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Things Americans Should Know Before Skiing in Whistler

February 28, 2022

Spring is around the corner, but ski season isn't slowing down! People from all around the world are still flocking to Canada's top ski resort in Whistler. Here are a few of the things that you should know if you're traveling from America to Canada to take advantage of the stellar spring skiing! 


Border Crossing 

Before you travel, download the ArriveCAN app and upload your proof of vaccination, a photo of your passport, and potential quarantine plans. Take a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to traveling! Keep an eye on COVID-19 testing requirements, which are subject to change. And when in doubt, keep in mind that it is better to be over-prepared than to be underprepared! 

Whistler Blackcomb has a great comprehensive webpage featuring international travel information https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/international/international-travelers.aspx 

Find COVID-19 information on the Whistler website: https://www.whistler.com/covid/ 

Currency Exchange

Worried about currency exchange? Don't be! American dollars go further in Canada, making a Whistler vacation more affordable than you might think!

Most places in Whistler Resort take American dollars or international credit cards, so currency exchange isn't necessary. If you want to go ahead and exchange currency anyways, then my advice is to avoid exchanging your currency at the airport. Go to your bank at home to grab some CAD before you go or use an ATM when you get there! Just be sure to investigate any potential fees before you go. Also, be sure to let your bank and credit card know that you're traveling before you leave so that you don't get cut off! 


Where to Stay 

Before booking accommodations, you should know a little bit about the locations you can stay in! Whistler has three pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. If you want to be in the "middle of the action," then you should book a property in Village Centre. If you prefer a quiet setting, then you'll love Upper Village. For convenient retail, stay in North Village! 

For outstanding rental options, see: https://whistlerbc.rentalz.com/search/ 


Whistler's food scene is phenomenal. As a result, reservations are important! Enjoy comforting dishes and extensive beer options at the tremendously popular 21 Steps or try an elegant Spanish-style dish at the indulgent Bar Oso. The fine dining options are endless!  

Read about my favorite romantic restaurants in Whistler here: https://www.whistlerescapes.ca/romantic-restaurants-in-whistler-to-visit-this-valentines-day

A variety of Whistler restaurants are on OpenTable. Explore your options here: https://www.opentable.com/best-whistler-blackcomb-restaurants  

Do you have a travel tip that we missed? Share it in the comments! 

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