Why Canada and Why Whistler....
Quite simply we wanted to offer an unforgetable skiing experience in a resort that ticks all the boxes. It comes as no suprise that Canada is one of the world's top ski holiday destinations. Pick of the bunch as far as we are concerned is Whistler/Blackcomb, host mountain resort for the amazing Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. One look at this giant winter sports paradise and you’ll understand why. The peaks here are vast and the skiing is serious. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains feature over 8,000 acres of terrain, with 12 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, over 200 marked trails. Both mountains provide a huge range of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing and boarding, and combined with a massive average annual snowfall of over 38 feet, the 'Whistler' experience is hard to beat. Equally good away from the slopes, Whistler is not so much a village as a small town with outstanding après-ski and dining options. Whistler has great shopping some of which can empty your wallet, melt your plastic and scare your bank manager, but Canada still offers superb value for money and the guarantee of great snow!
Skiing here is immense. Expect amazing snow, world-class facilities, stunning accommodation, a genuine friendly welcome and outstanding terrain to suit all abilities and age-groups. Welcome to powder country!
Ski Whistler / Blackcomb
Season > November 2016 to May 2017
|Hotel||Rating||Location||Lead room type||Per Night From/To||Meals|
|ASPENS ON BLACKCOMB||3★||Upper Whistler Village||1 Bedroom Suite||£93 - £250||RO|
|COAST BLACKCOMB SUITES||3½★||Upper Whistler Village||Studio Suite||£88 - £225||RB|
|LEGENDS||4★||Whistler Creekside||1 Bedroom Suite||£67 - £128||RO|
|CRYSTAL LODGE||4★||Whistler Village||Traditional Room||£54 - £124||RO|
|DELTA WHISTLER VILLAGE SUITE||4★||Whistler Village||Guest Room||£57 - £183||RO|
|WESTIN WHISTLER RESORT & SPA||5★||Whistler Village||Deluxe Studio Suite||£93 - £365||RO|
|FOUR SEASONS RESORT||5★||Upper Whistler Village||Resort King Room||£82 - £583||RO|
|FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER||5★||Upper Whistler Village||Fairmont Room||£88 - £274||RO|
- Prices are per person sharing a twin/double room. Rates vary according to dates of travel.
- Prices shown reflect the 'lead-in' room category across the whole season.
- Rates shown exculde all discounts and special offers...so please check our special offers page.
- The highest rates shown will apply to Christmas and New Year bookings.
- ! & 2 Bedroom Apartments offer great value for money when 3-4 people are sharing.
- Meal Plan - RO = room only / RB = Room & Continental breakfast
- Minimum stays apply at certain times of year.
- Add a few nights in Vancouver.
Visa and Passport Requirements
The Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). All British Nationals must obtain an eTA before boarding a flight to Canada.
TAILORMADE QUOTATION REQUEST
Our aim is to provide flexible holidays built around you. All holidays are completely tailor-made and will reflect the best available rates at the time of booking. We’ll arrange every element of your holiday to suit your requirements and make the whole process as easy as possible. Many early booking offers are offered by Whistler hotels and suppliers so the earlier you book, the better the deal will be!
WE CAN INCLUDE
- International flights - Economy/Premium/Business
(British Airways, Air Canada or Air Transat)
- Quality hotel or self catering accommodation
- Seat-on-coach or private airport transfers
- Ski pass (collect with your room key)
- Ski Rental
- Optional non-skiing resort activities
- ATOL Protection
ATOL PROTECTION - You're in safe hands!
Book with total confidence as all flight inclusive holidays are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under our ATOL licence 5493.
Whistler’s two linked mountains (Whistler and Blackcomb) add up to make the biggest ski area in North America, which puts the resort on the shortlist of most transatlantic visitors – and certainly intermediates who like to rack up the miles without repeating the same slopes. For beginners, there are excellent nursery slopes, and top-to-bottom green runs to progress to. For experts, the high open bowls offer a wide range of possibilities, with regular dumps of powder streaming in from the nearby Pacific.
Beautiful scenic runs gently meander down the mountain and finish off at the village so a well earned 'pick-me-up' will definitely be the order of the day.
Enjoy skiing on slopes groomed to velvety perfection and beautiful long cruising runs, not to mention the incredibly spectacular scenery. Take the Peak chairlift to the top of Whistler mountain and enjoy the blue Peak to Creek run.
The 12 massive high alpine bowls offering endless off-piste challenges and oceans of powder. The 3 glaciers ensure 100% guaranteed snow all season. Recommended is the Blackcomb Glacier, accessed by Spanky's Ladder and Whistler, West, Bagel and the new Flute bowls for some powder skiing.
|SKI AREA||8120 acres|
|SNOWFALL||38 feet (average)|
|SEASON||Mid November to Mid May|
|AIRPORT||Vancouver - 2½ hr transfer|
Voted the best ski resort in North America 8 years in a row, Whistler lies around 120km from Vancouver and is home to two spectacular mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. Boasting dramatic mountain scenery and a lively après scene, Whistler, on the west coast of Canada in British Columbia, is much more European in flavour than most North American resorts. Twenty years ago, it was more of a locals mountain than the top international resort it is now. But even though it’s grown, what made it so special then – sniffle stations, Belgian waffles on the mountain, pitchers of margaritas in resort and the sort of powder that makes you sing with joy – remain.
There are no cars in the centre of Whistler Village, the main hub of the resort, so it’s pleasant to stroll around, break for a cappuccino and window-shop at the ever-increasing number of boutiques and shops, offering everything from home furnishings to designer art.
THE SOCIAL SCENE
Once off the slopes you have a huge range and types of restaurants, all of which are really well priced. Iif you’re after cheap and cheerful then there’s plenty on offer, the Spaghetti Factory or Longhorn Saloon are popular while for really good Canadian fare (ribs, wings, nachos etc!) head to the Brew House, Mongolie Grill and Sushi Village which are good fun. Whistler boasts the the best après-ski and nightlife of any Canadian resort. Enjopy lively post ski drinks at the GLC or Longhorn at Whistler base, Merlin’s at Blackcomb and Dusty’s at Creekside. For something a little more refined an après ski drink around the fire pits at the Fairmont is worth it and the bars at the Hilton and Four Seasons are also good fun. Later on the Brew House is where to head if there’s a hockey match on but all the bars within the village are pretty good. There is also regular live music and concerts throughout the season and numerous nighclubs, of which Mojos and Garfinkel are popular options.
NON SKIING ACTIVITIES
If you fancy a break from skiing there are a wide range of activities available including bobsleigh, bungee jumping, cinema, helicopter rides, ice climbing, leisure centre with aerobics, indoor swimming pool and yoga, outdoor ice skating, sleigh rides, skeleton, ziplining, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoe walking, tubing and winter walking trails...the list is endless! You can also spend a day away from the slopes and visit beautiful Vancouver, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains and well worth a visit.
Whistler is more cosmopolitan than many alpine resorts and a great destination even for non-skiers, with a strong selection of spas, restaurants and family activities on offer. The Scandinave Spa is a popular choice - a luxurious retreat set in stunning wilderness and boasting hot tubs at different temperatures, massages and other treatment options. Or take a scenic helicopter ride around the area.
Whistler Village contains the majority of the resort's restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. It was developed in the 1970s as a base for both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Upper Village, at the foot of Blackcomb is quieter, being further away from the main village and its nightlife. To the south west is Creekside, where Whistler started as in the mid-1960s and following a major facelift for the 2010 Games, is now mostly condos and private homes.
Since the Peak 2 Peak gondola opened in 2008, linking Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, all three locations now provide easy access to the entire ski area. There is also a free bus service between Whistler Village and Upper Village, though it can be just as quick to walk (about 10 minutes) on pedestrian-only trails.
The Aspens On Blackcomb offers fantastic ski-in/ski-out condos, located in the exclusive Upper Village just above Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The Wizard's Express is just a matter of seconds down the slopes, or you can take the resort shuttle down to Blackcomb base. The spacious and comfortable self-catered condos feature a lounge with a gas fireplace, TV/DVD and sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchen with microwave and dishwasher, and private balcony or patio. Guests staying at Aspens have access to a beautiful outdoor heated pool, three hot tubs, an exercise room and laundry.
Room options >
1 Bedroom Condo: 1 King Bed & 1 Queen sofa bed
2 Bedroom Condo: 1 King & 2 Twins & Queen sofa bed
All-suite hotel located near the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village. To access the base areas you can either take the complimentary resort shuttle otherwise it's an easy ski to the Wizard Express quad chair or you can ski over to the Whistler base for gondola access to both mountains. Guests have access to an outdoor pool & two hot tubs. Access to Whistler Village is easy as the frequent and complimentary Whistler resort shuttle stops right at the door. All rooms are very spacious and feature fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, sofa bed, TV/DVD and tea/coffee maker plus a balcony. All guests receive a complimentary daily continental breakfast.
Room options >
Studio: Queen bed and Queen sofa bed
1 Bedroom Suite: 1 King bed & Queen sofa bed
2 Bedroom Suite: 1 King bed & 2 Twin beds or Double bunk beds & Queen sofa bed
Legends has a fantastic slopeside position in Creekside, next to the Whistler Creek Gondola and provides spacious 1 - 2 Bedroom suites. Legends is your launch point to experience all that Whistler is famous for. Families will love this property! Guests staying at the Legends have access to an outdoor pool & hot tubs, an exercise room and large games room. All condos feature private bedrooms, plus a lounge with cable TV/VCR, stereo, gas fireplace and queen sofa bed, plus a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and private balcony. Enjoy the convenience of the hotels ski-in/out location at the base of Whistler Mountain.
Room Options >
1 Bedroom Condo: 1 King bed & Queen sofa bed
2 Bedroom Condo: 1 King bed, 1 King split & Queen sofa bed
Crystal Lodge Hotel is located in the heart of Whistler Village, less than a 1-minute walk to Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas and close to numerous restaurants and bars. It has three restaurants, an outdoor pool and hot tub and a lively bar. There are 158 rooms and suites – the standard doubles are spacious and comfortable. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi. Ski Rental shop on property.
Room options >
Traditional Room: 2 double beds
Deluxe Studio: 2 Queen beds & Queen sofa bed
All-suite hotel in the heart of Whistler Village North, offers easy access to shopping and restaurants. This full service, non-smoking hotel operates over 6 floors and features a bar, heated outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, hot tub, spa and guest laundry. Complimentary wireless internet (public areas and guestrooms). All one and two bedroom suites have full kitchen facilities and dishwasher.
Room options >
Guest Room1 Queen Bed
1 Bedroom Suite: 1 King bed or 2 Twin beds & Queen sofa bed
In the very heart of Whistler Village, the Westin Resort & Spa is perfectly located; surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants and with the gondolas to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains just steps away. This large and modern all suite hotel is one of Whistler’s most luxurious, with truly 5 star furnishing and service. All 419 suites have been designed for the ultimate in comfort and luxury with breathtaking views of the mountains or village. They boast fireplaces, elegant bathrooms and subtle sophisticated décor. There is also an indoor/outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and a Eucalyptus steam room. The hotel is home to the award winning Aubergine Grill and the Firerock lounge in which to eat and guests can take advantage of the small on-site shopping complex offering ski hire, clothing and food.
Room options >
Deluxe Studio Suite: 1 King size bed & queen size sofa bed
1 Bedroom Suite: 1 King or 1 Queen in separate bedroom + Queen sofa bed in lounge
The Four Seasons Resort offers 5-star luxury in a relaxed and calm environment. Located on Blackcomb Mountain, the hotel is a short 5 minute walk from the base of the Blackcomb ski area, where guests will find the Four Seasons Ski Concierge service. The Ski Concierge offers the ultimate convenience for hotel guests. Free transportation operates between the hotel and the concierge at Blackcomb base and upon arrival, guests are met with warm, dry equipment, which has been stored securely overnight. The overall guest experience at the hotel service is impeccable, while the décor combines swish leather-seating areas with rustic alpine charm. The most popular spot in the hotel is the fantastic Sidecut restaurant and bar. There's also a great spa with several outdoor pools and hot tubs. Don’t miss the free hot chocolate when you return from a day on the slopes. All rooms and suites offer living areas with gas fireplace, TV/CD/DVD, a private terrace or balcony and bathrooms with deep soaker bath and separate glass-walled showers.
Room options >
Resort King Room: 1 king bed
Superior King Room: 1 King bed
The Fairmont Chateau is a fabulous luxury ski hotel in a perfect slopeside position. This imposing, baronial ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Blackcomb mountain has 550 rooms and a huge lobby yet manages to retain an intimate feel with open fires in communal areas, huge, comfy sofas and natural wood furnishings. The rooms are large and elegant and offer a bathroom with private bath and shower, hairdryer, bathrobes, cable TV with in-house movies, tea/coffee making facilities, iron/ironing board and safe.
A wealth of facilities includeThe Mallard Lounge, great for an après-ski drink, The Wildflower, a superb fine dining restaurant and Portobello Market, a great choice for grabbing a quick deli-style snack. Leisure facilities include a superb indoor/outdoor pool, three outdoor hot tubs, a lap pool with underwater music and a well equipped gym,.There is also a ski valet and full-service ski rental shop, plus a selection of boutique shops.
Room options >
Fairmont Room: 1 King or two queen beds with small sitting area.
Deluxe Slopeside Room: 1 King or two queen beds with slopeside view
Typical 7 Night Itinerary
DAY 1 Heathrow or Gatwick > Vancouver > Whistler
Depart London on your flight to Vancouver. On arrival complete customs and immigration formalities and then proceed to the arrivals hall where you'll be met and transferred via the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world class resrot of Whistler.
DAY 2 - 7 Whistler Resort *
Regualry voted as the top ski resort in North America, Whistler boasts a wide range of ski terrain, excellent snowfall records and a host of apres ski options. Time to hit the slopes and get your bearings.Enjoy six full day's skiing in this magnificent winter wonderland.
DAY 8 Whistler > Vancouver > Heathrow or Gatwick
Enjoy a lazy morning before it's time to check out and board the transfer bus back to Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.
DAY 9 Heathrow / Gatwick
Arrive London the following morning.
* If you fancy a day away from the slopes, Vancouver is only a 2 hour drive away. Located between snow-capped mountains and the ocean, Vancouver's stunning setting is hard to beat and with winter temperatures milder than you would expect, it's comfortable to walk around and explore throughout the year.
Daily flights from Heathrow to Vancouver are available with British Airways and Air Canada, while weekly flights from Gatwick depart on a Thursday with Air Transat.
Air Canada International Flights
|Daily||Heathrow / Vancouver||14.25/16.00|
|Daily||Vancouver / Heathrow||17.55/11.15|
Air Canada operate from Heathrow Terminal 2
British Airways International Flights
|Daily||Heathrow / Vancouver||17.25/19.00|
|Daily||Vancouver / Heathrow||21.00/14.20|
British Airways operate from Heathrow Terminal 5
Air Transat International Flights
|Thursday||Gatwick / Vancouver||11.45/16.00|
|Wednesday||Vancouver / Gatwick||16.35/10.00|
Air Transat operate once a week from Gatwick South
|GUIDE PRICE £1,095pp|
|> 7 night stay in a Traditional room at Crystal Lodge
(for travel 26 Nov 16 to 15 Dec 16)
|Price in £ per person based on 2 people sharing with Air Canada flights from Heathrow to Vancouver and shared airport-resort transfers.|
|The price displayed is for guidance only and reflects all relevant offers. All prices are subject to restrictions on dates, durations and room types.|
WINTER 2016-17 EARLY BOOKING OFFERS
SAVE £££'s ON YOUR WHISTLER SKI HOLIDAY
Whistler hotels are renown for offering some of the very best 'early booking deals' in North America. Sporting Traveller have some wonderful savings to offer you on your accommodation, lift pass, ski hire as well as free room upgrades at selected hotels. Let us create your perfect ski holiday and transport you to the wonder that is Whistler!
|Hotel||Offer||Book by Date||Click for full details|
|ASPENS ON BLACKCOMB||Save up to 52%||31 Aug 16||ASPENS OFFERS|
|COAST BLACKCOMB SUITES||Save up to 40%||31 Aug 16||COAST OFFERS|
|LEGENDS WHISTLER||Save 30% on all room types||15 Nov 16||LEGENDS OFFERS|
|CRYSTAL LODGE||Save up to 45%||31 Aug 16||CRYSTAL OFFERS|
|DELTA VILLAGE SUITES||Save up to 35%||31 Aug 16||DELTA OFFERS|
|WESTIN WHISTLER RESORT & SPA||Save up to 50% on all room types||31 Aug 16||WESTIN OFFERS|
|FOUR SEASONS RESORT||Save up to 50% and free room upgrade||31 Aug 16||FOUR SEASONS OFFERS|
|FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER||Save up to 45%||31 Aug 16||FAIRMONT OFFERS|
Please note > All offers are subject to terms, conditions and availability at the time of enquiry.