When to Go in Whistler

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Whistler is in British Columbia, Canada, which is near the Sea to Sky Highway. This is a famous ski destination which makes the winter the best time to go.

Ski Season: November – April

Whistler has two large mountains, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. Ski season is long here; from the end of November all the way to April and these mountains have an average of 30 feet of snow per year. It is perfect because the temperatures don’t get below zero and stay around 32 degrees F most of the time. Spring is not a good time to go because of unpredictable weather and in May snow melts.

December - March

If you are coming to Whistler to ski the best time to go is December through March. In December the mountains don’t have a lot of traffic and there are deals on rooms and meals at restaurants. There is a chance there won’t be snow but that doesn’t happen too often. The Whistler Film Festival takes place in the first few days of December. Enjoy four days of films, workshops, seminars, special events and great parties. Around Christmas and New Years the rates for accommodations rise sharply and restaurants are full, but the nightlife is great and there are parades and fireworks in the village. First Night Whistler falls on New Years Eve and goes into New Years. This is a family event with no alcohol allowed and features live bands, craft workshops, entertainment on the street and a bunch of fun.

January

January has the best snowfalls of the year and the crowds are minimal. It does get very cold during January, but you can curl up in front of the fireplace at the resort with many discounted deals.

February - March

February and March are great times to go to Whistler with the exception of spring break--stay away then. Accumulations of snow have built up and skiing is great during this time. Watch out in 2010 as some of the games of the Winter Olympics will be played there and you will not be able to get rooms or get on the slopes at all. At the end of February beginning of March is the Paralympic Winter Games. In the first week of March Whistler hosts WinterPride one of the biggest gay ski weeks with many activities all over town.

Whistler can provide you with a great time all year round but come during December to March in order to get the best out of it.

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