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Whistler Winter Activities

by Peter Roundhill
Whistler in Winter

Winter activities in Whistler include skiing and snowboarding, but also snowshoeing, skating and other snow sports. There are tourist attractions to enjoy too.


2021/22 SKI SEASON

As of late August, the start of the 2021/22 ski season is expected to be Thursday, November 25th. Snow conditions permitting, that’s the date that skiing and snowboarding will begin!


Things to do in Whistler in Winter

The resort town of Whistler is known for its skiing and snowboarding that take place on its two mountains (i.e., Whistler and Blackcomb). However, there is a multitude of other activities available in the winter season both in and around the village. There are snow sports, activities at the Olympic Park, and other fun things like ziplining and bungee jumping (which happen year-round). See below for details about all of these activities.


Snow Sports in Whistler

As mentioned above, Whistler has world-class skiing and snowboarding facilities. Other snow activities in Whistler include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and a variety of offerings at the Whistler Olympic Park.


Skiing and Snowboarding at Whistler

Skiing and snowboarding at Whistler take place on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Between the two mountains there are some 240 runs and 36 lifts spread out over 8,000 acres of terrain.

For more information check out our page about Skiing and Snowboarding in Whistler.


Ski Lift at Whistler


Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing take place at Lost Lake Park, the Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Valley. All three places also have areas for snowshoeing and cross-country, with some shared trails and some specifically for each sport. The facilities also offer both guided tours and self-guided options.

Click Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing in Whistler for more details.



One of the most fun and exhilarating activities you can do in winter is go snowmobiling. It’s so much fun!

The Adventure Group offers snowmobiling tours at Cougar Mountain which is just a 10-minute drive from Whistler Village. They have tours pretty much every day between November (as soon as they have enough snow) and around the middle of April. The same company also offers Ziplining Tours which take place starting at the same venue all year round.

To learn about snowmobiling tours at Whistler see our article about TAG Whistler’s Snowmobiling Tours.


Whistler Snowmobiling Tour

Snowmobiling in Whistler


What’s at Whistler’s Olympic Park?

Besides cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, Olympic Park also offers opportunities for tobogganing, biathlon training and backcountry skiing. Olympic Park is well-equipped for visitors, as it has a restaurant, change rooms and a first aid station (but hopefully you won’t need the last place).

To learn more about the facilities here click Whistler Olympic Park.


Whistler Ski Hill in Winter


More Winter Activities to do in Whistler

Some other activities that take place in both the winter and summer include the following:

  • Winter Ziplining
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
  • Bungee Jumping

Whistler also has a variety of unique activities that take place only in the winter time. Some of these activities are listed below.

  • Ice Skating
  • Tubing
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Vallea Lumina (although this takes place year-round, but with snow on the ground in winter)

Other popular activities in Whistler include cultural attractions such as the Audain Art Museum and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.


Whisky Jack Bird at Whistler


Other Information

For a full list of activities that take place in Whistler during the winter time see the official Tourism Whistler website.

For ideas on things to do this time of year elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver’s Best Places in Winter.

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