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Whistler Blackcomb - the top rated ski resort in North America, voted #1 by SKI Magazine Readers Poll!

Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, Fairmont Chateau Whistler ski resort is located at the doorstep of some of the finest skiing in North America.

For assistance in booking any of the winter activities below, contact the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Concierge or call 604 938 2006.


Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the new world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is breathtaking and redefines the Whistler winter experience.

  • Longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometers
  • Highest lift of its kind at 436 meters above the valley floor
  • Completes the longest continuous lift system on the globe

More than 8,100 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical rise of more than 5,200 ft. on two magnificent side-by-side mountains have earned Whistler Blackcomb an unbeatable reputation. The Whistler Blackcomb ski conditions are some of the best in North America.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb are the recipients of the following prestigious awards:

#1 Ski Resort in North America: SKIING Magazine
#1 Ski Resort in North America: Condè Nast Traveler
#1 Resort Hotel in Canada: Travel & Leisure
#1 Ski Resort in North America: SKI Magazine
#1 in Terrain Variety, Après and Off-Hill Activities – SKI Magazine
#1 Resort for All-Round Family Activities – Holidays With Kids Magazine
#1 Resort, Après, Terrain Parks and Powder – Freeskier Magazine
Top Family Ski Resort –
Top 5 Spots to Snowboard in the World – Travel Channel

Glacier Skiing: The only resort in North America where you can ski or ride on a glacier, right in the heart of the British Columbia mountains.

Best way to explore Whistler Blackcomb
The Wonder Routes are a series of half-day and full-day self-guided tours designed for skiers of varying abilities.  Learn more.

Best views of Whistler Blackcomb
The “Top of the World” route encompasses the four highest points on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.  Learn more.

Whistler Mountain Statistics:
  • Vertical: 5020 feet (1530 m)
  • Top elevation: 7160 feet (2182 m)
  • Village base elevation: 2214 feet (675 m)
  • Skiable terrain: 3657 acres (1480 h)
  • Terrain: Beginner 20% Intermediate 55% Advanced 25%
  • Average snowfall: 360 inches/ 9.14 meters per year
  • Hourly lift capacity: 59,007 skiers per hour
  • Longest run: 7 miles (11 km)
  • Trails: 100 +
Blackcomb Mountain Statistics:
  • Vertical: 5280 feet (1609 m)
  • Top elevation: 7494 feet (2,284 m)
  • Village base elevation: 2214 feet (675 m)
  • Skiable terrain: 3414 acres (1382 h)
  • Terrain: Beginner 17% Intermediate 55% Advanced 28%
  • Average snowfall: 360 inches/ 9.14 meters per year
  • Hourly lift capacity: 59,007 skiers per hour
  • Longest run: 7 miles (11 km)
  • Trails: 100 + 
  • 5 Terrain Parks (1 super pipe, 1 snow cross track)

Board the Whistler Village Gondola at 7:15 am and head up to the Roundhouse Lodge for a delicious, mountain-sized breakfast buffet. Then, as an added bonus, get your fill of fresh powder or perfectly groomed corduroy on the upper mountain before the rest of the world is even out of bed. Available from mid December through end of March (approximately).

For the very latest recorded weather and activity reports updated several times per day, call the Snowphone at 604 932 4211, or check the Whistler-Blackcomb website.

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With a combined staff of nearly 1,650 employees, the Whistler/ Blackcomb Ski & Snowboard School is not only the largest in Canada, but also one of the largest operations of its kind in the world. It is not just the sheer size of the Ski & Snowboard School that makes it unique, it's the people who work in Whistler that make it one of the best in North America. Whistler/ Blackcomb instructors boast certification from the CSIA, CASI, PSIA, NZIA and L'ecole des Ski Francais. With the greatest number of Level IV instructors of any ski school in the world.

Discover Whistler Days - Save up to 25% off select Snow School Group Lessons

Adult Programs
Learn to Ride: Learn to surf the snow and get addicted to the feeling! World-class instructors have created a step-by-step introduction to snowboarding that will gradually move you from sliding to turning.

MAX4 - is Whistler Blackcomb's Snow School's newest approach to improving your skiing and riding. No more than four people per instructor allows you to accelerate your learning. It's simply the best way to maximize your time on the mountains. Learn the pleasures of skiing/boarding in a fun, safe environment from long term pros who know the best terrain to learn and improve on.
Daily lessons available for skiers and riders of all levels.

Private Lessons: Move at your own pace, or learn as a family-private instructors are available for half or full day private lessons. All lessons include lift line priority and are available for up to five people of similar ability. Foreign language instructors are available to give lessons to our French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, German, Italian and Spanish guests.

Extremely Canadian:  For advanced and expert skiers wanting to experience the excitement of Whistler's most challenging terrain. Extremely Canadian offers an intense two days of big mountain freeskiing. Extremely Canadian's guides are some of the best freeskiiers anywhere-- including Rob Boyd, Peter Smart, Wendy Brookbank, Shawn 'Smiley' Nesbitt and Chris Winter. They will guide you to the best Whistler has to offer in steeps, chutes, trees and couloirs.

THE CAMP - Dave Murray & Ski Esprit
Two of the longest running & most successful ski camps in North America – Dave Murray and Ski Esprit are joining forces to create THE CAMP, the ultimate ski improvement experience.  Handpicked coaches offer a local 'Yoda-like' mountain knowledge of both, Whistler and Blackcomb and are committed to seeing results in your skiing whether on groomers, bumps, in the gates, deep in powder or the steeps. THE CAMP is open to low level intermediate (3+) to expert skiers wanting to take their skiing to the next level.

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Women's Camp - The North Face Ski/Showcase Snowboard
All women, all the time. A warm and positive environment that will help you get to that next level fast.  From freeriding to terrain parks the options are yours to explore. Includes top female coaches, après, a few prizes and tonnes of fun! 

Kids and Youth Programs
Whistler Kids offers a broad range of programs catering to kids as young as three months, with kids first taking to skis at three years of age. Teaching more than 140,000 kids every winter, Whistler Kids is Canada's premier recreational operation for children.

Whistler Kids: Over 500 instructors are dedicated to making the mountains a kids' playground. Whistler Kids instructors are highly trained ski and snowboard professionals, specializing in kids. They understand the uncertainty that comes with learning new things and they coax, encourage and care for kids every step of the way. Whistler/ Blackcomb's unique Kids Adventure Zones are designed to pique a child's imagination, while providing a fun environment for developing skills. A mystical castle, enchanted forest and secret forts draw Whistler kids into a world of their own. Kids-only lifts, such the Magic Carpet, make going uphill easy and kids-only facilities, such as The Whistler Children's Learning Center, provide kid-size amenities.

Daily Programs
A day away from the family provides children the opportunity to break-free, make new friends and meet new challenges. Different programs are offered for different age groups, focusing on specific interests. Teenagers squeeze in as many runs as they can, while younger children will supplement their on-hill time with indoor activities.

Ride Tribe Ski/Snowboard Lessons for Teens (13-18 year olds)
Teens get a big-mountain experience and learn tips to conquer Whistler Blackcomb's terrain. Skiers and riders are grouped with others of the same level. 

Adventure Camp
Adventure Camps are the best way for your children to spend a few days on the mountain making friends with children of similar abilities and with their instructors. Children enjoy their time with the same instructor during two or five day camps, creating a comfortable and fun learning environment.

Child care: Whistler Blackcomb offers fully licensed childcare programs for children aged 18 to 48 months.

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Alpine Access Ability/ Disabled Snowsports Program
The Alpine Access Ability program provides recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. These programs are available for all abilities, from beginners needing instruction on the basics to seasoned skiers needing only a guide. Certified instructors and volunteers use the latest adaptive skiing techniques to meet the needs of each individual. In cooperation with the Disabled Skiers Association of British Columbia, we provide an inventory of equipment and cutting edge instruction.

More than 28 kilometers (17.5 miles) of track-set cross-country trails wind through the scenic Lost Lake, Chateau Whistler Golf Course and Nicklaus North Golf Course trails. Additional track-set trails around the Whistler Golf Course offer an ideal beginners' route. Cross-country ski trail maps and lesson and rental equipment information are available at the Whistler Activity Center, or by calling one of the following companies direct:

Lost Lake Cross-Country Connection 604 905 0071
Whistler Outdoor Experience 604 932 3389
Whistler X-Country 604 932 7711
Wild Willies Ski Club 604 938 8036

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