If you’re in Whistler for New Year’s Eve only once in your lifetime, this is absolutely how you should spend the day.

Our hand-crafted itinerary is made up of local knowledge, local eats, and local legends to help you cram as much of Whistler into your New Year’s Eve as humanly possible (and still get some solid sleep).

And the best thing about our list is that there’s not a cover-charge in sight. So here goes…

7.45am: A legendary breakfast at Elements

Elements’ breakfast is the stuff of champions, kings, and locals. Not only do the locals love it here, the Elements menu is prepared using seasonal and local produce to you can feel (somewhat) good about eating french toast covered in syrup.

Word of warning, though, if you don’t turn up early there can be a waitlist around the block (especially on Holidays and weekends). Hence the 7.45am start.

Recommended order: Healthy hash: butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, red onions & kale topped with 2 poached eggs & sun-dried tomato pesto. You can add chorizo or tofu if you’re feeling the extra protein.

9am: Bluebird laps in secret pow stashes

Whistler is in the middle of one of the biggest starts to a winter season, ever! Over 4 meters of snow has fallen since opening day and there is another 39cm forecast between December 29th and 30th. The weather is looking to clear out a little on New Year’s Eve so we may even get sunshine and great visibility. Whistler Blackcomb is big enough that powder stashes can be found days after a storm if you know where to look (and get up early enough).

For potential New Year’s Eve powder stashes try:

  1. Grey Zone on Blackcomb
  2. Burnt Tree in the Crystal Zone on Blackcomb
  3. Gun barrels in Harmony Zone on Whistler
  4. Flute Bowl near Symphony Zone on Whistler

New Year’s Eve and New Years Day are slow burns with most people usually getting up the hill around 10.30am – 11am. To beat the crowds upload between 8am and 9am.

11.30am: Hot chocolate break with a view at the Raven’s Nest

Raven’s Nest on Whistler (at the bottom of Red Chair) holds a special place in our heart for their vegan hot chocolate. Not because it’s vegan (although that is impressive), but because anything made with chocolate and coconut cream is delicious!

It’s also one of the quieter places on Whistler to stop and warm up on a busy holiday weekend, and its patio has one the best views of the valley that you’ll find anywhere. This is a true local’s treasure.

Favourite cozy, warming beverages in Whistler – and go! #LittleThingsWhistler – ?: @alexsubias

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3pm: Dusty’s Après with DJ Foxy Moron

Once you’ve spent the day hiking and catching powder turns it’s time to ski the legendary 7.5km Peak To Creak run all the way to base of the mountain to your next stop at Dusty’s Bar and Grill.

Après is the European tradition of heading straight to the bar for drinks and dancing in your ski/snowboard gear – boots and all! On New Year’s Eve afternoon, Foxy Moron, will be bringing down the house with a soul and funk pre-party, party to get you warmed up for the evening ahead.

Free Whistler bus: On New Year’s Eve all Whistler Transit buses are free. So you can easily hop on a ride from Creekside back to the village.

Listen to Foxy Moron on Soul Kitchen Sunday

6pm: Celtic New Years with Ruckus Deluxe

Enter another of Whistler’s legendary party hosts, the Dubh Lynn Gate. We all know the Irish like a shindig on St. Patrick’s day but they also know how to send off the year with style. For 2016 Ruckus Deluxe will be playing foot-stomping songs from 4pm all through way through to midnight.

Ruckus Deluxe at Dubh Lynn Gate Whistler

11.30am: Whistler Blackcomb Fire & Ice Show

Back to things you have to do if you’re only in Whistler once, add the Fire & Ice show to the list. World-class skiers and snowboarders jumping, flipping, and twisting their way through rings of fire in front of hundreds of people at the base of Whistler Mountain. The show happens every Sunday evening at 6pm, but on New Year’s Eve the special edition show starts at 11.30pm in time for the countdown celebrations.

This week, we don’t sleep. #WSSF2016 is here! | #WBTurns50 #WBGoBeyond #ExploreBC | | ? Mitch Winton – @coastmtnphoto |

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11.59pm: Countdown to the New Year & Fireworks

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a huge firework display, now would it! Join us, and hundreds of other merry folk, just before midnight at Skiers Plaza (right after the Fire & Ice Show) to ring in the New Year, Whistler-style.

Happy New Year from the Summit Lodge!