Guide to Skiing in Whistler

Whistler has it all: a cute European-style village, steep expert slopes, family and beginner friendly terrain, and views that go on forever.

As North America’s number one rated ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb serves as the hub for mountain sports lovers the world over. Spanning 8,171 acres, its vast and varied terrain continues to entice first-time skiers and seasoned shredders alike. The resort includes two side-by-side mountains (Whistler and Blackcomb) connected by the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, a Guinness World Record holder for the longest free span between ropeway towers (1.88 miles) and highest point above the ground (1,430 feet).

As North America’s number one rated ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb serves as the hub for mountain sports lovers the world over.

Famous for its vertical mile span–5,280 feet from the base to the summit–Whistler’s terrain includes everything from big mountain chutes, steeps, cliffs, couloirs, and high alpine views to powder-filled bowls and gladed trees with secluded powder stashes. The more than 200 marked runs are supported by a large network of 37 high-speed chairlifts. And for those who love to carve groomers, there is no shortage of smooth corduroy to choose from, including the seven-mile-long Peak to Creek run that will make your legs burn, in a good way.

Dedicated family zones and children’s on mountain play areas ensure the whole family will enjoy their time at the resort. The pedestrian village is just and robust as the on-mountain activities, with everything from posh dining and bona fide nightclubs to more relaxed, family-friendly fare.

Heli-Skiing

With 90% of the world’s heli-skiing taking place in British Columbia, Canada, Whistler has quickly become a destination of choice for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whistler Heli-Skiing owns exclusive rights to access an area of big mountain terrain that is 54 miles long and 33 miles wide, giving you the opportunity to explore more than 173 glaciers on 475 runs, spanning 432,000 acres. The seasoned intermediate or expert skier who wants to escape the big resort experience can hop into one of Whistler Heli-Skiing’s five- or 10-passenger  helicopters to reach this vast wilderness, led by experienced, certified guides.

Whistler Heli-Skiing owns exclusive rights to access an area of big mountain terrain that is 54 miles long and 33 miles wide, giving you the opportunity to explore more than 173 glaciers on 475 runs, spanning 432,000 acres.

Head Out of Bounds

From the top of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the tantalizing backcountry terrain of Garibaldi Provincial Park stretches to the horizon in every direction. This out of bounds are is begging to be shredded and easily accessible from either the chairlift system or on foot via Singing Pass, reachable from the base of Whistler Mountain.Keep in mind that this terrain is neither patrolled nor avalanche controlled, so prior backcountry skiing skills and avalanche safety tools are an absolute must.

If the backcountry seems daunting—that’s because it can be–and you shouldn’t try to exit the resort gates unless you have the necessary equipment and experience.

If the backcountry seems daunting—that’s because it can be–and you shouldn’t try to exit the resort gates unless you have the necessary equipment and experience. Or you could explore the backcountry with a knowledgeable guide from Extremely Canadian. In a full day of guided backcountry skiing, telemarking, or snowboarding, you’ll join member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, who will share techniques and tactics to hone your skiing, boost your safety knowledge, and heighten your awareness in big mountain terrain. Not only is skiing  with a guide a great way to explore the mountain (and get the most out of your time), but they always willing to offer tips and tricks that will make you a better skier or rider, no matter what your level of expertise.

For those that want to improve their steep skiing skills, spend a day with Extremely Canadian’s dedicated coaches for a mix of technical instruction, steep skiing tactics, and local knowledge to provide you with a serious amount of vertical, guaranteed improvement, tired legs, and an unforgettable ski experience.

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