How to go big at Whistler Blackcomb

Where size matters


If there’s one thing that sets Whistler Blackcomb apart from other ski resorts, it’s the sheer size of the place. Below we find out how to go big, live big and have a big old time in Whistler.

Just how big is Whistler Blackcomb?

Originally two independent ski areas (Whistler and Blackcomb), the two mountains merged in 1997 into an über-resort that currently extends over 8,171 acres of terrain serviced by 37 lifts, making it the largest ski resort in North America.

How much snow does Whistler Blackcomb get?

The average snowfall measures a whopping 12 metres.

What’s the best way to make the most of the terrain?

Check out the six Wonder Routes, a series of half-day and full-day self-guided tours designed for skiers of varying abilities.

Where should I ski if I want the best views?

The “Top of the World” route encompasses the four highest points on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

How can I meet some of the famous locals who call Whistler home?

The Whistler Blackcomb Snow School’s Ski with an Olympian program offers the unique experience of riding with athletes like Julia Murray, Crispin Lipscomb and Rob Boyd in their own backyard.

Where’s the biggest après-ski scene in Whistler Village?

The Longhorn Saloon & Grill has a sprawling sunny patio that just doesn’t quit and a prime location by the gondola stations in Skiers’ Plaza.

Where should I go for a big night out?

For a splurge, head to Araxi Restaurant and Bar. It’s a long-time favourite of local and visiting foodies and features an award-winning wine program led by Samantha Rahn, the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s Sommelier of the Year honouree for 2013.

What’s the biggest hotel in Whistler?

The grande dame is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a ski-in, ski-out property that spans the length of a city block at the base of the Upper Village on Blackcomb Mountain. The hotel’s biggest rooms are two 12th-floor penthouse suites accessed via semi-private elevator for around $1,200 per night.

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