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Mountain Statistics

Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Get the latest reports, weather forecasts and live conditions to plan your day.

Snowfall

Whistler Blackcomb is blessed with a historical average of 11.92 metres / 469 inches / 39.1 ft per year, measured at the Pig Alley Weather Station on Whistler Mountain (Mid-Mountain: elevation 1,660 metres/ 5,445 feet).

Base Record

The snow base record for Whistler Mountain is 504 cm (197 inches, 16.4 feet) set in 1973/74. That season it snowed significantly in March and April when traditionally these months receive less snowfall.

Annual Snowfall Averages

Whistler Blackcomb's monthly and total snowfall averages are based on the previous 10 years.

  • Average Snowfall: 1,192 cm / 469 in / 39.1 feet
  • Individual Mountain Stats
 

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN

BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN

VERTICAL

1,530 metres
5,020 feet

1,609 metres
5,280 feet

TOP ELEVATION

2,182 metres
7,160 feet

2,284 metres
7,494 feet

SKIABLE TERRAIN

4,757 acres
1,925 hectares

3,414 acres
1,382 hectares

TERRAIN TYPE
(BEG/INT/ADV)

20%/55%/25%

15%/55%/30%

TRAILS

100+

100+

PARKS & PIPES

2 parks

3 Parks, 1 Super Pipe, 1 Snow Cross Track

TOTAL NUMBER OF LIFTS

19 (plus PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola) including:
2 high-speed gondolas 
7 high-speed quads
2 triple chairs 
8 surface lifts

17 (plus PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola) including:
1 high-speed gondola 
6 high-speed quads 
3 triple chairs 
7 surface lifts

TOTAL HOURLY LIFT CAPACITY

34,345 skiers per hour

31,162 skiers per hour

 

Stats and Facts

Population

Whistler has almost 10,000 permanent residents, 2,754 seasonal residents (estimated) and 11,522 second-home owners (estimated). Seventy-nine per cent of Whistler workers live in Whistler.

Incorporation

The Resort Municipality of Whistler was incorporated on September 6, 1975. It was the first designated Resort Municipality in the province of British Columbia.

Elevation

Whistler Village's elevation is 675 metres, or 2,214 feet. Whistler Creekside's elevation is 653 metres or 2,140 feet.

Location

Whistler is located at 50º 9'N, 122º 57' W.

Distances and approximate travel times by car:

  • ·         Whistler to downtown Vancouver: 127 km (79 miles), 2 hours
  • ·         Whistler to Vancouver International Airport: 140 km (85 miles), 2.5 hours
  • ·         Whistler to Seattle: 354 km (218 miles), 5 hours

Getting here and around

  • ·         Most people travel to Whistler from Vancouver by private vehicle on Highway 99, known as the Sea to Sky Highway
  • ·         Scheduled bus service runs from Vancouver and Vancouver Airport to Whistler more than ten times daily. Whistler is also served by regular air (helicopter/float plane) service in the spring, summer and fall
  • ·         The WAVE (Whistler and Valley Express) serves more than 2.8 million riders per year in the Whistler area. In the winter, WAVE is free from Marketplace to the Upper Village loop and during the summer includes free service to Lost Lake Park
  • ·         People also get around on bicycles, skis and skateboards!

 

Visitor numbers

Whistler receives approximately 2.3 million overnight and non-overnight visitors each year (approximately 44 per cent in winter and 56 per cent in summer).

Resort capacity

Whistler has capacity for about 30,000 overnight visitors. There are some 150 hotels, condos, chalets, pensions and bed & breakfast facilities offering more than 10,000 rooms. There are also 230 hostel beds and 118 campsites.

Ski-in/ski-out

There are 19,936 pillows within 500 metres of the ski lifts