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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

As part of its efforts to contain the coronavirus, the Government of BC advises people against non-essential travel until February 5th at the earliest. This means that people from outside the Whistler region shouldn’t visit the resort for the current time.

When people do go skiing at the resort they have to wear face coverings in lineups and onboard chairlifts and gondolas. Lifts and gondolas also have limited seating in order to accommodate physical distancing.

Reservations are now also required to access the ski facilities. Pass and Edge Card holders receive priority access to reservations. Day passes include a reservation for the date of the ticket purchased. All tickets and passes must be purchased online in advance.

Click Whistler Blackcomb Winter Experience for more details about the 2021 season.


 

Whistler-Blackcomb mountains in winter

 


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

As of January 22, 2021, 0 cm of snow has fallen in the past 48 hours and 3 cm in the past week. There has been 663 cm of snowfall so far for the year with 218 cm remaining at the base (so down 15 cm from four days before). The resort reports mostly hard-packed snow conditions.

Also as of the morning of January 21, it was -9 degrees and sunny at alpine levels. It was also -7 degrees and sunny in the Village.

 

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.

All things going according to plan, the 2020/21 ski season at Whistler Mountain is expected to run from November 26th, 2020, until May 24th, 2021. Skiing at Blackcomb Mountain is expected to run only until April 18th, 2021. The gondola at Creekside is also scheduled to run only up until April 18th. (Note: Dates and other details are subject to change.)

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.

 

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 is 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.

Close up of a Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola carSpeaking 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.

 

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.

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