Ice Skating in Whistler

  • A well-loved Canadian winter pastime - best enjoyed with friends and hot chocolate!
  • Skate outdoors in the heart of the Village in Whistler Olympic Plaza or on local lakes when conditions are safe
  • Skate indoors year-round at Meadow Park Sports Centre

Go ice skating for free in the heart of Whistler Village with views of the surrounding mountains, the Olympic Rings and thousands of twinkling festive lights.


Admission is free! Rentals skates available for $5. Helmets available at no charge.

Dates and Hours of Operation Winter 2015/16

Rink scheduled to open December 12, 2015 and usually stays open until March.

Opening Hours Closed for Ice Maintenance Rental Shop Hours
11 AM - 9 PM 2 PM - 3 PM
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
11 AM - 2 PM
3 PM - 5:30 PM
6:30 PM - 9 PM

More Information

  • Push bars available for anyone learning to skate - helmets are encouraged for beginners
  • To keep the ice surface safe and family-friendly, hockey and figure skating are not permitted

Special Events

Skate with Santa

Date: Sunday December 20, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Description: Did you know Santa loves to skate? Come and skate with him at the outdoor rink on a magical holiday evening.

Whistler Presents: New Year's Eve Celebrations

Date: Thursday December 31, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Various Venues including the Whistler Olympic Plaza Skating Rink, wristbands required
Description: A family-friendly event held in several venues across the Village. For the duration of the event, the ice skating rink will be available to wristband holders only. More Information

Outdoor Skating on Local Lakes

When conditions are right, skating is possible on many local lakes. Skating on natural ice should only be undertaken when weather conditions have created safe ice conditions and is undertaken at your own risk. When in doubt, head to the outdoor rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza or the indoor rink at Meadow Park instead.

Important Safety Tips:

  • Never skate alone
  • Check the weather (temperatures should ideally be below -10° C / 14° F for several days prior to skating)
  • Speak with local residents or call a local fishing tour operator to check conditions
  • Bring a drill and skating pole to test the thickness of the ice. A 15 cm (6 in) minimum ice thickness is recommended
  • Stay close to shore where the water is shallower
  • Stay away from any open water areas including small holes and slushy spots
  • Wear a helmet and other protective gear
  • Dress for cold weather conditions
  • Small children shoule be supervised at all times

Indoor Skating

Meadow Park Sports Centre

The Meadow Park Sports Centre features an NHL-sized ice surface with public skating available daily between noon and 3 PM (subject to change for special events and holidays).

Qualified skate attendants are on hand and there is a full service skate shop with skate rentals, helmets and push bars. The Centre also offers lessons, over-16 open skate sessions and parent and tot public skate sessions.

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Black Friday Offer

2-day / 2-night Stay & Ski Packages from only $97 per person per night

Valid for arrivals from Now - Dec 22. Must be booked with lodging.