When To Visit: Discover When Is Best to Go Skiing in North America

When To Visit: Discover When Is Best to Go Skiing in North America

Josh Gray |

It all began in Whistler, so it's needless to say that we've got a soft spot for the resort. Whistler has an almost-200 days ski season, so we're going to give you the lowdown of when is best to visit North American resorts.

Early Season: Mid-November to Late December

Experience the lesser-known treasure of early season skiing at Whistler Blackcomb, boasting an impressive average snowfall of nearly 8 feet in November. Revel in smaller crowds, more affordable pricing, and the opportunity for fun runs on mid-mountain pistes and alpine terrain as the snow blankets the slopes.

Key Early Season Highlights:

  • Value: High
  • Snowfall: 98 inches in November, 89 inches in December
  • Terrain Availability: Mid-mountain pistes open with additional areas as snowfall permits
  • Featured Events: There are often Opening Day celebrations
  • ProTips: Be ready for early openings, and gear up with GORE-TEX® products for weather variations.

Holidays: Late December to Early January

During the holiday season, ski resorts feel particularly magically. The Christmas lights and snowy slopes combine to give a lovely, cozy feel.

Holiday Season Highlights:

  • Value: Moderate
  • Snowfall: 89 inches in December
  • Terrain Availability: All terrain open
  • ProTips: Beat the crowds by arriving early, explore new lift openings, and plan lunches strategically.

Deep Winter: Late December to Early January

Similar to the holiday season, this period offers a continuation of festive magic, bustling village life, and lots of outdoor activities.

Deep Winter Highlights:

  • Value: Moderate
  • Snowfall: 89 inches in December
  • Terrain Availability: All terrain open
  • ProTips: Early start to avoid crowds, strategic mountain movement, and smart meal breaks.

Mid-Season: February to Late March

Maximize the longer days in February and March with an array of adventures—snowshoeing, ziplining, heli-skiing, and more.

Mid-Season Highlights:

  • Value: Medium
  • Snowfall: 62 inches in February, 98 inches in March
  • Terrain Availability: All terrain open
  • Pro Tips: Opt for mid-week skiing for fewer crowds.

Spring Season: April to May

End your ski season with the longest stretch in North America, enhanced by the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Revel in spring skiing on the mountain offering a base augmented by March snowfall.

Spring Skiing Highlights:

  • Value: High
  • Snowfall: 33 inches in April, 8 inches in May
  • Terrain Availability: Limited terrain post-Festival
  • Featured Events: World Ski & Snowboard Festival
  • ProTips: Don't forget the sunscreen and your sunnysoc!

Heading skiing? Don't forget to protect those expensive lenses.

 

SHOP NOW