Ice Skating in Whistler

  • A true Canadian experience and much loved winter pastime - best enjoyed with friends and hot chocolate!
  • Skate outdoors in winter at the Whistler Olympic Plaza rink in the Village or on local lakes (see safety tips)
  • Whistler Olympic Plaza rink is great entertainment for the whole family in the heart of the Village
  • Skate indoors year-round at Meadow Park Sports Centre

Outdoor Skating Rink

Whistler Olympic Plaza transforms into an outdoor skating paradise over winter. Skate for free in the heart of Whistler Village with views of the surrounding mountains, the Olympic Rings and thousands of twinkling festive lights. a fire pit and coffee shops nearby for refreshments make it the perfect place to experience Whistler


The rink is now closed for the season. Opening dates are usually from mid-December - April.


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

Special Events

Skate with Santa

Date: Sunday December 21, 2014
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: Wednesday December 31, 2014
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

The best spots to skate include Green Lake and Alta Lake. Remember that skating on natural ice is at your own risk. When in doubt, head to an outdoor rink or arena 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 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 appropriately 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.

Ice Skating Whistler

The Whistler Insider:
Lace 'em Up

The Insider delves into the Canadian tradition of teaching your kids to skate and which of Whistler's numerous icy venues is best suited for your needs.

Insider's Guide to Whistler

The Insider's Guide to Whistler:
Bring the Kids

Whistler Insider Feet Banks and adventurer Robin Esrock teamed up with their families for a fun day out in the snow.

Book Early and Save Ski Package

Winter 15/16 Stay & Ski Packages
Book Early and Save!

Book by August 31 for the biggest savings! Plus kids stay, ski, rent and airport transfer for free.