TIPS FOR CHASING FRESH POWDER IN WHISTLER

Powder, synonymous with fresh and untouched snow, blankets Whistler Blackcomb throughout the winter season. The most substantial snowfalls, often referred to as "dumps," typically occur between January and March. Skiing on powder gives you that indescribable feeling of floating on a cloud. This sensation is what avid skiers and snowboarders come to Whistler for. From navigating real-time updates to exploring secret powder stashes and venturing into the untamed backcountry, join us on a journey to discover the tips and tricks for an extraordinary skiing or snowboarding experience in Whistler. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a first-timer, get ready to elevate your winter escapade as we unveil the secrets to chasing fresh powder in this winter wonderland.

Did you know? The daily mountain condition is shown on our TV in the lobby and you can see the live mountain condition 24/7 on our live webcam!

Before Your Trip

Deciphering Snow Forecasts

Before you even pack your gear, mastering the art of deciphering snow forecasts is crucial. Understanding the amount of fresh snowfall and the mountain temperature can help you determine the best day to hit the slopes. However, keep in mind that more snow doesn't always equal a more exciting day. For beginner skiers, excessive fresh snow can be challenging to handle, as turning in deep powder requires more force and may result in getting stuck. Interestingly, many beginners find the second day after a significant snowfall more enjoyable than the first. There are various sources for snow and weather forecasts, and they sometimes provide different stories. Personally, I find Whistler Peak and Whistler Blackcomb Snow Forecast to be the most reliable sources.

 

The Game Plan

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

After checking the forecast and pinpointing the best day to hit the mountain, it's time to strategize, especially if you're heading out on a powder day or during the weekend. Decide whether you want to ski Whistler or Blackcomb first, and check which lifts are open, choosing a gondola/lift for uploading. Additionally, examine the available terrain. If a lift wasn't operating the day before but is open on the day you plan to ski, there's a higher chance of finding good powder on those runs. Consider your initial run choice, connecting it to the lift, and avoid heading all the way to the base on your first run to circumvent potential long lines during the morning rush.

On the Ski Day

Stay Informed

The My Epic app is an excellent tool to stay informed throughout the ski day. You can check lift wait times, grooming reports, lift status, and more. To make the most of your lift ticket, choose your next lift wisely to avoid long queues or arrive at the lift line early to be among the first to upload and ski on fresh powder. Whistler Blackcomb's website features multiple webcams on the mountains, providing live conditions at different levels. These live feeds offer a visual spectacle of the current weather, allowing you to witness the snowfall and gauge the conditions firsthand.

 

Where the Powder Hides

Destination Canada/Grant Gunderson

As locals say, if you know where to look, there is always powder on Whistler Blackcomb. Favorites include Xhiggy's Meadow off 7th Heaven on Blackcomb and Symphony Amphitheater on Whistler, known for consistent snow due to their high altitude. Tree runs are also great for finding stashes of powder, with personal favorites like Gun Barrels, Franz Meadow, and Jeff’s Ode To Joy. Don't hesitate to ask a local; they might reveal some secret spots for powder.

 

Backcountry Skiing and Helisking

Heath Moffatt/Blackcomb Helicopters

For those seeking an even more adventurous experience, Whistler's backcountry skiing and heliskiing options open up a world of untamed powder. The backcountry terrain surrounding Whistler provides an opportunity to explore vast, untouched landscapes under the guidance of experienced professionals. Heliskiing, an exhilarating experience that involves accessing remote powder havens by helicopter, takes your powder pursuit to new heights.

 

Studio

Spacious studio suites feature a full kitchen, private balcony and a gas fireplace. Perfect for solo travellers, couples, or small families. 

  • 430 square feet
  • Number of Beds: 2
  • Bedding Configuration: Queen Bed and Queen Sofa Bed
  • Max Occupancy: 4

1 Bedroom Suite

One-bedroom suites feature a full kitchen, private balcony, and spacious living area, dining for four and a gas fireplace.

  • 560 square feet
  • Number of Beds: 2
  • Bedding Configuration: King Bed in Bedroom and Queen Sofa Bed in Living Room 
  • Max Occupancy: 4

2 Bedroom Suite

Two-bedroom suites feature a full kitchen, private balcony, and spacious living area, dining for four, a gas fireplace, and two bathrooms.

  • 880 square feet
  • Number of Beds: 4
  • Bedding Configuration: King Bed in Master Bedroom, Twin Beds in Second Bedroom, and Queen Sofa Bed in Living Room
  • Max Occupancy: 6