Whistler Blackcomb is one of the best ski resorts in the world and it’s one of the jewels in North America’s snowboarding crown (I’ve always wanted to say that).
Featuring three glaciers, 37 lifts, 12 alpine bowls and over 200 trails, if Whistler Blackcomb was a person, you couldn’t blame them for being as humble as Kanye.
Here are 5 reasons why:
1. You can get a crazy good deal on a world-class resort.
One thing a snowboarding vacation usually isn’t -- is cheap. From passes to food to hotel costs, you can expect a hefty wallet-punch before you get a chance to hit the slopes.
At Whistler, there’s a sweet workaround to cut back on hotel costs.
By putting in an early reservation for an unseen hotel (ie you don’t find out until close to the booking) you can get a great deal on surplus room inventory.
The thing is, the hotels at Whistler resort are seriously good and you can’t really go wrong by leaving your hotel in the hands of the hospitality gods.
You can also be confident that you’re not gonna end up sharing a twin-sized bunk bed with a large, beer-loving, bearded homie named Coby who likes to sleep naked.
(Unless you’re into that kind of thing—in which case best of luck.)
2. Whistler offers more amazing terrain than you can imagine.
The other big draw of Whistler is its sheer variety. We’re talking 8,171 acres of terrain you can explore using their ridiculously extensive lift system.
It’s not just the quantity though, it’s the quality and variety.
There’s a dizzying assortment of places to experientially plunder from challenging backcountry freeriding, to 5 terrain parks with 150 features and 40 jumps, a Superpipe, and Snow Cross track.
Bottom line: Whistler Blackcomb is snowboarder heaven and hotter than a crack pipe on payday.
3. It isn’t just for hardcore snowboarders.
One particularly great thing about Whistler Blackcomb is that it isn’t just for diehards who eat, sleep, and breathe snowboarding.
A full 50 percent of Whistler’s runs are either beginner or intermediate runs. There’s also a sizable sliver of adrenaline-inducing expert runs for those who know their stuff.
It’s got something for everyone and every level.
Which also gives you more options if your limbs and adrenal glands are screaming out for an easy day after one too many moments of living like you’re in a Red Bull commercial.
4. When you’re not shredding, you can epically chillax.
The thing about Whistler BlackComb is that it’s not just a Mecca for those who like their adrenaline served with a side plate of snow.
You can also crank it down a few notches and enjoy some pretty stellar local scenery.
Whistler Village is filled with low-key fun, like galleries, great places to eat and a veritable spaghetti breakfast of creeks and trails.
Or you can put your eatin’ pants on and enjoy a Tasting Tour, an epic carb-loading overdose through Whister’s dining district.
You can also pass on the all-out decadence and just chill in the resort. There’s nothing better than chillaxing in front of a fire with your buds, pulling out the laptop and getting lost in another YouTube vortex, or even more useful stuff like how you can support your extreme and thrill-seeking lifestyle with an awesome online business (very doable, check out The Economic Secretariat).
5. Because there’s a decent chance you can get great snow AND avoid the unwashed masses.
January to March is gonna give you the best chance for really good snow at Whistler. However, the vast majority of visitors tend to dwindle by the second week of January, and wait times get a lot shorter.
See where I’m going with this? Take note of the best times to visit.
There’s a solid chunk of time in the second half of January and February where you have a good chance of having your cake and eating it too.
You may need to double down on your thermals but for pristine powder and a real reduction of other humans stomping around, this is a small price to pay.
If you have the time, money and a taste for the best snowboarding on the planet, Whistler Blackcomb is a MUST on your bucket list and is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Check it out!