Posted on September 01, 2021

Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America. Its 8,171 skiable acres and 36 lifts attract die-hard skiers and snowboarders as well as first-timers from all over the world. With Gondolas uploading patrons directly from the Whistler Village Stroll and up into the Alpine, it makes Whistler a top vacation destination in Canada. Preparing for a ski or snowboard trip can be tricky, so here at Crystal Lodge, we have put together a few things that you should think about as you plan the best ski trip ever!

Do you need rentals?

Maybe you pull out your skis after being in storage for the Summer to see that they are in need of some major repairs or maybe you just don’t want to lug your ski equipment up the Sea to Sky. Luckily rentals are available all over the Whistler Village, we recommend using Premium Mountain Rentals who are conveniently located in the Crystal Lodge.

Have you purchased a lift ticket yet?

You will need a lift ticket to go up the mountain regardless if you are skiing, snowboarding, or sightseeing. The more days you buy, the cheaper the ticket becomes, and you can also package them up with lessons.

Where are you staying?

There are a lot of options for accommodation in Whistler so you want to make sure that you have the best experience possible. We recommend staying on the Village Stroll, that way you are just a few steps to the Whistler Blackcomb Gondola. An insider tip is to find accommodation with free Ski Valet and Storage. At Crystal Lodge, we not only provide free Ski Valet and Storage but we also have complimentary Boot and Glove dries available on every level!

How are you getting to Whistler?

Located a 2-hour drive north of Vancouver, traveling to Whistler is relatively easy as there is one road (99 Highway) that travels in and out of the town from both the North and South directions.  If you are flying into Vancouver Airport, there are many options to get you up the Sea to Sky highway. You can hire a car from the airport or if you would rather someone else drive in the Winter conditions, you can book a coach from either the Vancouver Airport or from Downtown Vancouver.

What winter clothing do i need in Whistler?

Whistler is one of Canada’s most Western ski resorts, this means that we see a lot more precipitation than other ski resorts in Canada. This is great news as when it is cold, this precipitation comes in snow form! We recommend getting yourself a good quality Gore-Tex jacket and waterproof boots. It is not uncommon to wake up to a 40cm powder day in Whistler and you will be happy when your toes are still dry and warm.

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These are the basics to think about when planning your amazing ski vacation to Whistler. If you would like more information on what activities there are to do in Whistler besides skiing and snowboarding, check out our Winter Activities page.

Whistler offers great experiences for everybody and at Crystal Lodge we love to make everybody’s experience one that they will never forget. If you have any questions on how you can make your Whistler getaway unforgettable you can contact our Guest Services Team and they can assist you in finding Whistler accommodation at the best rates and offers we have at [email protected] or 1 800 667 3363.