5 Secrets To The Perfect Whistler Powder Day

There are two words that will instantly put a smile on any skiers face – powder day. When the forecast is calling for deep and plentiful snow the feel in Whistler is electric. To help you have some of the best ski days of your season (or possibly life!) we have assembled some tried-and-true tips for you to use on your next Whistler getaway.

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Start Early

The old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, and the fresh slopes. One of the best things you can do for a successful Whistler powder day is to wake up early. While no one likes to set up an alarm on vacation, starting early will give you the best fresh turns of the day – trust me they’re worth it.
Staying mere steps to the Blackcomb Gondola with us makes certainly saves time on your morning commute, and your skis will be handy to pick up on your way out the door. Remember to stop at Portobello enroute to the gondola to pick up a piping hot coffee and hearty pastries to savour while waiting for first upload.

Views from Jersey Cream Chair | Captured Friday February 23, 2024
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Trust The Pros

Hiring an instructor for a powder day can be a game changer. Not only will they give you tips and tricks on how to master the art of floating on snow, but they also know the ideal slopes for the conditions and secret stashes of snow. Best of all? People in lessons have lift line priority so you can get maximum mileage on your day.

Couple skiing on a sunny powder day
Couple skiing on a sunny powder day

Stay In The Know

On a powder day Whistler Blackcomb’s lifts open in stages as the ski patrol does their safety checks. You can have the mountains at your fingertips with the My Epic App. It will give you real time info on lift status, wait times and open runs, so you can plan your next move from the comfort of the chairlift.

Happy family with children in cable car climb to ski terrain
Happy family in cable car climb to ski terrain

Fuel & Recover

Skiing powder can be thigh burner. You can set your day up for success by having a hearty dinner the night before. The Wildflower has an excellent selection of healthy and nutritious dishes that are perfect for adventure fueling.

Post ski it’s important to take care of your body. With a few small steps you can make sure your legs fresh and ready for the next day. For an active recovery we recommend joining an afternoon yoga class, they are included in your Resort Experience Fee. Of course, if complete relaxation is more your style, a soak in our Mountain View hot tubs or a massage at Vida Spa are an excellent way to rest and recover your mountain legs.


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No powder day would be complete without après – a post ski celebration session. In Whistler, après at The Mallard Lounge is legendary. Featuring boot stomping tunes, and some of the best cocktails in town, it has everything you need for an unforgettable après. Drop your skis at the slope-side valet and join the party.


P: Mariia Ivanova
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March in Whistler has been delivering with some unbelievable powder days. As we look at our current forecast there is another storm cycle approaching and is expected to drop 100+ cm from March 8-11, 2024. It’s time to plan your next Whistler winter getaway. Book now and you can save up to 25% off with our Experience Fairmont Moments offer.

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