From November to March, winter storms suck moisture from the Pacific Ocean and slam into Canada’s Coast Mountains like a cold, wet pillow of awesomeness.
It can (and does) sometimes dump 60 cm overnight here, and Whistler Blackcomb has 8,171 acres of skiable terrain to catch it.
Whistler Blackcomb is coming off one of the snowiest seasons of the last two decades, but the big news story out of North America’s largest four-season resort remains the fact that Vail Resorts took over this year and everyone is wondering what their plans are for the North American mecca of mountain culture. And while there have been more than a few Chicken Littles claiming the end of days, the only thing falling from the sky since the acquisition last winter has been snowflakes and season pass prices.
“Vail wants Whistler because of what we are,” explains long-time local and WB media master Chris McCleod. “They understand we are unique and they are on board with us keeping our character and staying true to who we are and what works here.”
And what works in Whistler is big terrain, consistent snow, a non-stop party, and the uniform desire—from guests and locals alike—to get out into the big mountains and plow into an experience you won’t find anywhere else.
No matter who is paying the Peak Chair electric bills, Whistler Blackcomb is always going to be two massive ski hills towering over a no-cars-allowed Village that was specifically designed to maximize the energy and stoke of a good day outside. It’s one of those places you can read about in a hundred magazines and watch a six-dozen YouTube edits about—but until you go, you just don’t know.