Whistler Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Whistler

The best times to visit Whistler are from June through August and between December and March. The mountains see peak skiing conditions from December to February, and March brings warmer temperatures but still offers quality snow. In June and July, Blackcomb Mountain reopens for glacier skiing while the rest of Whistler acts as a home base for camping and exploring the great outdoors. Meanwhile, September, October and November are a prime time for leaf-peeping. April and May bring moderate temperatures, making these months ideal for outdoorsy activities like hiking and biking.

Weather in Whistler

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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. Plus, non-skiers can partake in winter activities like tubing, snowshoeing or even snowmobiling. But make sure to pack plenty of layers and a winter jacket – average temperatures range between the high 10s and mid-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-May

April and May welcome warmer temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to low 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, or consider taking a picnic to admire Alexander Falls. You'll also find several festivals hosted during these months. The town is a little less crowded in April and May, so you should be able to snag a deal on a hotel.

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June-August

Summer in Whistler is prime time for all sorts of activities and events. Those who still want to ski can take to 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 Park. Temperatures ranging from the high 40s to low 80s (and a little cooler on the mountain) make for a pleasant experience no matter what you choose to do.

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September-November

Autumn ushers in cooler temperatures between the mid-40s and high 60s, meaning visitors and residents can go fishing, biking and hiking. The Coast Mountains provide some fantastic fall foliage, so consider a scenic ride on the Whistler 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 and some restaurants closed for the season. Festivals are also plentiful this time of year.

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Popular Times to Visit Whistler

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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