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Best Times to Visit Whistler

The best times to visit Whistler are June through September and December through March. The mountains see peak skiing conditions from December to February, and March brings warmer temperatures but still offers good snow. In June and July, Blackcomb Mountain reopens for glacier skiing while the rest of Whistler acts as a home base for hikers and campers. Meanwhile, the fall months usher in plenty of popular festivals. April and May bring moderate temperatures, making these months ideal for outdoorsy activities like bungee jumping and biking.

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December- March

Winter is one of the best times to visit Whistler for obvious reasons: plenty of powder. Skiers and snowboarders flock to this destination because its mountains boast some of the best winter sports conditions in the world. Non-skiers can partake in winter activities like tubing, snowshoeing or even snowmobiling, as well. But make sure to pack plenty of layers and a warm winter jacket — average temperatures rest in the 30s and 40s. Since this is the high season for tourism, be sure to book your accommodations a few months in advance.

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April and May welcome warmer temperatures ranging from the low 40s to the mid-60s. You can ski through the end of April; the mountains still see snow and the days are warmer and sunny. This time of year is also popular for hiking and camping, as well as golfing on one of the area's four highly touted courses. The conditions are great for activities like bungee jumping, or consider taking a picnic to admire Alexander Falls. The town is a little less crowded in April and May, so you should be able to snag a good deal on a hotel.

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June- September

Summer in Whistler is prime time for all sorts of activities and events. Those who still want to ski can take to the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain with a few less layers, while visitors looking to bask in the sun can take advantage of the beach and water sports at Lost Lake. Temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to high 70s (and a little cooler on the mountain) make for a pleasant experience no matter what you choose to do.

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October- November

Autumn ushers in cooler temperatures between the mid-40s and 50s, so visitors and residents like to go fishing, biking and hiking. The Coast Mountains provide some fantastic fall foliage, so consider a scenic ride on the Sea to Sky Climb train to Vancouver. Since it's the shoulder season and powder hounds haven't yet descended on town, you'll likely find affordable room rates in Whistler Village.

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