Whistler-Blackcomb is western Canada’s premier ski resort, home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and a best place for skiing and snowboarding.
WHISTLER’S 2020/2021 SKI SEASON
Whistler Blackcomb has announced that their opening date for the 2020/2021 season is on November 26th, 2020. However, the resort will be operating slightly differently due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Face coverings are required while in line 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 resort. Pass and Edge Card holders receive priority access to reservations. Lift tickets are also available and include a reservation for the date of the ticket purchased. All tickets and passes must be purchased online in advance. For more information check out the Whistler Blackcomb Reservation Information page.
Click Whistler Blackcomb Winter Experience for more details about the 2020/2021 season.
RESORT CLOSED, BUT THEN REOPENS!
Vail Resorts, the American company that owns Whistler-Blackcomb, suspended all of its North American operations for the 2019/2020 season in March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. This included the Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort (as well as most of the hotels, shops and restaurants in the area).
As of June 29th, 2020, the resort has reopened! Not for skiing now, of course, but for summer activities. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is operating, as is the Mountain Bike Park. As of August, select retail stores and hiking trails have reopened in the area too.
For additional details about the reopening see the Whistler-Blackcomb website.
For details specifically about the resort town, click Whistler Village. To learn more about the ski hill in winter (and the summer), continue reading.
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 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: The Peak-to-Peak gondola is highly recommended 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.
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, which is 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 three position was Grouse Mountain.
The ski season at Whistler usually starts in late November and, as one might have expected, it opened for the 2019/20 season on November 28th in 2019. The scheduled opening date for the 2020/2021 season is November 26th, 2020.
The first day of skiing in 2018 was November 22nd. That season ran until April 22nd, 2019, for Blackcomb, and until May 20th, 2019, for Whistler. At the end of the 2018/19 season, in April 2019, there was a base of 230 cm and 957 cm of total snowfall to date.
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 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.
2019/20 Ticket Rates
Below are the prices you would have paid online for dates in November and December 2019 and February 2020. These prices are the amounts posted online for the days listed as of early in the 2019/20 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. Note: Tickets purchased online cost less.
For Friday, November 28, 2019 (first day of the season)
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $112
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $101
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $95
- Children (ages 7-12) – $56
For Saturday, December 14, 2019
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $128
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $115
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $109
- Children (ages 7-12) – $64
For Saturday, February 1, 2020
- 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 available to residents of Canada and Washington State and 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 except 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.
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 folk 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 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. Special deals in 2020 include the following:
- 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.
As of the resort’s last day of the 2019/20 ski season, snowfall for the year totaled 834 cm and there was still about 258 cm at the base. There were also 23 out of 26 lifts in operation and 237 out of 240 runs open.
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.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Ziplining in Whistler
- Whistler Village
- Day Trips from Vancouver
- Outdoor Recreation in the Lower Mainland