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Preparing For Your Winter Whistler Trip

Preparing For Your Winter Whistler Trip

So you’ve booked a trip to Whistler. Maybe you’re flying in from a distant land or perhaps, you’re driving from somewhere in British Columbia. No matter your original location, there are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself for arriving in the mountains. Pre-planning can include knowing where to look for traffic, packing appropriately for the weather and surprisingly, even making dinner reservations. Here is everything you need to know when preparing for your winter Whistler trip.

Check The Weather



The weather changes on a dime in the mountains but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a look before you arrive in town. Visit the Government Of Canada’s website here for reliable weather information. A local favourite is Snow Forecast. Accordingly, this website has information on upcoming snowfall, freezing level, and even wind chill – making it a great addition to your tools for preparing to visit Whistler.

Pack The Essentials

When preparing for your winter Whistler trip, you’re going to want to pack the essentials for the activities you are going to be doing. Looking at the weather is the first step in knowing what you should pack. Next, is making a packing list that includes sports gear, warm clothes, and swim wear for those après hot tub sessions.

Plan Your Route


Image: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

The Sea 2 Sky Highway is the only route in and out of Whistler. During the winter months, it is a good idea to regularly check Drive BC for updates on the highway. Construction and snowfall can cause a trip to take much longer than expected.

Pre-book Activities

There’s so much to see and do in Whistler, pre-booking your activities makes sure that you won’t miss out. In addition, booking early often comes with a discount or a reduced price.

Make Dinner Reservations

Whistler’s culinary scene is bursting at the seams! With so many amazing restaurants and food experiences to try out, you’re going to want to reserve ahead of time to ensure you get a table at that sought after spot.

Being prepared for your winter Whistler trip can make the difference between a smooth, easy vacation and one that has its fair share of hiccups. Never fear, if you have any questions or concerns during the planning process, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

Title Image: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova