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Winter in Whistler — Best Ever

Whistler Winter 2016

The Season That Started It All....

Whistler in winter. Classic. The best skiing and snowboarding in North America, with steep verticals, deep powder, and the chance to ski with some of the best skiers and boarders in the world.

But that is just the start. Whistler has grown over the last half century to become the number one resort in North America for a reason. Whistler excels at fine dining, adventure, shopping, and, yes, picture-perfect weather too.

Whether you enjoy quiet activities or would rather feel your heart beating madly as you fly through the air on a zip line (or attached to a bungee cord, or, well, you get the idea...) Whistler has something for you this winter.  

Busiest Year in Whistler's History

So far, we have had 1.14 million visitors in Whistler. That is absolutely the busiest season Whistler has ever had. At the announcement on February 10th, Whistler Blackcomb announced 8 million dollars in capital improvements. 

Included in those improvements are upgrades and expansion to the GLC (Garibaldi Lift Company), Roundhouse Lodge, ski and snowboarding learning areas, and, for summer, the addition of summer hiking trails which will coincide with the construction of a glacier viewing deck at the Roundhouse Lodge.


So far, Whistler's 50th anniversary as a ski resort just keeps getting better and better. Even the weather is cooperating, with this season seeing some of the deepest powder and best conditions in years.

So Much to Do This Winter

Beyond skiing, Whistler offers a variety of activities and adventures — literally something for everyone. A few ideas to start you planning for your next getaway include:

  • Lululemon offers a complimentary yoga class from 8:00am - 9:00am every Sunday morning. no mat? No worries! They supply the mat, you supply the body. Address: 4154 Village Green.
  • Family Après is a wonderful (free!) series of activities to enjoy after a day of skiing! 
  • Fire and Ice shows every Sunday evening through the winter season. Free and fun for everyone.
  • Champagne Après at the Barefoot Bistro.

One More Idea...Romance 

At the height of one of the deepest seasons in recent memory...

The romance of Whistler in winter: champagne après, horse-drawn sleigh rides, strolling through the village holding hands. The entire village lends itself to a romantic weekend any time of year, but this winter, everything seems to gently whisper romance.

The quiet of the deep snow, the laughter from the Olympic Plaza where outdoor ice skating seems to harken back to simpler times, the warmth of the Aava hot tub...

And, if things are going really well...

Whistler is a wonderful place to "pop the question". In a recent blog post by Magee Walker on The Whistler Insider, Magee shares some local favourites for places to get engaged. Among the ideas shared, she includes "proposal corner" which is an actual place in Whistler.

As Magee notes, if you want to get to proposal corner in the winter, you'll need to don cross country skis or snowshoes. But then again, adventure is par for the course here. It's a part of our culture.

Photo Credit: Mike Crane

Posted by on Thursday, February 11, 2016