Updated May 6, 2022 to reflect the change of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park opening from May 13 to May 19. Editor’s Note: Whistler Blackcomb’s plans are subject to change due to weather and ongoing staff shortages. We will try to update this blog when changes occur, but please bear this in mind when making your travel plans and consider checking with Guest Services at Whistler Blackcomb.

From Whistler’s unmatched alpine landscape, breathtaking glacier-fed lakes and lush forests of towering trees to the world’s premier mountain bike park and the valley’s endless network of trails, Whistler’s rugged, West Coast beauty will inspire a whole summer’s worth of adventure.

You can easily spend a whole day or more exploring Whistler Blackcomb, with its 50+ kilometres of hiking trails for all levels. There’s also the Cloudraker Skybridge, Raven’s Eye lookout and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola to experience, and you could always add a mountain-based activity tour into the mix like ziplining, ATVing or climbing. To celebrate a day well spent in the mountains enjoy a picnic at altitude, indulge at one of their Summer Feast events, or at the Umbrella Bar with its incredible views (and great Caesars).

Here’s what you need to know before you embark on your adventure to Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain Bike Park this summer.

What’s Open at Whistler Blackcomb This Summer

The iconic Whistler Mountain Bike Park is set to open May 19, with hiking and sightseeing launching on May 21. The Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye lookout are back and not to be missed (more details below), and you can raise a glass above the clouds at the Umbrella Bar this summer too!

Two people hike on Whistler Blackcomb in the high alpine. The sun rises in the background.
Get into the high alpine on Whistler Blackcomb this summer. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

General Information for Whistler Blackcomb Adventures

  • You are not required to wear a mask.
  • There is no reservation system for sightseeing, hiking, or bike park.
  • It’s best to purchase sightseeing and hiking, and bike park tickets online, ahead of time (you get a discount).
  • It’s cashless transactions only at Whistler Blackcomb.
  • If you have purchased, or put a deposit down for a winter season’s pass for 2022 / 23 then summer sightseeing on Whistler Blackcomb is included.
  •  If you plan on visiting Whistler Blackcomb more than once this summer season, consider purchasing a Summer 360 Experience Pass through Whistler Blackcomb (early booking rates until June 12, 2022).
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in Whistler.
Spanning two mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a Whistler must-do. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Sightseeing and Hiking on Whistler Blackcomb

The summer PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience includes access to the Whistler Village Gondola, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola (both opening May 21, 2022) and the Blackcomb Gondola (open from April 19 to May 23 and then reopening on June 18 – closed May 24 to June 17). Check the Hours of Operation page for up-to-date information on dates and hours.

Many of the high alpine trails will have snow on them until mid-July so, if there’s a certain trail you’re wanting to do make sure you check it’s open.

Black Tusk and Fall Hikers at Sunset
Iconic Black Tusk Mountain is the core of an extinct volcano and, according to local Indigenous legends, also the Landing Place of the Thunderbird. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Lookout Return

The Cloudraker Skybridge, a 130-metre alpine suspension bridge that gives you incredible views out over the Coast Mountains, is back after a two-year hiatus. At one end you’ll find the Raven’s Eye Lookout, a phenomenal viewing platform that gives you 360-degree mountain vistas. Read more in our Insider’s Guide to the Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge.

The Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven's Eye lookout on Whistler Blackcomb.
Incredible 360-degree mountain views from the Cloudraker Skybridge. PHOTO JOHN ENTWISTLE / WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

Look out for the new Cloudraker Interpretive Loop signage featuring Coast Salish art by Squamish Nation artist James Harry and stories from the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and Líl̓wat Nation, on whose unceded territory the mountains sit. There’s also explanations of the mountain’s man-made engineering feats and natural magic with detailed descriptions of the flora, fauna and alpine landscape viewpoints.

Dining on Whistler Blackcomb

Information on dining for the 2022 summer season will be coming soon, but we do know that the Umbrella Bar will be open on weekends until mid-July, and then it will be opening daily.

The Umbrella Bar on Whistler Mountain in the summer.
We love grabbing a Caesar at the Umbrella Bar on Whistler Mountain. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

The Whistler Bike Park opens on May 19, 2022 (snow clearing dependent). Park Zones will come into play as the snow melts, so keep your eyes on the hours of operation page and check Whistler Blackcomb’s trail page to see what’s open before you come.

This year, there’s increased capacity in the Bike Park with earlier uploads in the Garbanzo Zone (the Garbanzo Express is due to open June 11) and more cabins dedicated to bikes on the Whistler Village Gondola. Weekend extended hours will also come into effect as the season progresses, so again keep an eye on that hours of operation page.

Take a look at Whistler.com’s Stay & Bike Park Package for a deal when you book accommodation and Whistler Bike park tickets together.

Riders on a technical trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Get ready for some rocks and roots. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Top of the World

It’s been two years since mountain bike enthusiasts could experience the Peak Zone’s Top of the World bike trail (daily) to shred the 1500-metre descent to the valley below against the breathtaking backdrop of the snowcapped Coast Mountains. Back in daily rotation once the snow melts, the Peak Zone will return to its full glory. Keep your eye on Whistler Blackcomb’s social media and trail page for updates.

Two mountain bikers on Top of the World trail in Whistler
Go with a pro. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

No Creekside Zone

The Creekside Zone will be closed this summer season due to upgrades to the Creekside Gondola and Big Red Express Chairlift, both set for completion before the 2022 / 23 winter season (exciting!). The project is part of the $320M Epic Lift Upgrade by Vail Resorts, which will allow for the growth of the Creek Zone trail network in years to come (read: more trails for bikers).

Level Up With Lessons

Both Men’s and the GT Women’s Nights are back on and Whistler Blackcomb is offering two new lesson types; Progress the Park and Elevate the Park, aimed at helping adult riders safely advance their skills on both flow and tech trail riding. These are in addition to their Daily Adult Clinics (some experience needed), Intro to Park (no experience needed) and Privates (no experience needed).

For the kids, DFX is back with their club and daily group lessons, along with the three-day, Summer Gravity Camps for the tweens, teens and adults. And, the Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee race series is also back! Find out more about Whistler Blackcomb lessons on their website.

New to the Whistler Bike Park?

Any beginners planning to visit the Whistler Bike Park for the first time are strongly encouraged to take a lesson and take it from us, you’re going to want the proper equipment. Check out Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park 101: A First-Timer’s Guide for a full rundown on what you need and what to expect.

Whistler Blackcomb has put up progression signage in the park this summer to allow riders to safely figure out which trail to try next as they improve their skills. The team at the Orientation Centre (located at the top of the Fitzsimmons chairlift) can also help riders navigate the area and get riding tips.

Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival

The Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival makes a return this summer and you can catch the gravity-fueled, two-wheel action from August 5 to 14. Whistler Blackcomb has confirmed that the Enduro World Series and legendary Red Bull Joyride will be back and we can’t wait!

6 Not-to-Miss Summer Experiences on Whistler Blackcomb

The mountains are always a hot stop for a cool summer escape and with all of the signature experiences back, there’s no better time to get into the alpine.

Hikers on High Note Trial in Whistler
Create your Whistler Blackcomb hiking bucket list this summer. PHOTO MARK MACKAY

1. Snow Walls

Late May and early June is when you can typically experience the snow walls on the way to Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain. They obviously melt, so time is of the essence if you want to feel the coolness of this frozen pathway carved into the snow.

2. Picnics with Altitude

Pack a picnic (have fun visiting Whistler’s take-out dining options, bakeries and grocery stores) and find a secluded and cool spot to dine in the alpine. Read some of our suggested spots in Picnics With Altitude.

3. Alpine Wildflowers

From the end of July until mid-August is when to experience the full bloom of Whistler’s alpine wildflowers. Take a read of Alpine Wildflower Season in Whistler for more info on what you’ll see and where to go.

4. Ascent Trail Challenge

Hike the Ascent Trail, which goes from the base of Blackcomb Mountain all the way to the top in the shade of the old-growth forest. The full trail is a 6.2-kilometre journey with 1,200 metres of elevation gain, but there are options to break it into two smaller sections. Read about the options in Insider Guide: Summer Hiking in Whistler.

5. Summer Feast Mountain BBQ’s

Celebrating the day at The Summer Feast, a BBQ / buffet style dinner event that takes over the Roundhouse Lodge in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. More details coming.

6. Tours on the Mountains

Play in the mountains by taking a guided hike, bear viewing, riding an ATV or climbing on a Via Ferrata tour.

This summer will be one that sees Whistler adjusting to the after-effects of COVID-19 and the global staff shortage. Make sure you know what to expect before you arrive and pack your patience!

Stay longer and save this summer with 4-night stays from $159 per night plus a free $100 Adventure Voucher. If you are a BC or Washington resident, be sure to check out Whistler Rewards for the best seasonal deals and perks. You can also win a trip to Whistler by entering the Summer Recharge Contest, which includes return flights, accommodation and a whole host of incredible Whistler activities.

Travel Update

There are no quarantine or COVID-19 testing requirements to visit British Columbia. Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land, or water. Face coverings and proof of vaccination are no longer required for indoor public settings in BC, but some individual businesses may continue to require these on their premises and these policies must be respected.  Health and safety remain top of mind for Whistler, visit the Whistler Doors Open Directory to learn how local businesses are upholding the highest standards in health and safety for all. Information and resources for travellers are available at whistler.com/covid.
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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.