Nick Laver, Product Manager

"Whistler is a truly special place. I have skied over 100 resorts worldwide and nothing else comes close. A mile of vertical, two massive mountains, amazing terrain, big snow, a long season and a rocking village - it just doesn't get better! "

Whistler Ski Holidays

Whistler is an Olympic standard ski resort in every way, on and off the slopes. After dazzling the world as the host mountain resort for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games, Whistler is waiting for you. It’s now your turn to experience the 8,000+ acres of ski and snowboard terrain, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, over 200 marked trails and 39 lifts - Whistler Blackcomb has something for every ability of skier or boarder.

Off the slopes, Whistler is hard to beat; world class shopping and après-ski with over 90 restaurants in Whistler Village alone, ranging from sushi to fondue and, if you still have energy, there are plenty of opportunities to party into the night.

Whistler's massive range of ski accommodation means there's something to suit every budget from 5-star hotels to 3-star condos. Whether you are looking for a luxury full service hotel such as the Fairmont Chateau Whistler or a or a great value self-catered condo such as The Aspens, we'll be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your exact requirements.

Skiing in Whistler

Each spectacular in its own right, Blackcomb boasts the greatest vertical rise in North America, rising 5,280 feet, with Whistler close behind, claiming the second greatest vertical rise at 5,020 feet. Both mountains provide a huge range of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing and snowboarding.

Powder seekers might prefer to head for the ‘inbounds backcountry experience’ offered by Whistler’s Flute bowl, or ski the Olympic downhill course which drops all the way to Creekside.

Those of a macho disposition will find it hard to resist Spanky’s Ladder on Blackcomb. This involves a trip up onto Blackcomb Glacier, ski down from here to the entrance of Spanky’s, a short hike up is required, and then brace yourself for one of the most awesome, spectacular runs of your life.

Every visitor to Whistler should experience the Peak Chair; there is a blue run down, so it is within the scope of all but the complete beginner. Choose a clear day and prepare to be stunned by the sight of the Black Tusk rising up out of thin air. The skiing here is unbelievable.

Getting to Whistler

Ski Independence offer a choice of three airlines flying direct from London into Vancouver:

  • Air Canada
  • British Airways
  • Air Transat

We provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

Airport Transfers to Whistler

Once you arrive into Vancouver International Airport we aim to get you to Whistler as quickly and comfortably as possible. We’ll recommend the most appropriate transfer option for your needs to ensure you relax into your holiday from the start. We offer 3 types of transfer:

  • Shared Scheduled Transfer: vehicle types used for this transfer are principally vans or minibuses, but during heavier demand periods may be a larger motorcoach. On arrival in Whistler there may be multi-drops at other hotels for other passengers before you are dropped at your hotel. This is a door-to-door shared scheduled transfer service which will leave within 1 hour of being met.
  • Shared Van Transfer: vehicle types used for this transfer are principally vans or minibuses. Meets British Airways and Air Canada direct flights ONLY and departs immediately. This is a door-to-door shared transfer service.
  • Private Transfer: choice of private vehicles from sedan to stretch SUV! This is a door-to-door private transfer service. This can be just as cost-effective for families or larger groups.

(Image credit David McColm)

Customer reviews
Noel, Bristol, March 2013

Whistler is a fantastic ski resort, especially for families with excellent teaching facilities. All the staff whether instructors or ski lift operators are enthusiastic and friendly - in marked contrast to some European destinations. The resort also has a wide range of restaurants within a convenient pedestrian area and a range of non-skiing activities such a dog-sledding which makes the extra journey time worth it.

Zoe, Crawley, February 2013

Absolutely fantastic, well organised, a total relaxing experience our 5th visit definitely our best. Particularly receiving free child pass and hire made you the most competitive. Speed of organisation as it was a last minute decision.

Alan, Edinburgh, January 2013

We had a great holiday at Whistler. Thanks for all your help.

Important information
Season Mid November - Mid May
Ski Area 8,171 acres
Annual Snowfall 39ft
Number of Lifts 37
Ski Shuttle Free around central village area. Small charge for outlying properties.
Blue Runs 18%
Red Runs 55%
Black Runs 27%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season
Snow report
Sun/cloud 13°C
Weather
Partly cloudy, some sunny spells
11cm Last snowfall
Piste conditions
Very good piste conditions, best at top
7/26 Lifts open
Piste:
Excellent
Off-piste:
Varied
Runs to resort:
Good
192/192cm Lower/upper snow depth
Last snowed:
27th Apr
Report date:
30th Apr
Distance from airports
Vancouver 2hr15mins