Your 4 Season Guide to Your Whistler Lodging Options
January 14, 2022
Whether you’re flitting between the peaks or basking by the lakes, Whistler is the apex of outdoor adventure in all four seasons of the year. And which part of the calendar speaks to you could and should influence how you view your Whistler lodging choices.
During spring and fall, disappearing into the woodlands for forest bathing below blooming branches or golden autumnal hues is especially appealing. But for winter, nothing compares to ski-in ski-out Whistler lodging that gets you into your skis at the first light and back home before dark. And for summer, you’ll want to aim for the glistening shorelines and rushing river banks.
Even so, if you’re keen on alpine village life, staying anywhere in the village centre is suitable all year round.
Where to stay for spring in Whistler
Although you might still see some spring skiing near the Whistler and Blackcomb peaks, spring offers the chance to invite some colour back into your life. From the tumbling blue hues of the alpine rapids to the splashes of wildflower pigments across the spring meadows, staying on the outskirts can prove fruitful.
Great bases for spring lodging are near wildflower hiking trails and scenic walking routes. Idyllically nestled adjacent to the Fitzsimmons Creek on the Valley Trail is Fitzsimmons Walk. It is a luxury complex within walking distance of Whistler Village boasting meticulously crafted, sprawling townhomes with fireplaces, hot tubs, and top-of-the-line furniture and appliances.
We recommend this incredible 4-bedroom Whistler townhome, offering guests all the amenities from home as well as a private hot-tub and world-class views.
To get closer to Brandywine Falls, the Train Wreck Trail, and the Crater Rim Trail base yourself halfway between Function Junction and Whistler Village in the luxurious suburb of Kadenwood.
This area is known for its multi-million dollar ski-out homes and unforgettable views. And although it’s a bit remote, getting to Creekside Village is blissfully easy with a ride on the private Kadenwood Gondola.
When luxury is what you are looking for, we recommend this 4-bedroom home near Whistler Creekside offering easy-ski access, an outdoor pool, private hot tub and a stunning media and games room.
If it’s spring mountain biking you’re after head straight for Blackcomb Greens. This charming residential area is right between Lost Lake Lodge and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Most townhomes boast golf course views, fireplaces, and bbq decks plus access to a communal hot tub. It’s within riding and walking distance to Lost Lake and includes free shuttle access to Whistler Village and the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
If Blackcomb Greens has caught your eye, check out this newly updated 3-bedroom townhome. It offers free parking for one car, hot tub access, and is conveniently located near hiking trails and steps from the free village shuttle.
The best summer lodging in Whistler
Come summertime, the best thing to do in Whistler is to get on the water or on the greens. So, undoubtedly the best summer lodging in Whistler is near the beaches and lakes, or alongside the beautifully groomed golf courses.
Relish the best of summer pinched between the woodlands and the lakes, and near Whistler Village in the community of Nicklaus North. The peaceful residential area is centred around the world-renowned Nicklaus North Golf Course and is within minutes of Green Lake, the River of Golden Dreams and the Valley Trail.
See yourself spending some time at Nicklaus North? We recommend this contemporary Whistler Chalet for your next summer getaway. The luxury retreat has everything a large family needs with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an open-plan living area with a gourmet kitchen, and an expansive outdoor living space that is perfect for entertaining family and friends on a warm summer evening.
Blueberry is a panoramic neighbourhood west of Whistler Village coveted for its Alta Lake and Whistler Mountain views. The breathtaking chalets and log cabins the area is known for also offer exquisite access points to Lakeside Park, the Valley Trail, Blueberry Docks, and the Whistler Golf Club. And the lodging options offer a splendid perspective of prestige with their picture windows, open floor plans, large decks, fireplaces, and hot tubs.
If being immersed in the grandeur of British Columbia’s Coastal mountains is what you’re after, we have you covered. This spectacular 4-bedroom open-concept Blueberry Estates townhome has it all. You’ll enjoy spa-style bathrooms, a private hot-tub, and a one car garage, and breathtaking views that go on for miles.
Upper Village: Cedar Creek & Gleneagles
For those who want to cherish summer equally as close to the mountains as they are to village life, the Upper Village never disappoints. The ski gondolas are still operating as well as Olympic Plaza, all the museums, and eateries. Plus the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, and Nicklaus North Golf Course have a plethora of summer activities. There are several hotels in the area, but nothing gets as close to the mountains as the residential areas of Cedar Creek and Gleneagles.
Autumn in Whistler: Where to stay
Autumn is the quietest time of year in Whistler when village life lulls between the end of summer and the first snowfall. And it’s the ideal season for soft adventure seekers looking to appreciate the fall foliage with gentle hikes, park strolls, and gondola rides.
If autumn, and perhaps a quieter round of golf is what is bringing you to Whistler, we recommend this well-appointed 4-bedroom townhome. It overlooks the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course, is close to Blackcomb Mountain and the free village shuttle.
Upper Village: Woodrun Lodge
Area hiking trails still hold appeal but visitors don’t have to go beyond the village centres to find fall colours. There are several urban areas perfect for autumn forest bathing including Florence Peterson Park, Rebagliati Park, and the Emerald Forest. For easy access to these parks, the gondola rides, and village centre attractions the best place to stay in Whistler during autumn is Upper Village. The Woodrun Lodge provides a great base and all of these parks or trails are just a walk, cycle or shuttle ride away. It offers a variety of condo vacation rentals surrounded by trees, plus lodge amenities including a hot tub and fitness centre. The aforementioned residential areas like Forest Trails and Gleneagles are also ideal locations for a fall holiday.
With Woodrun Lodge being popular on its own merit, we recommend this recently updated 2-bedroom condo on Blackcomb. You’ll have incredible ski-in/ski-out access to Blackcomb Mountain, insuite washer/dryer, an updated kitchen, and parking access.
The best winter lodging in Whistler
When the snow starts falling everybody wants to be as close to the ski slopes as possible. So, the best winter lodging in Whistler is any place with ski-in ski-out access. Most of the best hotels and ski resorts at the bases of the mountain offer this perk. But you really can’t beat the experience of skiing out from your back deck.
Blackcomb Mountain Base: Cedar Creek, Cedar Ridge & Painted Cliffs
If you want to ski-in and ski-out from Blackcomb Mountain but are seeking private lodging, look at the residential areas near the gondolas. Three popular vacation rental areas include Cedar Creek and Painted Cliffs in Upper Village, and Cedar Ridge near the Village Run on Blackcomb Mountain. The majority of vacation rentals in this area claim ski-in ski-out access.
Whistler Mountain Base: Kadenwood & Taluswood
For those who prefer to be stationed on Whistler Mountain, head south of Whistler Village towards Creekside. Just like on Blackcomb, there are plenty of lodging options in the village. But if it’s private ski-in ski-out accommodations that hold the most appeal head into the Kadenwood and Taluswood neighbourhoods to hunt down a vacation rental. The cabins, chalets, and townhomes offer everything imaginable for a winter getaway.
Taluswood offers the highest mountainside living in the Whistler Valley with southern exposure and fabulous scenic views. The Taluswood community includes the five smaller neighbourhoods of Taluswood, Taluswood Bluffs, Taluswood Heights, Taluswood Lookout, and Taluswood Ridge. Residences offered as vacation rentals vary between cabins, chalets, and townhomes but most boast fireplaces, hot tubs, decks, and outstanding views.
If you are here to ski your heart out, we recommend this luxurious 4 bedroom townhome with ski-in and ski-out access to ‘Dave Murray’ ski trail and the 2010 Olympic downhill run. The townhome boasts a private hot tub, a kitchen with modern appliances and granite counter tops, and your own parking garage.
You can view all your Whistler vacation rentals options here, and if you still need a little help narrowing down where to stay in Whistler during a specific season, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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