Whistler Blackcomb Ski Holidays

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Holidays

Whistler Blackcomb, or Whistler for short, has deservedly earnt its reputation as being one of the best winter sports destinations in the world. Fabulous scenery and wildlife, an endless variety of terrain and an impeccable snowfall record to boot, Whistler is all things to all people.

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Whatever you and your holiday companions want, you’re sure to find it here. With more than 10 metres of snow falling each year, majestic scenery, wonderful restaurants and a vibrant après scene, we just hope you arrive with fully charged batteries as, no matter how much you need that winter break, you’ll need all the energy you can get if you want to take advantage of all that Whistler has to offer.

So come ready for a week or two of non stop action and we promise that you’ll leave exhilarated and with a zest for life! Whistler really does have that effect on people: one visit and you’ll be heading back to the beautiful Coast Mountains year on year, we have no doubt about it.

Skiing and Riding in Whistler

Since there is so much to ski and ride on the twin mountains of Whistler Blackcomb, without writing a short book we couldn’t hope to cover all that’s on offer. Instead, we have set out some of our favourite pistes (arranged by ability) to get you started on your first few days.

Beginners

Despite its reputation for being a expert’s dream, Whistler is in fact a great resort for beginners. With gentle greens for those on skis/board for the very first time, to some of the slower blues, Whistler represents a great resort in which to learn and, more importantly, progress. Here are a few of our favs:

Burnt Stew Trail – Whistler Mountain – this has to be one of the best greens on the mountain for beginners since it provides the perfect introduction to the high alpine and the delights that await. Snaking down from Harmony Chair, there’s a viewing platform from which to rest those weary legs and soak up the view.

Lower Fantastic – Whistler Mountain – for a beginner, there is nothing quite so rewarding as being able to ski back to the village at the end of a hard day on the piste: that first beer never tasted quite s good. So our pick for a beginner run back to a hub has to be Lower Fantastic as it arrives slap bang in the middle of the Village. Kick those skis off and get to the bar!

Intermediates

Rock ‘n’ Roll – Blackcomb – this is a delight, humps and bumps undulate through this tree lined piste and, for some reason, it’s always nice and quiet, allowing an intermediate to pick up a little speed and gain in confidence.

Peak to Creek – Whistler Mountain – from the top of the Peak Chair, head right. Then it’s time to fill your lungs with the fresh mountain air before setting out on Whistler Blackcomb’s longest run. And it’s one of the best, no matter how experienced you are. A wide open piste allows you to lay down some huge turns, picking up more and more speed as you coast over big rollers. Think you can do it without stopping? Only those with the strongest of legs! Perfect as the first run of the day before a hearty breakfast in Dusty’s Creekside to set you up for the rest of the day.

Expert

Spanky’s Ladder – Blackcomb – this isn’t a run, more of an area. But in fresh powder, it’s surely one of the best places to hang out in Whistler Blackcomb. Steeps, couloirs, glades and bowls can all be found here and each and every one is spectacular. If you’re wondering where the name comes from, then let us set you straight: access to all this supreme terrain comes at a price as you’ll need to climb the ‘ladder’ to get to the top. Well worth every step.

Raptor’s Ride – Blackcomb – a personal favourite, Raptor’s descends through a narrow chute with trees either side and a few in the middle to spice things things up! It’s not the steepest, but it’s damn good fun in fresh pow!

There is so much expert terrain in Whistler Blackcomb that picking just a couple of runs could never do the place justice. With much of the terrain in bowls and even more in the backcountry, the only way to get the most out of Whistler is to go explore. But if you do go out in to the backcountry, make sure you take a guide or, at the least, carry transceivers and make sure you know how to use them!

Eating and Drinking in Whistler

For North American resorts, Whistler is pretty much unrivaled in terms of the nightlife. With so many seasonaires traveling from all over the world, there’s never a dull moment once the pistes have emptied. GLC and Merlin’s are popular for apres and make a good choice given that both serve up awesome nachos!

Once you’re rejuvenated after a tough day in all that powder, Crystal and Amsterdam are both popular bars in which to discuss the day’s activities, as is Cittas (which also serves great burgers). To finish the night, Max Fish, The Savage Beagle and Tommy Africas each pull a crowd. Buffalo Bills and Longhorns tend to attract fewer seasonaires and more tourists, but nights are always changing so check out what’ on when you arrive in town.

There are plenty of high-end restaurants in Whistler, many of which are located in the big hotels (think Four Seasons, Fairmont) whilst Araxi is a privately owned establishment that has garnered a reputation for serving up delicious food year on year.

For a more casual evening, you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are dozens of relaxed eateries from which to chose. We would recommend Brewhouse and Carumba! as must visit restaurants whilst you’re here.

Getting to & Traveling in Whistler

Very few tourists opt to hire a car in Whistler, given that there are plenty of bus services to and fro Vancouver and that many package deals include transfers. Once in the town, there’s little need for a car. However, the two hour journey from Vancouver to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway is so highly rated that it’s well worth hiring a car just for this drive alone! The freedom to stop and take in the incredible scenery as the ocean soars skywards is definitely worth the few extra dollars that it may cost.