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Stats & Facts


Whistler has almost 14,000 permanent residents and 2,432 seasonal residents (estimated).


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

  • The trip from Vancouver to Whistler is smoother than ever on the stunning Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) with multiple transport options to suit every budget and group size.
  • 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 Whistler Transit system serves more than 2.8 million riders per year in the Whistler area. In the winter, the service 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, Whistler Public Library, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Myrtle Philip Community School (elementary), Spring Creek School (elementary) and Whistler Secondary Community School.

Local Media

Local newspaper: Pique
Local radio: Mountain FM (102.1 FM)

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.

New Entry Rules for those Flying to Canada

On March 15, 2016 Canada introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.

Eligible travellers must hold a valid eTA before boarding their flight to Canada. To find out more, visit

Visitor numbers

Whistler receives approximately 3 million overnight and non-overnight visitors each year (approximately 45 per cent in winter and 55 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 bedrooms. There are also 230 hostel beds and 118 campsites.


There are approximately 20,000 pillows within 500 metres of the ski lifts


200 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  11.9 metres (38.9 feet). The valley receives approximately 430 centimetres (14 feet).

Average temperature

Winter ranges from an average low of -8 to an average high of 3 degrees Celcius (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 300 kilometres of maintained double and single track cross-country trails are available, of varying difficulty. 

Whistler Blackcomb ski area stats

Average Snowfall over the past 10 years 38.7 feet
11.8 metres
Total Terrain 8,171 acres/3,307 hectares
Trails 200 +
Longitude/Latitude 50° latitude, 122° longitude
Mountain Restaurants 18 with a total of 6,972 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 37 (including the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola)
Hourly Lift Capacity 69,939 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 4 Parks 4 Parks
1 Halfpipe
1 Snow Cross Track
Total Number of Lifts 19 including;
2 high-speed gondolas
1 high-speed 6-pack
6 high-speed quads
8 surface lifts
+ PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
17 including;
1 high-speed gondola
7 high-speed quads
triple chairs
7 surface lifts
+ PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
Total Hourly Lift Capacity 36,148 skiers per hour 33,791 skiers per hour
Longest Run 11 km/7 miles
Peak to Creek
11 km/ 7 miles
Green Road down
Easy Out
Mountain Restaurants 9 9
Snowmaking 315 acres/127 hectares 382 acres/156 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 May to July (weather permitting)

Mountain Round Trip Duration

  • Whistler Village Gondola to Peak 2 Peak Station: 15 minutes
  • New Blackcomb Gondola to Peak 2 Peak Station: 12 minutes
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola: 11 minutes

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 are in place at all four Whistler golf courses with each one offering junior classes or camps. Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler Golf Club and Big Sky Golf allow 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 lift serviced vertical to 1,507 metres (4,946 feet).
Top Elevation: 2,182 meteres (7160 feet).

Lifts and trails

Five lifts (Whistler Village Gondola, Fitzsimmons Express Chair, Garbanzo Chair, Peak Chair, Creekside Gondola) service 68 trails.


The trails are ranked 9% beginner, 31% intermediate, 34% advanced, 22% expert, 4% pro.

Skills centres

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

Bike Park operating dates

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