Ice Skating in Whistler

Whistler Ice Skating :: Family Fun

A truly Canadian winter pastime, ice skating in Whistler is great winter fun for the entire family.

Glide along to music under sparkling lights at Whistler Olympic Plaza’s outdoor skating rink or head to the Meadow Park Sports Centre arena for indoor ice skating. When winter temperatures drop, experience jaw-dropping views while skating on one of Whistler’s beautiful lakes.
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Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza

Imagine skating outdoors with your family and friends, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery, the twinkle of festive lights and the Olympic rings.

Each winter, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, transforms Whistler Olympic Plaza into skating rinks. With room for 150 skaters at a time, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza is as intimate as it is spectacular.

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza usually opens early December, depending on weather & temperatures.

Olympic Plaza may need to close unexpectedly due to weather conditions. For up to date information, (604) 935-PLAY, press 3.

Whistler Ice Skating on Alta or Green Lake

When it’s cold enough, out come the snow shovels to clear a place for ice skating on Alta or Green Lakes in Whistler. Please note, there is no provider in Whistler whereby you can rent skates, so guests will have to use their own and everyone skates at their own risk.

Skating on Whistler’s Green Lake Videos:

Whistler Skating HockeyWhistler Ice Rink – Skating at Meadow Park Rec Center

If visitors don’t have their own ice skates, there is another option. Whistlers Meadow Park Recreation Centre has public ‘drop-in’ skating times and skate hire. Public skating takes place on most afternoons and some Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings. Skate rentals are available and friendly and courteous employees are on hand to help.

Visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler website or call 604-935-7529 for more Whistler skating information.

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Your Whistler New Years 2016 Guide

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Whistler.

Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve CelebrationsWhistler New Years Lights

A family-style celebration in Whistler Village, with lively entertainment, games, crafts and activities plus a special Fire & Ice Show and fireworks at midnight (tickets not required).

  • Ticket holders get six hours of exclusive, family friendly fun
  • Three different venues, full of lively entertainment, music, outdoor ice skating, games, crafts and activities
  • Special kids’ early countdowns
  • Activities and programming for kids ages 3 – 12 with parental supervision
  • A Youth Dance for ages 13 – 18


Join the fun at three different venues within Whistler Village. Bundle up the kids and explore what each venue has to offer. Venues are open from 6:00 PM until close, tickets required.

Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place): On New Year’s Eve all three levels of the Centre will come alive with sparkling entertainment, live music and two kids’ countdowns that include a giant bubble wrap and balloon stomp. Expect nothing short of bedazzlement and awe with an explosion of creative arts and crafts, cartoons, face painting, dress-up storytelling and surprises – all in the name of family fun.

Whistler Conference Centre: The Whistler Conference Centre transforms from an indoor play zone to a variety of new and exciting activities, games, and entertainment. The Youth Dance is the place for teenage music lovers to shake it from 8:00 PM until midnight.

Whistler Olympic Plaza Outdoor Lounge: Open from 6:00 PM to Midnight, a great place to relax with the family.

Whistler Olympic Plaza Skating Rink: Flash your ticket for free skate rentals, be dazzled by the twinkle lights and whimsical characters, enjoy a hot beverage and prepare to be entertained on and off the ice.

Where to Buy Whistler New Years Eve Wristbands

December 1 – December 30: Whistler Visitor Centre, Millennium Place and Meadow Park Sports Centre

December 20 – December 30: The Holiday Experience info desk in the Whistler Conference Centre

December 31: Last minute purchases can be made at Whistler Visitor Centre, the kiosk in front of the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Olympic Plaza Skating Rink and Millennium Place.

Free Whistler Events (no wristbands required)

Special NYE Fire and Ice Show at Skier’s Plaza – 11:30 pm to midnight

Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners? Watch Whistler’s best skiers and riders hit a big air jump then fly through a blazing ring of fire

Fireworks at Skier’s Plaza – Starts at midnight

A fireworks display will ring in 2015. The fireworks are best viewed from Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Free Transit on New Year’s Eve

There is no need to drive! Take advantage of the free, extended New Year’s Eve transit service from 6 PM until 4 AM, with extra buses from the Village home after midnight. Details Here.

The Hottest New Years Eve Parties & Events in Whistler.

Whistler New Years ShampagneNYE 2016 – Mojo’s Nightclub – Enjoy an amazing array of fun and talent. Get photos of your group, be amazed by the roving magician, or toast with your complimentary champagne before enjoying the scrumptious late night buffet. Remember your New Year’s Eve celebration with Maxx Fish in Whistler as being the best New Year’s Eve of your life!

Masquerade in the MountainsGarfinkel’s Whistler  –  Celebrate an amazing 2015 and welcome in the New Year with style.  DJ Shrew and DJ Turtle will be whisking up tunes to fill Whistlers biggest and best dance floor with all the Top 40 favourites, remixes, club hits and taking your requests. This event sells out every year, so get them while they’re still hot!

Uncorked! New Year’s Eve 2015Maxx Fish –  Well known as hosting the best NYE events in Whistler, you don’t want to miss out! Tickets include free champagne, an after midnight buffet, professional photos, amazing live entertainment, and much more! So ring in the New Year at Whistler’s best New Year’s Eve event!

NYE 2016 at Tommy Africa’s – Your ticket to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at Whistler’s hottest nightclub, including appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dress to impress and join us as we ring in the new year by once again throwing the biggest year-end party anywhere in the village! Local DJs set the stage, along with the Tommy’s GoGo dancers and plenty of surprises.

New Years Eve Dance Party – Buffalo Bills – Ring in the New Year on Whistlers best dance floor. Join us for a night of straight up dance fun with DJ Peacefrog, champagne and glamour. Hors doeuvres will be served between 8 10pm. Complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight. Dress to Impress!

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Longhorn Champagne SuperNova –  Think gold, glitter, fireworks and bubbles, and thats how the Longhorn Saloon are wrapping up their 2015. There are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne… and you’ll remember every single one as you enjoy a night of style, celebration and laughter. Enjoy a feature champagne bull dog or bottle of Prosecco on the famous Whistler Patio as you watch the festival fireworks erupt at Midnight. Dress to sparkly impress and join us for an unforgettable evening.

Roaring 20’s Party – Firerock Lounge – It’s the Roaring Twenties, the era of Prohibition, and we’re getting wild at the FireRock. Dress up as a flapper or dapper and dance your way in to 2016! Come and enjoy beautifully crafted 1920’s inspired cocktails, an amazing atmosphere… and the stylish side of Whistler. It’s sure to be the hottest party in town!

Ciroc Presents New Year’s 2015 at the GLC – Dance to DJ Kori K and Foxy Moron at the GLC. Tickets are $75 and include two welcome drinks plus a bubbly toast at midnight. The party goes until 3 AM – dress to impress.

Whistler New Years CelibrationNew Year’s Eve Extravaganza – Bearfoot Bistro – Celebrate the evening at a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Beafoot Bistro. Tickets are available for $298 per adult and include an exceptional five-course menu created by Executive Chef Melissa Craig, live music, party favours, champagne sabering in the wine cellar and dancing after midnight. Early seatings available for family groups.

Whistler New Year’s Eve Dinner

If you’re wanting a world class, exquisite dinner with your special someone these award winning Whistler Restaurants have  New Year’s Eve Menus

Grill & Vine – New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – New Year’s Eve Gala

Aura at Nita Lake –  New Year’s Eve Feature Menu

Bearfoot Bistro –  Extravaganza


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What’s New Whistler :: 2015-16 Winter

What’s New this Season in Whistler.

Whistler Blackcomb to Celebrate 50th Anniversary.

Whistler Blackcomb is looking forward to the 2015.2016 winter season for many reasons, not the least of which is an upcoming 50th anniversary. The resort has been lauded for advancements in the skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking industries over the years; but this year, Whistler Blackcomb will let the accomplishments speak for themselves.

“Whistler Blackcomb has always been about pushing the envelope,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb. “We like to be first, to go big, and to surpass guest expectations over and over again. This season we want to showcase what we’ve achieved over the past 50 years while looking forward at what is yet to come.”

Whistler Blackcomb 50 Years

50 Years of Going Beyond

Originally opening for skiing in the winter of 1965-66 and founded on the dream of one day hosting the Olympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb has been going beyond to leave its mark on the ski and snowboard industry since day one. This will be a celebratory winter season with a number of activations lined up to give Whistler Blackcomb the acknowledgment it deserves for 50 years of striving to be the best, including a 50th anniversary party at the Roundhouse Lodge on December 12 and a 30 minute short film documenting Whistler Blackcomb’s colourful past titled, 50 Years of Going Beyond. To learn more about Whistler Blackcomb’s 50th anniversary, please visit

Newly Renovated Rendezvous Lodge

Guests visiting Blackcomb Mountain this winter season will notice the Rendezvous Lodge has had a bit of a facelift. The Rendezvous Lodge underwent a massive renovation this summer and will open its doors with an increased capacity and improved functionality. The building has a brand new look to complement the new and fresh customizable menu options in the food court, including Japanese ramen bowls and a Thai inspired wok station where flavourful rice or noodle dishes are finished with authentic sauces and garnishes. The Mexican Taqueria will offer made to order burritos, tacos and salads; and the grill is serving up naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef burgers, Ocean Wise salmon sandwiches, as well as a plant-based option.

The New Christine’s on Blackcomb Restaurant

A total revamp of Christine’s restaurant was included in the Rendezvous Lodge renovation this summer, and it has elevated the fine dining experience on Blackcomb Mountain. Christine’s will open for the 2015.2016 winter season with a fresh new look, a new menu and a new chef, coming to Whistler Blackcomb this winter from Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver. Steve Ramey, an avid climber, hiker, and snowboarder, is well suited to life in the mountains and will use his culinary prowess to reimagine the menu for Christine’s.

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Whistler Blackcomb will be introducing WB+ this winter season, a new online interactive platform connected to the ski resort’s RFID technology introduced last year, giving guests the option to create a personal profile in order to collect stats and data about their days on the mountains. By scanning lift passes at the RFID chairlift access gates located around Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, guests will be able keep track of personal stats including their number of days on the slopes and total vertical ridden. Customized privacy settings will allow users to make their WB+ profiles accessible to friends, family members and work colleagues, allowing groups to create goals and fun challenges throughout the winter.

New Snowmaking on the Horstman Glacier

This winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will conduct a new snowmaking pilot project aimed at preserving the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain. The pilot project will involve the testing of four low-energy consumption snowmaking guns in the Horstman Hut area to determine if a full-scale snowmaking system is an option to prevent further recession of the Horstman Glacier. A snowmaking system on the Horstman Glacier could improve the early season access to glacier skiing and snowboarding during the winter and preserve our summer glacier experience for guests to enjoy in the future. If the pilot project is conclusive, this unique project will become a significant addition to Whistler Blackcomb’s list of adaptations to ensure long-term resilience against climate change.

New Whistler Blackcomb Website

Whistler Blackcomb will head into the coming winter season with a brand new website. This is the biggest overhaul has ever seen and features a whole new look and feel with some exciting enhancements, including a new booking engine to enhance the guest experience, an improved photo, video and blog section, and a new winter/summer toggle so users can easily flip between seasonal content. The new site is also responsive, making it mobile and tablet friendly.

Rossignol Dynastar Lange (RDL) Rental Boutique

Located in the Blackcomb Daylodge at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the new RDL premium rental boutique offers guests a unique rental experience and exceptional service. The rental boutique offers personalized service from specialists who will guide guests through Rossignol, Dynastar and Lange ski equipment tailored to suit every need. The product offering is diverse and tuned to perfection, including race, powder and backcountry skis, and junior and high-end ski boots that offer support and comfort. The RDL premium rental boutique offers guests the flexibility to try different skis to suit various conditions and terrain.

No Smoking In WhistlerSmoke Free Whistler Blackcomb

This winter will mark the first smoke-free ski season at Whistler Blackcomb. The smoke-free policy, originally introduced in May 2015, was implemented to preserve the pristine alpine environment for all guests. The policy prohibits smoking anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property, including lift lines, chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, valley base areas, parking lots and all Whistler Blackcomb bar and restaurant locations, including patios. It is important to note the smoke-free policy does not apply to all of Whistler. Smoking is still permitted in the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) in areas that are in compliance with the Municipal Tobacco Control Laws. More information about the RMOW’s smoking policy can be found at

Arc’teryx and Whistler Blackcomb Partner with Howe Sound Women’s Centre

The Arc’teryx Women’s Ski Camps presented by GORE-TEX® are back for another season at Whistler Blackcomb and this year have partnered with the Howe Sound Women’s Centre.

“The Arc’teryx Women’s Ski Camps presented by GORE-TEX® empower women through sport in a fun and supportive environment. The skills and friendships developed give women the confidence to thrive in all aspects of their lives,”

says Megan Reynolds Executive Director, Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society

“In turn, the addition of the silent auction benefiting our women’s programs provides a platform for camp participants to help other women in need, when and where they need it most. We are so grateful to Arc’teryx and Whistler Blackcomb for selecting the Women’s Centre as the partner charity for the camps.”

Tourism Whistler Press Release: What’s New for 2015-16 Season

Audain Art Museum

Whistler will soon host a permanent collection of British Columbia art from early times to the present day in the Audain Art Museum. Particular strengths will be an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, and a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art. Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa have chosen Whistler as the new home for their incredible art collection. The iconic 56,000-square-foot museum will house a unique collection of British Columbia art in the heart of Whistler Village, and will be a pillar of the cultural tourism experience in Whistler, British Columbia and beyond. The Audain Art Museum is expected to open early 2016.

Whistler Bar  OsoBar Oso and the Cellar

Toptable Group, owner of Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant + Bar, has announced the opening of a new venue in Whistler Village. Bar Oso and The Cellar a dual concept venue under one roof will open in Fall 2015.

Bar Oso being on the Village Stroll level and The Cellar being located on the lower level. Bar Oso, located on the Village Stroll level – ‘oso’ meaning ‘bear’ in Spanish – will offer a profusion of Spanish-influenced tapas, sharing and small plates whereas The Cellar, located on the lower level – will offer a unique and exciting setting for meetings and events. The Cellar will feature an impressive wine wall and show kitchen for interactive chef demonstrations. Bar Oso and The Cellar will be overseen by Araxi restaurant director Neil Henderson along with Chef James Walt.

Basalt Wine & Salumeria

Basalt is a new restaurant located in the Crystal Lodge buildings, along the Village Stroll in the centre of Whistler Village. This new eatery features European-style offerings of cured meats and cheeses, an international selection of wines, and a gourmet, artisanal plated menu. The space, designed by the acclaimed design team at Ste. Marie Art & Design, contains 65 seats inside and a 40 seat four-season patio complete with a fire pit.

Luxury Whistler Holidays

Whistler’s Latest Luxury Experiences

Take a moment and imagine yourself being whisked away in a helicopter to indulge in Arctic-like experiences just a few minutes from Whistler. Head-Line Mountain Holidays is Whistler’s latest luxury adventure and wilderness experiences provider who can make all your wildest dreams come true. Guests can enjoy half day to multi-day expeditions on the Pemberton Ice Cap where they can experience an exhilarating helicopter or ground based snowmobile adventures, explore natural and awe-inspiring ice caves, pamper themselves with spa packages at a natural hot spring, or delight in a gourmet meal complete with an overnight stay in a snow hotel. Customized special events and private experiences for groups as small as two are also available. Guests can build on activity ideas such as sled skiing/boarding, speed flying, mountain bonfire, wilderness yoga, hot springs, ice caves, heli-tobogganing, heli-rafting, paired with an exceptional six-course meal in the heart of an ice cave enveloped in live music and winter glamping with guides, naturalists, chefs and indigenous story telling.

Crystal Lodge Traditional Room Renovations

Other than the breathtaking mountain and village views, the remodeled Traditional guestrooms now have sophisticated bathrooms with deep soaker tubs, LED lighting with large mirrors, and contemporary vanities to ensure it is easy to get ready before heading out for the day.  The main bedding area has been enhanced with sound proof windows, efficient and modern heating and air conditioning systems, a new colour palate, soft furnishings, and décor.  Today’s traveler can now stay connected with ease as there are alarm clock data ports on the bedside tables making re-charging extremely convenient and combined with the complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, it is easier than ever to stay connected  while in the comfort of your hotel room.

First Tracks Video Nov 3 2015

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Christmas in Whistler 2015 :: Holiday Tips

Plan a Magical Whistler Christmas Vacation.

Whistler Holiday Events, Activities & Dining December 2015.

Spending Christmas Holidays in Whistler Resort can be an amazing experience for all. There’s something about being high up in the BC mountains, while still having the festivities of a world class resort… you can have your Christmas cake and eat it too! Here’s a schedule of Whistler Christmas Events to help you plan your trip.


December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Whistler Conference Centre
This family fun zone is unparalleled for indoor entertainment! Kids can enjoy a mini putt course, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games free over the holiday season. Santa often makes an appearance before Christmas along with other performances and entertainers. Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa while the kids play. Please note The Holiday Experience is usually closed December 25 and December 31 to prepare for the New Year’s Celebrations.


Monday and Wednesdays, December 21 – March 30 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM (3:00 PM start February & March) | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Bring your family and friends for free outdoor Canadian winter fun at Whistler Olympic Plaza, with different activities and local entertainment every week. Family Après is weather dependent so please check in with the Village Hosts on the day to confirm if the event is going ahead. Please note Family Après will not run on New Year’s Eve, December 31 as the rink is open to ticket holders for the New Year’s Celebration only.


Whistler Chrstmas Skating

Sunday December 20, 2015 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Join your family on the ice and skate with jolly old St. Nick himself on the outdoor ice skating rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Santa will be available for photo opportunities and there will be hot chocolate, cookies and holiday crafts to celebrate this festive season. If you did not pack skates, rentals are available for $5.00.


Multiple dates in December, January, March and April | 5:30 – 9:00 PM | Blackcomb Kids, Blackcomb Mountain Base II
An evening of non ski-based entertainment for the kids, including an activity, dinner, drinks and snacks. Kids should be dressed for outdoor winter fun, because activities include tubing, ice skating and cross country skiing (activities depend on weather conditions). Cost is $59.00 per child, for children age 5-12.


Sundays starting December 13 – March 27, 2016 | Skier’s Plaza
Watch world-class athletes flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire and finish with a first class fireworks display. The Fire and Ice Show is performed by top members of Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski & Snowboard School. This free, legendary show kicks off Sunday evenings in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. Don’t miss the special Fire & Ice Show on New Year’s Eve!

Whistler Fire & Ice Show Video:


Mid-Winter | 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Whistler Olympic Park
Each Wednesday enjoy Bonfire Nights at Whistler Olympic Park. Pay just $5 for park access, and enjoy $5 trail tickets and rentals. Bring your marshmallows! Start date to be confirmed.


Whistler Christmas Santa Ski

December 19, 2015 | Whistler Blackcomb
Dress like Santa and Mrs. Claus and bring the festive fun to the slopes. A free lift ticket will be awarded to the first 100 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of Whistler Mountain, in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire. To qualify, skiers and snowboarders must arrive dressed in their very best Santa or Mrs. Claus costume. The costume must include red or black pants or a skirt for Mrs. Claus, a red jacket with white trim, a black belt, a beard for Santa and of course, a Santa or Mrs. Claus hat.


December 24, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Our 32nd annual Christmas Eve Carol Service takes place at 6:30 pm in Whistler village at the Westin Resort & Spa. Hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers, this interdenominational celebration features traditional carols, choral music sung by the choirs and readings by community members telling the story of the birth of Christ. Come and enjoy the sense of community and ‘peace and goodwill toward all’ that this carol service creates.

This event is by donation.  All proceeds go towards continuing to be able to provide this community service.


Whistler Christmas Holiday Tips

Make the most of the holidays with these helpful tips…

Book in Advance – The holiday season can sell out early, be sure to book in advance to get the property you want.

Come Early – Did you know that rates leading up to Christmas are generally less expensive than between Christmas and New Year’s?

Get Up Early – get up the mountains early and enjoy great morning conditions.

Stay Up – and don’t return back to the Village until after 11am to avoid lift lines.

Fresh Tracks – Breakfast at the top and fresh runs – go to Whistler Gondola at 7:15am.

Eat Smart – and have lunch on the mountains before 11:30am or after 1:30pm.

Free Mountain Tours – Get to know new areas – Daily at 11:15am on both mountains.

Magic Castle (Blackcomb) and Treefort (Whistler) – Kids will love it.

Coca Cola Tube Park – great evening activity (open until 8:00 nightly).

Rent Smart –  and rent your ski equipment the night before so you’re ready to go in the morning.

Take a Lesson – Nice way to get in on local secret spots and cut the line-ups.

Ski the Great Beyond – branch out and check out the far away spots on the mountain: Crystal Chair, Blackcomb Glacier, Garbanzo Zone, Peak to Creek Zone and the new Symphony Amphitheatre. You’ll be sure to find your own piece of Whistler.

Whistler Blackcomb Snowphone: 604 932-4211.

Christmas Dinner in Whistler

Let someone else do the cooking this holiday!

Whistler Cooks Catering – Festive Dinner delivered to your home or chalet on December 24th 1.604.938.8835

Bearfoot Bistro  – Holiday Feast with all the trimmings. Grab the menu with prices: BBistro Turkey to Go 2015

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – It’s a holiday dream come true.  Pick up the phone. Place an order. Then put your feet up.

Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery in Whistler’s Upper Village takes all the hassle out of preparing a scrumptious Christmas feast by doing all the hard work for you. Our talented chefs will prepare your Christmas turkey, you just take it home. For menu and more details click here.

Get dressed in your holiday finest and dine out on the town…

Here is  USA Today 10 Best Top 10 Restaurants in Whistler

Aura Restaurant – Join them on December 24th and December 25th for a special four course Christmas dinner menu. $95 pp. Reservations are highly recommended. View the menu here.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Christmas Dinner and Dance is at the heart of the week’s holiday celebrations. Families and friends alike can immerse themselves in the joy of the season with a memorable evening of festive fine dining and dancing. The night will be capped by a professional stage show by Tony Barton.


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Whistler Blackcomb Official Opening Day

Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day 2015


Whistler Mountain will be opening one week ahead of schedule. The early opening has been made possible thanks to favourable early season conditions, including natural snowfall and prime temperatures for snowmaking. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on November 26.

Whistler Mountain opens on November 19 with five lifts running, including the Whistler Village Gondola, the Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz’s Chair. More details about what guests can expect on November 19 will be available early next week.

Official opening for Whistler Blackcomb winter operations. Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola open officially on Nov 26, 2015.

Opening Day has always been something to write home about, fill up your thermos…(or your flask) and git in line, for the most exciting of all Whistler events!!!

Here’s some fun memories of opening days gone by…

Opening Day 2014

Whistler Line UpThere’s stoked, and then there are the Bathgate brothers, who, along with a few friends, camped out for over 40 hours this week to get first crack at the mountain on opening day.

Parked in a tent since 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, the teens have been coming early to camp out ahead of opening day for several years, and wanted to make sure they were first in line this time around.

“Everybody else comes one night (before opening) so we were like, ‘Well, let’s go two and one-up ‘em,” said Jackson, 15. “Show ‘em who’s boss.”

For the full Pique Newsmagazine article click here

Opening Day 2012

Lining up for opening day November 2012, Whistler Mountain opened 5 days early. With 10 cm’s of snow Friday night, another 15 cm’s falling during the day, and prizes given out to the first 1500 guests, the stoke for the winter was on!

Opening Day 2011

On The Snow Article November 22, 2011 shares the excitement of opening day, not just any day but a power day!

The line up at the gondola strung through the village long before daylight for opening day at Whistler Blackcomb last Friday. It wasn’t just the first day of the ski season, but a powder day.

With 39 centimeters of snow falling in the 48 hours prior to the opening of Whistler Mountain, skiers and riders were treated to packed powder on groomers and powder shots in the off piste. The line up at the gondola started at 10:30 a.m. the day before the opening. By the first gondola, skiers and riders were stoked to hit the slopes. Five lifts ran on opening day, and six park features at the top of the Emerald Chair kept jibbers busy.

Opening Day November 2009

An epic opening day, 560cm of snow fell during the month of November. the videos speak for themselves!!


Whistler Blackcomb is celebrating 50 years this season

Check out the newly released “50 Years of Going Beyond” to see much more of memory making moments skiing and riding.

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Whistler Blackcomb Lift Ticket Prices 2015-16 :: Best Deals

Whistler Lift Pass Discounts.

Where to Find the Best Single Day Lift Ticket Deals.

Discount Whistler lift ticket deals come and go with the seasons and are different every year. Finding out where to buy your tickets at the best price can be pretty tricky.

When I was the Blackcomb Sales Manager, we used to recommend the Edge Card for the best deal for BC and WA residents. I’m not so sure that’s still true today, especially when you consider all the websites that sell tickets online now. The intention of this article is to help you with your research and help you track down the best discount for your Whistler tickets.

Ski Family

Lift tickets are available November – April. Get huge discounts over ticket window prices at Whistler! Tickets are available to anyone, not just Capilano Students. Students also get a chance to buy their discounted Whistler/Blackcomb Season Pass through the CSU. More details on lift ticket deals at CSU.

The CSU sells Whistler Blackcomb Adult Lift Tickets cheaper than 7/11.

Whistler discount lift tickets at 7-11 in Squamish

If convenience rules it is definitely easier to stop in at the 7-11 in Squamish on the way up to Whistler and pick up the next best single day whistler lift ticket deal, but BEWARE… Whistler ticket deals are not always available at 7-11. Check 7-11 ticket info on TripAdvisor here.Ski Yellow Jacket

NEVER PAY FULL PRICE :: 2015-2016 Edge Card

As a Canadian or Washington State resident you should never pay full price for a lift ticket. And you won’t find a better deal anywhere than the Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Card.

Choose from a 1, 3, 5 or 10 day pre-loaded card.

You’ll receive the best deal on lift tickets valid any day, and can skip ticket booth line-ups with discounted Direct-to-Lift access. Add the Resort Charge option to link your pass and credit card for fast charging at restaurants and shops.

Bonus Add-Ons and Other Details

  • 5 + 10 Day EDGE Cards: FREE Early Season Bonus Day, for use from Opening to December 18, 2015.
  • All EDGE Cards: RFID Gated Lift Access. Enjoy the convenience of hands-free gate access to the lifts.

EARLY BIRD ENDS NOVEMBER 23rd – Until November 23rd, EDGE cards are going for the super-reasonable rate of $70 a day for 10-day cards, and $80 for five-day cards. As an added bonus, you will receive a free early season day (valid between Opening Day and December 18th) when you purchase a five or 10-day EDGE Card before November 23rd. EDGE Cards also nab you perks (up to 20% off rentals and shopping—hello!) and even some lodging deals. Plus, they facilitate your access to some of the coolest upgrades on the mountain this season. Order EDGE Cards here.

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the 2015.2016 season is Thursday, November 26, 2015.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Whistler Blackcomb is offering early booking Ski & Stay Packages; guests can save up to 40% off before November 15, 2015. Learn more here:

Whistler Blackcomb continues to offer early bird family pricing; for example, kids are FREE this winter. Children 12 and under stay, ski, rent and transfer free as long as they are with a paying adult. For more information and other family friendly deals, visit

How to Find Whistler Vacation Rental by Owner with Cheap Lift Tickets

Combine an owner-direct Whistler rental home and discounted lift tickets for a great value Whistler package deal. We’ve been matching up guests with Whistler vacation home owners for over a decade. Scam free VRBO, cheap lift tickets & in-resort service here.

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Whistler Blackcomb Rated No. 1 :: Ski Magazine

Whistler # 1 by SKI Magazine for 3rd time in 4 years.

Top of ranking in Terrain Variety, Off-Hill Activities, Après-Ski and Terrain Park.

Second Place for Lifts, Lodging, Scenery and Overall Satisfaction.

SKI Magazine’s reader’s poll has ranked Whistler Blackcomb (WB) as the No. 1 best ski resort in North America for the second year in a row. This is the third time in four years that the resort has been given the honour. The poll asks readers to rank 50 North American resorts in several different categories.

“Whistler Blackcomb offers today’s skiers and riders one of the finest resort experiences anywhere,” said Allen Crolius, publisher of SKI Magazine, in a release. “From big-mountain skiing to a base village that sets the standards for mountain resorts, Whistler Blackcomb earned its top ranking from our readers.”


No. 1 For Terrain Variety
No. 1 For Après-Ski
No. 1 For Off-Hill Activities
No. 1 For Terrain Park

See the full article in the Whistler Question.

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Whistler Offers World Class Vacation Rentals by Owner

Whistler Blackcomb Resort is filled with private vacation rental homes of all shapes and sizes. Budget to Luxury options, built specifically for vacation rentals.

Not all resorts are built equally… Whistler Village was designed for tourists by smart resort planners.

Whistler’s founders & planners picked the best from international historic resorts, tossed in modern buildings & infrastructure,  then created the current award-winning year-round destination. jpg

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