Winter Cycling

Whistler is a town that loves its activities year round. Cycling is a great way to stay active in the winter and get around without using a car.

Before you go

Whistler is a mountain town and can experience unpredictable weather. In the same day there can be rain, snow, sleet, and sunshine. Be prepared and plan accordingly.

Make sure your bike is ready for cycling in the winter. It will experience some wear and tear from the season, but the following tips will help improve the condition of your bike.


Regular tires will work but can be challenging to use in icy conditions or deep snow.

  • Mountain bike tires will offer more stability in winter conditions.
  • Studded tires grip surfaces best.


Attach fenders to the front and back of your bike and they will keep dirt, mud, water, slush, and snow off you and your clothes. Consider clip or strap-on fenders to prevent build-up of slush and snow. Traditional fenders tend to accumulate slush and snow.

Panniers or waterproof backpack

Panniers are bags that attach to the rack on the back of your bike. They are handy for helping you carry extra layers of clothing, your lunch, groceries, or work items. Waterproof ones are best for the winter season. 

A durable waterproof backpack with taped seams will also provide dry storage for extra items you need to bring with you.


Lights help you see and help you be seen. Consider purchasing a rear red tail light and another for the front of your bike. Choose one with high lumens to provide optimal lighting. Some sections of the Valley Trail are not lit, and there is no lighting on the Sea to Sky Highway other than traffic lights.

Winter bicycle parking

In the winter, some of the bike parking racks in the Village are removed to allow for snow clearing. Learn where bike parking is still available during the winter.

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