An Epic On Mountain Whistler Winter Itinerary
Known as the mecca of North American skiing, an epic day at Whistler Blackcomb means you need an epic Whistler winter itinerary. And if you have come all the way here, you might as well spend as much time as possible ON the mountain, rather than off.
Check out our on mountain Whistler itinerary to ensure you get the most out of that lift ticket, and the most laps down.
2 Day Whistler Winter Itinerary
- Grab and Go at Lift Coffee Co
- Exploring Whistler Mountain
- On Mountain Lunch at Roundhouse
- Peak 2 Peak to Blackcomb Mountain
- RMU Apres
- Pizza Antico Dinner
- Breakfast at Stonesedge
- Shred Blackcomb
- Explore the Blackcomb Glacier Ice Cave
- Lunch at Glacier Creek
- Afternoon Whistler Laps
- GLC Apres
- Dinner and party at Longhorns
Staying Where The Action Is
One of the most important things to consider when preparing for an epic time in Whistler is your accommodation. There are many options throughout the area, but we believe that staying right on the village stroll is key to a successful trip.
Hotels like Crystal Lodge and the Avaa offer excellent locations, complimentary ski storage, and on-site parking. The Pangea Pod Hotel is also a perfect option if you are travelling on a budget.
Booking Ski Rentals
Before you take on your Whistler winter itinerary, you should pull out your cold-weather gear and check to see if it is in good working order. If you need to book rentals, you’re lucky because Whistler is full of rental shops.
Shops like Premium Mountain Rentals are stocked with the latest skis and snowboards for you to choose from. They also allow you to pick up your gear the night before, so you can walk out the door the next day and shred the slopes.
Day 1 – Welcome to Whistler
Grab and Go at Lift Coffee Co
Start your Whistler itinerary with one of the town’s most iconic coffee shops, Lift Coffee Co. Located next to the Whistler Mountain gondola, they offer strong, tasty coffee and delicious breakfast treats to get your morning going.
Exploring Whistler Mountain
For those who haven’t skied at Whistler Blackcomb, exploring Whistler first is the best way to take on these giant mountains.
Catch the gondola up to the roundhouse and ski down to Emerald chair, a six-person chair surrounded by cruisey greens and blues, perfect for warming up and getting your bearings.
Once you feel warmed up, head to Harmony Chair and get some epic alpine laps. Harmony Ridge offers impressive views, and runs like Upper Mckonkeys and Kaleidoscope will get your heart racing.
Go deeper into the alpine by making your way to Symphony Bowl. You can access this lift by taking the Burnt Stew Trail, a cruisey green, or drop off the back of Sun Bowl, a steep and powder-filled bowl that drops off the back of Pika’s Traverse.
The pow turns don’t stop once you lap the Symphony Express lift. So if you’re up for a 15-minute hike, ski over to Flute Bowl, hike up to the Summit, then drop into Flute Bowl and enjoy big pow turns.
On Mountain Lunch at Roundhouse
Now that you have sampled some of the best turns on Whistler Mountain, head back to the Roundhouse to refuel for the rest of your day. Here you will find burgers, fish and chips, cold beer, and a place to put your feet up.
Peak 2 Peak to Blackcomb Mountain
Once your food has settled, catch the epic Peak 2 Peak Gondola from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb. The 360-degree panoramic views from the gondola carriage will blow your mind.
The Peak 2 Peak drops you off at the Rendezvous, Blackcomb’s main on-mountain restaurant. You can access 7th Heaven Express from here, a lift that takes you into the Blackcomb alpine, allowing you to lap wide, long runs all afternoon.
One of the best things about skiing Blackcomb Mountain in the afternoon is that the sun sets on it, allowing you to soak up the last of the day’s light.
If you want to get after some steeps, take the Lakeside Traverse and drop into Lakeside Bowl, a hidden but easily accessible bowl in the 7th Heaven area. This bowl will take you back onto the runs that lead to the lift, allowing you to lap it easily.
Your legs must be burning from a big day on the slopes and now it’s time to reward yourself with a few Apre beers and bites to eat. Ski to the bottom of Blackcomb Mountain and finish in the Upper Village.
RMU is at the base of the mountain and offers a great selection of beer, burgers, and cocktails, and a big outdoor patio with heaters. They are also a ski shop, so if you want to pick up any equipment, it’s your one stop shop.
Pizza Antico Dinner
As day one of your epic Whistler winter itinerary ends, spoil yourself with some of Whistler’s best pizza. Pizza Antico is located in the heart of the village, serving up craft beer, wine, and woodfired pizza.
Day 2 – Exploring More of Whistler
Breakfast at Stonesedge
If you decided to go out and sample some classic Whistler nightlife, like Buffalo Bills or MoeJoes, you’ll need a Stonesedge caesar and breakfast poutine. For those who didn’t venture out, they also offer eggs benny and other breaky classics.
Now your belly is full, and your hangover is hopefully cured, it’s time to hit the slopes. Today is about ripping groomers and exploring the trees.
Upload Blackcomb by either the Blackcomb Gondola from the upper village or Excalibur Gondola from the main village. Now make your way to Crystal Ridge Express, one of the best chairs on the mountain.
Offering long and winding blue trails, and steep and technical black trails, this area is impossible to get bored with. Want some challenging tree runs? Check out Arthur’s Choice, or if you want even more of a challenge, Outer Limits will be the area for you.
Explore the Blackcomb Glacier Ice Cave
After you have explored Crystal Chair, make your way to Glacier Express and up the Showcase T Bar. A five-minute short hike from the top of the T bar will put you up on the Blackcomb glacier.
This blue run goes around the back of Blackcomb and takes you back to the bottom of the Crystal Ridge Express chair. On the way, keep your eyes peeled on the right side of the run for the Blackcomb Ice Cave.
This spot is perfect for photos and is easily accessible for intermediate skiers and boarders.
Lunch at Glacier Creek
Your legs will be tired from the amazing laps you rode this morning, so it’s time to take a break at Glacier Creek, the restaurant at the bottom of Jersey Cream and Glacier Express Chair.
The Glacier Creek wraps are legendary for their size. The restaurant also offers pizza, burgers, and pasta, so you have many choices to energize yourself for the rest of the day.
Afternoon Whistler Laps
Tighten your boots again and head up Jersey Cream Chair to catch the Peak to Peak over to Whistler Mountain.
From the exit of the Peak to Peak, ski to the bottom of the legendary Whistler Peak Chair. At the top are fantastic views of the valleys and giant Inukshuks for you to take some more awesome pictures.
Once you have taken your photos, you just need to decide where to go. If you want a long, wide, steep groomer to rip, head over to the Saddle. Whistler Bowl and Bagel Bowl are perfect for off-piste skiing, especially after some snow.
Those looking to get off the beaten track should make their way to Million Dollar Ridge. This is a local favourite slackcountry area with steeps, trees, and usually hidden pow stashes. We recommend only strong skiers and boarders take this one on.
After another long day of exploring and ticking off your Whistler winter itinerary, you deserve to let loose and enjoy an iconic Whistler apres. And there is nowhere else in Whistler that Apres like the Longhorn Saloon.
Champagne guns, bulldog martinis, DJs, and good times are what the Longhorn is all about. Located at the bottom of Whistler Mountain, all you have to do is lock up your equipment and you are ready to party.
Dinner at 21 Steps
If you can escape the Longhorn madness, one of the best ways to finish off an epic day in Whistler is at 21 Steps. This is one of the town’s most relaxed restaurants with modern Canadian comfort fare and cocktails, as well as an upstairs lounge area.
Whistler Skiing Is Unbeatable
As you can tell from our two-day Whistler winter itinerary, there’s a lot to ski, eat, and do in Whistler. However, to ensure you can make the most of your time, we think it’s important to be staying in Whistler Village.
These are just a few of our favourite restaurants and areas to ski, but you can definitely tweak our Whistler itinerary to make it your own.