Whistler Blackcomb 2023/2024 Opening Day Guide

Oct 21, 2023

Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to open for skiing, riding and sightseeing on November 23 

The excitement is palpable as the countdown to November 23, 2023, begins – the day Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s premier ski and snowboarding destinations, opens its doors for the 2023/24 season. We can’t wait to welcome you to our winter wonderland, and the good news is that there are still plenty of accommodations available for the opening weekend and throughout the winter season. If you haven’t booked your stay with us yet, now is the perfect time to secure your spot for an unforgettable winter adventure. You can check availability and make your reservation here.

On opening day, the lifts start running bright and early at 8:30 am and will be in operation until 3 pm, giving you ample time to make those first tracks in the fresh powder.

Exciting Upgrades: Faster, Smoother Rides

This season brings exciting news for all avid skiers and snowboarders. Whistler-Blackcomb’s Fitzsimmons Express chairlift, a key access on the mountain, is being replaced with a state-of-the-art high-speed 8-person lift. This upgrade promises to reduce wait times and get you up the mountain faster, so you can maximize your time on the slopes. It’s just another reason to ensure your gear is ready for the grand opening on November 23, 2023. Need accommodations? Click here to book your dream Whistler vacation today and be among the first to experience this game-changing lift!

Fitzsimmons Chair Opening Whistler Mountain

Whistler Blackcomb Climate: What to Expect

Whistler and Blackcomb are nestled in the stunning Coast Mountain Range, aptly named for their proximity to the Pacific coast. This unique location blesses Whistler Blackcomb with moderate winter weather, ensuring that your winter adventure will be as enjoyable as possible. In the valley, temperatures typically don’t drop below -10°C (12°F), and in the alpine region, they remain around -15°C (5°F) during the coldest part of the year.

Average Temperatures at Whistler Blackcomb

December to February

  • Low: -12°C (11°F)
  • High: -5°C (23°F)

March to May

  • Low: -8°C (19°F)
  • High: 5°C (42°F)

On average, Whistler Blackcomb receives an impressive 465 inches (38.7 feet or 11.8 meters) of snow per year at its summit. While these figures indicate the region’s typically mild climate, it’s essential to remember that temperatures can drop lower than the averages, so it’s always wise to prepare with layers that can be easily adjusted to keep you warm and comfortable, whether you’re on the slopes or strolling through the charming village.

Snowfall Statistics: A Powder Paradise

Whistler Blackcomb is renowned for offering some of the most reliable snow conditions in the Coast Mountain Range. With an annual snowfall averaging around 11 meters (36 feet) and an impressive 86 snowfall days per year, it’s no surprise that this destination is legendary for its powder. To help you plan your visit, let’s take a closer look at some snowfall statistics:

  • Average Annual Snowfall: Approximately 11 meters (36 feet)
  • Annual Snowfall Days: 86 days

Now, when is the best time to visit Whistler Blackcomb during the winter season to make the most of these fantastic conditions?

Opening Day Whistler Blackcomb 2023/2024 Season

Optimal Times to Experience Whistler’s Winter Wonders

November and December: If you’re seeking maximum excitement and are eager to avoid the crowds, consider planning your visit in November and early December. This is when the mountain springs to life with a flurry of activities, shorter lift lines, and more affordable accommodations. The early season is a time of anticipation and excitement. Don’t miss popular events like Wintersphere and The Fire and Ice Show, which promise an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

January and February: For the powderhounds and those who relish the coldest temperatures and the driest, fluffiest snow of the season, January and February are prime months. During this period, there’s a slight drop-off in visitors, leading to shorter lift lines and fewer people on the mountain. The village is generally quieter as well, except during spring break, making it easier to secure reservations at your favorite restaurants.

In conclusion, Whistler Blackcomb is gearing up for another incredible winter season, and November 23, 2023, is the date to mark on your calendar. With exciting upgrades, reliable snowfall, and a variety of optimal times to visit, you’re in for an unforgettable winter adventure. Don’t wait too long to book your accommodations, as the most sought-after spots are filling up fast. Secure your dream Whistler vacation today and get ready for a season of epic snow and unforgettable memories.

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