Whilst originally conceived as part of the bid for the 1968 Winter Olympics, after the bid failed the resort opened in January of 1966. In December 1980, Blackcomb opened as an entirely separate entity and the two resorts enjoyed an intense rivalry for nearly two decades, unsurprisingly given their proximity to one another. In 1997, the developers that created Blackcomb resort made a bid for Whistler and operations were fully merged in 2003.
Whistler Blackcomb once again became the focus of a renewed bid to bring the Winter Olympics to Vancuver, and won the bid to host in 2003. Whistler Blackcomb hosted all of the alpine skiing events, including downhill, Super-G, slalom, giant slalom and super combined.
Throughout the 2010s Whistler Blackcomb has undergone several rounds of redevelopment, both to the mountains themselves in the form of a Whistler Blackcomb gondola, extra chair lifts and new accommodation options. In 2016 a major upgrade, dubbed “The Renaissance”, took place which involved not only further chair and gondola improvements, but also innovative additions to the resort such as 163,000-square-foot water park, a mountain roller coaster, a suspension bridge above Whistler Mountain’s peak and an expansion of Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Later that same year, Whistler Blackcomb was sold to Vail Resorts, resulting in its inclusion to the Epic Pass.