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Best time to go to Whistler

Time your visit to Whistler with the best snow conditions, festivals and prices.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Whistler is just about skiing. There’s so much going on here throughout the year, too.

Here’s what you can expect from a visit to Whistler come spring, summer, fall or winter.

The best time to visit Whistler

December through to March and June through to August are some of the best times to visit Whistler. While the winter months offer prime skiing conditions, summertime opens up a world of sunshine and outdoor festivals. Both are, unfortunately, also the most expensive times to visit.

If you were hoping to save some pennies, try visiting during the shoulder month of April, when snowsureness is slightly less, but there are more deals about. Or you could try September, when the resorts are quieter and hotel prices are at their lowest.

Cheapest times to fly to Whistler (Vancouver Airport)


Winter and spring are dominated by skiing. Whistler’s snow season runs from November to April, with the best snow conditions from December to March. It’s not unusual for temperatures to plummet below zero, so bring lots of layers and wrap up to stay warm.

Although temperatures peak at 32°C during summer, skiing is still possible on Horstman Glacier in the warmer months. And when the powder isn’t so good, there are plenty of events to keep you busy.

For fewer crowds, consider visiting during the fall, when temperatures are more than comfortable for some outdoor adventuring.

Whistler Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver
Whistler Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver


Whistler Day Tour from Vancouver: Shannon Falls and Sea-to-Sky Highway
Whistler Day Tour from Vancouver: Shannon Falls and Sea-to-Sky Highway


The best time to visit Whistler for…

  • Skiing. December through to March is guaranteed powder time in Whistler, with thousands flocking to the mountains to get their yearly ski fix. If you want the best snow, you’ll need to book well in advance for the best accommodation and prepare yourself for high prices and hefty crowds. The mountain still sees some snow until the end of April, which is when you’ll find fewer people and lower prices.
  • Hiking and biking. As temperatures can reach over 30°C during the summer months, it’s better to wait until fall to head out for some serious hiking adventures. September and October offer up some of the best conditions, as the snow remains high in the mountains and the leaves turn a spectacular hue of golden orange.
  • Festivals. It’s hard to find a month in Whistler when there isn’t an event scheduled. From the Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival in October to the Independent Film Festival in December, the World Ski Snowboard Festival in April to the Canada Day celebrations in July, it’s worth timing your visit with at least one of these jolly occasions.

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