Whistler is a simply awesome ski resort. A quick glance at a piste map will show you that the resort base is in the shadow of two huge mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. Your school group lift pass will grant you access to either mountain, as well as the spectacular peak to peak Gondola. Both mountains have different skiing - Blackcomb has more tree lined runs while Whistler has wide open vistas. Snow is consistently good, especially higher up the mountain where around 12 meters of fresh powder are dumped every winter! Here in Canada, the high level powder skiing is easily accessible for beginners too.
Getting to Whistler
Whistler has to be one of the easiest ski resorts in the world to get to. Admittedly your school will have a 10 hour flight to Vancouver, but once at the airport, transfers to resort are less than an hour as it really is just on the doorstep of this wonderful city.
Whistler Blackcomb, like Banff, is a well thought out resort and perfect for school groups. Unlike many European ski resorts, first time skiers are not restricted to the lower half of the mountain. At Whistler, once you have found your balance, you can take the Harmony Express chair to the top of the mountain and ski all the way back down on a wide, and easy green trail that is always well maintained. This will give your students are real sense of achievement, especially if this is their first school ski trip.
There are good ski schools and beginner areas for first timers, with Whistler having the slight edge over Blackcomb when it comes to beginner friendliness.
Whistler resort is incredibly popular and can get extremely busy, especially during holiday periods. Infrastructure is very good so you won't have to queue too long for your next ride up the mountain.
There is accommodation for every school budget at Whistler ski resort. From affordable to luxury, and from ski-in ski-out to properties closer to Alta Lake. Let us know what type of accommodation you are looking for for your school trip and we will help find the best price.
The best bits about Whistler
© Whistler Blackcomb/Toshi Kawano
© Whistler Blackcomb/Toshi
© Whistler Blackcomb/Paul Morrison
Suitability for School Groups:
Beginners 5/5 Intermediates 5/5 Whistler is school group friendly as it allows beginners to ski the whole mountain.
Whistler Resort Location:
700m to 2200m Snowfall 5/5 On the upper sections of the mountains snowfall can exceed 12 meters!
Approximate Travel Times:
Vancouver airport is less than an hour from Whistler ski resort
Use the following short form to begin planning your school skiing trip. Tell us your basic requirements and we will gather the best prices from the ski operators who take school groups to Whistler.
© Marmot Basin
© Panorama/Kari Medig
Panorama Mountain Ski Resort is located in the powder blessed Canadian Rockies, and has been attracting long haul school ski groups for many years.
© Paul Zizka
Banff ski area is located in a National Park and consists of three separate but linked ski areas packed full of scenic glaciers and outstanding waterfalls.
A small ski resort compared to the rest we feature here on ski school trips, Mont Tremblant boasts 90 different trails and a mountain of snow all season long.