If I asked you which season you thought was the favourite amongst locals I can bet the overwhelming answer would be winter. Winter is what put Whistler on the map and as the long-standing #1 Ski Resort Destination in North America, the world is drawn to Whistler because of its winter assets. Summer too has recently emerged as the time to be in Whistler. With the Whistler Bike Park, pristine lakes, kilometers of hiking tracks, and endless sightseeing, visitor nights in summer now rival those in winter. But what about spring? Spring offers the best of both worlds and because of that, is the favourite season in Whistler for many locals.
Bikes, Board, Bathing suits and more
Spring is a season where the best of Whistler can be experienced. From hitting the slopes in the morning, jumping on a bike after lunch, and relaxing at the lake in the late afternoon. Spring skiing kicks off in March with the snow staying good until May at higher elevations. On the Valley floor, bikes begin making an appearance in Spring and the outdoor sport enthusiasts have a plethora of activities to choose from each day. As the weather heats up in late April and May and the days start getting longer, the lakes become more and more enticing.
Spring skiing fanatics will argue that springtime skiing is even better than middle of winter conditions. The warmer weather gives way to slushier snow, and if you don’t mind sliding around in these conditions, you will be rewarded with gloriously sunny bluebird days, warmer temperatures, and of course the sun-soaked patio après sessions which Whistler is famous for.
Starting late April and lasting for just over a month, many Whistler restaurants offer extremely discounted menus. Think specials to the sound of three course lobster meals for under $50. Those lucky enough to live in Whistler have their pick from a smorgasbord of excellent restaurants offering their menus at severely reduced prices. If you are a food and wine lover, Spring is one of the best times of the year to be in Whistler.
Whistler’s largest and most popular festival, The World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), takes place each Spring. This year the festival is running April 7th– 16th, nine days of concerts, parties, sporting events, art exhibits, film-maker screenings, and more. Both mountains and the entire village is one big party during WSSF.
There is a small period of less crowds in Whistler which takes place in late Spring however this window seems to be shrinking. Historically the locals had the town back to themselves after the World Ski and Snowboard Festival until the kids were out of school in June. Now the crowds disperse in late April and May, however this is short-lived, as mountain bikers and summer visitors begin arriving in droves come June. For locals that like a little break from the tourists, late spring presents an opportunity to have some reprieve from the constant inflows.
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