Whistler is perhaps best known as one of the world’s best ski resorts, and indeed skiers and snowboarders make the pilgrimage from across the globe to enjoy Whistler Blackcomb’s superb terrain and abundant snow from November to May each year. During the same period, other winter activities abound which range from dog sledding to snowmobiling, and from sleigh rides to heliskiing. Winter is not the only season in Whistler however, and for anyone visiting during the summer months, there is a wide variety of activities, such as golf, fishing, horseback riding and mountain biking to help you make the most of your summer mountain getaway.
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort
Whistler Blackcomb is undoubtedly one of North America’s top ski resorts which is not surprising when you consider there is skiing and riding on two huge mountains, over 8000 skiable acres, more than 200 trails, a vertical drop of over 1500m, and an average snowfall of 33.5 feet per year! It is the largest ski resort in Canada, and winter sports lovers throughout the country and from across the world dream of skiing and snowboarding in Whistler at least once. With the huge variety in terrain, from easy beginner slopes to long cruising blue runs perfect for intermediates, to powder bowls and steep chutes, there is abundant terrain to suit all ability levels, and there are 17 mountain restaurants and cafes where you can refuel. With such impressive statistics, it is no wonder that Whistler Blackcomb receives regular acclaim from all the major ski publications.
Tel: 604 967 8950
With convenient locations near the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Spicy Sports offers high performance ski and snowboard rentals with the flexibility of being able to swap equipment as the snow conditions change, meaning that you will always have the perfect ride whether you are hitting the fresh powder or doing some high speed cruising on the groomed runs. There is also a range of standard equipment and kids skis and snowboards available, as well as telemark rentals, tune-ups and repairs. In summer you’ll find a variety of mountain bike rentals including downhill, cross country, and kids’ bikes.
Blackcomb Shop Tel: 604 938 1111
Whistler Village Shop Tel: 604 905 2777
Whistler Golf Courses
During the summer, one of the major reasons people come to Whistler is to play golf at one or more of the outstanding golf courses surrounded by the beauty of the Coast Mountains.
Conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Whistler Village Whistler Golf Club offers a par 71 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer.
Located in the Upper Village, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is a par 72, 18 hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and is the only golf course owned by a hotel in Whistler.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus North Golf Course is a par 71, 18 hole course located just a short drive from Whistler Village.
Finally, Big Sky Golf & Country Club offers a par 72 course in Pemberton, BC, 25 minutes north of Whistler.
Golf courses in Whistler are generally open from early May to early October.
Horsedrawn Sleigh Rides
Blackcomb Sleighrides offer horse drawn sleigh rides on beautiful forest trails with impressive views of Whistler by night from Blackcomb Mountain. The sleighs are pulled by friendly Percheron horses who are always happy to have their photo taken, and a stop in a cozy mountain cabin for hot chocolate by the fire is the perfect way to stay warm!
Tours which include a sleigh ride combined with a fondue dinner are available, and private sleigh rides can also be arranged.
Tel: 604 932 7631
Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau
Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau offers a full range of guided backcountry adventures in the Whistler and Squamish areas lead by ACMG certified guides. Their mountain guiding services in the winter include backcountry skiing and snowboarding, ski mountaineering, avalanche courses and ice climbing, while during the summer months they specialize in rock climbing, mountaineering, via ferrata, glacier walks and hiking.
Tel: 604 938 9242
Whistler Eco Tours offer canoe, kayak, hike and bike tours lead by qualified interpretive guides. In the summer their tours include a spectacular canoe or kayak tour from Alta Lake to Green Lake, scenic hiking in Whistler’s alpine or through a coastal rain forest, plus a range of exciting mountain bike tours and courses. In the winter they offer eagle viewing as well as tours of Whistler Olympic Park and Sliding Centre.
Tel: 877 988 4900
Whistler Ski and Snowboard Rentals
Affinity Sports offer a high standard of ski and snowboard rentals from 6 locations in Whistler. Their extensive range of skis and boards include High Performance, Development and Junior (for kids 12 and under), and they even have a range of high performance skis specifically for women. Customers are able to switch equipment during their stay, free of charge, to match changing conditions on the mountain, or simply to try out different styles of ski and snowboards. With free overnight ski and snowboard storage, extended opening hours, and a free shuttle service for anyone not within walking distance of one of their shops, Affinity has made the ski and snowboard rental experience as convenient and smooth as possible.
Tel: 888 932 6007
Website: Whistler Ski and Snowboard Rentals
Coast Range Heliskiing offer backcountry heliskiing and heliboarding excursions in the spectacular Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia. Specializing in small personalized groups of 4 or 5 people per guide, they fly out of Pemberton BC, a 25 minute shuttle ride from Whistler. Depending on the package you choose, your day can include either 4 or 6 runs with additional runs possible if your legs can take it!
Tel: 800 701 8744
Customized Transfers & Tours
Luxury Transport Inc. offers customized transfers from Vancouver Airport to Whistler in Luxury Limobuses, Sprinter Vans or SUVs, depending on the group size. As an interesting extra, they also offers tours which can be included with your Whistler transfer, such as Vancouver sightseeing, wine tours and golf tours, which is a great way to make the most of your day in the Vancouver area either before or after your trip to Whistler.
Tel: 877 511 8484
Mountain Biking in Whistler
Mountain bikers of all ability levels will be impressed by the huge network of trails throughout Whistler Valley and if you want to avoid the climb, from mid May to early October, the lifts at Whistler Blackcomb are open for mountain bikers to access Whistler Mountain Bike Park, a network of over 200km of trails including easy, intermediate, advanced, and expert terrain. If you don’t want to bring your own bike, there are several places which offer bike rentals and there are also guided mountain bike tours and lessons available. Many Whistler hotels are bike friendly and offer secure storage with cameras and motion detectors in place – some even offer a bike wash and tuning station.
Hiking in Whistler
Whistler is internationally known for world class skiing among majestic peaks and sparkling glaciers, and that same alpine terrain provides a stunning backdrop for the wide variety of hiking trails which emerge during the summer months. For an easy journey into the alpine, the Peak to Peak Alpine Experience takes you from Whistler Village to access over 50km of scenic hiking trails high up on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, as well as providing awe inspiring views from the gondola itself.