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Winter in Whistler. Is there a more magical place in the world? Stunning scenery, snow-capped mountains, a picturesque village and some of the best skiing in the world, it’s easy to see why a trip here is on so many people’s bucket list. If you’ve never been to a ski resort or even seen snow before it can be tricky to know what to pack. Here we take a look at the ultimate Whistler packing list.

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Essential Whistler Ski Gear

If you’re coming to Whistler to ski, then you’re going to need some ski gear! But you don’t need to worry about hauling your skis with you. Whistler Blackcomb has the latest skis, snowboards and boots available to rent, from multiple locations in Whistler.

Here in Whistler, we take safety very seriously. The mountains can be a dangerous place if you aren’t prepared properly. That’s why we believe that it’s very important to wear a helmet at all times on the mountain. Helmets can be rented here or also bought in one of our many fantastic ski shops. When choosing a helmet, the most important thing is that it fits properly. A helmet should fit snugly without being uncomfortable. If it moves around while wearing it, then it’s too big.

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While our winters aren’t as harsh as other places in Canada, it can still get quite cold here! You can stay warm by packing warm baselayers, we love anything made with merino wool. Wearing a warm hoody or lightweight down jacket as a mid-layer is a great way to keep your core warm while skiing. Insulated ski pants are ideal for standing in line on cold mornings and will keep you warm on the coldest of days.

Finally, keep your hands warm with a pair of gloves or mittens. Our hands are one of the first parts of our bodies to feel the cold, so it’s wise to protect them. Generally speaking, mittens are warmer than gloves, as your body heat is used to keep your fingers warm.

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Being wet when skiing is guaranteed to ruin your day. You’ll get colder much quicker and will be uncomfortable until you get back to your warm hotel room. A ski jacket with a high level of waterproofing will keep you dry and warm when skiing our mountains. If you don’t have a ski jacket, you can stop by The North Face or Salomon store and grab one of the latest jackets.

The best waterproof ski jackets are able to prevent water from soaking through but are able to allow moisture to escape. This helps to keep you dry, comfortable and warm when out on the slopes.

What To Wear In Whistler Village

When it comes to dressing for a day in Whistler Village things tend to get quite stylish! A pair of boots is essential for walking around Whistler and checking out our famous bars and restaurants. A great pair of winter boots will keep your feet warm and dry, as well as providing great grip in tricky conditions.

Thankfully winter boots can be bought in many different styles to match your winter wardrobe. Stop by one of the Can-Ski locations in Whistler and pick up your new favourite pair of boots!

When you’re packing your bags to come to stay with us in Whistler, make sure you bring your favourite winter accessories! One of the best ways to spend a bright winter morning in Whistler is by taking a walk on the Valley Trail. Wrap up for your walk in your favourite hat, scarf and pair of gloves.

Or if you’d prefer to perch up on the patio of one of our cafés, then make sure you pack your sunglasses. Even during winter, we get our fair share of sunshine here, so sunglasses are essential!

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Winter is one of our favourite times of the year. There’s just so much excitement because of the snow, skiing and holidays. Pack your bags for a stay with us and come experience Whistler for yourself!