STATS & FACTS
Whistler has almost 10,000 permanent residents, 2,754 seasonal residents (estimated) and 11,522 second-home owners (estimated). Seventy-nine per cent of Whistler workers live in Whistler.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler was incorporated on September 6, 1975. It was the first designated Resort Municipality in the province of British Columbia.
Whistler Village's elevation is 675 metres, or 2,214 feet. Whistler Creekside's elevation is 653 metres or 2,140 feet.
Whistler is located at 50º 9'N, 122º 57' W.
Distances and approximate travel times by car:
- Whistler to downtown Vancouver: 127 km (79 miles), 2 hours
- Whistler to Vancouver International Airport: 140 km (85 miles), 2.5 hours
- Whistler to Seattle: 354 km (218 miles), 5 hours
Getting here and around
- Most people travel to Whistler from Vancouver by private vehicle on Highway 99, known as the Sea to Sky Highway
- Scheduled bus service runs from Vancouver and Vancouver Airport to Whistler more than ten times daily. Whistler is also served by regular air (helicopter/float plane) service in the spring, summer and fall
- The WAVE (Whistler and Valley Express) serves more than 2.8 million riders per year in the Whistler area. In the winter, WAVE is free from Marketplace to the Upper Village loop and during the summer includes free service to Lost Lake Park
- People also get around on bicycles, skis and skateboards!
Whistler Health Care Centre, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Whistler Fire Department, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Myrtle Philip Community School (elementary), Spring Creek School (elementary) and Whistler Secondary Community School
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is new U.S. legislation that requires all travellers carry a valid passport or other appropriate secure document, or combination of documents that establish citizenship and identity when travelling to the United States from within the Western Hemisphere.
Since January 23, 2007, anyone travelling by AIR between the United States and Canada is required to present a valid passport or NEXUS card (when used at designated airports) to enter or re-enter the United States.
As of June 1, 2009, a valid passport OR one of the following documents ARE mandatory for any person over the age of 16 travelling between the United States and Canada by LAND or SEA/WATER (including cruises and ferries):
- U.S. Passport Card (not valid for international air travel)
- A NEXUS or FAST/EXPRES Card
- State or Province-issued Enhanced Driver's License (not valid for international air travel)
Beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizens under the age of 16, or under the age of 19 if travelling with a school, religious, or other youth group, may present a birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Canadian Citizenship Card or a naturalization certificate. Birth certificates can be an original, photocopy, or certified copy
Persons visiting from countries other than the United States may require visitor visas. Check with the nearest Canadian Consulate well in advance of travel. Other regulations apply if an extended stay, work or certain types of business activity are contemplated.
Whistler receives approximately 2.3 million overnight and non-overnight visitors each year (approximately 44 per cent in winter and 56 per cent in summer).
Whistler has capacity for about 30,000 overnight visitors. There are some 150 hotels, condos, chalets, pensions and bed & breakfast facilities offering more than 10,000 rooms. There are also 230 hostel beds and 118 campsites.
There are 19,936 pillows within 500 metres of the ski lifts
150+ restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
Shopping and services
200+ retail shops
Parks and lakes
Whistler offers 15 public parks with 551.3 hectares (1,362.3 acres) of parkland. Five major lakes dot the valley.
The alpine receives an annual average of 1,164 centimetres (38.2 feet). The valley receives 430 centimetres (14 feet).
Winter ranges from an average low of -8 to an average high of 3 degrees Celsius(18 to 37 degrees Fahrenheit). Summer ranges from an average low of 11 to 27 degrees Celsius (52 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit).
Mountain biking trails
In the valley around Whistler, over 200 kilometres of maintained double and single track cross-country trails are available, of varying difficulty.
Whistler Blackcomb ski area stats
|Average Snowfall||38.5 feet 11.74 metres per year|
|Total Terrain||8,171 acres/3,307 hectares|
|Longitude/Latitude||50° latitude, 122° longitude|
|Mountain Restaurants||18 with a total of 6,540 restaurant seats|
|Highest Lift Accessed Elevation||2,284 metres/7,494 feet|
|Vertical||1,609 metres/ 5,280 feet|
|Whistler Village Elevation||675 metres/2,214 feet|
|Creekside Base Elevation||653 metres/2,140 feet|
|Number of Lifts||38 (including the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola)|
|Hourly Lift Capacity||67,307 skiers per hour|
Individual mountain stats
|Whistler Mountain||Blackcomb Mountain|
|Vertical||1,530 metres 5,020 feet||1,609 metres 5,280 feet|
|Top Elevation||2,182 metres 7,160 feet||2,284 metres 7,494 feet|
|Skiable Terrain||4,757 acres 1,925 hectares||3,414 acres 1,382 hectares|
|Terrain Type (beg/int/adv)||20%/55%/25%||15%/55%/30%|
|Trails||100 +||100 +|
|Parks & Pipes||2 Parks||
1 Super Pipe
1 Snow Cross Track
|Total Number of Lifts||
20 including; 2 high-speed gondolas 7 high-speed quads 2 triple chairs 1 double chair 8 surface lifts
+ PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
17 including; 1 high-speed gondola 6 high-speed quads 3 triple chairs 7 surface lifts
+ PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
|Total Hourly Lift Capacity||35,545 skiers per hour||31,762 skiers per hour|
|Longest Run||11 km/7 miles Burnt Stew to Side-Winder, Upper and Lower Olympic||11 km/ 7 miles Green Road down Easy Out|
|Snowmaking||215 acres/87 hectares||350 acres/142 hectares|
|Season dates||late-November - mid-April||late-November - late-May|
|Mountain Bike Park||mid-May - mid-October||n/a|
|Mountain Bike Trails||250+ km lift accessed trails||n/a|
|Summer skiing/riding||n/a||mid-June to late-July|
Golf in Whistler
Whistler offers four signature golf courses:
- Big Sky Golf & Country Club - designed by Robert Cupp
- The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club - designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
- Nicklaus North Golf Course - designed by Jack Nicklaus
- Whistler Golf Club - designed by Arnold Palmer
Practice and Learning facilities at each course, including Canada's first David Leadbetter Golf Academy (Fairmont Chateau).
Junior golf program
Junior tees in place at all four Whistler golf courses. Each of the three village-based courses allows kids to play free if accompanied by a paying adult.
Late April / early May through October. For more information, visit our consumer website www.whistler.com/golf
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
The park offers unguided vertical to 1,500 metres (5,000 feet).
Lifts and trails
Three lifts, including the Whistler Gondola, service more than 45 trails.
The trails are ranked 17 per cent beginner, 23 per cent intermediate, and 60 per cent expert.
Three are offered, including green, blue and double black diamond.
Bike Park operating dates