There’s a lot that goes into planning your most memorable Whistler holiday. We put together some of our top Whistler FAQ’s to help you along in your journey to Whistler.
Are winter tires required on the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler in the winter months?
Yes! Winter weather is no joke here on the West Coast, and keeping people safe on BC’s highways is a top priority. Winter tires or chains are mandatory on all vehicles travelling the Sea to Sky highway from October 1st through March 31st.
How long is the ride to Whistler from the Vancouver Airport and downtown Vancouver?
Once you have gathered your luggage and moved through customs (for our International travelers) riding from the Vancouver Airport to Whistler with us will take approximately 2.5 hours. From Downtown Vancouver to Whistler the timeframe will be closer to 2 hours or less. It all depends on traffic of course but assuming the roads are pretty clear you can rely on those estimates.
What is happening in Whistler during my stay?
There is always LOTS happening in Whistler! From year round festivals and events, to spa time, ski days, quiet Village strolls, world-class cuisine, mountain scenery and some of the best mountain activity anywhere in the world, you will not run short on things to do and see in this Resort Town. You can always visit Whistler.com for an up-to-date calendar of events.
What can I expect to see along the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler?
Expect to be wow’d! The Sea to Sky highway is a coastal highway linking Vancouver to Whistler and it boasts some of the most gorgeous mountain and ocean views! As you wind your way you’ll pass such popular spots as Horseshoe Bay, Lions Bay, Porteau Cove, Britannia Beach, Shannon Falls, Squamish and many more! Some choose to pre-schedule time with us for a stop or two on route while others simply enjoy the breathtaking views along the way.
Which vehicle would you recommend if we are travelling with lots of luggage and gear?
For small groups travelling to Whistler with lots of luggage and gear we would recommend one of our Sprinter Vans. They have over 6-feet of headroom and the most rear storage than any vehicles in our fleet. They can accommodate up to 9 people including all luggage and gear. Feel free to reach out to us with your group and luggage questions, or any questions for that matter, and our team would be thrilled to match you with the perfect vehicle for your door to door journey.
What if I want to rent ski gear in Whistler?
Black Tie Ski Rentals is a great option for your ski and snowboard rentals! You can book online and have your gear delivered right to you. Free delivery, in-room fitting, and slopeside service. Easy!
What are some family friendly activities in Whistler in the winter?
Lots to do with the family in Whistler! Head into the Village to the Olympic Plaza where there is a playground, an outdoor skating rink, and a kids toboggan area all side by side. Not to mention the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop! There are rentals for skates but bring your own sleds! If you feel the need for speed then the Bubly Tube Park is always a rush with varying levels of height and speed. And for a special outdoor evening forest activity check out the award winning multimedia night walk called Vallea Lumina that takes place at Cougar Mountain.
Where do you recommend for apres ski?
Everyone has their favorites, and we certainly have ours…Dusty’s in Creekside has been a family favorite of ours since we can remember. In Whistler Village there’s GLC (Garibaldi Lift Company), The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, and the Longhorn Saloon, which are all close to each other so you have options if it feels busy. In the North Village we just can’t resist Merlin’s. The Mallard Lounge in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Village North is also a must do anytime day or night.
Do you have a favorite breakfast or lunch spot?
Whistler has crazy good food and the restaurants, diners and cafes know how to serve it up right. The first to come to mind, and our absolute favorite, is Portobello, attached to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the North Village. It needs no introduction. Just go and enjoy. If you’re staying in Creekside then the Southside Diner is such a cool joint, with awesome eats.
Also extremely noteworthy – we recently came off the hill during a cold snap and went in search of hot soup. Gone Eatery in the Village Square has some of the most amazing fresh breads, soups and coffees we’ve ever enjoyed.
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