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Whistler, BC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 32
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,312
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 550
Committable Meeting Rooms* 35
Convention Center Space 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 16,500 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 7,032 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $220
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $78
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $291
*Maximum for a single hotel

Whistler, BC Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide for Whistler, a resort guide for meeting professionals. A world-renowned, year-round destination for leisure and business travel, Whistler is consistently ranked as the number-one mountain resort area in North America. From its reliable snow conditions to its youthful vibe set to the tone of adventure sports, fine dining, luxury spas and designer golf courses, meeting planners can rely on Whistler for an excellent meeting experience. Set amid mountain vistas, ancient forests and mirror-like lakes and rivers, Whistler served as the location for the 2010 Olympic Games, an achievement still celebrated at the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Olympic Plaza, three sporting areas that today serve as venues perfect for group events. These Olympic venues are just a few of the Whistler event venue offerings, which include award-winning hotels, mountaintop restaurants, adventure courses and more. The epicenter of Whistler, Whistler Village, is a pedestrian-only area lined with shops, restaurants and entertainment spots, all perfect for apres-ski or a night on the town.

Whistler is accessible through Vancouver International Airport, which sits 85 miles from the resort area. As Canada's second-busiest airport, Vancouver International served more than 17 million passengers in 2011 and offers direct bus service to Whistler via Pacific Coach Lines' YVR Whistler Skylynx service. Offering several daily departures, YVR Whistler Skylynx takes passengers to a number of Whistler Village accommodations and lodges, while Pacific Coach Lines' Whistler Express service provide service between select Vancouver hotels and Whistler Village hotels. If arriving by train, delegates can board the Amtrak Cascades service, which runs one daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver and one daily round trip between Portland and Vancouver, with the final leg to Whistler aboard a bus. During the summer months, Rocky Mountaineer train service runs between Whistler and Vancouver and includes beverage and meal service. Once in Whistler, delegates can hop aboard Whistler Transit System's free Whistler Village shuttle service, which provides service to hotels, condos and ski lifts.

Set within a two-minute walk of Whistler Village shops, restaurants and lodging, Whistler Conference Centre is a stunning mountain lodge, complete with exposed stone and timbers and walls of windows. Groups can gather in the center's 40,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, which includes 22 meeting rooms, a 5,486-square-foot Grand Foyer, the 300-person Rainbow Theatre and 16,500-square-foot Sea to Sky Ballroom. Whistler Conference Centre served as the Accredited Media Centre for the 2010 Olympic Games, so its technology is nothing short of state-of-the-art and its setting nothing less than spectacular.

Aside from its Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler is home to a number of special venues perfect for private events, team building and off-hours fun. More than one of the most popular mountain resorts in the world, recognized for its more than 8,100 acres of slopes, 16 alpine bowls, more than 200 marked trails, terrain parks and half pipes, Whistler Blackcomb is also a fantastic unique venue for group events and activities. Whistler Blackcomb also features the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, the longest and highest unsupported lift span in the world. Spanning 1.88 miles and situated 1,427 feet high, the gondola links Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and provides awe-inspiring views year-round. For a more “grounded” event, Whistler Olympic Plaza – one of Whistler's three Olympic venues – features a lawn, playground and outdoor performance space perfect for group events. Once the site for Olympic victory ceremonies, Whistler Olympic Plaza accommodates up to 8,000 people, including up to 1,000 people on its stage alone.

Perched on the southeast slope of Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Sliding Centre is one of one 15 international competition sliding tracks in the world, as well as the fastest. The site of the 2010 Olympics bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events, Whistler Sliding Centre welcomes guests to hop in a bobsleigh or skeleton. Guests can also gather in the center's indoor and outdoor event spaces, ranging from its 110-person Track Lodge to the 550-person outdoor Thunderbird Corner space. The site of the 2010 Olympics cross-country skiing, ski jumping and biathlon events, Whistler Olympic Park today welcomes athletes of all ages to use its facilities, take lessons and cozy up in its cafe and fireside lounge. Whistler Olympic Park event venues include the 1,851-square-foot Day Lodge complete with two fireplaces and a 1,615-square-foot deck, as well as three 10,000-person outdoor stadiums. Finally, groups frequent Whistler's Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, a unique aboriginal cultural venue that offers dramatic evening events, complete with traditional Salish welcome songs. Groups can mingle in the 300-person Great Hall, gather around a firepit on the 7,000-square-foot Mezzanine Patio and Longhouse or take in views of Lost Lake Woods from the circular Istken Hall.

About Whistler, BC / Additional Info

Always a destination for adventurous spirits, Whistler was first inhabited by the Coast Salish First Nations people for thousands of years and was often a waypoint for First National trading routes between Squamish and Lil'wat Nations. Established as a fishing lodge in 1914, Whistler was officially opened for Whistler Mountain skiing in 1966. Blackcomb Mountain opened for skiing in 1980 and merged with Whistler Mountain, creating one of the largest ski complexes in North America.

Whistler's rich cultural background and history is rivaled only by its wealth of wildlife and natural resources; in fact, Whistler was named for the shrill whistle indigenous marmots give when they warn one another of danger. In addition to marmots, bears, cougars, deer, rabbits, eagles and other wildlife inhabit Whistler's natural environment. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, as well as The River of Golden Dreams, a popular canoe and kayak route that runs from the north end of Alta Lake to the south end of Green Lake, shape Whistler's landscape. Adventurers can get up close to the glaciers that surround Whistler via glacier heli-hikes, heli-ski trips and helicopter tours, as well as canoe, fish, hike, swim and camp in Whistler's 15 public parks. Ski season typically runs from late November through late April. Winter activities in Whistler include skiing, snowboarding and dogsledding, while summer activities include golfing, mountain biking and ziplining, among many others.

When it's time to relax, Whistler Village is home to a host of restaurants, shops and entertainment and nightlife venues. The pedestrian-only village sits at the base of the lifts, so it's convenient to skiing, snowboarding and sightseeing activities. Visitors often join Whistler Tasting Tours to visit a number of Whistler Village restaurants all in one evening, as well as Whistler Club Crawl to skip the lines at a number of Whistler Village bars and clubs. Situated four miles from the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village, Whistler Creekside is a laid-back, family-friendly area home to more than 12 restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as ski shops, gondola access and a ski and snowboard school.

Beyond its sporting prowess and stunning natural beauty, Whistler is known for its international cuisine and fine-dining restaurants, many of which serving organic and locally sourced ingredients. Situated in Whistler Village, Bearfoot Bistro is a French bistro-style champagne bar known for its premier fine dining and apres-ski Champagne Lounge, which features a rail of ice designed to keep glasses chilled to the perfect temperature. Diners can dine or take part in champagne sobering in the 20,000-bottle underground wine cellar or sample more than 50 vodkas from around the world in the Belvedere Ice room, set at -25°F and stocked with warm parkas. Also located in Whistler Village, Araxi Restaurant + Bar serves contemporary regional cuisine, while Il Caminetto di Umberto specializes in regional Italian fare. Village North is home to Quattro, which is known for its contemporary Italian selections and Venetian interior, as well as Hy's Steakhouse, a quintessential steakhouse that serves a signature New York strip and a variety of martinis.

 
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