Looking to spoil yourself, your partner or your posse?
Whatever’s on your mind, picture that moment back-dropped with incredible ski terrain, unique après ski delights, adrenalin-buzzing action, cosy rendezvous, cosmopolitan dining and scintillating nightlife. Now erase the teeming crowds from the scene.
Like what you see? Then it’s time you were introduced to Whistler, Canada over February and March.
Why you’ll love Whistler
- The jaw-dropping size and choice of ski/boarding terrain and runs
- Epic quantity and quality of snow (ave. 11.7m annually)
- Caters for all levels from beginner to expert
- Even non-skiers love the shopping, entertainment, dining, cinema
- Resort sits conveniently right at the bottom of the mountains
- One-of-a-kind après experiences, from heli-tours to dining tours
Blue Powder Insider tip. Mick says “Late afternoon, head to your hotel hot tub and relax with a post-ski drink, good company and breathtaking scenery”
Pamper yourself in 8000 acres of powder
Hearing that Whistler is North America’s largest ski resort doesn’t quite explain just how expansive and exciting this place is for on-slope fun and adventure. So here are some jaw-dropping numbers to put ‘real big’ in perspective:
- Over 8000 acres of skiable terrain
- Runs for everyone from timid newbies to kamikaze vertical fiends
- 37 lifts that can carry 70,000 skiers per hour
- 16 alpine bowls
- 3 glaciers
- World-class terrain parks
- 200+ marked trails
And best of all, Whistler village sits at the base of the mountains, so you’ll never need to shuttle from point home to point heavenly slopes and back.
Pick the best time of year
There’s only one thing more thrilling than basking in Whistler’s heavenly ski conditions, terrain and options over December and January. Experiencing them in February and March.
Right outside your door, two of the world’s best equipped and serviced mountains for skiing, boarding and only-in-Whistler outdoor experiences await, completely blanketed in some of the world’s most pristine snow.
And you’ll have all the room in the world to make merry on them, as gently or daringly as you choose.
- Snowfalls are better and days are longer
- March has highest snowfall of the season (over 3m in 2016!)
- The weather is mild and sunny
- Fewer crowds and greater availability on everything
- Excellent choice of ski in, ski out options.
Blue Powder Insider tip. Mick says. “Get in the gondola line at 6am to be one of the lucky 650 enjoying breakfast at Fresh Tracks on top of the mountain, then ski down before the lifts open.”
Whether you’re a first-timer on skis or a snowboard, an intermediate ready to say hello to blue and black runs, or a hard-core ripper or shredder keen to fine-tune your skills, Whistler’s much-lauded ski school has a program for you.
And, being one of the best ski and snowboard schools in North America, the resort attracts some of the best instructors from around the globe. So you can glean the expert knowledge and skills in:
- Adult beginner, intermediate and advanced programs
- Private, semi-private and group lessons
Note: They also offer a fantastic range of children’s ski and snowboard lessons too.
Make the most of these special ski lesson savings too…
- $50 off select Snow School Programs
- $100 per day on Private Lessons (with min of 3 days purchased)
- 25% off select Snow School programs during Discover Whistler Days.
If only high school classes had been this much fun!
Feast on a banquet of après ski options
Off the slopes, Whistler’s pedestrian-only village is just as vivacious and sophisticated. It’s one of the best snow towns in the world, celebrated for its shopping, restaurants, all-pleasing nightlife and superb accommodation.
No day or night of the week is ever dull in Whistler. From romancing to revelling, parties of two to parties of plenty, you’ll find a perfect match for all occasions, moods and company that you’re keeping.
Dining and drinks
Whistler is peppered with fantastic pubs, bars and restaurants to explore on a lazy afternoon, for dinner and drinks, or for drinks then dinner and then drinks again!
What’s your flavour?
- Tasty beers and world-class wines to lip-smacking cocktails and martinis
- Oyster and tapas bars
- Top-class restaurants
- Sample some of the 50+ vodkas in the Belvedere Ice Room
- Devour Buffalo wings at Merlins bar
- Head to Garfinkels for old school rock and dancing
Blue Powder Insider tip. Mick says, ‘For an amazing dinner, book at Araxi Restaurant, rated by Gordon Ramsay (and myself!) as the best in Canada.”
Don’t get us wrong, Whistler loves families. But this article is a shout-out to couples and groups travelling without snow grommets in tow. And Whistler has some unforgettable experiences just for you:
- Finer Things Dinner Tour – Four delicious courses at four award winning Whistler restaurants. Included is a visit to an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar where guests learn to sabre champagne.
- Helicopter tours – Take a spectacular flight over the Cheakamus Glacier and the raw volcanic beauty of the Black Tusk, then encore with a picnic on Rainbow Glacier.
- Heli snowmobile tours – Cross 8,000 foot ice fields and over mountain tops to dine in the comfort of 15,000 year old ice caves.
- Breakfast snowmobile tour – Carve your way through the remote backcountry of the Callaghan Valley to a rustic cabin on Sproatt Mountain for a full Canadian Yukon breakfast cooked on an old fashioned wood stove.
- Ziptrek twilight tour – With only a headlamp and the soft glow of twinkling lights strung along tree-top platforms and suspension bridges this is the ultimate way to experience the snow rainforest under the stars!
- Ice fishing – take a day off the slopes to relax, sit back and wait for a fish to hit your line while soaking in Whistler’s incredible beauty.
- Dogsledding– try a 4,000 year old Canadian tradition – being pulled by a team of huskies through snow covered forests
Blue Powder insider tip. Mick says “Bobsledding down the 2010 Olympic Winter Games track at 90 km/hr is one for your bucketlist.”
Or for the romantics…
- ice skating across the Village in Whistler Olympic Plaza
- submerging into a hot Scandanavian Spa surrounded by the incredible mountain vistas…
- …or relaxing with a couples massage
- Snowmobiling into the mountains at night for a traditional candle-lit fondue and wine over a wood fire.
Getting to Whistler
- At just over 2 hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is easily accessible for Australians
- That means more time for play, less time travelling.
Whistler Spring Deals
Take advantage of great deals for Feb/March, book by November 15 and receive:
- Discounted Lift Pass – Save almost 50% on lift tickets.Kids Ski Free – Kids ski free with paying adult. Some blackout dates and conditions apply.Save on lessons- Save $50 off select Snow School Programs and $100 per day on Private Lessons (with min of 3 days purchased) and save 25% off select Snow School programs during Discover Whistler Days.