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


Q: How is COVID19 affecting the festival?  

A: 2023 is looking to be very different than 2022. We are thrilled to be planning a full week of events, bringing back festival favourites events in their fully glory. The safety of our guests will remain a priority and there will be safety protocols in place throughout the festival. 


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? The festival, hotels, and event venues in Whistler are not required to check for proof of vaccination.


Q: Do I have to wear a masks? There are currently no mask requirements affecting the festival. We will adhere to any provincial mask mandate that is in place.


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: Our volunteer-guided groups range from green runs to expert. You should be able to ski or board down green slopes from top to bottom to join a green group. You can join whichever guided group you feel most comfortable with and ski/ride with others are a similar skill level. 
There are also lesbian-led groups!

Q: Are tickets transferable or refundable?

A: It can vary widely depending on what you are purchasing and when. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for hotel bookings, event tickets, lift tickets and activities at the time of booking. 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 [email protected]

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. Booking a host hotel package through our site gives you a great deal on your room and you will also save money on event passes.

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
January 21-28, 2024