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Whistler in Numbers

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Whistler Blackcomb is consistently voted North America’s No.1 Ski Resort and receives huge numbers of visitors every year. Here at Whistler Real Estate we love data and statistics, so we thought we’d put together some quick facts about the resort and the surrounding area!

Resort Stats

Whistler’s permanent population is actually relatively small with 9,825 permanent residents, according to a 2011 consensus. In addition there are 2,266 seasonal residents, and 11,522 second-home owners.

Amazingly, that means that there are more second-home owners and seasonal workers than there are permanent residents! But that’s just resort life.

Aside from those with properties in Whistler, annual visitation from tourist traffic amounts to approximately 2.14 million visitors/year, which is approximately a daily population equivalent of 28,289!

Here are some quick facts about the Village and surrounding areas:

  • Average snowfall: 430.5cm in the valley, 914cm in the alpine
  • Restaurants/Lounges/Bars: Approximately 93
  • Retail Shops: Approximately 207
  • 3 hectars of parkland, 9 major parks and 10 neighbourhood parks
  • Trails: 35 km of Valley Trail, 160 km of singletrack trails and 120 km of double track trails

Blackcomb Mountain Facts

Prior to merging with Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb opened as its own entity in 1980. It has a top elevation of 7,494ft / 2,284m and a base elevation of 2,214ft / 675m, giving it a vertical rise of 5,280ft / 1,609m.

Despite having a higher elevation than neighbouring Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb actually has less terrain with 3,414 acres.

Here are some quick facts:

  • Park & Pipe Facilities: 1 superpipe, 1 snow cross track, 3 parks
  • Lift Capacity: 31,162 skiers / boarders per hour
  • Terrain Type: 30% expert, 55% intermediate, 15% beginner
  • Number of Trails: 100+ marked runs

Whistler Mountain Facts

Opening in 1966, Whistler Mountain commenced operations a full 14 years before Blackcomb. Whistler’s elevation is slightly less than that of Blackcomb with a top elevation of 7,160ft / 2,182m, a base elevation of 2,140ft / 652m, giving it a vertical rise of 5,020ft / 1,530m.

As we mentioned, there is more terrain than on Blackcomb, with 4,757 acres available.

Here are some quick facts:

  • Park & Pipe Facilities: 2 Parks
  • Lift Capacity: 34,345 skiers / snowboarders per hour
  • Terrain Type: 25% expert, 55% intermediate, 20% beginner
  • Number of Trails: 100+ marked runs