Explore /Whistler, Canada

Whistler, Canada /

Renowned as one of the best ski destinations in the world, Whistler offers some of the most varied terrain in North America, with skiing and snowboarding to accommodate any level of skier.

The acclaimed ski resort sits on the rugged west coast of Canada, just a short drive from Vancouver – a direct flight makes it the perfect alternative to European skiing. With the rumours of an El Niño winter (a promise of plenty of snow) and the favourable Canadian Dollar exchange rate, there couldn’t be a better time to visit Whistler – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Formed by two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, there are endless challenges on both peaks including extensive off-piste and back country skiing with a guide. The blissful variety and scope of the area provide an intermediate’s pic’n’mix of long cruising runs mixed with steeper challenges; superb heli-skiing terrain can also be appreciated by good intermediates. At the foot of the slopes, Whistler’s traffic-free village is awash with upscale boutiques, restaurants and bars. The scintillating scene is bedecked with thousands of colourful lights and further enhanced by winter events including the annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival and the weekly Fire and Ice Show – a skiing and firework spectacular. Carrier features some of the best hotels in Whistler, such as: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and The Westin Resort and Spa.

Whistler, Canada /Snow Essentials

Ski Facts

  • Altitude of resort: 675m Highest skiing point: 2285m Ski area: 8171 acres Number of lifts: 37 Beginner runs: 18% Intermediate runs: 55% Expert runs: 27% Recommended for:- Beginners ***** Intermediates ***** Advanced **** Families ***** Non-skiers *****

Whistler, Canada /Best Experiences

Plenty of experiences are available throughout the ski season including heli-skiing, dog sledding, zip-trekking, snowmobiling and cat skiing.

Lively après-ski in Whistler Village with a wide selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from.

Glacier Golf - take a heli-trip out to a nearby glacier where you can try your hand at teeing off on the ice.

Olympian Experiences - train with members of the Canadian Winter Olympic Team.

Bald Eagle Viewing - travel 45 minutes south of Whistler for a guided walking tour or gentle raft trip to witness the eagles.

Waterfall Ice Climbing - join a professional guide for a day of climbing up frozen waterfalls.

Ziptrek's 6 Zipline Twilight Tour - soar through the night on this unique winter adventure of tree-top platforms and suspension bridges.

The Adventure Group, Superfly Dinner Tours - ride in a snowcat up to the mountain top for a private group dinner, then soar back to the valley below on four incredible side-by-side ziplines.

Indulge and relax in the hot baths and refreshing waterfalls at the Scandinave Spa. Immersed in a spruce and cedar forest on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks; unwind in this unique Whistler day spa whilst you look out onto incredible mountain vistas and Whistler Blackcomb's valleys.

Families with little ones will love the Magic Castle on Blackcomb and Tree Fort on Whistler. The fun adventure play lands provide a little magic for families to find and explore whilst taking a break from skiing or snowboarding.

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Approximate flight times
London to Vancouver 10 hours
Time Difference
GMT -8 Hours

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