Whistler Blackcomb Ski Season

Time your visit with our month-by-month guide to the Whistler ski season.

Austin Ross on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler Blackcomb is a place where iconic mountain peaks loom as grandly as the après-ski legends. A place where powder days are as plentiful as the nightlife options. 

From the anticipation of the first flakes to the bittersweet farewell of the final run, join us on a quick tour of a Whistler Blackcomb Ski Season.

We’ll take a month-by-month look at the powder days, iconic mountain vistas, and hidden gems that make Whistler Blackcomb a timeless and legendary ski destination.


November: The Air of Anticipation

The locals’ skis and boards are all tuned and waxed. The excitement is in the air. Opening day is all the buzz.

When will the Whistler Blackcomb ski season start this year? Typically mid November, sometimes earlier.

And that’s good news for the early birds—who get the smaller crowds, shorter lift lines, and sweet deals on lodging and dining. It's the perfect prelude to a winter wonderland.

Pro Tip: Early season conditions are variable. Check weather conditions, open runs, and terrain status at whistlerblackcomb.com


December: A Festive Wonderland

Snow season in Whistler Blackcomb is a winter fairy tale. While the holidays are as magical as it gets, accommodations during this season are just as hard to get—so plan ahead. 

Book your trip and lessons early to avoid the holiday rush. Early December is another sweet spot—the slopes have been open, the terrain is expanding, and there is much less competition for fresh tracks.


January: Mountain Magic 

January is a spectacle of nature in Whistler Blackcomb. Between powder days, bluebird skies reveal breathtaking views of coastal mountain vistas—like the iconic Black Tusk—at their most majestic. 

A post-holiday lull makes early January an ideal time to cover some terrain before the peak season. If you’re booking towards the end of the month, make sure to book in advance, to secure your spot in this winter paradise.


February: Peak Powder. 

February is the heart and soul of the Whistler ski season. It’s a powderhound’s dream— the snowpack is deep and the powder days are aplenty. 

Don't own powder skis? No problem. There’s a wide variety of on-mountain rentals to gear up for whatever conditions the weather brings.  

And what better place to celebrate Valentine's Day than on top of a mountain. Don’t forget to book for a lunch at Christine’s.

Pro Tip: Check out the Whistler Blackcomb Fire & Ice event, that runs in Jan. and Feb.


March: Surprise Dumps and Sun Storms. 

While others wind down, there’s a lot of ski season left at Whistler in March. Spring storms bring a unique mix of sunny days and surprise powder mornings. 

So while the sun shines, the snow remains deep, setting the stage for some of the best spring skiing you could ever imagine. 


April and often May: Spring Skiing Splendor

Bring your favorite shades, April in Whistler is all about sunshine and shorter lift lines.

The groomers carve like butter, making it the perfect time for relaxed laps with friends.  

The sun warms the afternoon air, making the atmosphere as bright as the days—patios buzzing with sun-soaked après-ski scenes. 

And when we're lucky, the season can run into May, making it that much closer to the start of next season ;)


See You Soon. 

So whether you’re a peak chaser, powderhound, sunshine cruiser, or just looking to join in the festivities of the season, Whistler has a little slice of something for everyone. So plan ahead and plan accordingly to get exactly what you are looking to get out of the Whistler ski season.