Family Guide to Whistler Spring Skiing

If you’re looking for a family-friendly ski holiday this spring, Whistler Blackcomb is the place to be. 

With its ample ski areas for families and beginners, on-mountain play areas, and so much more to explore, keep reading for Your Family Guide to Whistler Spring Skiing

1. Best Runs for Families & Beginners

For families and beginners, the sheer size of Whistler Blackcomb can seem overwhelming. But have no fear! There are a number of designated beginner areas specifically designed for families and those just starting out on their skis and snowboard, so you can be sure everyone will have a fun and safe time. 

On Whistler – Fitzsimmons chair, the Olympic Chair (located near the Whistler Gondola Mid-Station), and the Emerald Chair are where you’re going to want to start. All offer easy green rated slopes and wide open runs with plenty of room for everyone. 

Some of our go-to Whistler beginner runs are Upper Fantastic, Lower Whiskey Jack, and Lower Olympic

On Blackcomb – one of Whistler’s best kept secrets for beginner skiers and riders is the Whistler Magic Chair lift ticket. At only $20 per day, it’s the perfect learning area for first time skiers or families with young children to test out the slopes without the lift ticket price tag. Otherwise, you can head to the top of Blackcomb mountain and stick to the green rated runs on Catskinner Chair and Jersey Cream Express. 

Some of our go-to Blackcomb beginner runs are Yellow Brick Road, Jersey Cream Road, and Green Line.

Click here for the full Whistler Blackcomb trail map.


family spring skiing guide whistler
Whistler Green Runs – photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler


2. Lunch Tips

When it comes to lunch, there are plenty of on-mountain options to enjoy. From quick-service food court options to full-service restaurants, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat while taking a break from the slopes. 

Roundhouse Lodge (top of Whistler), Rendez-Vous (top of Blackcomb) and Glacier Lodge (on Blackcomb) will have the most variety. All offer quick-service food court style options ranging from burgers & fries, soups, salads, burrito bowls, noodles dishes and much more. 

Other options are the most delicious waffles at Crystal Hut (Blackcomb), Mediterranean fast-food at Chick Pea Hut (Whistler), or a classic mouth-watering grilled cheese at Ollie’s Grilled Cheese (Whistler Mid-station). 

We recommend avoiding peak dining periods (12PM-2PM) if possible. Also note there are lots of off-mountain dining options to choose from as well.

Visit the Whistler Blackcomb website for a detailed list of on-mountain dining options. 


Family dining options on Whistler Blackcomb
Family dining options – photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler



3. On-Mountain Play Areas

The Magic Castle on Blackcomb and Tree Fort on Whistler are a must-visit for families exploring the resort. Both play areas are 100% free where the kids can take a break and explore one (or both) of these great outdoor adventure playgrounds. 

The Magic Castle is located on Blackcomb Mountain in the Children’s Adventure Park, which is accessible via Easy Out—just above the base of the Catskinner chairlift.

The Tree Fort is located on Whistler Mountain, just off Bear Cub trail near the Big Red Express chairlift.

These outdoor play areas provide a little magic for families to explore while taking a break from skiing and snowboarding. For more information, visit the Whistler Blackcomb website. 


Where to play in Whistler for kids
Magic Castle on Blackcomb – photo courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb


4. Ski Schools, Lessons & Rentals 

Put the kids in a lesson for a safe and fun environment to learn to ski or ride. Whistler Blackcomb’s world-class instructors are trained specifically to work with kids and are masters at making the learning curve a playful adventure. They’ll get to hang out with kids their age and ability level while learning new skills and building on-hill confidence—and what better playground than the mountains! 

For seamless ski & snowboard rentals, be sure to check out any of the Whistler Blackcomb shops throughout town. Either get the kids fitted in shop, or pre-book your equipment online with Whistler Blackcomb to get 20% off. Their prices are competitive and your discount is applied when you book through this link. We also provide a discount card at check-in for an additional 10% off Whistler Blackcomb retail purchases. 

Whistler Blackcomb offers over a dozen locations where guests can store their gear so you do not have to lug it to and from your condo!

Visit Epic Mountain Rentals to book online and be sure to inquire about your additional 10% off with us at check-in. 


Kids ski school Whistler Blackcomb
Ski & Ride – photo courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb


5. Whistler Child Care

Whether you have plans for a date night or the kiddos are still a little too young for a ski lesson, Babysitting Whistler is a great option to make sure your children are taken care of while you enjoy Whistler. 

Babysitting Whistler offers a range of year-round services for families with children, and can take care of newboards to teens 14 years of age. Their certified nannies and babysitters are carefully selected for their fun, outgoing attitude along with reliability you’d expect from any childcare professional. They’re also available to come to your accommodation during the day and in the evening for ultimate convenience. 

Visit Babysitting Whistler for more information and be sure to book in advance to secure your preferred dates.

Babysitting options in Whistler
Photo courtesy of Whistler Babysitting


For more inspiration of off-hill activities suitable for the whole family, check out our blog “5 of the Best Off-Mountain Activities in Whistler


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