Whistler Weather Guide
With an abnormally long ski season lasting from November to July, winter certainly has time to set in at Whistler. Not to worry, the locals are fully prepared and as long as there are some thermals, thick socks, gloves, a hat and a ski suit firmly packed in your case, you should be fine to face the elements.
Season and Clothing
Spring/Summer: May to August
Spring in Whistler can be an unpredictable time as rain can set in with just a slight change of wind. For the most part, the season is predominately overcast with warm temperatures. As the months roll on, the climate stabilises and mountain bikers and hikers appear en masse as the summer season comes into full swing. During this time temperatures can dip to 7 degrees Celsius and soar to highs of 27 degrees Celsius in midsummer. This is the time to go hiking through the alpine meadows, cycle or walk around the Valley Trail, and visit the beautiful areas of Alta Lake and Lost Lake.
Average temperatures: 7-27 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts and a waterproof jacket.
Don't forget: Sunscreen and hiking boots.
Autumn: September to November
During fall, temperatures in Whistler can rise to 19 degrees Celsius, making it still a great time to get outdoors and see the natural sights. With lows of 7 degrees, the air feels crisp and by November, it is clear the warm weather has ended with the ever-encroaching winter frost looming. Preparations for the incoming ski season are well underway by October, although this can get pushed further back if the fall
Average temperatures: 7 - 19 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothing for layering and a waterproof jacket.
Don't forget: Hiking boots.
Winter: November to April
Temperatures rarely drop below -5 degrees Celsius during winter in Whistler Blackcomb, but you'll still find an abundance of powder in this premier ski and snowboard resort. In addition to cold temperatures, storms tend to roll in from the coast and can leave behind up to 10 metres of snowfall in total, allowing for a much longer ski season than other resorts. Skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, of course, but you can also ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to check out the slopes, go dog sledding or on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, ice skate on rinks and lakes, hit up Whistler Sliding Centre for an adrenalin-pumping bobsleigh ride, and then defrost in an après-ski bar during the long winter season.
Average temperatures: -8 - 11 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Winter clothes, ski gear, gloves and a beanie.
Don't forget: Sunscreen and a swimsuit if your resort has a spa or sauna.