olympic Park.
· Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Visit the Aboriginal Museum and learn about the history and culture of the indigenous local residents. Let those inquisitive minds explore the beautiful forest area, as well as trying out some nature based crafts.
Tuesday-Sunday, Upper Village.
Activities for Adults in Whistler
As well as some great family friendly activities, Whistler-Blackcomb also provides plenty of activities solely for adults. From gourmet evenings, to zip lining, spa days and backcountry tours, there’s something to suit everyone.
· Heli Skiing
Heli skiing gives you access to a massive 173 glaciers and 475 runs, offering different packages ranging from intermediate to expert. You will be taken out by an experienced guide and provided with lunch on the mountain. There will be also be a photographer on hand to capture your experience and you’ll have the chance to buy the photos at the end if you so wish. If you’d rather skip the skiing or boarding, or you’re not quite up to intermediate level, then you can still enjoy the birds-eye view by taking a breathtaking tour by helicopter.
· Fresh Tracks Mountain Top Breakfast
Get earlybird access to the slopes an hour before they’re open to anyone else. Meet at the Roundhouse Lodge at 7.15am where you can take an early gondola ride to the restaurant on top of the mountain. Here, you can pile up your plate with a hearty buffet breakfast to set you up for the day. As soon as the slopes open, an announcement is made giving you time to get in an early run or two before everyone else.
· Backcountry Adventures
Receive tips and advice about riding backcountry terrain with the help of a guide. You’ll also receive valuable lessons about avalanche safety. Private or group sessions are available (with a private lesson you can take up to 5 friends/family members of the same ability with you). If you wish to stick to the piste, then you can also enjoy free mountain tours, where an experienced guide will show you some of the best intermediate and expert runs in the resort.
· Ziptrek Ecotours
Take part in this unique ziplining-ecological exploration combo and fly across Fitzsimmons Creek, which joins the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains together. A great way to take in the scenery and the surrounding nature, while giving yourself a big adrenaline rush!
· Crystal Hut Fondue by Snowmobile
Ride to the Crystal Hut, situated 6000ft up Blackcomb Mountain, on your very own snowmobile. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a candlelit fondue dinner, complete with wine and live music played local musicians. For dessert, you’ll be served a freshly baked fruit pie cooked in a wood fired oven. Yumm!
· Scandinave Spa
Visit the Scandinavian baths and pamper yourself with Swedish, Hot Stone, Sports and Thai Yoga massages. To top it off you can also get a 2-3 hour session in the Finnish sauna, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, cold plunge baths and solariums, followed by relaxation next to the outdoor fireplace.
· Whistler Tasting Tours
If you’re a bit of a foodie then you’ll love this culinary experience. A guide will take you to different gourmet restaurants (including a mystery stop) throughout the evening, where you’ll sample a different course each time. To make it even more exciting, you’ll collect a playing card at each restaurant for a chance to win special prizes at the end of the night. If you want to step it up a level, then choose the fine dining option where you’ll visit a 15,000 bottle wine cellar and try out champagne sobering (the art of opening Champagne with a knife!).