Whistler Weather Information
Whistler is located on the west coast of Canada in the beautiful province of British Columbia. Whistler’s weather
is greatly determined by the Pacific Ocean which lies only 50km away. Huge storms of moisture come off the Pacific and hit the
Coast Mountain rain, giving Whistler an annual rainfall of 1229.1mm much of which falls as snow. The average snowfall is 410 inches.
The climate on the coast of southern BC is generally milder than the rest of Canada and Whistler village often has a temperature
close to 0c during the winter. However visitors beware with a quick change in the weather pattern it can dip to minus 30C. The
three snowiest months are December, January and February each receiving close to 100cm of snow on average. It is the combination
of huge precipitation and the elevation of the mountains that give Whistler the snow it is famous for. The record for snow base
on Whistler Mountain is 197 inches or 5.04m and that was set in the 1973-1974 season.
Whistler Mountain has an elevation of 2284 meters (7,160 ft) and a vertical drop of 1530 meters. The village is at 675meters.
Blackcomb Mountain has an elevation of 2440 meters (8000 ft) and a vertical drop of 1609 meters but the peak of Blackcomb does not have lift access.
Historical Weather for Whistler and Blackcomb mountains by Month (1971-2000)
Average Low Valley Temperature: +3c
Average High Valley Temperature: +16c
Summary: October in Whistler historically is the wettest month with over 138mm of precipitation. The freezing
level is normally above the village and we receive only 8.8cm of snow. October is regarded as a shoulder season
with the leaves changing color, the mountains preparing for the upcoming winter and the village being empty.
Average Low Valley Temperature: -1c
Average High Valley Temperature: +5c
Record Snowfall: 220inches 2009-2010 season
Summary: The coolness of winter is in the air with an average village temperature of 0.6c. November is the second wettest month with 126.5 mm of
precipitation but the snow starts to stick. On average we receive over 64cm of snow and normally the mountains start operations toward the end of the month.
Average Low Valley Temperature: -5c
Average High Valley Temperature: -1c
Record Snowfall: 143inches 2010-2011 season
Summary: Winter has arrived in full force; December is our coldest month with an average of -3.2c. We receive over 60mm of precipitation but
111.2cm of snow. The village is usually blanketed in snow making Christmas a delight for kids and families. December holds the record for the
coldest extreme temperature with December in 1978 hitting -29.2c.
Average Low Valley Temperature: -8c
Average High Valley Temperature: -2c
Record Snowfall: 185inches 2005-2006 season
Summary: January has the most reliable month for snow with just under 100cm of snow and a daily average of -3c. The average precipitation
drops down to 68mm but on the 7th of January 1983 we received 79.2mm of rain in just one day. The mountain conditions are the most reliable in
January with the resort slowing down after the Christmas rush.
Average Low Valley Temperature: -5c
Average High Valley Temperature: +3c
Record Snowfall: 102inches 2010-2011 season
Summary: The average temperature in February is just below freezing at -0.3c and we receive 60.3mm in precipitation which generates 65cm of
snow. The snow base on Whistler usually peaks in February with the record being set in 1999 at over 170cm.
Average Low Valley Temperature: -3c
Average High Valley Temperature: +8c
Record Snowfall: 124 inches 2010-2011 season
Summary: Spring has sprung in Whistler and the temperature starts to average above freezing at 2.3c. The snow base is the second highest
month but the precipitation starts to drop to 54mm with 45.5cm of snow. March is a great time to bring families as the bite of winter starts
to fade but the snow is still amazing.
Average Low Valley Temperature: +2c
Average High Valley Temperature: +11c
Record Snowfall: 78inches 2004-2005 season
Summary: The snowline creeps up the mountain in April and we receive only 16.6cm of snow. The average temperature is well above freezing at 5.9c and
the patios are full of people enjoying the sunshine. The precipitation averages out at 59.3mm which is almost as dry as out summer months. The snow is
often frozen in the morning and melts to a easy skiing mush by afternoon.
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