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Whistler is near Vancouver in British Columbia. Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter skiing and outdoor sports destination. The official name for the municipality is the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

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Points of Interest in Whistler

  • Take in the view from the top of the mountain. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run daily almost year-round (they are closed for maintenance during October-early November). The views from the top are quite spectacular. Sightseeing tickets cost $40.
  •    Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Hwy 99 (11km (7 miles) south of Whistler). A 70m waterfall and subsequent canyon along Brandywine Creek. From the parking lot, it is a 10-15 minute walk along a good trail to the viewing platform.

Whistler Village Gondola

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola

Fitzsimmons Express Ski Lift

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Wizard Express Ski Lift

Magic Chair Ski Lift

Whistler Medals Plaza

Whistler Mountain

Squamish Lil\'wat Cultural Centre

Garbanzo Express Ski Lift

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Emerald Express Ski Lift

Whistler Sliding Centre

Nita Lake

Catskinner Chair Ski Lift

Creekside Gondola

Whistler Olympic Park

Nicklaus North Golf Course

Blackcomb Peak

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About Whistler

Climate

Not surprisingly for a ski resort, Whistler gets its fair share of snow and cold weather. Winter temperatures average about 0°C during the day and -6°C overnight in the village with snow typically on the ground from December into April. Summer days can be quite warm, with temperatures reaching the high Celsius 20s, but nights tend to be cool. As with the rest of the Lower Mainland, there is significantly more precipitation from November through April than other times of the year.

Activities

Whistler-Blackcomb

If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb, 1-800-766-0449 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134, [3]. With 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs on two mountains and a vertical drop of over 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), Whistler-Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and consistently ranks as one of the top three ski destinations in North America. The variety of terrain is huge — ranging from beginner areas to chutes and trees and groomed cruising runs to alpine bowls heaped with powder after a fresh snow fall — so there should be something to suit everyone. On the freestyle side of things, it has four terrain parks, a snow cross track and a superpipe.

If you are staying in Whistler Village or are parked in the day lots, the closest access point for both mountains is the two gondolas from Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village. The ride up takes 20-25 minutes and lineups can be long during the morning. Whistler Creekside has a gondola that accesses the southwest side of Whistler Mountain. This is a long walk from the Village so it is only useful if you are staying in the Creekside area or have a car. Village North has a couple of lifts that access Blackcomb Mountain and a beginners area. The gondolas start operation at 8:30AM and stop between 3PM and 4PM, depending on the time of the year. Snow conditions are available from the Snow Phone at 1-800-766-0449.

Both mountains open the fourth weekend of November and the main season runs until late April. Conditions permitting, the resort will keep one of the mountains open until early June for spring skiing. An adult lift ticket costs $89 at peak times of the year (typically over Christmas and during March), with slightly cheaper rates at other times. Spring skiing tickets are cheaper at $47. Lift tickets are also available at the 7-Eleven convenience store in Squamish (on the drive up from Vancouver), where they are sold at a small discount.

The Blackcomb Glacier opens for a few hours a day from mid-June to early August, but there are only a few runs as most of it is used by summer ski and snowboard camps.

Other activities

  • Backcountry skiing and cross country skiing are popular in Whistler as well. There is cross country skiing around Lost Lake, including night skiing if the conditions are right, and Backcountry Skiing throughout the valley, particularly off of the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb. The Callaghan Valley is just south of Whistler (turn left before Function Junction) and will host the Nordic Skiing events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Callaghan Country hosts guided ski touring, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing tours in this region. Heliskiing is an expensive but worthwhile endeavour if you crave making tracks where few others do. Several operators make Whistler's miles of backcountry terrain available to visitors.
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park, access from Skiers Plaza,  +1 -866-218.9690 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134. 10AM - 5PM daily mid-May to mid-Oct. Open until 8PM during summer. During summer, the skiing paradise turns into a biker's paradise with a handful of lifts carrying bikers and bikes up the mountain. There are over 50 runs and 4,900 feet of vertical catering to all skill levels. Tracks include single trails and fast race tracks with spectacular jumps and some Northshore elements have been built. Bikes can be rented at the base of the Whistler gondola. Lift tickets regularly $51, $44 early season.
  • Golf is a popular activity in Whistler and it has a driving range & 3 championship caliber courses, & two more amazing courses under Mount Currie in nearby Pemberton.


  • There are a number of hiking trails in and around Whistler. For the casual walker looking for a pleasant walk through an ancient grove of cedar trees, Cougar Mountain provides an easy hour loop. More aggressive day hikers might head to Brandywine Meadows, a six hour trip up much steeper terrain. And multi-day backpackers also have a variety of options including the Helm Creek trail to Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk. Of course, the ski lifts and gondolas of Whistler Blackcomb operate in the summer to offer hikers a relaxing short cut into back country.
  • Whistler also offers some excellent sport and trad/gear rock climbing. Within the city limits there are several small, single pitch crags collectively known as Nordic Rock. The area offers 23 vertical routes, most of them sport, up to 20m long ranging in difficulty from 5.8 - 5.13a (French: 5 - 7c+). For more information on the routes in Whistler and area, check out any of the quality guide books describing the climbing in the Sea to Sky corridor.
  • There are a number of companies that specialize in outdoor adventure travel such as whitewater rafting, fly fishing, ATV (all terrain vehicle) tours, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other types of activities. Depending on your particular tastes, some or all of these can be extremely entertaining and are generally professionally run. Tour operators include:
    • Valley Fishing Guides Ltd., 1-877-858-7688, [4]
    • Canadian Outback, 1-800-565-8735, [5]
    • Whistler Backcountry Adventure, 1-888-297-2222, [6]
    • Activity Bookers [7]
  • Whistler Tennis Club. Rates start at $32/hour for indoor courts to $16/hour for outdoor courts.
  • Bear Watching. Whistler is famous for its black bears, with up to 70 living around the village. They can be seen on the mountain bike park occasionally. For a better chance of viewing them, an organised bear tour is a good option. $189.

Hotsprings

There are hotsprings & fumaroles that appear time to time trough the Glacier in the caldera north side of Whistler & Blackcomb in Garibaldi park, & a undeveloped hotsprings at the north end near the logging road that descends to the Lillooet River. For more accessible Hotsprings in the Area:

  •    Saint Agnes Well Hotsprings, In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road. $10/person, kids 10 & under free..
  •    Keyhole hotsprings, Upper Lillooet FSR 44Km. 24/7. Free.
  • Meager Creek Hot SpringsRoad Closed Limited Access............ Details all 3 Hotsprings See Pemberton

Food

Whistler village has a variety of restaurants ranging from very cheap fast food to expensive, and covering a number of styles. Regardless of what type of food you're looking for, the best way to find good food in Whistler is to take a walk around the village.

Whistler's on-slope food is surprisingly good and varied. Though you'll pay a small premium for the high altitude service, your udon bowl ($10) or salmon steak ($12) is similarly priced to the village below and though the seating arrangements may be less comfortable than what you'll find in the village, the dining views can't be beat. One special on-hill treat is the enormous waffles topped with berries, cream, and chocolate at the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain.

Budget

  • Ciao-Thyme Cafe. 8AM-5PM. Serves breakfast and lunch with a bit more flair than the usual bacon, eggs and toast. The Bob breakfast sandwiches are recommended. $5-15.
  • Lift Coffee Company (next to Whistler Village Gondola). Coffee shop with a good selection of fresh salads, soups and sandwiches, also offers Whistler Brewing Company beers. The patio is great on a sunny day. approx $12.
  • Mogul's Coffee. Tasty paninis and sandwiches like Chicken Cranberry, as well as small items like samosas and baked goods. $3-9.
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory, Whistler Village, close to Lulu Lemon. An old fashioned Italian restaurant, serves meals with a free loaf of bread per table, and tasty big dishes ranging from $12 to $20. The food is delightful, not to be missed. Serves lunch and dinner.

Midrange

  • The Brewhouse, 4355 Blackcomb Way (near the Fire Hall),  +1 604-905-2739. 11:30AM - midnight Su-Th, 11:30AM - 1AM F-Sa.
  •    Caramba!, 12-4314 Main St,  +1 604-938-1879. Mediterranean inspired dishes with local flavour. The pizzas are recommended.
  • Citta, 7-4154 Village Green,  +1 604-932-4177. Popular spot to hang out with its patio on Village Square with decent pub fare.
  • earls, 200-4295 Blackcomb Way,  +1 604-935-3222. One of a large chain of restaurants. Serves a lot of good appetizers and decent cocktails, in an average price range.
  • Kypriaki Norte, 4122 Village Green,  +1 604-932-0600. Medditerrean and seafood. $20-$30.
  • Mongolie Grill, 201-4295 Blackcomb Way,  +1 604-938-9416. A unique and delicious stir fry restaurant. Pick from a wide variety of ingredients, customize your sauce, and watch them stir fry it up in front of you. Although it depends largely on how much you pick out, prices are usually in the mid-range. Beware of your eyes being bigger than your stomach though, as it adds up quickly!

Splurge

  •    Araxi, 4222 Village Square,  +1 604-932-4540. Italian and seafood. Reviewers found the food was good, although expensive, and recommended the wine list. Mains $25-40.
  • Monk's Grill, 4555 Blackcomb Way,  +1 604-932-9677. Upscale restaurant with steaks and seafood.
  • Teppan Village, 301-4293 Mountain Square,  +1 604-932-2223. 5:30PM - 10PM daily. Japanese teppanyaki.
  • Whistler Tasting Tours (Whistler Restaurant Tours), 4111 Golfers Approach Suite #201,  +1 604-902-8687. 9AM-7PM Daily. Walk-about dining tours, guiding groups to several gourmet Whistler restaurants for a delicious multi-course dinner paired with fine BC wines.

Drinks

One of the true joys of Whistler is to go to one of the many bars after a long day of skiing or outdoor activities. The bars are where many of the visitors gather and the atmosphere is laid back and easygoing.

You'll find almost any type of drink at the many bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs in Whistler. If you like beer, try a local "micro-brewery" beer at one of the pubs in the village.

  •    Buffalo Bills, 4122 Village Green (across from the Telus Conference Center),  +1 604-932-6613. 3PM-2AM M-Sa, 3PM-12AM Su. Restaurant and nightclub with pool tables, big screen TVs and a large dance floor.
  • Dubh Linn Gate Pub, 170-4320 Sundial Cres,  +1 -800-387-3311. 7AM - 1AM daily. Irish-style pub with good food and live music nightly after 8PM.
  • Dusty's Bar and BBQ, 2040 London Lane (near the bottom of the Creekside Gondola),  +1 604-905-2146. Bar and restaurant with the feel of a big cabin, features great barbeque and rock music. Popular for après. Meal $15-$30.
  • Garfinkel's, 4308 Main Street (Whistler Village),  +1 604 932-2323. Nightclub located in the village
  • Garibaldi Lift Co., 4165 Springs Ln (above the bottom of the Whistler gondola),  +1 604-905-2220. Open daily until 1AM. Popular spot for apres ski with its patio looking out at the base of the mountain and Skiers Plaza.
  • Merlins, 4545 Blackcomb Way (Upper Village near the bottom of Wizard chair),  +1 604-938-7700. Your run-of-the-mill pub, with darts and table hockey.

Shopping

As is common to tourist-centric villages and towns, Whistler village has a number of shops awaiting you. In general, the shopping is better and you'll find more variety in nearby Vancouver, so if you're on a budget, your money is likely to go farther in Vancouver. On the other hand, many of the stores in Whistler village are a pleasure to visit and the outdoor setting makes browsing (or shopping) more enjoyable than the large malls found in Vancouver.

  • Whistler Ski Butlers Rental Delivery, Learn to ski or snowboard or re-visit the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb mountains again in style with this equipment rental service company. , [8]

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Whistler on Wikivoyage.

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