I live in Whistler and one of the rare complaints I hear from people who visit here is “It’s so busy! I don’t like the crowds and tourist feel.”
It’s true, Whistler may be an amazing ski resort with kickass terrain, but it can get crowded and insanely busy at times. Huge lines at chairlifts and popular restaurants are the norm if you come when it’s busy.
Whistler has a distinct ‘touristy’ feel when it gets busy like this and I can see why people don’t enjoy it as much. It kind of becomes like Disneyland. Very pricy, crowded and some say overrated.
However, that’s NOT the Whistler the locals love and it’s not what made many of us fall in love with this place. Most locals know a very, very different Whistler.
When to visit Whistler (or any other major ski resort)
Visiting Whistler (or any other major ski resort) during a holiday or weekend is fun and convenient, but it’s also convenient for a billion other people. If you come during a holiday or weekend expect to see crowds and expect that tourist vibe.
You will have to queue at many lifts for 15 min. You will be waiting at the local favourite Sushi restaurant for 45 min to get a table. You will find most ski runs crowded and busy. You will be dodging people trying to walk through the village.
if you come during a weekday on a non-holiday period, be prepared to see the real Whistler. What you see during the insane peak holiday periods isn’t what you see a majority of the time and Whistler is entirely different on a quiet weekday.
The crowds are gone. It’s quiet in the village. Entire ski runs are empty. There’s no queues in the lift lines (unless it’s a big powder day).
Whistler suddenly turns into just another small resort town when the big events and holiday crowds go home. Basically you get Whistler’s amazing terrain, minus the crowds… and it’s amazing.
For most days of the year, Whistler is a quiet, happy little town of avid skiers and snowboarders and we get an entire mountain (or 2) to play with every day. No crowds, just some of the most amazing snowboard terrain, your board and your friends.
So basically it’s this… I get that weekends and and holidays are the only time you usually get off to go snowboarding, but if you want to visit Whistler or any other major resort I’d highly suggest coming to Whistler when it’s not Easter or Christmas break or some other holiday.
Think of some of the most amazing snowboard terrain available, but minus the crowds. It’s why every local rigs their days off work to fall on a weekday.