Posted on November 04, 2020

It can be a little nerve wracking if you’ve never been skiing before. You might be wondering what to expect, what gear you’ll need, and what you need to know to have an awesome day at Whistler Blackcomb. Here at The Crystal, our local knowledge of the mountains will have you prepared for whatever day you may have planned ahead. Check out our guide to skiing whistler below:

First Pick: Ski or Snowboard

While this may sound like a simple pick, if you have never participated in any winter sports on the mountain, the choice might sound daunting.

Next, you’ll need a ticket up the mountain. This season at Whistler Blackcomb, you’ll need to purchase a seasons pass or tickets ahead of time to reserve your day on the slopes. By locking in a pass by December 1st, you’ll secure the deepest discounts and reap the benefits of getting priority access to reserve your desired ski days well in advance.

Now that you’re prepared, what can you expect for a day on the ski slopes? Whistler Blackcomb opening time varies, but a good rule of thumb is that the gondolas start opening up to guests around 8:30am. If the snow is falling and it’s looking like a powder day, we recommend getting ahead of the crowds by getting there early.

Ski Lesson Whistler Blackcomb P: Mike Crane | TW

Once you’re on the mountain, if it’s your first time skiing, it’s best to stick to the lower half of the mountain, or the family zones located on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountain. Familiarize yourself with the mountain maps located on the gondolas. As a first timer skier or snowboarder, we recommend unloading at the mid-station of either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain.

Start with the basics on green runs. By lunchtime, you’ll want a break to warm up and refuel. This year, on-mountain dining will look a bit different. Avoid peak lunch times and pick up your ready-to-go hot or cold meal and have a seat at one of the physically distanced eating areas.

After lunch, hit the slopes for a few more hours before making your way down the mountain to enjoy apres ski. Apres is best enjoyed at a pub with small bites to eat and a pint of beer or hot chocolate. We recommend the Beacon Pub & Eatery for one of the best well-known apres in town.

Lastly, secure your stay with your first trip to Whistler for the season. You’ll want a hotel that will offer complimentary ski valet to store your gear. Luckily, at the Crystal Lodge you’ll find discounts dedicated to passholders and complimentary ski valet for all our guests. Contact our Guest Services Team if you would like assistance finding Whistler accommodation at the best rates and offers we have at [email protected] or 1 800 667 3363.