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 inspires a whole summer’s worth of adventure.

You can easily spend a whole weekend or more exploring Whistler Blackcomb, with its 50+ kilometres of hiking trails for all levels and over 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced trails for mountain bikers. There’s also the Cloudraker Skybridge & Raven’s Eye and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, part of the Summer Alpine Experience, and you could always add a mountain-based activity tour into the mix like ziplining, ATVing or climbing. Then, to celebrate a day well spent, you can enjoy a picnic at altitude at sunset, indulge in a Mountain Top Summer Feast, or raise a glass 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.

When Do Things Open at Whistler Blackcomb this Summer?

The iconic Whistler Mountain Bike Park opens on May 17, with hiking and sightseeing on Blackcomb Mountain launching on May 21, followed by Whistler Mountain and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola on June 15. The Peak Express Chairlift, which gets you access to the Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye is slated to open on June 21, BUT please take a look at the Mountain Hours of Operation page before you make your plan as the weather and mechanical checks play a huge role in mountain operations and sometimes that can’t be planned for!

A quick note on spring hours. From April 15 to May 20 the Whistler Village Gondola is open for sightseeing. There is no access to Blackcomb Mountain or PEAK 2 PEAK at this time. Blackcomb Mountain will open up for summer sightseeing on May 21, with the Whistler Village Gondola resuming operations for summer sightseeing on June 15. 

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

  • Although Summer Alpine Experience Tickets never sell out, it can’t help to get them early so all you need to do is pick them up when you get here. You can book them via Whistler.com or by calling 1-800-944-7853. In resort, you can grab Summer Alpine Experience Tickets from the Whistler Visitor Centre or Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations. Summer Alpine Experience season passes and single-day lift tickets are now on sale, with early-bird pricing available until June 16.
  • It’s best to purchase bike park tickets online, ahead of time.
  • It’s cashless transactions only at Whistler Blackcomb.
  • If you have purchased or put a deposit down for a winter season pass for 2024/25, then summer sightseeing on Whistler Blackcomb is included.
  • There is no reservation system for sightseeing, hiking, or the bike park.
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 Alpine Experience Ticket includes access to the Whistler Village Gondola, Blackcomb Gondola and PEAK 2 PEAK, Peak Express Chairlift, Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye although you need to know what’s open when you’re planning your trip.

Important Things to Note

  • Blackcomb Gondola opens on May 21 for summer sightseeing. Whistler Gondola and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola are due to open on June 15, providing access to both mountains and over 50 KM of hiking trails to explore.
  • The Peak Express Chairlift, which gives you access to the Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye is due to open on June 21. Note that the June 21 date is dependent on snowmelt and mechanical checks, so again, check the hours of operation before you make your trip.
  • All three gondolas (Blackcomb, Whistler and Creekside) operate until September 22. The Peak Express Chairlift, which gives you access to the Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Lookout is scheduled to close on September 15, weather dependent.
  • The last day of sightseeing and hiking for summer 2024 on Whistler Blackcomb is September 22, but always check the hours of operation page for up-to-date information.
  • Some of the high alpine trails may have snow on them until mid-July so if there’s a certain trail you want to do, make sure you check it’s open.
Three women walk up Whistler Mountain amongst the snow walls in the early summer.
Typically open in mid-June, the snow wall canyon on Whistler Mountain is a must-see (and feel). PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Snow Walls on Whistler Blackcomb

Early season sightseeing means the alpine hiking trails are still covered, but Whistler Blackcomb has cleared the access road from the Rendezvous on Blackcomb Mountain to the top of Jersey Cream chairlift and the southside road toward 7th Heaven snowmaking reservoir, leaving canyons of snow walls. It’s an easy hike, but guests should plan for a 45 to 60 minute trip from the Rendezvous.

This unique sightseeing experience won’t last long, so check out our blog for tips and get up to Whistler to see the snow walls for yourself before they’re gone!

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

A trip to Whistler isn’t complete without a walk along the Cloudraker Skybridge, a 130-metre alpine suspension bridge with incredible views out over the Coast Mountains. At one end you’ll find the Raven’s Eye Lookout, a phenomenal viewing platform that gives you 360-degree mountain vistas. Make sure you check what’s open before you book your tickets.

The Peak Express Chairlift, which gets you access to the Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye is slated to open on June 21, with the last day of operations being September 15. If you’re travelling with kids, note that there’s a height requirement of 40 inches (3.3 feet / one metre) to ride the Peak Chair and that you can’t ride the chair with a child in any form of carrier. To experience the bridge with your little one you will have to hike there and back versus taking the Peak Chair.

Mountain operations are affected by the weather, so please check the hours of operation before you plan your trip. Read more about Whistler’s Suspension Bridge in our Insider’s Guide to the Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge.

Two people stand on the Raven Eye on Whistler Blackcomb, looking out over the Coast Mountains in the summer sun.
The Raven’s Eye is at one end of the Whistler suspension bridge, a must-do for this summer. PHOTO GUY FATTAL

Look out for the 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 Whistler sits. There are 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

Christine’s on Blackcomb is open daily from June 21 to September 2. Reservations will open on June 7, we recommend booking your table in advance. The Roundhouse Lodge and Umbrella Bar (Whistler Mountain) are opening daily from June 15, with the Rendezvous Lodge (Blackcomb Mountain) opening on May 22.

Raven’s Nest (Whistler Mountain) is set to open on June 15, offering freshly made sandwiches, salads and cold beverages for riders in the Whistler Bike Park to enjoy before or after their ride. The Summer Feasts also start on June 21 at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain – it’s good to note that kids ages 6 and under are free with a paying adult.

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 for it’s 25th anniversary on May 17, 2024, with the debut of the new Fitzsimmons Express chair! Plus, riders will find plenty of fun to be had with exciting new trails designed for every ability, plus the new Gatorade Skills Park, in addition to two new trails in the Fitzsimmons zone for riders to hone in on their skills. 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. Whistler Blackcomb recently released some Whistler Bike Park Zone Maps to help you see what’s open and when.

Riders can upload via Fitzsimmons Express starting May 17. Creekside Gondola will open on June 8, with the Whistler Village Gondola following on June 15.  Keep an eye on the hours of operation page when you make your plans.

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

The Peak Zone’s Top of the World bike trail is a bucket-list, 1,500-metre descent to the valley below against the breathtaking backdrop of the snowcapped Coast Mountains. Keep your eye on Whistler Blackcomb’s social media and trail page for updates on when it’s opening. To do Top of the World you need a specific ticket. These are limited in number and you must get them from Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations.

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

Level up with Lessons

If you’re looking to pick up some new skills and improve your riding this season, taking a lesson with a pro is the way to go. If you’re new to downhill biking, opt for the Intro to Park session, which helps first-time riders develop basic downhill skills. They also offer private clinics for groups of up to four people, so if you’ve got a crew that’s a similar skill level this could be a good option as what you focus on is fully customizable. There are also Men’s Nights and Women’s Nights, for all levels of riders, which are fun and pressure-free.

For the kids, DFX is back with their club and daily group lessons, along with three-day Summer Gravity Camps for tweens, teens and adults. 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 of what you need and what to expect.

Whistler Blackcomb has put up progression signage in the park to allow riders to safely figure out which trails 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 has shifted into July this summer and you can catch the gravity-fuelled, two-wheel action from July 19 to 28, 2024. Crankworx has confirmed that the Canadian Enduro Championships are back in 2024 and that Red Bull Joyride is happening on Saturday, July 27.

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

Mid-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 up the Mountain

Celebrate your day at The Summer Feast, a buffet-style dinner event that takes over the Roundhouse Lodge in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For dates, times and tickets visit whistler.com.

6. Tours on the Mountains

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

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Author

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.