Ice Skating in Whistler

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

Each winter a special ice skating rink opens in Whistler Olympic Plaza, where you can go ice skating in the heart of Whistler Village with views of the surrounding mountains, the Olympic Rings and thousands of twinkling, festive lights.

Appropriate health and safety protocols have been implemented at this facility.

Dates and Hours

The rink is scheduled to open from November 26, 2021 until late March 2022* and is weather dependent.

Opening Hours Closed for Ice Maintenance Rental Shop Hours
11 AM – 8:30 PM 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
5 PM – 6 PM
11 AM – 1:30 PM
2:30 PM – 5 PM
6 PM – 8:30 PM

Holiday Hours

December 24
11 AM – 1:30 PM, 2:30 – 5 PM and 6 – 8 PM
December 25
12 PM – 4 PM
December 31
11 AM – 1:30 PM, 2:30 – 5 PM and 6 – 10 PM

Facilities and Activities

  • Limited capacity on ice surfaces
  • Skaters and encouraged to bring their own skates and helmets
  • Helmets are encouraged, limited supply available (no charge)
  • Skate aids (no charge)
  • No spectators permitted in the facility
  • Adjacent Snow Zone for snow play
  • To keep the ice surface safe and family-friendly, hockey and figure skating are not permitted


  • $2 admission fee with your own skates
  • $8 skate rental charge, includes admission fee
  • Helmets and skate aids are available at no charge

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 should 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 with daytime and evening sessions (subject to change for special events and holidays). Entry is by reservation only and 60-minute timeslots can be booked up to 72 hours in advance.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own skates and helmets to public skating sessions. Alternatively, the full service skate shop will be open to provide skate rentals, helmets and skate aids as needed. All rental equipment will be properly sanitized between each user.

For more information on Meadow Park Sports Centre hours and rink operating times visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler Recreation site.

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