The Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia is located in the Coast Mountain Range of Canada and is only two hours north of Vancouver. Whistler is known worldwide for its amazing natural beauty and fabulous winter and summer activities, including world class skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking and each year Whistler receives over 2 million visitors from across the globe. The base of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are located in the heart of Whistler Village where much of the luxury Whistler accommodations and Whistler hotels are located.
For the winter traveler, a Whistler vacation will likely be the highlight of the winter ski season. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains have combined ski terrain of 8,171 acres, a vertical rise of over 1600 metres and comprise one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler has consistently been ranked one of the best ski resorts in the world and attracts a large amount of tourists from across the globe.
Those who decide to take a break from the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb will find an abundance of activities to keep busy: indoor pools, hot tubs, alpine hiking, après ski, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are just a few of many activities. And when the sun goes down for the day, Whistler Village is the place to take in some of nightlife. Whistler Village has something to entertain everyone from nightclubs and bars, to top quality restaurants and dining.
Whistler (originally called Garibaldi Whistler Mountain) welcomed skiers to its slopes in the mid 1960s with the original village located at what is now called Creekside. Then, in 1980, Blackcomb Mountain opened as one of the largest ski mountains in North America. During this time the shops and eateries of the modern Whistler Village were being swiftly built and expanded. The vision of Whistler Village was to provide everything vacationers needed within walking distance from their Whistler rental as an exclusive pedestrian only area. Today, if your Whistler accommodations are in the Village you can access the ski lift practically from your front door.
To get to Whistler most people will start from Vancouver. Flying into Vancouver (YVR airport) is easy as it is an international airport that services most of the world. From there it is a two hour drive up the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway, an amazing scenic drive with the ocean on one side, majestic mountains, a waterfall and fantastic view points.
Scheduled bus service runs from Vancouver and Vancouver Airport (YVR) to Whistler approximately seven times daily. Whistler is also served by regular air (helicopter/float plane) service and has a heliport.
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Whistler was host venue for many of the alpine events during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, including the Nordic events, sliding (bobsled) and alpine skiing competitions and Paralympic skiing competitions as well as numerous medal ceremonies.
There is no shortage of Whistler vacation rentals available. In 2012 there was over 8,000 accommodation options which include condo units, hotel rooms, chalets and villas. This includes numerous bed and breakfast (B&B rooms), hostel beds and campsites. For an excellent choice for where to stay in Whistler choose our townhouse / condo at the Snowflake Cabin – book your rental here.
Here are some basic stats about weather in Whistler including snowfall amounts:
Average snowfall in the valley: 430.5 cm
Average snowfall in the alpine: 914 cm (30 ft)
Average winter temperatures range: –8º to 3º C (18º to 37º F)
Average summer temperature range: 9º to 27º C, (48º to 80º F
Elevation of Whistler Village: 668 m (2,190 ft)
Blackcomb Mountain peak: 2,284 m (7,494 ft)
Whistler Mountain peak: 2,182 m (7,160 ft)
Whistler in the summer is a great experience. There is no shortage of great activities including golf, mountain biking, lakes, hiking, dining and sightseeing. This includes taking a trip up the mountain and taking a ride from Whistler over to Blackcomb on the Peak to Peak gondola. There is also an extensive network of trails is available including the well used Valley Trail. A list of close Whistler Parks include: Lost Lake, Rainbow, Lakeside and Wayside parks on Alta Lake, Alpha Lake Park, Meadow Park, Spruce Grove Park, Rebagliati (Fitzsimmons Park) and Whistler Village Park.