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Kick off winter early in Whistler

Hit the slopes, shop local, try a new winter activity or take in the festive sparkle—or better yet, do it all

The early season in Whistler might just be one of BC’s most precious hidden gems. Late November and early December leading up to Christmas is the perfect time to visit for travellers who enjoy Whistler’s scenic beauty, mind-blowing adventures, and cozy holiday vibes at a more relaxed pace. The picturesque pedestrian-only village is decorated for the holidays early, delivering a festive feeling on the eve of winter’s official start. Make sure to put an early-season getaway to Whistler on your wish list.

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Skiing and snowboarding at Whistler-Blackcomb

Still North America’s largest ski resort and with 200+ runs over 8,100 acres of terrain, Whistler welcomes thrill-seekers hungry for powder or relaxed adventure seekers just looking to cruise. Get your ski season started early while it’s quiet on the slopes. Whistler Blackcomb opens November 24 when the best season arrives.

Purchase your Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass, Season Pass or Edge Card in advance so you can be one of the first few to get fresh turns this season.

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Shop to support local

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping—for others or yourself! Whistler makes it easy to embrace local with an incredible selection of unique stores and services, all conveniently located in the Village. Spend days browsing for fine artwork, fashion, jewellery, luxury items and so much more. The best part? Book three nights accommodation between November 24 and December 18 and receive a free $100 Whistler Shopping Voucher.

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Explore the village wonderland

Take in the sparkle of lights throughout the village on the Whistler Festive Lights self-guided tour with three easy to find and follow routes, using the free Go Whistler Tours app. The main village tour takes about 40 minutes and meanders along the Village Stroll and to some off-the-beaten-path spots where the magic of twinkling lights against the snow is sure to wow.

Make memories with outdoor ice skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza. After ice skating, grab a hot chocolate and cozy up by the fire. Craving more adventures? Try tobogganing and then warm up with live music and dancing, all in Whistler Village.

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Take in an event

Check out a local event, like Cornucopia—Whistler’s annual fall festival of food and drink, made for the epicurious, uninhibited food and drink lover. Cornucopia is your chance to let your tastebuds run wild with food and drink tastings, culinary demonstrations, chef luncheons, drink seminars and more.

Whistler Film Festival, Canada’s Coolest Film Fest, will be an in-person and online event for 2022, connecting audience, filmmakers and industry with 86 bold and inspiring films, including new, breakthrough Canadian features, heart-stopping extreme adventure films and previously unseen projects from across the globe.

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Seek a new adventure

Explorers, families, outdoors-lovers and sophisticated thrill-seekers will find something to make their pre-holiday season merry and bright. Who knew winter ziplining is a thing? Fly through the forest on an exhilarating high-wire adventure and glide over spectacular creeks and through majestic old-growth forests—no experience required! Heli-sightseeing excursions fly deep into the pristine and rugged landscape of the Coast Mountains and over knife-sharp peaks on short scenic flights or more adventurous journeys, like heli-skiing. You can also snowshoe, hike, bobsleigh, bungee jump and ride the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola—all in one day! There are more options than hours in the day.

Need more time to fit it all in? Extend your stay over the weekend into mid-week for the best value on accommodations. Stay three nights and receive a $100 shopping voucher.

Visit to learn more and start planning your early season getaway to Whistler.

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