Winter isn’t just winter in Whistler! The ski and snowboard season runs from November to May with a different experience being offered as the months change. Choosing what month to travel in can determine snow levels, weather, festivals and what activities are available; thus, playing a large role in your winter venture. Knowing what to expect from month to month can help you make informed travel plans and ensure you are traveling at a time that best suits your needs. Here is everything you need to know about Whistler winter and what to expect throughout the season!
RUNS MID-NOVEMBER- LATE DECEMBER
Average Snowfall: November 249cm, December 227cm
Early season skiing is usually only available down to mid-mountain but this changes rapidly over November and early December due to increased snow fall. It is also a great time to be in Whistler to experience the early season atmosphere, which can only be found in a town brought to life by snow!
RUNS LATE DECEMBER- EARLY JANUARY
Average Snowfall: December 227cm
Whistler during the holidays is the epitome of festive- Think colourful lights covering every inch of the village, snow, and lots of it! This time of the year historically has high snow fall. In addition to watching the snowflakes fall, there are many holiday-specific events that are found all over to Whistler including a spectacular New Years celebration!
Average Snowfall: January 187cm
Deep winter is when the winter season is in full swing. The temperatures are cold and there is usually a substantial snowfall base. Expect to find all of the terrain open on Whistler Blackcomb and due to the holidays having recently surpassed, less lift lines as well as a bit quieter village atmosphere. This time of year could be one of the best-kept secrets!
Average Snowfall: February 158cm, March 248cm
Mother Nature usually has one last winter filled laugh that makes March one of the snowiest months of the entire winter season. Combine that with longer day light hours and warmer temperatures, you have the recipe for an unforgettable holiday. Book this time of year early as it is a popular time to travel to Whistler.
Average Snowfall: April 85cm, May 21cm
As we move into the next season, fresh powder can be hard to find but it’s replaced by t-shirts, sunglasses and the need for sunscreen. Spring skiing includes those friends you left behind on the last powder day and can be stretched into the late afternoon, allowing for a chance to take in a one-of-a-kind Whistler sunset.
It’s no doubt that experiencing a winter in Whistler is incredible, no matter what time of year you are able to travel here. Each part of the winter season presents more things to do in Whistler, varied snowfall, and events. Has this helped you decide what kind of Whistler experience you want to have? Book your vacation today and comment below!