Whistler Blackcomb vs Revelstoke: Which Ski Resort is the Best?


Whistler Blackcomb and Revelstoke are two of the most well-known Canadian ski resorts but they both offer very different experiences. I’ll be doing an in-depth comparison of both resorts in terms of their terrain, villages, snow quality, value for money, accommodation and more so you can figure out which to visit.

Whistler Blackcomb vs Revelstoke Overview

Whistler Blackcomb is a bigger resort compared to Revelstoke with 8171 acres of skiable terrain compared to 3121 acres. Whistler has the best village and is the most suitable to beginners and intermediates whereas Revelstoke is excellent for advanced skiers, less crowded and cheaper overall.

Aspect of the ResortBest Location
Largest Skiable AreaWhistler Blackcomb
Best for Beginner SkiersWhistler Blackcomb
Best for Intermediate SkiersWhistler Blackcomb
Best for Advanced SkiersRevelstoke
Best for ParkWhistler Blackcomb
Night SkiingRevelstoke
Least CrowdedRevelstoke
Best Snow QualityRevelstoke
Best VillageWhistler Blackcomb
Best On-Mountain DiningWhistler Blackcomb
Easiest to Travel ToWhistler Blackcomb
Best Accommodation OptionsWhistler Blackcomb
Cheapest ResortRevelstoke
Whistler Blackcomb vs Revelstoke ski resort
Whistler Blackcomb

Skiing Terrain and Experience

If you’re staying for an extended trip or just want access to tonnes of terrain then Whistler Blackcomb is by far the better option.

Whistler Blackcomb’s resort consists of two mountains which are both larger than the single mountain found at the Revelstoke resort. Whistler has 4757 acres of skiable terrain, Blackcomb has 3414 acres and Revelstoke has 3121 acres.

For beginners and intermediates, Whistler Blackcomb is the better option compared to Revelstoke as there is far more easy skiable terrain and runs available. However, for advanced skiers and snowboarders, Revelstoke offers the steepest runs, longest run and highest percentage of Black Diamond trails.

One big benefit of Revelstoke is that it is a quieter resort compared to Whistler, so you won’t have to wait in lines for nearly as long. Whistler isn’t too busy mid-week but during peak season and on the weekends it can be frustrating.

The downside of Revelstoke though is the lack of lifts. If one breaks down then it can really restrict the amount of skiable terrain you have access too. Whistler and Blackcomb mountain both have loads of lifts so this is rarely an issue.

If you’re riding park, Whistler Blackcomb is by far the best option with 5 terrain parks in total, compared to Revelstoke’s single terrain park. Unfortunately, only Revelstoke offers night skiing.

Here is a table comparing the mountain statistics of the resorts.

StatisticsWhistler BlackcombRevelstoke
Skiable TerrainWhistler – 4757 acres
Blackcomb – 3414 acres
Total – 8171 acres
3121 acres
Vertical DropWhistler – 5020 ft
Blackcomb – 5280 ft
5260 ft
Base ElevationWhistler – 2140 ft
Blackcomb – 2214 ft
1680 ft
Summit ElevationWhistler – 7160 ft
Blackcomb – 7494 ft
7300 ft
Total RunsWhistler – 100
Blackcomb – 100
Total – 200
40
Green Circle Trails (Beginner)Whistler – 20%
Blackcomb – 20%
12%
Blue Square Trails (Intermediate)Whistler – 55%
Blackcomb – 50%
43%
Black/ Double Black Diamond Trails (Expert)Whistler – 25%
Blackcomb – 30%
45%
Longest RunWhistler – 11.3 km
Blackcomb – 11.3 km
15.3 km
Terrain ParksWhistler – 2
Blackcomb – 3
Total – 5
1
Snowboarding AllowedYesYes
LiftsWhistler – 19
Blackcomb – 21
Total – 40
5
Lift Operating Hours8:30 – 15:308:30 – 15:30
Night Skiing AvailableNoYes
Whistler Blackcomb vs Revelstoke mountain statistics

Check out my in-depth comparison between Whistler and Blackcomb if you’re looking for more information on these two mountains.

Ski Season Length

Whistler Blackcomb has a much longer ski season compared to Revelstoke.

  • Whistler has the longest ski season in Canada which usually lasts around 26 weeks and starts in mid-late November and ends in mid-late May.
  • Revelstoke has a pretty average Canadian ski season which spans from late November/ early December through to mid-April.

Check out the table below for the previous ski season dates.

Ski SeasonWhistler Blackcomb DatesRevelstoke Dates
2022/2324th Nov – 22nd May3rd Dec – 16th Apr
2021/2217th Nov – 21st May27th Dec – 19th Apr
2020/2126th Nov – 29th Mar*27th Nov – 30th Mar*
2019/2028th Nov – 14th Mar*30th Nov – 16th Mar*
2018/1922nd Nov – 27th May1st Dec – 21st Apr
Whistler Blackcomb vs Revelstoke ski season dates 2022/23 dates are predicted. *closed early due to world events
Whistler Blackcomb

Climate and Snow Quality

Although it takes a bit longer for Revelstoke to get going in the ski season, the snow quality is usually better from January to February in particular as it is colder and drier. Whistler does have a tendency to get a bit wetter snow. Whistler only really has better snow quality at the very start and end of the season.

MonthTemperature in Whistler BlackcombTemperature in RevelstokeSnowfall in Whistler BlackcombSnowfall in Revelstoke
November-3.1°C/ 26.4°F-3.4°C (25.9°F)40″9″
December-6.6°C/ 20.1°F-7.6°C (18.4°F)77″64″
January-5.6°C/ 22.0°F-7.2°C (19.0°F)83″56″
February-5.1°C/ 22.9°F-6.0°C (21.2°F)46″44″
March-2.5°C/ 27.5°F-1.4°C (29.6°F)62″47″
April0.7°C/ 33.2°F2.7°C (36.9°F)28″18″
Average temperature and snowfall per month in Whistler Blackcomb and Revelstoke. Data from climate-data.org and onthesnow.com
Revelstoke mountain

Village, Restaurants and Other Activities

Whistler Blackcomb has three main bases/ villages: Whistler Village, Creekside and Blackcomb Base II. Whistler Village is by far the largest with a lively atmosphere, great nightlife, and loads of restaurants, spas, shops and other activities to keep you entertained. Since it is all enclosed, everything is close together and you can walk to the slopes from most of the accommodation.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort Village is much smaller but it does have a few shops, restaurants, museums and a spa. It is also located close to Revelstoke town so it gives you plenty more options if you’re willing to travel the 10 minute drive.

If you prefer to be in a fully fledged resort with everything you need on your doorstep, then Whistler will be the best option. However, if you like to get out and about and would enjoy visiting the local town then Revelstoke will give you more freedom.

ActivityWhistler BlackcombRevelstoke
Dining170 locations3 locations
Spas/ Massages 12 locations1 location
Dog Sled ToursYesYes
Fat BikingYesYes
Ice Fishing (Guided)YesYes
Horse Drawn Sleigh RidesYesYes
Ice SkatingYesYes
Helicopter SkiingYesYes
Snowmobile ToursYesYes
Snowshoe ToursYesYes
TubingYesYes
Whistler vs Revelstoke ski resort and village activities

So you can get a feel for the resorts, here are some YouTube video tours.

Revelstoke Village

Whistler Village

On Mountain Dining

When it comes to on-mountain dining options, there’s just no competition here with Whistler Blackcomb being the stand out choice.

Whistler mountain and Blackcomb mountain both have 9 on-mountain dining locations each with the choice between self-service and table-service restaurants, cafes and bars so there’s something for everyone.

On-Mountain Restaurants Whistler:

  • Garibaldi Lift Company
  • Chic Pea
  • The Roundhouse Lodge
  • Raven’s Nest
  • Steeps Grill
  • Ollie’s Grilled Cheese Shack
  • Harmony Hut
  • Dusty’s Backside
  • Dusty’s Bar and Grill

On-Mountain Restaurants Blackcomb:

  • The Wizard Grill
  • Garbanzo Bike and Bean
  • Merlin’s
  • Horstman Hut
  • Christine’s
  • Rendezvous
  • Glacier Byte
  • Crystal Hut
  • Glacier Creek Lodge

There are only two on-mountain dining options on Revelstoke:

  • Mackenzie Outpost: located at the top of the Revelation Gondola. This is a self-service restaurant which sells burgers, sandwiches, mac n cheese, chicken, and breakfast options.
  • Revelation Lodge: located at the mountain station. This restaurant sells sandwiches, wraps, burgers, noodles, steaks and desserts.

Getting to the Resorts

Whistler Blackcomb and Revelstoke are both located in British Columbia, Canada. They are roughly 550 km away from each other which equates to 6.5 hours in the car.

Revelstoke is in south-east British Columbia and is 640 km east of Vancouver and 415 west of Calgary, Alberta. Whistler Blackcomb is located in north-west British Columbia and is 120 km north of Vancouver.

Here is some information regarding travelling to Whistler and Revelstoke by car and by plane.

By Plane

  • To get to Whistler-Blackcomb, the nearest airport is Vancouver International Airport. The transfer time is approximately 2 hour 30 minute.
  • To get to Revelstoke, the nearest airport is Kelowna International Airport. The transfer time is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Although both resorts offer a shuttlebus which takes a similar amount of time from the nearest major airport, it is usually a bit easier to get to Whistler Blackcomb because Vancouver International Airport is larger compared to Kelowna International Airport so offers more direct flights.

Driving and Parking

There are several carparks available at Whistler Blackcomb. The most popular free parking is in Creekside Village and Blackcomb Base II. Alternatively, you can pay $5 per day to park at Whistler Village which has the most central location. For overnight parking, Whistler Blackcomb charges $10.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort also offers free parking. You can also park in the town which is a 10 minute drive away. You can park overnight for 1 night free.

The drive to Whistler is typically easier compared to Revelstoke which can be a pain to get to in bad weather.

LocationDrive Time to WhistlerDrive Time to Revelstoke
 Kamloops 4 hours2 hours 30 mins
Vancouver1 hour 30 mins6 hours 30 mins
Kelowna5 hours 30 mins2 hours 30 mins
Banff 9 hours 30 mins 4 hours 30 mins
Seattle4 hours 15 mins 7 hours 30 mins
Big White Resort6 hours 30 mins3 hours
Sun Peaks6 hours 30 mins3 hours
SilverStar Resort5 hours 45 mins2 hours
Drive time from key locations to Revelstoke and Whistler Blackcomb ski resorts
Whistler Village

Accommodation Options and Prices

There are more accommodation options in Whistler with the option of being based in Whistler Village, Creekside Village or Blackcomb Base II. You’ll be able to choose from hotels, lodges and condos. On average, accommodation for 2 adults in January for 6 nights will also cost roughly $1800-$4000.

Accommodation in Revelstoke Mountain Resort is fairly limited with just 2-on site hotels however, you can stay in Revelstoke town as well if you don’t mind travelling 10 minutes. On average, accommodation for 2 adults in January for one week and will cost approximately $1200-$2000.

Ski School

The ski school in Revelstoke offers better value for money compared to the ski school in Whistler Blackcomb.

Private lessons in particular are much cheaper in Revelstoke compared to Whistler Blackcomb, especially if you’re in a group of 3 or less. Children’s group lessons are also significantly cheaper in Revelstoke, and this is the only resort which offers half day children’s group lessons. However, only Whistler Blackcomb is offering adult group lessons at the time of writing.

Please see the table below for more information regarding pricing.

LessonPrice in Whistler-BlackcombPrice in Revelstoke
Half Day Private (All Ages)$799 (1-5 people)$389-$479 (1-3 people + $129 for extra people)
Full Day Private (All Ages)$999 (1-5 people)$649 (1-3 people + $129 for extra people)
Half Day Group (Adult)$179N/A
Full Day Group (Adult)$299N/A
Half Day Group (Child)N/A$89-$119
Full Day Group (Child)$279$159
Ski school price comparison between Revelstoke and Whistler Blackcomb

Costs are based on the most recent ski season at the time of writing and are subject to change. Please check the resort websites for up to date prices. Prices are in US dollars.

Revelstoke mountain resort

Ticket and Rental Costs

Lift tickets for adults and teenagers are slightly cheaper at Revelstoke compared to Whistler-Blackcomb. However, Whistler offers cheaper children and senior lift tickets so the best value for money resort will depend on your group.

Equipment rental costs are fairly similar at both resorts, with Revelstoke being the cheaper option of the two for certain packages and equipment.

Please see the tables below for more information.

Ticket Price Day LiftWhistler-BlackcombRevelstoke
Adult$167$159
Teenager (13-17)$142$123
Child (6-12)$84$123
Senior (65+)$150$123
Day lift ticket prices in Revelstoke vs Whistler Blackcomb during peak season
Equipment Rental (Daily)Whistler-BlackcombRevelstoke
Ski Package$55$37
Boots$20$20
Helmet$10$5
Adult ski equipment average rental prices in Revelstoke vs Whistler Blackcomb

Costs are based on the most recent ski season at the time of writing and are subject to change. Based on daily rates when buying in-advance online (better value offers are available when booking for multiple days). Please check the resort websites for up to date prices. Prices are in US dollars.

Which Location is Best?

Both resorts are amazing, but they suit different people.

If you’re looking for the biggest mountain and best village then Whistler Blackcomb is probably going to be your favourite. It’s also better for families, beginners and intermediate skiers and has some amazing on-mountain dining.

Revelstoke on the other hand will suit more advanced skiers and snowboarders looking for a big challenge. It also is less crowded and the cheaper resort of the two.

Check out the following articles for more information:

Rosie

I have been a keen skier for a number of years, skiing in different locations around the world, and have a real passion for snow sports. My favourite ski resorts are Lake Louise in Canada and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl in Austria.

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