Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort is a ski area located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The resort is in the town of Whistler, BC. We recently ranked all of British Columbia's ski resorts, so you can see where Whistler Blackcomb stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Whistler Blackcomb is a part of the Epic Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at most of the Vail owned slopes with it throughout the year. There are a handful of different types of Epic passes available, ranging from 3-7 days, to season-long.

Whistler Blackcomb Lodging:

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Whistler Blackcomb has a total of 200 ski trails, which are serviced by 36 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 8,171 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 3,307 hectares, 13 square miles, or 33 square kilometers.

Whistler Blackcomb's slopes see on average 375 inches (148 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 31 feet a year!

Trails
Total Runs
200
Ski Lift
Lifts
36
Skier
Skiable Acres
8,171(33 km2)
Snow
Annual Snowfall
375"(148 cm)

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Elevation

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 7,494 feet, or 2,284 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,474 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 5,020 feet (1,530 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Whistler Blackcomb's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,494'(2,284 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
5,020'(1,530 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
2,474'(754 m)

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Score
Difficulty Score
82out of 100
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Whistler Blackcomb is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, with a difficulty score of 82. This mountain ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 28% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 5,020 feet.

 DID YOU KNOW?

At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Whistler Blackcomb has 8,171 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Seeing as Whistler Blackcomb is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 81% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 20% of its skiable acres for the beginners.
Beginner
20%(1,634 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
Intermediate
53%(4,290 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
Expert
28%(2,247 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort good for beginners?

This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 28% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Location

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort is located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This ski area is nearby the town of Whistler, BC.

Address:
Whistler, BC V0N Canada
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Website:
whistlerblackcomb.com/

GPS Coordinates:
50.11500, -122.95000

Getting to Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort), its coordinates of 50.11500, -122.95000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Whistler, BC to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort.

NameCodeCityDistance
Vancouver International AirportYVRVancouver, BC104 km
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA300 km

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Whistler Blackcomb.

NameCodeCityDistance
Powell River AirportYPWPowell River, BC115 km
Texada Gillies Bay AirportYGBTexada, BC122 km
Abbotsford International AirportYXXAbbotsford, BC128 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mount SeymourNorth Vancouver, BC4,150 ft34%81 km
Cypress MountainWest Vancouver North, BC4,751 ft65%82 km
Grouse MountainNorth Vancouver, BC4,100 ft42%83 km
Sasquatch MountainAgassiz, BC4,501 ft52%109 km

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Mountain Stats

NameStatistic
Summit Elevation7,494 ft
Base Elevation2,474 ft
Vertical Drop5,020 ft
Trails200
(20% Beginner,  53% Intermediate,  28% Expert)
Lifts36
Skiable Acres8,171
Avg. Annual Snowfall375 inches
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Mountain Stats