Whistler-Blackcomb is western Canada’s premier ski resort, home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and a best place for skiing and snowboarding.
2018 Ski Season Dates
Last year Whistler mountain opened for the season on November 17th and Blackcomb opened on November 23rd. In the spring of 2018, Whistler closed for the season on April 22nd and Blackcomb’s final day was on May 21st.
Whistler opened for the 2018/19 ski season on Thursday, November 22nd. As of December 13th, 2018, the mountain has a base of 166 cm (including 52 of fresh snow) and 239 cm to date for the season.
Whistler-Blackcomb in Winter
Whistler and Blackcomb are two ski mountains located right next to each other which, between them, comprise over 200 runs and over 8,000 acres of terrain.
The ski hills are located 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, considered to be 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 two position was Grouse Mountain.
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 Ticket Rates
Tickets include access to both mountains, and passes go for around $150 plus or minus per day for adults at the ticket window, but cheaper if you buy online.
Online and phone-ordered lift ticket prices vary throughout the season and are most expensive over the Christmas season, from around December 21 to January 4, and cheapest 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.
2018/19 Ticket Rates
Below are the prices you’ll pay at the gate in November and December 2018. These prices are the amounts posted online for the days listed. Different dates will have different prices, but these rates will give you an idea of what to expect. 5% GST taxes are extra. Tickets purchased online cost less.
For Friday, November 30, 2018
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $134
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $121
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $114
- Children (ages 7-12) – $67
For Saturday, December 15, 2018
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $159
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $143
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $135
- Children (ages 7-12) – $80
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 are still operating 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 year-round from near the top of Whistler to the top of Blackcomb.
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 to admire the views.
TIP: The Peak-to-Peak gondola is highly recommended anytime of the year, except for when it is very windy – at which times it can rightly deserve its windy-day nickname of “Puke-to-Puke.”
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 Whistler, check out the resort’s website.