Whistler offers two renowned mountains for skiing and snowboarding, Olympic and Paralympic venues for sliding and Nordic sports, as well as some of the best mountain biking in the world.
Whistler is unique in its ability to accommodate a four-wheel downhill chair on the accessible Village Gondola to transport bikers to the Whistler Bike Park.
Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC)
Three municipal facilities, including Meadow Park Sports Centre, Whistler Public Library and Whistler Olympic Plaza, have received the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC).
The RHFAC Program is a LEED-style rating system that measures the accessibility of buildings and sites, promoting increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. The aim of the program is to make all buildings and the exterior environment accessible and safely usable by persons with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has several examples of programs and community features that support community accessibility and provide access to various recreational activities including: municipal parks and facilities, 2010 Games legacies, cultural tours and public art.
Whistler Adaptive provides programming, equipment and coaching for 18 different para-sport disciplines. The program has become a leader in adaptive sports, not only in the province of B.C., but also in the country.
The program also provides support for people with disabilities wishing to participate in various recreational activities, including extreme activities like zip lining. Given that some of the recreational activities will require some modification or extra assistance, it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment.
Whistler Adaptive also recommends booking immediately after a lesson for the following lesson and even for the following year to ensure choice of instructor and equipment.
Whistler Adaptive Sports is able to provide accompany tickets for persons with a disability requiring assistance, guides, carers or other personal support to access Whistler-Blackcomb. The accompany ticket products are generously provided by the Epic Promise Foundation and Vail Resorts. Accompany tickets are available for summer and winter sight-seeing, bike park, tube park and skiing and snowboarding. The donation is capped to a certain number of tickets for each product, so individuals are encouraged to plan their trips 72hrs or more ahead of time.
Accompany Ticket Request Form
Tickets can be requested at Guest Relations for last minute visits. Accompany Tickets are provided on a one to one ratio with a paying pass holder and/or ticket holder.
Whistler Blackcomb’s mission is to create wonderful memories for their guests, again and again. All guests, regardless of ability, deserve the very best mountain experience possible. The linked information on mountain access is meant to assist individuals with disabilities to access the facilities and skiing/riding on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Whistler Mountain is wheelchair-accessible with gondola service to the top of Whistler Mountain during winter and summer months. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is available for sightseeing tours only.
The Whistler Blackcomb website provides information to assist individuals with disabilities to access facilities and skiing/riding on the mountain.
For more information, call 1-800-766-0449 or 604-967-8950.
Whistler Sport Legacies
Whistler Sport Legacies is responsible for three of Whistler’s 2010 Winter Games Venues: the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre.
These facilities were used during the Paralympic Games and have accessibility features.
Whistler Olympic Park is a particularly great destination for the entire family for all levels of ability and provides designated parking, accessible trails and an accessible lodge with accessible bathrooms.
Whistler Olympic Park is able to provide a complimentary accompany ticket for persons with a disability requiring assistance or a guide to access the trails and facilities at Whistler Olympic Park. In order to make it easier for staff to distinguish eligibility, they have introduced the Access2 card, which can be presented at the time of arrival for a more expedited purchase.