Whistler's climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and mild winters heavy with precipitation - rain and, of course, snow. Average summer highs peak at around 27°C (80.6°F), winter lows can drop below -8°C (17.6°F). Expect plenty of rain in spring, weeks of sunshine in summer (which often extends in autumn), then the first snow in November. Whistler's average annual snowfall is around 900cm (30ft), the heaviest being in December and January.
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Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the luxurious 550-room Fairmont Chateau Whistler resort defines mountain luxury.
Whistler's WAVE public buses are equipped with ski and bike racks. In winter, buses are free between Marketplace and the Upper Village loop, and in summer there's a free service from the village to Lost Lake. Alternatively, you can grab a taxi from Resort Cabs.
In 1914, Myrtle and Alex Philip bought 10 acres of land on Alta Lake and built a lodge. The rest is history. The village of Whistler sits 7,156 feet above sea level.
Skiing aficionados can ski all year on Horstman Glacier or Blackcomb. Whistler’s thrilling Peak 2 Peak Gondola made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015, as the highest cable car above ground, and the longest unsupported span between two cable car towers.
While the town of Whistler sports less than 10,000 year-round residents, that number can climb to nearly 50,000 on some of the busier days of the year.
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