Magic Moments: Whistler 2018 in Photos

Magic Moments: Whistler 2018 in Photos

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so we thought we’d let some of Whistler’s incredible photographers do the “talking” as we look back over the most magical moments of 2018.


A stormy day on the ski hill as a skier tackles the fresh powder.

The snow falls thick and fast here in Whistler. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

“Storm days are the best days.” — Mike Crane.

With this in mind, take a look at this blog post on how to make the most of Whistler’s powder dumps.

Whistler Village is lit up with festive lights in the trees and glowing Olympic rings.

Whistler Village glows with festive light. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

“One of my favourite times to photograph – blue hour in a winter wonderland.” — Mike Crane.

Whistler’s festive lights start going up in November – did you know that each tree holds around 7,000 light bulbs? Take a look at how Whistler turns into a winter wonderland to find out more festive stats.

A woman walks across a snow-filled frozen lake.

The crunch of fresh snow underfoot as you walk over a frozen lake. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

“A lone explorer on Green Lake takes in the rolling clouds.” — Justa Jeskova.

If you think this is a scene you’d like to star in, take a look at this blog post on some unusual winter picnic spots that include lake locations. One of the key things to consider before walking on a frozen lake is to make sure it’s actually frozen, so before you step foot on one take a read of this page to ensure conditions are safe.


Snowboarders take to the skies during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

“Go big! The World Ski and Snowboard Festival is always a great end of season party.” — Mike Crane.

Want to learn more about the World Ski and Snowboard Festival? Check out what happens during this epic spring festival. Note that this is a great time of year to enjoy long days, sun drenched runs, and some great deals.

Whistler’s black bears start to come out of hibernation in the early spring. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

“Spring thaws out Whistler’s biggest residents.” — Mike Crane.

Learn more about some of Whistler’s wilder inhabitants. If you do see a bear while you’re in Whistler, keep your distance – they can run up to 50 kilometres per hour (35 miles per hour), and have jaws and claws! We put some safety tips together here if you want to know more.

Snow Walls Whistler Mountain 2018

Canyons be deep. PHOTO MEGAN WILSON

“The opening of the snow walls each year is something that I really look forward to. Walking through a canyon cut into the previous season’s snow pack brings back memories of incredible pow days with friends. The views aren’t half bad either.” — Megan Wilson.

Read the full account of this awesome experience.


A rider tackles the Top of the World trail in the Whistler Bike Park.

Blue skies on the Top of the World mountain bike trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

“Adventure, adrenaline and big mountain scenery on the bike park’s Top of the World trail.” — Mike Crane.

To get an idea of just how much biking happens in Whistler over the year, check out all of the two-wheeled events.

Whistler's backyard brands - Kahuna Paddleboards

Sun glances off the water as this paddle boarder pushes out into the lake. PHOTO ABBY COOPER

“After a day of hunting for the best places to paddle board in Whistler, we made the four kilometre trek to Cheakamus Lake with an inflatable Kahuna on our backs. The hike had always felt like a breeze, but today it felt long. However, it was well worth the slog to soak in the sunset from the pristine glacial waters of Cheakamus Lake.” — Abby Cooper.

This photo was featured in our blog post on Whistler backyard brands, take a look at the list.

The view over the mountain ranges from the Cloudraker Skybridge.

The Cloudraker Skybridge opened this summer on Whistler Mountain. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

“The new suspension bridge was a big hit this summer.” — Justa Jeskova.

One of our most popular posts of 2018 was about the launch of the new Cloudraker Skybridge.


Mountain biking in Cheakamus

Pick your line on AM/PM. PHOTO HAILEY ELISE

“It started as a challenging day to be out shooting photos and video. The weather on either side was rainy and that particular day had been no different. However, the rain let up and we were left with prime conditions for making magic! I love the composition, Ollie’s moves, and the vibrant green that characterizes a healthy, damp forest.” — Hailey Elise.

Contributors, Hailey Elise and Ollie Jones produced a five-part series on the mountain bike trails in Whistler. Take a look at number one and plan your next biking visit.

Whistler Village stroll in the fall with the trees turning red and yellow.

It’s a time of golds and fire reds as fall comes to Whistler. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

“Fall descends on Whistler Village in a vibrant display.” — Mike Crane.

Autumn in Whistler is a great time for celebrating the arts as we have so many events that fill these stunning months, not to mention the gorgeous hikes and bike rides you can go on.

Bright lights fill the trees at Vallea Lumina in Whistler.

This is a photograph of the outdoor multimedia show called Vallea Lumina. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

“Vallea Lumina is a must see for every visitor and local. It’s the best new attraction in town.” — Justa Jeskova.

This magical multimedia light show was new for 2018 and literally made the forests come alive. Read a first-hand experience.

These are just a selection of the incredible images that were taken over the course of 2018. If any of them tempt you to visit Whistler at a certain time of year, be sure to check in with the team who can help you book it all in. See you soon! 

Dee Raffo

Dee Raffo

You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.