WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, B.C. — Springtime is a great opportunity to experience all that beautiful Whistler Blackcomb has to offer.
With warming temperatures, and longer days, one will find it easy to explore the vast Whistler Blackcomb ski area, the vibrant Whistler Village, and the wild surrounding area.
Springtime is also a quieter season in Whistler, allowing visitors to take advantage of ample specials and a more relaxed mountain experience.
Whistler Blackcomb is North America’s largest ski resort encompassing over 8,000 acres, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, and over 200 marked runs. Skiers and snowboarders can ride all the way up to May 22 on Blackcomb Mountain, while Whistler closes for skiing on April 16 (conditions permitting.) Thanks to a mile of vertical drop, visitors can often enjoy mid-winter quality snow up top, while carving through soft spring slush at the bottom.
To many, Whistler Village is as big of an attraction as the mountains above. With endless dining, shopping, and nightlife options, guests will have no trouble finding exactly what they are looking for.
Spring is also a great time for wildlife viewing, as Whistler’s black bear population awakens from their winter hibernation.
GREAT SPRING EXPERIENCES AT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, B.C.
World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF)
Taking place April 10 – 16, 2023, the WSSF is North America’s largest annual snow sports festival. The festival includes music, art, and ski & snowboard events, such as: the Saudan Couloir Race Extreme; the 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown; the Sea to Sky Photo Challenge; and the famous Slush Cup.
The Squamish Lil’wat cultural Centre (SLCC)
Just a short walk from the main village, lies the SLCC, a shared collaborative effort of the Sk̲wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation, Coast Salish) and Líl̓wat7ul (Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish) Nations. It’s a fascinating museum and cultural centre offering visitors the opportunity to learn of their rich history, art and culture through exhibits, interactive displays, and educational programming.
The SLCC’s awe-inspiring architecture is a unique blend of traditional first nations designs, and modern building techniques. Be sure to indulge at The Thunderbird Cafe, with indigenous inspired offerings like Bannock Tacos, and Venison Chili.
Fly through the Coast Mountain rain forest canopy on a zip line eco-tour, which will not only excite, but will educate about the local ecology and wildlife.
An immersive experience for the senses. Vallea Lumina offers a wondrous journey through the forest, where lights, music and holograms take guests through a magical and uplifting story.
Experience the world’s longest unsupported gondola span, while traveling between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Spanning 4.4km at a max height of 436m, this 11-minute journey offers immense views of snow capped peaks, glaciers, old growth forests, and seemingly endless valleys.
After a long day on the slopes, there’s nothing better than a healing experience at iconic Scandinave Spa Whistler. It offers rejuvenating hot pools, cold plunges, solariums, and lounges, surrounded by a serene forest setting.
NEW AT WHISTLER FOR 2023
Whistler Blackcomb lift upgrades
The Creekside Gondola has been upgraded from a 6-person to a 10-person high-speed gondola, increasing uphill capacity by 35%, greatly improving wait times out of the popular Creekside base area. The Big Red Express has been upgraded from a 4-person, to a high-speed 6-person chair increasing uphill capacity by 30%.
Hotel renovations & dining
In 2022 Fairmont Chateau Whistler began a two-phase, $14 million room refresh of the hotel’s Fairmont rooms and Mountain View Suites. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler meanwhile has completed a full renovation of its private residences, following a renovation of the hotel’s rooms and suites in 2020.
Wild Blue, Whistler’s newest fine dining restaurant is located across from the Aava Whistler hotel. The venue features Northwest cuisine with sustainably sourced seafood, local ingredients, and an extensive wine selection and cocktail menu.
Epic Pass and Edge Cards now on sale for the 2023-2024 ski season.
Visiting Whistler in springtime offers a unique and exciting opportunity to experience this beautiful mountain town in a new light. For more details see https://www.whistler.com/spring/ and https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/.