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Secret season: where snow meets sun in Whistler, BC

Whistler Skiing Spring

Secret season: where snow meets sun in Whistler, BC

For lots of travellers, winter is king in Whistler. But spring is just as good (maybe better!) for skiing and snowboarding and there’s still the same vibe in the village, but with a bit more room. Do as the locals do and discover what makes spring in Whistler great.


Stay out a little later

Stay out a little later with your apr?s agenda during the spring slope seasonExternal Link Title. Because of the weather, the the snow on the runs is better later in the day. This means you can check out Whistler's famed nightlifeExternal Link Title, and still get a full day of skiing or snowboarding in the next day. Added bonus: The lifts are open later into the afternoon as the days are longer. Skiing and sleeping in, that's a perfect vacation.


Bask in the perfect weather

In the spring, you'll be on the hill in sunglasses and a tank top -- no frozen toes here! March and April and unique in Whistler in that there is still snow alongside sunnier days. This weather is ideal for any type of activity you choose, whether it be a stroll through Whistler VillageExternal Link Title or a day shredding double blacksExternal Link Title.


Get wrapped up in epic events

Renowned for nightlife, concerts, and festivals, Whistler knows how to do big events. Each April, Whistler Ski and Snowboard FestivalExternal Link Title (WSSF) shakes up the village with six days of adrenaline and party-filled fun. What can you look forward to? A complete celebration of all aspects of mountain culture including sports, music, and arts coming together. There will be music and DJsExternal Link Title, ski races (like the thigh-burning Saudan CouloirExternal Link Title), big air competitionsExternal Link Title, the Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker ShowdownExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title. For more inspiration, check out these popular event listingsExternal Link Title.


Have fun on and off the hill

Though spring skiing is definitely high on the list, there are a ton of other ways to spend the sunny days in Whistler. Dig into some cultureExternal Link Title in and around the Village. Discover Indigenous culture and Canadian artwork at the Audain Art MuseumExternal Link Title (the building is also a work of art in and of itself); make cedar bracelets and explore the area's history at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural CentreExternal Link Title; or take it all in on an history or art tour, guidedExternal Link Title or self-guided.External Link Title


Discover adventures abound

Beyond the hills, Whistler is home to a ton of adventure. Depending on the snow, you could spend a day snowshoeingExternal Link Title or cross country skiingExternal Link Title. Year-round, you can visit the Whistler Sliding CentreExternal Link Title, and until April 1 each year, you can give bobsleigh and skeleton a try. ZipliningExternal Link Title through the trees is a local favourite and offers adrenaline rushes all year long. It's also the perfect activity to do before retiring to the hot pools and saunas at Scandinave SpaExternal Link Title.


Enjoy the village, especially the patios

Quaint and European-feeling, Whistler Village is at the heart of it all. In the spring, it's a great place to spend a day nibbling (there are a ton of great restaurants and bakeries), shopping, and meeting locals. Our suggestion is to find a patio (here are some of the top picksExternal Link Title)  and spend a day catching some rays. Order an inventive drink, dine on local snacks, and take in the warm and cheerful buzz.


Whistler is truly a getaway. In the spring, it mixes long days with outdoor adventure, and of course, warmer weather. Head up the mountain and see what all the hype is about.