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Whistler family skiing holidays

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Flying Time 10hrs
Carbon Footprint 8.5 CO2
Timezone GMT -7
Currency Canadian Dollar



Whistler in British Columbia – which played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics - is considered by many to be the best ski resort in the world. The resort is not just for hardcore skiers or snowboarders, boasting a ski school with a superb reputation for teaching kids. Combine this with the spacious accommodation and the fact that the centre of the resort is pedestrianised and you have a top-notch family ski resort that was runner-up in our Best Ever Family Ski Resort Award in the Over-7s category.

That said, the long flight and 2hr transfer from Vancouver mean you should think twice about holidays with very young kids.

Things to do with kids in Whistler

The ski school is very family friendly and caters for all standards of skier. Children are accepted in the ski school from the age of three, whilst toddlers can be looked after in the resorts kindergarten or by UK tour operator’s nannies.

Advanced skiers will enjoy expert off piste training in some of the worlds best powder.  

Vancouver is a comfortable day-trip from Whistler, with a good range of attractions and shops for a change of scene for the family.


Nearly 100 restaurants in Vancouver serve at least a dozen different kinds of cuisine. All price ranges are catered for, with a good standard of food still available in lower-priced restaurants.

There are a lot of mountain restaurants, but we do recommend eating early because they can get busy over lunchtime.

When to go to Whistler

Whistler has a long season, with good snow from early December through until early May. February half term is normally quieter than the equivalent week in the French Alps unless the half term coincides with the Presidents Weekend in February, when many Canadian families go skiing. The best snow is between January and March, but it's worth remembering the short days earlier in the winter.


Adults should expect to pay £800–1,200 for a week's holiday in a catered chalet with flights and transfers during February half-term. Ski packs on top and reductions are generally available for kids. In contrast to the European Alps, February half-term actually works out a little less expensive than Christmas or Easter because it's not half term in North America.

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