Awards

SKI Mag: Whistler Blackcomb has been named the No. 1 overall best ski resort in North America by the 28th annual SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll. This is the third time in four years and the second year in a row Whistler Blackcomb has topped the survey results. The SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll is the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind.

The online poll asks SKI Magazine readers to rank the top 50 North American ski resorts in a variety of categories. In addition to being voted No. 1 in overall ranking, Whistler Blackcomb also received top marks for terrain variety, off-hill activities, après and terrain parks. Whistler Blackcomb scored highly in a number of other categories as well, including No. 2 in lifts, lodging, scenery, and overall satisfaction. The results of the Reader’s Poll was revealed on social media and on SKImag.com, and was published in SKI Magazine’s annual Resort Guide.

2015.16 SKI Magazine Results Whistler Blackcomb Achieved.

Whistler No1 Ranking

"NO. 1 OVERALL" RANKINGS:

Overall Resort

Terrain Variety

Terrain Parks

Apres

Off-Hill Activities

No. 2

Lifts

Lodging

Scenery

Overall Satisfaction

No. 5

Service

Dining

Kid-friendliness

Other Awards To Date – 2015.16:

No. 1 Overall Resort – SKI Magazine

No. 1 Overall Resort – Freeskier Magazine

No. 1 in Terrain Variety, Off Hill Activities, Après and Terrain Parks – SKI Magazine

Best Ski Resort in the World – Ultratravel

Best Ski Resort in Canada – SkiResort.info

Top Canadian Ski Resort – Unofficial Networks

No. 1 Ski Resort for Après-Ski –  The Telegraph UK

No. 1 Top 5 Après in the West – Après Live

No. 1 Best Winter Destination – The Georgia Straight

No. 1 Best Weekend Getaway – The Georgia Straight

No. 1 Best Place to Buy a Vacation Home – The Georgia Straight

Best Attraction of British Columbia – Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

Best Resort of British Columbia – Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

Best Kids School in North America – Holiday with Kids

Top Ski Resort Size – Skiresort.Info

Top Slope Offering – Skiresort.Info

Top Ski Lifts – Skiresort.Info

Top Snow Reliability – Skiresort.Info

Top Slope Preparation – Skiresort.Info

Top Orientation (Maps, Info, Signs) – Skiresort.Info

Top Cleanliness (Hygeine) – Skiresort.Info

Top Eco Friendly Orientatio – n Skiresort.Info

Top Staff Friendliness – Skiresort.Info

Top Restaurants/Ski Huts – Skiresort.Info

Top Apres – Skiresort.Info

Top Accommodation Offering – Skiresort.Info

Top for Families – Skiresort.Info

Top for Beginners – Skiresort.Info

Top for Advanced Skiers/Freeriders – Skiresort.Info

Top Snow Park Offering – Skiresort.Info

San Francisco Chronicle – Top 20 Ski Resorts in the WestTravel Weekly Reader's Choice Awards Best Ski Destination

2016 Skade Award for Whistler Blackcomb’s 50 Years of Going Beyond film and book– International Skiing History Association

Best Resort for Teenagers in North America – Holiday with Kids

Best for All-Round Family Activities in North America – Holiday with Kids

No. 2 Best Romantic Hideaway – The Georgia Straight

No. 2 in Lifts, Lodging, Scenery and Overall Satisfaction – SKI Magazine

No. 3 in Dining and Service – SKI Magazine

No. 3 in Best Après Deck/Patio – Après Live

No. 3 Best Summer Destination – The Georgia Straight

No. 4 in On-Mountain Food – SKI Magazine

No. 5 in Top 10 Ski Towns to Visit in 2015 – Curbed Ski

No. 10 Top Terrain Parks in North America – Transworld Snowboarding

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for Whistler Blackcomb, Christine’s on Blackcomb, Chic Pea, Crystal Hut, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Rated as a Five Star Ski Resort – SkiResort.info

Top 20 Ski Resorts in North America– USA Today

Canada's Top 5 Family Friendly Ski Resorts– The Huffington Post

25 Mountains Everyone Should Ski in Their Lifetime– Business Insider

Best Kid Friendly Ski Resorts in the West– Holidays with Kids

Proggy Award - Vegan Friendly Slope Side Dining– PETA

2016 International Skiing History Association (ISHA) Skade Award– International Skiing History Association

Reader's Choice 10 Best Apres Ski Bars– USA Today

Reader's Choice 10 Best Terrain Parks– USA Today

Reader's Choice 10 Best Ski Resort– USA Today

One of 11 Canadian Resorts to Ski and Ride in 2016– Mountain Equipment Coop

Best Place to Take a Visitor - PEAK 2 PEAK– Pique Magazine

Best Patio - GLC– Pique Magazine

Best Apres - GLC– Pique Magazine

Top 10 Overall Ski Resorts – Z rankings

Top 10 Spring Snow – Z Rankings

Top 50 Ski Resorts 2015 – Top 50 Ski Resorts 2015

Best of the City Reader's Choice – Gold - Westender

Unique Experience of the Year – Luxury Travel Guide

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola:

Guinness World Records – The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola holds two Guinness World Records:

  • The world’s longest unsupported span between two cable car towers, at 3.024km (1.879miles).
  • The world’s highest lift of its kind at 436m/1,427ft above the valley floor. 

The cable car system connects two adjacent mountains - Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.

2014.15 SKI Magazine Results Whistler Blackcomb Achieved.

Whistler No1 Ranking

"NO. 1 OVERALL" RANKINGS:

Overall Resort

Terrain Variety

Apres

Off-Hill Activities

No. 2

Lifts

Dining

Lodging

No. 5

Service

Scenery

Other Awards To Date – 2014.15:

#1 Resort – Freeskier Magazine

Top Apres - Freeskier Magazine

Top Terrain Parks – Freeskier Magazine

Top Powder – Freeskier Magazine

#1 Resort for All-Round Familiy Activities – Holidays With Kids Magazine

#1 Resort for Teenagers – Holidays With Kids Magazine

#2 Resort for Kids’ Ski School – Holidays With Kids Magazine

#1 Terrain Park – About.com

Top Family Ski Resort – About.com

#1 Best Weekend Getaway – The Georgia Straight

#2 Best Romantic Hideaway– The Georgia Straight

#1 Best Winter Destination– The Georgia Straight

#1 Best place to buy a vacation home– The Georgia Straight

#1 - 50 Best Ski Resorts– The Active Times

One of BC’s Top Employers by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers

National winner in the Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2014 program in the Mid-Market category

Top 5 Best Après Hot Spots – Outside Online

Top 25 Places in Canada to Visit Before You Die – Whistler During World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Top 5 Spots to Snowboard in the World – Travel Channel.com

Senior Friendly Resort: Silver Award – SeniorsSkiing.com

BC Hydro Power Smart Leader – BC Hydro

Best Ski Resorts in Canada - SnowData.com

Top 10 Ski Destinations – Canadian Living

Top 10 Ski Runs & Lodges - National Geographic Traveler

Best Kids’ Ski School - Ski & Snowboard with Kids

One of the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns – National Geographic

One of the Best Ski Holidays for 2014.15 – The Telegraph

Two of the Top 7 Summer Ski and Snowboard Camps, Momentum Ski Camps and Camp of Champions – Ski.Net.com

5-Star Ski Resort – SnowData.com

Top Ski Resort Size – SnowData.com

Top Slope Offering and Run Variety – SnowData.com

Top Ski Lifts – SnowData.com

Top Snow Reliability – SnowData.com

Top Slope Preparation – SnowData.com

Top Orientation (Maps, Info, Signs) – SnowData.com

Top Cleanliness/Hygiene – SnowData.com

Top Eco-friendly Operation – SnowData.com

Top Staff Friendliness – SnowData.com

Top Restaurants/Ski Huts – SnowData.com

Top Après-Ski – SnowData.com

Top Accommodation Offering – SnowData.com

Top for Families – SnowData.com

Top for Beginners – SnowData.com

Top for Advanced Skiers/Freeriders – SnowData.com

Top Snow Park Offering – SnowData.com

Senior Friendly Resort: Silver Award – SeniorsSkiing.com

The 50 Best Ski Resorts in North America – The Huffington Post

Power Smart Leader – BC Hydro

Top 10 World’s Best Ski Resorts – Skiresorts-test.com

Best All-Mountain Terrain in the West – OnTheSnow.com

Best Resort 2014 – Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

5-Star Ski Resort Test Winner 2014 – Skiresort.info

ECO Award at the World Snow Awards 2014 – The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show (London)

Top 5 Spots to Snowboard in the World – Travel Channel

25 Places in Canada You Have to Visit Before You Die – Notable

Top 5 Après Hot Spots – OutsideOnline.com

"NO. 1 OVERALL" RANKINGS WHISTLER BLACKCOMB ACHIEVED:

Freeskier Magazine

SBC Resort Guide

Best Overall Northwest Region, Onthesnow.com

2013 Ski Club of Great Britain: Highest Net Promoter Score in the world.

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB CATEGORY WINS:

Best ski destination for all round family activities -Holidays With Kids, Australia’s Leading Travel Magazine

Best ski destination for Teenagers Holidays With Kids, Australia’s Leading Travel Magazine

One of Canada’s Greenest Employers, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, CAN

Top 10 Canadian Winter Travel Destinations for Non-Skiers (#1) – Canadian Living Magazine

Top 10 Ski Destinations – 10best.com USA Today Travel

#1 Landmark In Canada, Trip Advisor, Traveller’s Choice Awards

Best Gondola View in North America, Liftopia.com

One of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, CAN

Top 25 Ski Resorts in the World, Snowaddiction.org

Best Winter Destination, Georgia Straight, Best of Vancouver 2013

Best Weekend Getaway, Georgia Straight, Beat of Vancouver 2013

Best Terrain in the West, SBC Resort Guide

Best Parks in the West, SBC Resort Guide

Best Terrain in Northwest Region, Onthesnow.com

Top 5 Canadian Resorts, Huffington Post

Best Après, SKI Magazine

Best Ski Resorts for Powder, Telegraph UK

Best Nightlife, Freeskier Magazine

Best Nightlife in Northwest Region, Onthesnow.com

Best Nightlife Overall, Onthesnow.com

Best Nightlife, TransWorld SNOWboarding

OTHER "NOT TOO SHABBY" PLACING(S):

No. 2

Best ski destination for Kids’ ski schoolHolidays With Kids, Australia’s Leading Travel Magazine

Lodging , SKI Magazine

Terrain Variety, SKI Magazine

Off-Hill Activities, SKI Magazine

Best on a Powder Day, Freeskier Magazine

Best Apres. Freeskier Magazine

Best Steeps, Freeskier Magazine

No. 3

Top Resorts, TransWorld SNOWboarding

No. 4

Dining, SKI Magazine

Digital Presence, SKI Magazine

No. 5

Best Parks, TransWorld SNOWboarding

Lifts, SKI Magazine

Top Lifts to Lap – Peak Express, Freeskier Magazine


#1 Award

Whistler Blackcomb has been named the No. 1 overall ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine.

The 26th annual readers’ poll ranks the top 60 North America ski resorts in SKI Magazine’s Resort Guide, hitting newsstands on October 16. The survey of 20,000 SKI readers is the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind in the winter sports industry.

Along with being named the #1 overall resort, Whistler Blackcomb ranked highly in many other individual categories, including:
- #1 overall in Terrain Variety
- #2 overall in Service, Lodging, Après, Off Hill Activities, and Digital Presence.
- Whistler Blackcomb also placed in the top five resorts for Challenge of Terrain, Lifts, On-Mountain Food, Dining, Scenery, Terrain Parks, and Overall Guest Satisfaction.

#1 Resort People would recommend  

The Spike Marketing Ski Base Results 2012 survey involving 18,000 UK respondents ranked Whistler Blackcomb as the No. 1 resort they would recommend to a friend or colleague to visit.

"NO. 1 OVERALL" RANKINGS WHISTLER BLACKCOMB ACHIEVED:

SKI Magazine, USA

Freeskier Magazine, USA

SBC Resort Guide, CAN

Best overall in B.C., onthesnow.com, USA

Powderhounds.com, USA

Findthebest.com, USA

 

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB CATEGORY WINS:

Top 50 Best Ski Resorts, The Independent, GBR

Best Net Promoter Score, Spike Marketing, GBR

Best in Snow Business, Canadian Ski Council, CAN

2012 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards Winner in the Power Smart Leader category, CAN

Best Apres - Dusty’s Bar & Grill, Ski Canada Magazine, CAN

One of Canada’s Greenest Employers, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, CAN

One of Canada’s Best Employers for Young People, Canada's Top 100 Employers, CAN

Best Ski Run & Lodge for Whistler Blackcomb & Fairmont Chateau Whistler, National Geographic, USA

Best Terrain: SKI Magazine, Powderhounds.com

Best Apres/Nightlife, FREESKIER, Powderhounds.com

Top Family Resort, CNN.com, Familyvacationcritic.com, USA

Best Park in the West, SBC Resort Guide

Best Terrain in the West, SBC Resort Guide

Best Lifts, Powderhounds.com

Best Winter Destination & Best Summer Destination, Georgia Straight Newspaper, CAN

Best Off-Piste, Powderhounds.com

 

OTHER "NOT TOO SHABBY" PLACING(S):

No. 2

Steep Skiing, FREESKIER

Service, SKI Magazine

Lodging, SKI Magazine

Off-Hill Activities, SKI Magazine

Digital Presence, SKI Magazine

Romantic Getaway, Georgia Straight Newspaper

No. 3

Dining, SKI Magazine

Outside Magazine, USA

No. 4

Powder Stashes, FREESKIER

Terrain Parks, SKI Magazine

Overall Satisfaction, SKI Magazine

Scenery, SKI Magazine

No. 5

Challenging Terrain, SKI Magazine

On-Mountain Food, SKI Magazine

Lifts, SKI Magazine

Best Resort in North America, TransWorld SNOWboarding, USA

Halfpipes, TransWorld SNOWboarding

"NO. 1 OVERALL" RANKINGS WHISTLER BLACKCOMB ACHIEVED:

FREESKIER - "The Best"

Onthesnow.com – No. 1 Favourite North American Resort 2011

Australia's Luxury Travel Magazine – No. 1 Overseas Ski Resort 2011

Findthebest.com – Best Ski Resort in the World

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB "TOP/BEST" INCLUSIONS:

Forbes.com – World's Best Ski Resorts

Yahoo.com – Top Five Ski Vacations in the World

Powderhounds.com – Top Overall Resorts

About.com – Top Ski Resorts

The Independent – 50 Best Ski Resorts

Virgin Holidays Responsible tourism Award -  Highly commended

2012 Canada’s greenest employer award

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB CATEGORY WINS:

Value Award Winner: Up! Magazine

Best Terrain: onthesnow.com, SKI Magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding, Powderhounds.com, and National Geographic

Best Après/Nightlife: FREESKIER, onthesnow.com, SKI Magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding, and Powderhounds.com.

Best Family Resort: SKI Magazine (Canadian Resorts)

OTHER "NOT TOO SHABBY" PLACING(S):

No. 2

Terrain parks – onthesnow.com

Family – onthesnow.com

Digital Programs – SKI Magazine

Best Steeps - FREESKIER

No. 3

Resort in North America – SKI Magazine

Lifts – SKI Magazine

No. 4

Overall satisfaction – SKI Magazine

"vibe" – TransWorld SNOW Boarding

Top Destination in Canada – Trip Advisor

Best Powder – FREESKIER

No. 5

Best Family Resort in North America – SKI Magazine (No. 1 in Canada)

Best Pipe – Transworld SNOWBoarding

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB NAMED ONE OF CANADA'S GREENEST EMPLOYERS THREE YEARS RUNNING

For the third year in a row Whistler Blackcomb celebrated Earth Day (April 22) as one of Canada's Greenest Employers as awarded by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers project. Whistler Blackcomb received recognition for three new energy conservation projects for the 2010/2011 ski representing over 1.3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in electrical savings. The energy saved translates to the equivalent amount of power it takes to run 74 homes in British Columbia for one year.

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB NAMED FAVORITE NORTH AMERICAN RESORT IN ONTHESNOW.COM 2011 VISITORS CHOICE AWARDS

Whistler Blackcomb has claimed the title of "Favorite Overall Resort" in OnTheSnow.com's Visitors Choice Awards for the second year in a row. The OnTheSnow.com Visitor's Choice Awards are an annual list of favorite resorts as ranked by user ratings from the site's 3.4 million monthly unique visitors. OnTheSnow.com also named users' top regional picks in the Far West, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Rockies. Whistler Blackcomb ranked "Best Overall" from the Pacific Northwest region.

Whistler Blackcomb claims top spot in CondÉ Nast Traveler, FREESKIER Magazine, and Outside Magazine

Consistently ranked as No. 1, Whistler Blackcomb tops mountain resort rankings once again this season. Whistler Blackcomb placed in the top three in six "overall" award categories including:

  • No. 1 “Best Place to Ski & Stay in North America” - Condé Nast Traveler’s annual readers’ pole (fourth consecutive)
  • No. 1 “Top Resort in North America” - FREESKIER Magazine (third consecutive)
  • No. 1 “Top Ski Resort in North America” - Outside Magazine.
  • No. 1 “Favorite Overall” – Onthesnow.com
  • No. 1 “Ski runs & Lodges” – National Geographic - “10 Best Book” 
  • No. 3 “Top Resort in North America” - Transworld Snowboard Magazine
  • No. 3 “Top Ski Resort in North America - Ski Magazine

The annual magazine rankings rate resorts on a variety of set criteria, and Whistler Blackcomb consistently scores high in a variety of categories including terrain, snow quality, restaurants, lift capabilities, parks and pipes, snow school, lodging, amenities and much more. “Category” top three finishes for Whistler Blackcomb include:

Condé Nast Traveler
-No. 1 "Après"
-No. 2 "Dining"

Ski Magazine
-No. 1 Terrain
-No. 1 "Après"

Outside Magazine
-No. 1 "Mega-Resort"
-No. 1 Nightlife
-No. 2 Snowboarding
-No. 3 Spring Skiing
-No. 3 Scenery

Transworld Snowboarding
-No. 1 Nightlife
-No. 1 Lodging
-No. 2 "Vibe"
-No. 2 Terrain

Greenest Employer for 2010

Whistler Blackcomb has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for a second year in a row. Canada's Greenest Employers competition has been running since 2007 and is organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers project in partnership with Mediacorp Canada Inc. Applicants were judged on a variety of criteria, including uniqueness, success and longevity of environmental initiatives, as well as employee and community engagement.

Golden Eagle Award

Clif Bar has honoured Whistler Blackcomb with the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence at the recent 2010 National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) National Convention and Tradeshow. This is the third time Whistler Blackcomb has received this honour, which is considered the highest level of environmental achievement in the ski industry.

According to the NSAA, judges credited Whistler Blackcomb with its comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship, including its efforts to reduce waste and conserve energy. Golden Eagle judges also recognized Whistler Blackcomb's involvement in the development of the Fitzsimmons Creek Renewable Energy project; a Run-of-River project that will produce enough power to match the company's entire annual energy consumption, which includes snowguns, lift operation and on-mountain restaurants. The hydro-powered facility, which became operational in early 2010, is located entirely within Whistler Blackcomb's operating area and was produced in partnership with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., Ledcor Power Group.

SKIING Magazine named Whistler Blackcomb No. 1

Overall resort in North America October 2009

For the 13th year in a row, readers at one of North America's premier ski magazines, SKIING, have ranked Whistler Blackcomb their choice for No. 1 resort and the resort they want to ski more than anywhere else. In addition to the terrain variety, nightlife and après ski activities always rank high. The après and nightlife scenes in Whistler Village are legendary, and it all takes place only steps from the base of the mountains.

"It's a poll of our readers, not the editors. And the readers overwhelmingly chose Whistler," says Jake Bogoch, editor of SKIING Magazine. "When our readers think of Whistler, they think of dark storms, granite-lined bowls, blocky cliffs, and long, long runs. That's why they want to go there more than anywhere else."

FREESKIER Magazine named Whistler Blackcomb No. 1

October 2009




Onthesnow.com readers rank Whistler Blackcomb North America's Favourite Ski Resort

Whistler Blackcomb has achieved the top spot as North America’s Favourite Resort in the annual Visitor’s Choice awards. Onthesnow.com is the most visited snow sports website and the Visitor’s Choice Awards are based on guest feedback.

Onthesnow.com, which attracts an audited 2.3 million individuals monthly during the winter, gave visitors the opportunity to write reviews of all North American resorts as well as rank them in five categories; favourite resort, best nightlife, most family friendly, best downhill terrain and best terrain park. Whistler Blackcomb received top honours as North America’s Favourite Resort for the second time in the past three seasons.

SKI Magazine, the resort has moved up one spot to the No. 2 position.

October 2009