With a massive 3300 hectares of terrain, there’s room for everyone here. Hot shots, novices, families, couples and the party crowd rub shoulders in alpine harmony. By Robert Upe
Whistler rocks, on and off the snow. The host resort of the 2010 Winter Olympics has just celebrated its 50th year, and has 200 trails spread over Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Off the slopes, the village is vibrant and cosmopolitan. It is one of the best snow towns in the world, renowned for its shopping, nightlife, dining and accommodation.
Adventurers will find challenging terrain, heliskiing, cat skiing and backcountry experiences, while outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of blue and green runs, lots of lesson options and softer adventures like ziplining and snowshoeing.
After the sun goes down, party in a raucous bar, or enjoy fine dining in a romantic setting.
Pull up a blanket and sit back for a horse-drawn sleigh ride with bells along snowy forest trails.
You can take just the ride, or a ride to a three-course fondue dinner. Romantics can hire their own private sleigh, ideal for wedding proposals.
The private sessions, in water loaded with Epsom salts, last for 90 minutes and create a feeling of weightlessness.
If you want a gourmet experience, try a guided four-course dinner tour that takes you to four restaurants.
Snowshoeing jaunts will place you in a snowy wonderland, or go on an eagle-watching excursion. You’ll float along a river and see bald eagles flying, perching and eating salmon.
Whistler is also crammed with galleries, museums and shops. In fact, any urban pursuit you find in the cities is probably available at Whistler.
If you want action, try ziplining, snowmobiling, a piloted bobsleigh ride, or a skeleton run. Families will love the tube park, which has lanes of varying difficulty.
Nachos, buffalo wings and pulled pork tacos are standard après plates at all of them. Expect shoulder-to-shoulder revelry.
AAVA Whistler Hotel
Pet-friendly, free wi-fi, and even free use of GoPro video cameras.
From C$128 per night
Whistler Peak Lodge
The former Holiday Inn – free wi-fi and most rooms have jetted tubs.
From C$150 per night
Delta Whistler Village Suites
Recently renovated and family friendly.
From C$210 per night
A condo-style lodge offering one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.
From C$139 per night
Open-plan one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, plus outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, sauna, and steam room.
From C$149 per night
First Tracks Lodge
Designer suites, and all-season pool and hot tubs.
From C$189 per night
These are all located at the base of Whistler Mountain, in Creekside.
Westin Resort and Spa
Deals often include free ski valet and wi-fi.
From C$259 per night
Nita Lake Lodge
The only lakeside property in Whistler.
From C$259 per night
Also see our best lodges story for the rundown on Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
*Accommodation prices are based on low season, not including taxes. Conditions may apply, such as minimum nights, early bird booking and twin share.