With its pretty alpine village - which wouldn’t look out of place on a Christmas card - you might think Whistler has been a ski resort for ages, but it’s really very new, the first ski season was held here in 1966. And it’s now the largest ski area in North America, nestled into the fold of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. As with many spectacular ski resorts the best places to stay in Whistler are either those with the best views, or the best skiing access.
Whistler is also extremely popular in summer. It’s packaged as an adventure sports field, with great hiking, climbing, mountain biking etc., and all the best places to stay in Whistler have great summer facilities as well as ski storage etc..
Whistler the resort has several small villages within it, but you’ll find most of the hotels, shops and restaurants in Whistler Village, the higher end hotels and resorts in the Upper Village and many of the B&Bs in Village North, which is a bit quieter (for a selection of self catering apartments, visit our online partner, Booking.com).
Whistler hosted part of the 2010 Winter Olympics, after being created as an Olympic host hopeful in the 60s. And it’s a pretty spectacular place to ski, slide or snowboard. Whistler Backcomb has 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs across the two mountains, with a vertical drop of around 1,500metres or 5,000feet. There’s a huge range of terrain, from great beginner runs, to chutes and trees, powdery bowls and groomed cruising runs. There are also four terrain parks and miles of cross country trails.
As well as the amazing landscape, Whistler also has a few attractions in the town, like a summer Farmer’s Market, the Whistler Sliding Centre and a local museum.
Planning to visit in either winter or summer? To ensure a room in one of the best places to stay in Whistler, you'll need to book well ahead.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Whistler for you?
Whistler (British Columbia)
A 'has it all' hotel in the ultimate adventure playground. Whether it's a traditional room or a loft suite required you'll find the rooms spacious and tastefully designed. Fill your days in the outdoors be it skiing or bungee jumping before unwinding over a glass or two in the hotel's wine bar.
A stylish hotel located in the beautiful mountain town of Whistler. The sleek modern rooms feature floating fireplaces, comfy beds, and original art pieces. Ski storage, rental and repair make this the ideal ski hotel, while proximity to Whistlers top restaurants and clubs takes care of après ski!
A luxury boutique hotel and spa on the shores of Lake Nita. Understated elegant rooms feature neutral tones and command breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The yummy restaurant uses locally sourced forage and farm produce. A peaceful retreat from fast pace life.
A high end Four Seasons resort in Whistler's Upper Village. Rooms are modern, elegant and spacious and come with a range of amenities from kitchens, to floating fireplaces and balconies overlooking the mountain. The chic on site restaurant is a huge reward after a day on the slopes.