What’s new in Whistler this season
The 5 best offerings of the 22/23 season
The biggest ski resort in North America (8171 acres) hardly needs an introduction; from the unmatched terrain to the endless activities, there’s so much to do here that every skier, boarder and après-lover will be happy.
The best thing about Whistler is that there’s constantly something new and exciting to be found here; especially after the initial COVID lockdowns, they’re going big with fresh offerings on and off the mountain.
1. The new lift's
Nothing improves a ski area like a brand new chairlift… or two if you’re very lucky, which is the case in Whistler this season.
The Big Red Express in Whistler Blackcomb is going in to replace the existing high-speed four-person lift with a high-speed six-person chair - increasing uphill capacity by nearly 30%.
There’s also a new high-speed, eight-person gondola going in at the Creekside Gondola to replace the six-person gondola, meaning less time waiting in line and more time on the slopes.
2. The new Phantom Heli lodge
Just 15 minutes from Whistler, and one of the most exciting experiences to come to the resort, is the new Phantom Heli lodge.
Sign up for a 3, 4 or 5-day all-inclusive heli-ski package and stay at the secluded and luxurious accommodation, including first-class amenities, evening entertainment and a sustainable on-site food program. It’s all within walking distance to the B2 A-star helicopter, getting you on the slopes sooner.
Phantom Heli offers the opportunity to explore 240,000 of untracked backcountry in the Coast range mountains, with a a professionally certified ski or snowboard guide plus all your avalanche equipment included.
You can also opt for single day tours for one of the most memorable days you’ll ever have on snow; tours depart from Squamish or Whistler.
3. The snow globe dining domes of your dreams
Fairmont Chateau Whistler knows how to make fairytales come true, and this snowglobe experience is no exception. Nestle yourself into a dining dome, set amongst twinkling lights and snow-blanketed trees, for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Choose from a 3-course brunch or 5-course, with local highlights such as bison carpaccio, signature rib eye and - what else? - dessert platters.
4. A stack of new restaurants
So many that we’re just going to have to list out the must-see, must-do destinations.
- Artigiano, an award-winning cafe chain to grab your favourite drinks and hot breakfast items before you head to the slopes
- Barn Nork, an incredible Thai restaurant now open on the mountain from their roots in the Pemberton Valley’s Mount Currie
- Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House, opening in Whistler from its award-winning Vancouver origins
- Wild Blue Restaurant + Bar, a brand new fine dining restaurants and cocktail bar ad the brainchild of a number of talented and experienced chefs
- The Spo7ez winter feast every Friday at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC), blending traditional ingredients with modern plates while Cultural Ambassadors in regalia share songs and stories from Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation
5. A new hotel experience
What’s better than the Fairmont? Not much beyond the Fairmont Gold. The $14.2 million re-imagined Fairmont Gold boutique hotel is now up and running, offering next-level amenities, luxurious accommodation and personalized concierge services.
You can even enjoy an in-room sensory aromatherapy spa experience with SkinJay, an all-natural essential oil pod diffused through the showerhead… now that’s what we need to unwind after a big day on the slopes.