1. The driest, lightest powder falls December – February
Early to mid-December in Whistler is a treasured time for locals. The slopes are still quiet, the Christmas madness is a few weeks away, the air is crisp, and the snow is dry.
In December alpine temperatures hover between -12ºC (11F) and -5ºC (23F), making the weather in Whistler prime for light, fluffy, dry powder.
Related link: Live Whistler snow forecast and weather updates: summitlodge.com/snow-forecast-whistler-live-updates
2. December brings around 2 meters of snowfall
According to historical data, Whistler Blackcomb receives on average 2 meters (6.5ft) of snowfall in December. Couple that with number 3, below, and you’ve practically got your own private white room.
3. You feel like you’re the only one on the mountain
Early to mid-December is typically one of the quietest times on the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb – not because the snow’s bad but because most people save their vacation days for Christmas and New Year. If you can get to Whistler between opening day and December 18th, you’ll almost never have another person eyeing up your line. P.S. don’t tell any one, it’s a secret.
4. December is the best time to learn a new skill: AST level 1
If you’ve ever found yourself staring longingly in to the backcountry, December is a great time to get trained up with your Avalanche Skills Training (AST Level 1). Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures (formally Whistler Alpine Guides) offers the essential 2 day program for just $279 per person, and they have 13 dates available in December 2018.
To take a look at the program and for how to book, visit: www.mountainskillsacademy.com/courses/avalanche-skills-training-level-1-skiers-and-snowboarders-whistler-squamish/
5. Whistler Film Festival rocks the town: Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2018
Satisfy your creative side at the Whistler Film Festival with over 12,000+ attendees including 1,000+ industry insiders and over 70 Canadian artists.
2018 marks the 18th anniversary of ‘Canada’s coolest film festival’ and ‘Whistler’s Best Arts & Cultural Event’, the Whistler Film Festival or WFF. Recognized by filmmakers and film lovers alike as one of Canada’s most important showcases for film, Whistler Film Festival is a place where artists are celebrated; audiences are inspired, new ideas are discussed, and business opportunities are solidified.
Every year the event attracts 12,000+ attendees including 1,000+ industry insiders and 70+ Canadian artists.
Book film festival tickets: www.whistlerfilmfestival.com
Check out this year’s award-winning WFF line-up: www.whistlerfilmfestival.com/festival/films
6. It’s cheaper to eat out in early December
Another reason so many locals love early December (pre-Christmas) in Whistler is the dining specials available at most Whistler village restaurants. Many of the top Whistler restaurants like Araxi, Basalt Wine + Salumaria, The Mexican Corner, and the Rimrock Cafe will have multiple course specials available a fraction of their high-season pricing.
Whistler restaurant specials are subject to change without notice. For daily updates on dining special visit www.whistlerbites.ca.
The snow is falling, come and join the fun!