Why skiing Whistler in Spring is such a good idea

Spring is the best-kept secret that many Canadians want to keep all to themselves - but we’re here to share it with those who are excited to plan their next best trip to the snow.  

With minimal lift lines, bright sunny skies and the outdoor patios in all their glory, it’s the perfect time to visit Whistler; especially considering the mountain is generally open all the way through to May, and year-round on the glacier. 

Here are 6 reasons you’ll love Whistler in the spring.  


The weather 

It goes without saying that spring in British Columbia is what dreams are made of; you can expect more sunny days on the mountain while you’re skiing, and the sun also hangs around a lot later in the day, making your après sunset sessions all the more enjoyable.  

Whether you dream of working on that goggle tan, or simply sitting on an outdoor patio and sipping a local brew, Whistler spring time can deliver accordingly.  

The other bonus is that temperatures tend to be a lot milder, hovering between minus 10 to minus 2. This means you’ll get away with packing fewer layers for your trip. Less puffer jackets taking up room in your suitcase = more room for souvenirs. Just be sure to pack the sunscreen!  


The snow  

There’s ‘snow’ better time to ski! By that point in the season, the snow base has had the opportunity to build up, making snow coverage decent across the mountain.  

Thanks to Whistler’s lengthy season, you’ll also still get to enjoy plenty of untouched powder all over the mountain, especially in the trees - March alone sees almost 100 inches of fresh snowfall every year.  

Groomer lovers will also be in their element with perfect corduroy continuing to be freshly groomed daily, ensuring the mountain’s runs will be in tip-top shape for you to shred. 


The mountain all to yourself 

​​With lifts open from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, you have plenty of time to find your powder stashes. Just make sure your legs are ski-ready, because the lift lines aren’t nearly as busy.  

You’ll often find yourself gliding straight onto the lifts and joining a local on your way up the mountain, so get ready to ask their top tips for where is best to point your skis or board down the mountain. 

Our sources tell us that lapping the Harmony and Symphony Express chairs are the best place to start the day before heading over to Blackcomb, aiming to finish your day at 7th Heaven.  


Something for everyone  

Is there anything better than a spring park lap? With the music pumping, the sun shining and the kids cutting laps on the jumps and rails wearing just their t-shirts, the vibes are up and ready for everyone to get in on the action. Even those who don’t rate their park tricks will enjoy hanging out to catch the action.  

But spring isn’t all about the experienced skiers and boarders. It’s also the perfect time to convince your beginner friends to have a go on the slopes. Visibility is better, making their lives easier, and the snow is that little bit softer should they fall down… which we all inevitably do.  

And for those who are just there for the post-ski drinks - we’ve also got you covered. Springtime picks are the Merlins patio at the base of Blackcomb or the famous GLC on top of the Whistler gondola building.  


The off-snow adventures 

Spring is when British Columbia thaws out and comes to life. If you’re a mountain biker, you can find the best trails close to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, opening up in the spring.  

Hiking trails also begin to open, and lakes begin to look their best. You might even like to see it all from up top with a ziplining experience, offering the best views.  

But there’s still plenty of winter adventures to be had; like snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ice-fishing and plenty more. And you can unwind after all of it with a session at the Scandinave Spa, with its hot and cold circuit complete with views of the surrounding mountains. 


The deals 

If the sunshine, the snow and the good times don’t convince you that a spring trip should be on the cards - the deals may be the selling point for you.  

Spring is full of great offers for accommodation in Whistler, especially if you avoid weekends and traditional spring break holidays.  

We can help you nab a bargain - request a quote with us below.  

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