Insider’s Guide: When to Visit Whistler in the Winter

When to Visit Whistler in the Winter

Insider’s Guide: When to Visit Whistler in the Winter

While winter may be confined to three months in other parts of the world, in Whistler we revel in it for six! Each month offers unique must-do events, activities, and snow sports, making it hard to know when to visit. But not anymore! Whether you want to see and do a little bit of everything, or you’re focused on skiing and boarding the best conditions the Coast Mountains have to offer –  there is a winter month for you. We’re here to help you figure it out with this six-month guide to winter in Whistler.


NOVEMBER

This is when it really begins to feel like winter in Whistler. Anticipation for the ski season is high and there’s that “this is why we live here” energy in the air that is incredibly contagious. 

But it’s not all about the snow just yet. We’re still celebrating the arts and culinary scene with mega events like Fall for Arts, Whistler’s celebration of food and drink –  Cornucopia, and the start of the Whistler Film Festival

November in Whistler Infogrpahic

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Insider Tip: If you’re coming to Whistler during the peak winter season months now is the time to make some dinner reservations. Check out this blog on avoiding “hangry” moments.


DECEMBER

Whistler in December in one word = magical. The village is a-twinkle with holiday lights and the hot chocolate is flowing. We’re taking in the best Canadian and international films at the Whistler Film Festival and racking up days on the hill. There’s a lot of fun to be had with the kids with Family Après, the Whistler Holiday Experience, ice skating and more.

December in Whistler Stats

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Insider Tip: Early and mid December has the same twinkly festive-feel as Christmas week, but doesn’t carry the same price tag so can be a great time to come – check in with Whistler.com to check rates.

 

 


JANUARY

Fresh start, fresh snow. January in Whistler is officially midwinter which means you have every outdoor winter activity to choose from. The resort also welcomes one of the biggest parties of the year – the Whistler Pride & Ski Festival, complete with a parade, stand-up comedy acts, a snowball and more. A trip to Whistler is a guaranteed way to start the year off right!

January in Whistler

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Insider Tip: Visit mid-week for a quieter in-resort experience.

 

 


FEBRUARY

Welcome to deep winter. If you’re coming to explore the backcountry, now’s usually the best time to do it. The Rogers Hometown Hockey experience will also be visiting Whistler this month which means you can celebrate this national pastime by lacing up at Whistler Olympic Plaza, playing some hockey-themed games, and meeting some NHL alumni. With Valentine’s Day and Family Day also falling in this month, there are lots of ways to celebrate your loved ones.

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Insider Tip: Check out these Valentine’s Day ideas to help you plan ahead.

 

 


MARCH

If you don’t live in the Coast Mountains this stat may surprise you – March is typically Whistler’s snowiest month. Winter around here likes to go out with a bang. The sun starts to make an appearance again and every once in a while we’re treated to an overnight snowfall before a bluebird day. The days are also getting longer making it the perfect time to enjoy après and the alpenglow from one of Whistler’s patios. 

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Insider Tip: Be aware of spring break dates if you want to avoid the crowds.

 

 


APRIL

Not technically winter, this is the month for those who want to ski and snowboard every day but also want to walk around the village in a t-shirt. It’s also the beginning of winter/summer multi-sport days, you can go up the mountain in the morning and hit the lake in the afternoon. The World Ski and Snowboard Festival hits town mid-month so if you like snow, parties, art and mountain culture – you’ve got to be here.

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  • Hit up the terrain parks
  • Enjoy the snow AND sun
  • Take advantage of late season deals
  • Learn what “party in April, sleep in May” means at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival

Insider Tip: Take spring skiing tips from a pro.

 

 


There you have it, the plethora of winter in Whistler. If you still have questions about when you should visit or how to plan your ultimate vacation, Whistler.com travel agents are ready to chat when you are. See you on the slopes!

 

Nikkey

Nikkey

Nikkey got her start in Whistler as an outdoor guide and the habit of talking about the place has clearly stuck. Whistler’s general laid-back lifestyle and immediate access to fun is what’s kept her around. When not hanging out on the Whistler Insider team Nikkey works as a freelance creative for outdoor and wellness brands. Nikkey’s favourite Whistler animal is the marmot- she just wants to pinch those fluffy cheeks! (but never would because she respects wildlife and really likes having her fingers attached to her hands.)

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