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Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort in 2021

Whistler-Blackcomb

Whistler-Blackcomb is western Canada’s premier ski resort, home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and a best place for skiing and snowboarding.

For details specifically about the resort town, see our article about Whistler Village. To learn more about the ski hill in winter (and the summer), continue reading. To find out what the snow and terrain conditions are like currently, click Whistler Ski Conditions.

 


WHISTLER’S 2021 SKI SEASON

Whistler Blackcomb closed for the 2020/21 ski season on March 29th, 2021. This was much earlier than usual, but due to COVID-19 and government orders to close the resort. Snow conditions permitting, the 2021/22 season started on Thursday, November 25th (so just in time for American Thanksgiving).

To learn more about the ski hill and surrounding area, see the website WhatToDoInWhistler.ca.


 

Peak of Whistler in Summer

 


This article contains information about the following topics:

Current Ski Conditions | Whistler-Blackcomb in Winter | Ski Ticket Rates | Edge Card and Day Passes | Whistler on Family Day | Whistler-Blackcomb in Summer | Other Information


 

Current Whistler Ski Conditions

Due to the ski resort being closed, as of the late spring of 2021, Whistler Blackcomb was no longer updating their snow conditions page. Below are the snow conditions as of their last updated time.

As of 10:30 am on December 7th, 2021, 1 cm of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours and 21 cm in the past week. There has been 276 cm of snowfall so far for the season with 124 cm remaining at the base.

Also as of December 7th, it was around -2 degrees and fairly cloudy at alpine levels. It was -1 degrees and also cloudy in the Village. A mix of sun and clouds along with a little more snow and moderate winds remains in the forecast for the ski hill over the next few days.

 

Whistler-Blackcomb in Winter

Whistler and Blackcomb are two ski mountains located right next to each other. Between them they offer over 200 runs and over 8,000 acres of terrain.

The ski hills are in the beautiful resort town of Whistler, less than two hours from Vancouver in good driving conditions.

The ski hills have runs for all levels, from total beginners to world-champion skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s terrain parks are also impressive.

In 2017, based on a poll it conducted with Snow Park Technologies, Newschoolers, which many consider the world’s top skiing website, named Whistler-Blackcomb the #1 terrain park in the entire Northwest region of Canada and the United States! In number three position was Grouse Mountain.

The ski season at Whistler usually starts in late November. It opened for the 2019/20 season on November 28th in 2019 and on November 26th in 2020. First day of the season in 2021 is expected to be November 25th.

The 2020/21 ski season at Whistler Mountain was expected to run until May 24th, 2021. Blackcomb Mountain, meanwhile, was expected to operate only until April 18th, 2021. On March 29th, however, BC Health Authorities announced the temporary closure of the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort due to COVID-19. As a result, March 29th was the final day of the 2020/21 ski season for both Whistler and Blackcomb.

Whistler-Blackcomb is a huge resort, so there is no worry about getting bored or not finding new runs to explore, unless you ski for several days.

 

Winter Ski Ticket Rates

Tickets typically include access to both mountains, and passes go for between about $150 and $160 (plus or minus a few dollars) per day for adults online. As a result of coronavirus restrictions, you can’t buy day passes at the ticket window for the 2020/2021 season.

Online and phone-ordered lift ticket prices vary throughout the season and are most expensive over the Christmas season which is from around December 21st until the first weekend in January. They are cheapest up until mid-December and in the late spring.

Ticket prices are also less the more days you ski. And if you plan to ski regularly then further discounts are available through the Edge Card where you prepay for tickets at a reduced rate, plus qualify for a wide range of additional discounts including subsequent days of skiing. (Note: Edge Cards can usually only be purchased up until the beginning of December.)

Tickets are also sometimes available at a fairly good points-to-dollar exchange rate (especially for Gold members) through the Air Miles program (or at least in years without COVID-19).

 

Whistler Mountains in Winter

 

2020/2021 Ticket Rates

Below are the prices you would have paid online for dates in December 2020 and January and February 2021. These prices are the amounts posted online for the days listed as of early in the 2020/21 season. Different dates would have had different prices, but these rates will give you an idea of what to expect. 5% GST taxes are extra.

 

For Friday, December 25, 2020

  • Adults (ages 19-64) – $165
  • Seniors (ages 65+) – $149
  • Youth (ages 13-18) – $140
  • Children (ages 7-12) – $83

 

For Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Adults (ages 19-64) – $161
  • Seniors (ages 65+) – $145
  • Youth (ages 13-18) – $137
  • Children (ages 7-12) – $81

 

For Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Adults (ages 19-64) – $161
  • Seniors (ages 65+) – $145
  • Youth (ages 13-18) – $137
  • Children (ages 7-12) – $81

 

Edge Card/Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass

Each year Whistler offers their Edge Card. This card is for residents of Canada and Washington State. It provides guests with mountain access for 2, 5 or 10 days. When purchasing, folk can choose either a restricted or unrestricted Edge Card.

The restricted card offers the same benefits as the unrestricted one except that it’s not available for use on select days during peak season and holidays. The Edge Card also offers folk the option to use a portion of their days purchased at one of Vail Resorts’ other owned mountains.

For rates and other details regarding the Edge Card for the 2020/2021 season visit the Whistler Blackcomb Seasons Passes page. (Note: As already mentioned above, you can usually only buy Edge Cards up until early December.)

The Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass is a new option for the 2020/2021 season. It allows folk to ski and snowboard exclusively at Whistler Blackcomb anywhere from 1 to 10 days. Similar to the Edge Card, the Day Pass also allows skiers to choose between restricted or unrestricted passes. Click Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass to learn more.

For both of the passes listed above, days purchased can be used either consecutively or spread out throughout the season. The discount for each pass increases with the amount of days purchased.

 

Whistler on Family Day

Whistler usually offers special activities and discounts on the holiday Monday of the Family Day Long Weekend in mid-February. Special deals in 2020 are listed below. 2021 details are to be confirmed.

  • Children under the age of 13 can snowmobile for free when accompanied by a paying adult with The Adventure Group.
  • Ice skating at the Whistler Olympic Plaza is free!
  • Free entertainment takes place in the plaza from 3:00 until 6:00 pm on the Holiday Monday.
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing day tickets are half price at Whistler Olympic Park.
  • Note: Up to three children (ages 12 and under) can travel on public transit buses for free when accompanied by a full-fare paying adult at Whistler. This is always the case – not just on the Family Day Holiday Monday.
  • Other deals for family day include discounts on ski and snowboard rentals, ziplining tours and eagle viewing tours.

Check out the Whistler Village Website for more details.

 

Whistler Peak to Peak Patio

 

Whistler-Blackcomb in Summer

Whistler is equally as exciting in the summer as it is in the winter. Summer is when people are hiking the trails and mountain bikers from the around the world test out some of the best downhill biking trails anywhere.

The chair lifts still operate in the summer, taking mountain bikers up to the tops of the trails with their bikes, and tourists and hikers to the mountains’ peaks.

Speaking of peaks, Whistler’s Peak-to-Peak gondola takes passengers from near the top of Whistler to the top of Blackcomb year-round.

The gondola ride is an amazing trip, with world-class views from the tops of both mountains. At the top of both ends of the gondola are restaurants, a shop and observation areas from which to continue admiring the views.

TIP: We recommend the Peak-to-Peak Gondola anytime of the year, except for when it is very windy – at which times it’s not the most fun.

For information about another fun activity that takes place both in the summer and year-round, see our article about Ziplining in Whistler.

 

Peak to Peak Gondolas
Peak to Peak Gondola

 

Other Information

Click Lower Mainland Ski Hills for general information on other ski hills in the area (including a comparison of the different mountains). To find out what’s outside Whistler itself, but in the surrounding area, click Whistler Area.

For more information about the resort, check out the official Whistler website or visit WhatToDoInWhistler.ca.

If you’re from the Lower Mainland and are looking for a place to buy used equipment, click Vancouver Ski Swaps.

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