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What to expect winter 2022.23
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What to expect winter 2022.23

It’s time for another year of slashing turns and making memories at our favourite ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb. Here’s what to expect when you come to Whistler this winter season.

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NEW LIFTS

The new Creekside Gondola and Big Red Express upgrades are due to open for this year’s ski and ride season. The upgraded Big Red is due to start spinning in early December, but the Creekside Gondola opening date is still to be determined. Creekside Gondola (previously a six-person gondola) is being replaced with a new high-speed 10-person gondola. This will significantly improve wait times and increase uphill capacity by 35 per cent in the Creekside area, especially on high-volume days.

Big Red Express is going from a high-speed, four-person chair to a high-speed, six-person chair. This increases uphill capacity by nearly 30 per cent and improves the ability of guests to move around mid-mountain and from the Creekside area. 

For the most up-to-date information please follow @whistlerblackcomb’s Instagram.

ON MOUNTAIN DINING

Guests can expect more normal, indoor operations this season as dining facilities will no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or dining reservations.  We will also see the return of a more robust menu for the on-mountain dining options.

Steeps is Back

Steeps, one of two, premium, alpine, full-service restaurants serving unique, Canadian, contemporary, cuisine inspired by Vancouver, celebrity Chef David Hawksworth, is set to open this winter after a two-year hiatus. This is what we mean when we say Whistler is a place that pairs the rugged and the refined. There’s nothing like savouring a glass of BC wine while you look out over the Coast Mountain range.

More Variety

More good news for foodies as Glacier Creek, Rendezvous and Roundhouse will be offering more diverse food options than in the past two years. Japanese ramen, fresh grains and greens bowls, Indian curry, Thai and Mexican-inspired options will be on the menu alongside the staple burgers and fries. 

Whistler Blackcomb’s Valley Bars

Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) and Dusty’s will return with their famous après and great menu selection. Whistler Blackcomb is working on more activations with DJs, bands and entertainment to bring them back to life for this upcoming season – stay tuned.

Groups enjoying Apres at the Whiskey Jack Umbrella Bar on Whistler Mountain

Sweet Treats

The famous, fully-loaded buttermilk waffles are also back at the Crystal Hut this season. Chic Pea is also open and serving its signature cinnamon buns topped with rich and decadent cream cheese.

Lavazza Premium Coffee

Lavazza, Italian, premium coffee will now be served at all Whistler Blackcomb locations, including Garbo’s at the base of Whistler Mountain, which is a great grab-and-go option for a breakfast sandwich and java juice for the ride up in the gondola. It’s also good to note that their kiosk outside does great burgers!

Ollie’s at the Beginner Zone

Ollie’s is back at the Whistler Mountain beginner zone offering grilled cheese sandwiches with fries and hot beverages.

Whistler Blackcomb Skiier Ticket Limits

In order to prioritize the guest experience, Whistler Blackcomb is setting a new, winter lift-ticket limitation for each day of the season. This means if you don’t have a pass, you might find getting up the ski hill on popular days more challenging than in the past if you decide to come last minute.

The availability of lift tickets will be visible on the Whistler Blackcomb website in the coming weeks. If tickets are sold out online, guests will not be able to purchase them at ticket windows. Our advice is to purchase your lift access in advance – whether it is a Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass, Season Pass, or Edge Card (for the latter two call Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services at 1.800.766.0449).

Passes, including Epic Day Passes, and Pass Holder benefit tickets will not be limited. There is also no impact to guests who enroll in ski and ride school lessons that include lift access.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

All transactions Cashless on the mountain

From ordering food to retail store shopping, all transactions happening at Whistler Blackcomb will be cashless again this season.

Lessons and Camps

Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski & Ride school will also offer more options for group programs at all three of the resort’s base locations, along with an enhanced five-day kids’ adventure camp on Blackcomb. 

Women’s Only Ski and Snowboard Clinics

Whistler Blackcomb is growing its offering of ski and ride camps for women this season. Whether you picked up the sport last year or enjoy a double black diamond with your morning coffee, these clinics help hone your skills under top, female coaches. You can ski or snowboard, and both clinics are two days of slope-filled fun.

At its core, Whistler is about not just seeking out adrenaline-pumping activities but also finding opportunities for joy, quiet, connection and freedom. There’s magic in the mountains, come and find it this winter.

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