Whistler Pride and Ski Festival: the premier winter gay & lesbian vacation and travel event in Canada


Q: How are covid restrictions affecting the festival?  

A: After a year off, we are thrilled to be able to bring people together today for our favourite week of the year. The safety of our guests is a priority and there will be safety protocols in place throughout the festival. Things will undoubtably be different this year. We are keeping a close eye on the guidance from federal and provincial health information as we plan.


Q: Any advice for international guests? Guests are responsible for keeping an eye on travel restrictions and entry requirements for Canada. We have always and will continue to recommend purchasing travel insurance and reading terms of agreements before signing and booking anything.


Q: Is vaccination required? Whistler Pride will be checking proof of vaccination in partnership with our host venues. This is required by law for any non-essential indoor activities throughout British Columbia.


Q: Do I have to wear a masks? The festival will adhere to any provincial mask mandate that is in place.


Q: Will the events look different? The nightlife/cultural component is a core aspect of the festival. The schedule will include some of your favourite events, with some reimagined, and some brand-new experiences. The focus is to bring people together keeping the spirit of community, diversity, and celebration at the core of what we do.


Q: But will there be dancing? The events are being designed to be great experiences that adhere to current public safety requirements. Current restrictions do not allow designated indoor dance floors. We have to abide by those rules. Some events are also being designed to expand should certain restrictions be lifted before the festival starts. A safe space to enjoy music with dancing is what we all want but not something we can commit to at this time.


Q: Will you have a great time? We believe that you will!


Q: If I come alone, will I still have fun?

A:  Yes, of course!  We encourage you to get out and say hello.  One of the best ways to meet new people is to join in on one of the daily sports groups like skiing/snowboard or snowmobile tours for the non-skiers or to volunteer for Whistler Pride.

Q: Are there gay ski/snowboard guides for all levels of skiers/riders?

A: Yes, we have ski guides available every day for all levels of skiers & riders so come up and ski/ride with your level group.  There are also lesbian-led groups!

Q: Are tickets transferable or refundable?

A: Regrettably no. We do encourage you to purchase travel insurance, sometimes your credit card will offer this protection at no extra cost.

Q: How do I volunteer for Pride?

A: Volunteers are a key part of keeping the festival running smoothly and reducing the costs for some events. There are also some great perks to being a Whistler Pride volunteer! Contact our volunteer coordinator by emailing karen@whistlerpride.com

Q: What can I do if I do not ski or snowboard? Will I be bored?

A: There are hundreds of things for you to do and you will not be bored!   Here are a couple of examples:  Sight See on Whistler & Blackcomb – Ride the Whistler Village Gondola up, then take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for a bird’s eye view of these massive mountains, then take the Blackcomb Gondola down to Blackcomb base. Savour a delicious meal at one of the Whistler Pride Eats Partners. Fly through the forest with SuperFly Ziplines. Luxuriate at Scandinave Spa. Take a nighttime wander through Vallea Lumnia Stop by our guest services desk for more ideas and suggestions!

Q: I want the best rate – how can I get it?

A:  Book early!  As with most things with supply and demand, the less inventory (rooms) available, the higher the costs.  When you book early you are helping us plan and when you use the festival’s official travel partners you are guaranteed to get the best price even if there is a price correction later in the season. 

Q: Why should we book through your official booking channel?

A: When our guest’s book through our official travel partners (by clicking the links on our website and/or through Whistler Pride social media and emails) they are helping provide a more accurate reflection of the numbers and the success of the festival. In turn our partners provide incentives with lower prices and deals to ensure our guests get the best deals possible. The alternative to this is diminished support, as it is unclear who is visiting and staying, for the festival, which may result in higher future costs and ties our hands as organizers as to what we can ask for in the future.


A: Yes, we have several options available for you; just contact us at guest services.


A: January 22-29, 2023.