About Whistler - Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter and outdoor sports destination nestled in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. Set within spectacular scenery, this picturesque alpine resort is packed with fun for all ages. Year round, Whistler offers visitors fine food, spas, and plenty of opportunity for adventure, all in a breathtaking locale.
Where to Stay & Why - Whistler has a permanent population of over 9,900 plus transient foreign workers. It welcomes over two million people annually with a majority of vacation rental accommodations located in the Whistler Village, Upper Village and Village North. Vacation rentals in the Village offer convenient slope-side access to Blackcomb or Whistler and many offer luxury amenities or a range of affordable options. Rent a condo here and be close to all the action!
The Upper Village is one of the best ski-in/ski-out accommodation areas providing visitors with quick access to the base of Blackcomb chairlift. There is a wide selection of luxury chalet rentals and high-end condo rentals with many amenities located in a variety of complexes. The Upper Village boasts breathtaking mountain views, is home to the weekly Farmer's Market and is within convenient walking distance for many après ski activities. A short five-minute shuttle bus offers easy access to the Village for shopping, enjoying first-class restaurants or relaxing with a warm beverage. It also has convenient access to hiking, golfing and walking trails to Lost Lake.
Village North is also a highly sought after accommodation spot with the vacation rentals boasting many luxury amenities and a central location. It is home to Whistler Olympic Plaza where many concerts and events take place. Village North offers high-end condos and chalet rentals within 200 meters of the ski run trailhead. A great ski in ski out option. Accommodations are centered around a marketplace making access to some of the basic necessities quick and easy. It is an easy walk to the main village center and both gondolas that provide access to over three hundred ski runs. The short stroll to the nightlife, restaurants, and cafes of Whistler Village. Enjoy a warm drink near a cozy fireplace during winter months or a beer on a patio during summer’s weather.
While there are hotels and resorts offering traditional lodging options, many Whistler visitors choose to stay in a vacation rental. Nightly, weekly or monthly accommodation options in homes, chalets, condos, townhomes, or cabins are available and offer full kitchens, spacious living areas, and comfortable beds. Condo rentals are the most reasonable choice for couples or small groups with the option to share the amenities of the community without the expense. A vacation rental home, townhome, cabin or chalet is the best option for a bigger family or groups. There will be enough room for everyone while still being close to skiing, attractions, and restaurants. Whistler is a fantastic choice for both solo, buddy, group and family vacations.
What to See & Do - Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort has more than 8,000 acres and 200 plus runs that can really take up the bulk of your itinerary. You can stay in condo rentals or chalet rentals that provides easy access to the gondolas or lifts, or vacation rentals that have ski-in/ski-out access. Give your legs a break by going to the spa and relax in steam rooms, saunas, and baths. Then take a stroll through the Village that is packed with shops, restaurants, and bars.
Where to Eat & Drink - From high-end gourmet fare to affordable family meals, dine mountainside or in the Village. Famous dining options include Bar Oso’s tiny tapas bar, Alta Bistro’s unusual take on Canadian cuisine, and restaurants serving up pizzas, sushi, and great pub fare. The apres-ski scene is hot with live music, cocktail bars, and much more. For a local experience, head to Dusty’s or Merlin’s. Terraces are popular here, providing the perfect setting for apres-ski tall tales and leisurely meals on long summer nights.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - Whistler is a 2-hour spectacular Sea to Sky Highway drive north of Vancouver International Airport or a 4.5-hour drive from Seattle. For getting around, the village is car-free and access to most activities can be navigated on foot or free shuttle.
When to Go - The most popular season is during winter, from November to mid-May. Summer is a great alternative for fans of the great outdoors.