Whistler Ski Holidays
Whistler Blackcomb is without doubt North America’s #1 ski resort destination. The resort was the host mountain resort for the spectacular Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games, and this legacy and sense of purpose remains true today. Whistler is simply huge – two massive inter-linked mountains, three resort villages, 8000+acres of legendary BC ski terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, over 200 marked trails and a historic annual snowfall of 38 feet, ensures that Whistler remains at the front of the queue. Whistler Blackcomb has plenty to offer every ability of skier or boarder – it really does tick all the boxes!
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 great value self-catered condo such as The Aspens, we'll be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your exact requirements. Whistler has three villages, all built round the ski mountain access points – Blackcomb, Whistler and Creekside.
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 well into the night. Expect great Canadian hospitality and service with a smile throughout the resort, on and off the slopes.
Skiing in Whistler
Whistler features two massive inter-linked mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb. Each spectacular in its own right, Blackcomb boasts the second greatest vertical rise in North America, rising 5,280 feet, with Whistler close behind, claiming the third greatest vertical rise at 5,020 feet. Both mountains provide a staggering range of awesome ski terrain above and below tree-line for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. NEW for winter 2018-19 is the new 10-passenger Blackcomb Gondola which will replace the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster chairlifts, and will provide a great new way to access both Blackcomb and the award-winning Peak-2-Peak Gondola across to Whistler mountain (this is part of a $66M infrastructure investment for winter 2018-19 which will also see both the Emerald Express and Catskinner chairs upgraded).
If you’re a novice or an improver then the excellent Whistler Snow School will take exceptional care of you – there’s a fantastic beginner zone on Whistler at mid-mountain where you’ll make your first turns in a safe, controlled and fun environment. After that then you progress up the mountain to the family zone, and really then the sky is your limit – both mountains have plenty of terrain which allows learners to come to the full party from summit to village!
The scale of the terrain for intermediate skiers and riders is quite simply phenomenal with around 55% of the total ski terrain classified as ‘intermediate’. But that statistic doesn’t really give you the detail – you will have access to long, long peak-to-creek trails, wide-open undulating cruisers such as ‘Rock’n’Roll’, huge alpine bowls above tree-line, glaciers and glades. You are totally spoilt for choice. Head to the 7th Heaven Express on Blackcomb to crank some fast wide turns, then jump on the Peak-2-Peak Gondola over to Whistler to play in Symphony Bowl above and below tree-line.
Advanced skiers should test themselves on the ‘Dave Murray Downhill’ from the top of the Garbanzo Express down to Whistler Creekside (with a visit to the legendary Dusty’s for a signature Caesar), or ride to Whistler’s Peak for a slot down ‘Whistler Bowl’ to ‘Doom & Gloom’ to ‘Frog Hollow’ or hit the Blackcomb Glacier – all world-class off-piste inbounds terrain that Whistler is renowned for. If you class yourself as an expert skier or rider then it’s double black and don’t look back! Whistler offers some of the world’s very best double black diamond terrain. A hike into ‘Spanky’s Ladder’ is a must with a choice of steep descents down onto the Blackcomb Glacier, or search out the entrance to ‘Pakalolo’ from ‘Secret Bowl’ – oops, we’ve said too much!
At the end of your epic day, finish with a well-earned pitcher of Alexander Keith’s at one of several rockin’ après-ski venues such as the Longhorn Saloon, or Merlins, or the Dubh Linn Gate. If it promises powder then it’s straight to bed – but not before you buy a Fresh Tracks ticket for the next morning which allows you to ride the Whistler Gondola between 0715 and 0800 (from December to April) to the Roundhouse Lodge for a mountain-sized hot buffet breakfast. Listen for the first tracks bell, and then get to ski the freshest lines at the top of the mountain before the general public. Prices from £14 per person. Ask us for full details.
We offer a full range of discounted Epic Pass products and Whistler lift tickets, ski & snowboard rentals and snow school lessons and we always recommend you book early for our very best prices.
With 37 years’ experience, Whistler Heli-Skiing have access to 173 glaciers, 475 named runs on 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain in the BC Coastal Range.
A one day 'Classic Experience' package includes three drops (4,500-6000 vertical feet), an avalanche transceiver, professional guides, lunch, photo and video service, fuel surcharge and an après party. If you’ve rented your equipment through us then these can be swapped for fat heli-skis for the day, otherwise rentals are not included. Prices from £629 per person - call us for full details. Beware - it's addictive!
Getting to Whistler
Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying direct from London into Vancouver. 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 two 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.
Private Transfer: choice of private vehicles from Sedans to Mercedes Sprinter Vans to stretch SUVs! This is a door-to-door private transfer service, and can be just as cost-effective for families or larger groups. Our private transfers include all driver gratuities.
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Season Mid November–Mid May Ski Area 8,171 acres Annual Snowfall 38ft Number of Lifts 37 Ski Range 2,140–7,494ft 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
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