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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!

Public services

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

Passport requirements

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)
  • 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

International Visitors

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.

Visitor numbers

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).

Resort capacity

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.

Average snowfall

The alpine receives an annual average of 1,164 centimetres (38.2 feet). The valley receives 430 centimetres (14 feet).

Average temperature

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
Trails 200 +
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
3 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
Mountain Restaurants 8 9
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

Skills centres

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.

Golf season

Late April / early May through October. For more information, visit our consumer website

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.

Skills centres

Three are offered, including green, blue and double black diamond.

Bike Park operating dates

mid-May to mid-Octobe (for actual dates please check Whistler Bike Park's website) 

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