Four Reasons Why Whistler is Our Favourite Spring Ski Destination

Fewer crowds, longer days and powdery pistes: you’ll need the extra daylight hours to enjoy the abundance of activities that Whistler has to offer in spring

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Before you hang up your boots at the end of ski season, head to Whistler. March and April offer prime skiing conditions, and experienced skiers can even keep going until as late as May.

With the sun setting later, there's plenty of time to enjoy the slopes before it's time to enjoy your sundowner in town. Our favourite thing about spring skiing in Whistler, though, is choice. Choice of runs, choice of restaurants and choice of activities. Skiing is just the tip of the iceberg, and if there's a better way to start a day than setting off on a snowmobile breakfast to savour skillet eggs while drinking in vistas of a frozen lake, we've yet to find it.

Why we're heading to Whistler this spring

Mountains and ski runs
Photo credit: Tourism Whistler / David McColm

Long length of season

It's lucky that the season is so long here, because Whistler has more than 1,925 skiable hectares to enjoy. Throughout March, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola joins Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, meaning you can easily zoom between the two in the same day, with Blackcomb Mountain staying open throughout April and into May.

Don't waste time in getting going: from Vancouver, it's just a two-hour hop along the Sea To Sky Highway to Whistler's lofty peaks. If those city legs get sore exploring the myriad runs on offer (after all, they're used to tackling broken London Underground escalators rather than zooming down mountains), the hot and cold outdoor pools of Scandinave Spa will sort them out in no time. The setting, fringed by pine trees, is relaxing in itself.

A skier hits the powder in Whistler
Photo credit: Tourism Whistler / Eric Berger

Great snow conditions

Spring days mean powdery pistes, and you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to enjoy them. The snow is at its best when the sun has warmed it a little. Enjoy leisurely mornings soaking up the view from your hotel. Boutique choice Summit Lodge has quirky rooms and forest views, and castle-like Fairmont Chateau Whistler, serenely sandwiched among the trees, makes the mountain summits look close enough to touch.

Beginners get to enjoy the prime conditions, too, as one of the most scenic descents, the Burnt Stew Trail, is a green run. Don't miss North America's longest run, the 11km Peak to Creek, taking you from the top of Whistler Mountain to Whistler Creekside at the bottom (open throughout March). Best of all, you end up right by the Creekside Gondola, ready to head straight back up the mountain. If only every day could be spent with the sun on our faces and snow beneath our feet.

Three skiers enjoying apres ski
Photo credit: Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

Patio après

The Umbrella Bar on Whistler Mountain is a local institution, with panoramic views. Better yet, there's a gondola to take you back to base when the night draws to a close. Après doesn't finish when you leave the slopes though, and Whistler Village has a plethora of watering holes. If whisky is your poison, take the Whistler Distillery Tour and Tasting (Friday and Saturday evenings, with home-distilled vodka and gin also on offer). Craft beer aficionados, meanwhile, should download Whistler's interactive beer guide, which includes nine different venues. For classic cocktails with a twist, march your (ski) boots to The Raven Room.

Hungry skiers need fuel, and Harajuku Izakaya serves sushi that you'll be dreaming of long after packing away your mittens and goggles. A great vegetarian dining scene isn't something usually associated with ski resorts this side of the pond, but Whistler is the exception. We'd recommend the slap-up vegan lunches from The Green Moustache Organic Café.

A skier at dawn on a mountain
Photo credit: Tourism Whistler / Guy Fattal

Great value, minus the crowds

Prices drop dramatically later in the season, as does the number of people on the slopes. All this leads to a more relaxed vibe, and good odds of getting into your favourite restaurant at the last minute. A bottle of Canadian pinot noir and a ribeye steak at Sidecut Steakhouse, here we come.

Want to escape the world some more? Try heli-skiing (available until mid-April). Being dropped onto a clean whiteboard of a landscape ready to trace the first lines takes going off-piste to the next level.

Main photo credit: Tourism Whistler / Guy Fattal

The Lowdown

Find lower rates and plenty of variety in Whistler between March and May. Start planning your trip at

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