The Ultimate Mountain Playground Gareth Pilkington, Reservations Manager

"Whistler is North America’s original winter wonderland. Epic skiing for all abilities, a first-class snow school, a vibrant après scene, great restaurants for every budget and a plethora of shopping, spas & activities."

Whistler Ski Holidays

Whistler is Epic: a mile of vertical, two massive linked mountains, world-class terrain, a huge snow record, Olympic heritage, a long season and a village with a vibe like no other - Whistler is a giant winter sports paradise that rivals anything on the planet!

Explore the slopes

The peaks here are vast and the skiing is serious. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains feature an unrivalled 8,000+ acres of terrain, with 12 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers and over 200 marked trails - and the most slopeside accommodation of any North American resort. Both mountains provide a huge range of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing and snowboarding, and combined with a massive 10 year average annual snowfall of over 39 feet, the holiday experience in North America's largest resort truly is hard to beat.

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.

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.

Enjoy the resort

Each resort base offers excellent access to Whistler’s vast ski area, with pedestrian trails and free buses conveniently linking the three areas.

Traffic-free Whistler Village wasn’t the resort’s original base, but it is certainly the main hub now. Full of energy and conveniently located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the Village is packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants. At its centre, you’ll find the winter wonderland that is Whistler Olympic Plaza with its beautiful outdoor ice rink and daily après-ski entertainment from live music to juggling.

Upper Village is situated a little outside of the buzz of the main resort at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. There’s a wonderfully secluded feel here with a quieter choice of restaurants, a weekly farmers’ market and some of the most luxurious hotels in resort.

Located a short five-minute drive west of Whistler Village, the relaxed Creekside area was the resort’s first base. A firm favourite among families, it boasts a lovely selection of condos along with its own pubs, restaurants, ski school, rental shop and gondola to take you up Whistler Mountain.

Where to stay

Whistler is home to some of the finest luxury accommodation we offer, much of it in coveted ski-in/ski-out locations. If you like to stay in the most elegant surroundings with superb facilities and exemplary service, you’ll find some world-class establishments offering the very best in quality.

That’s not to say you won’t find something to suit every budget in Whistler. Many families love the flexibility and home-from-home feel of a self-catering condo, while others find a cosy mountain lodge can be the ideal place to retreat to after a long day on the slopes.

Whatever your tastes, Whistler is full of options, with each resort base featuring a slightly different accommodation selection to admire.

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.

(Image credit David McColm)

Discounted Childcare Programmes (Toddlers 18 mths-4yrs)

If you’re looking for quality childcare for the youngest members of your group, you can utilize the professional services of the Whistler Blackcomb’s childcare specialists. Parents can relax and enjoy their time on the slopes, confident in the knowledge that their little ones are being cared for by fully qualified childcare providers.

Open from 8am, daycare is available at the following locations:

Blackcomb Base 18-48 months

Whistler Village (Westin Resort and Spa) 18-48 months

Please not that childcare up to the age of 18 months is only available privately in Whistler, at a daily rate of 44 pounds. Please contact us directly to book.

There are also numerous companies in Whistler that provide private daycare and services, and whilst we are unable to book these directly on behalf of clients, we are more than happy to supply the requisite information, if required. In all cases, advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Childcare Agencies:

Baby Equipment Rental

If you’d prefer not to load yourself up with bulky baby equipment on your trip, it is possible to pre-book a wide variety of equipment for all your baby’s needs whilst in Whistler. “Baby’s on the Go” can provide everything from potties to high chairs, and everything in between! Find them at

Client Reviews
George Jamieson, March 2022

We appreciate all you do at Ski Independence to make our ski trips a success. Thanks to all. Already looking forward to what’s on offer in North America for next season. Our friends that came with us to Whistler this season said it was their best ski holiday ever.

Important information
Season Mid November–Late 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
Distance from airports
Vancouver 2hr15mins