Ski-in/Ski-out Luxury Homes in Kadenwood, Whistler, BC
Kadenwood is an area of huge, luxury homes, each with some level of ski-in/ski-out access to Whistler Mountain. Moreover, the development was built at the highest point on Whistler Mountain available for houses, meaning that Kadenwood offers seclusion and privacy. In addition, this privacy is protected as there are two ways to access Kadenwood, one is by car via Kadenwood Drive and the other is by riding the private Kadenwood gondola. The best part is, this gondola is fun to ride, and it also serves to quickly and conveniently connect Kadenwood residents to Creekside.
In conclusion, some residents love the remoteness of Kadenwood. However, more than privacy, most owners love the ski-in/ski-out access to one of the most famous ski mountains in the world…Whistler Mountain.
Table of Contents.
- Active Listings
- Market update
- Location on Whistler Mountain: video
- Drive from village to Kadenwood: video
- Kadenwood Drive: video
- Google map
- Civic address map
- Creekside map
- Kadenwood Gondola: video
- Street View Video
- Photo Gallery
- Ski-in/ski-out trail map
- Trail’s End Lane video
- High Point Drive video
- Heritage Peaks Trail video
- Kadenwood Drive video
- Ancient Cedars Lane video
- Comparable sales
- Strata plan
- Zoning-nightly rental
- Buying process
Active Listings of Homes and Land
Many buyers in Whistler who own on the side of Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain, would sell. However, when pressed, they claim “…where would I go?” That comment speaks to the value of a ski-in/ski-out house in Whistler.
- Land size 0.314 acres
- House build 4,000 sq. ft. plus
Listed by Engel & Völkers
2915 Ancient Cedars Lane
- Land size 19,994 sq. ft.
- House build 10,000 sq. ft.
Listed by Whistler Real Estate Company
2946 Heritage Peaks Trail
- Land size 45,520 sq. ft.
- House build 10,000 sq. ft.
Listed by Whistler Real Estate Company
If there is no link on the active listing above, please search the property on WhistlerListings.com. This is the principal website for all Whistler Real Estate Agents and their listings. Click the following link to view any other Active Ski-in/Ski-out Listings of luxury houses. Again, that page features property listed by all Whistler brokerages so this is the site to check for ski-in/ski-out detached house listings in Whistler.
When starting your initial search for Whistler real estate, it is important to understand the current market conditions. If you are not ready to connect with a Whistler realtor and would prefer to do your own homework, I encourage you to study the sales and listing statistics on the Market Update page on this site. The statistics are compiled by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) In addition, the monthly Whistler Real Estate Market Update video is a great way to stay informed in less than 99 seconds.
Location of Kadenwood
Kadenwood was developed back in 2002. At that time, it was marketed as being 1000 feet above the valley floor, the development highest up Whistler Mountain. Whistler is noted as being 670 meters or 2,200 feet above sea level. The result is that Kadenwood is 3,200 feet above sea level. Whether the 1,000 feet starts at the bottom of the Kadenwood development or at the top, I cannot say. What I can tell you is that it is higher than any other development on Whistler Mountain.
Location on Whistler Mountain Video
I recorded this video in March 2021, hanging the GoPro out of the tiny gondola “window”. I have loved this view for many years and it really does show the secluded location of Kadenwood.
Distance from Whistler Village
Kadenwood is in a location you have to be looking for. In other words, you need to know that it is your destination, or you would have a hard time finding it. Kadenwood is located by driving through the residential neighbourhood of Bayshores. Then, from there the route is a scenic mountain road which is a lovely in summer and a beautiful drive in the snow.
One of the questions buyers often ask is “How close is Whistler Village?” To answer that question, I recorded a video of me driving from Kadenwood to Whistler Village. Spoiler alert it is 10 minutes by car. It is only a 5 minute drive to the start of Kadenwood Drive. Then, it is another 5 minute drive up to the neighbourhood.
The road up to Kadenwood starts in the neighbourhood of Bayshores which is just south of Creekside. This would be a good time to watch the Kadenwood Drive video and experience the journey up the first stage of the Drive. The strata organizes the snow clearing for Kadenwood Drive, so driving this road in winter is typically a slow drive but a safe one if you follow the speed limit. It also helps that the snow is cleared from the road around 7am, as this was a priority for the strata.
Google Map of Kadenwood
A word of caution with the Google Map. Google has not passed over since 2019 so what you see on the Google Map below, may not be accurate. For ski-in/ski-out trails please scroll further down.
Civic Address Map
The civic map provided by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) shows the civic address of each of the strata lots. However, please remember that this is a municipal map and not the Registered Strata Plan which will show the actual boundary of the development. Also, this map shows you what is around the area, but it is a flat map, and does not take into consideration the topography.
Creekside has a lot of history in Whistler as it was the first location for the village. Since then it has become a secondary village for those who live at the south end of Whistler. The Kadenwood gondola travels between the base of Creekside and Kadenwood, so it is important that you understand all that Creekside offers you.
Kadenwood Gondola Access to Creekside
The Kadenwood Gondola was a very functional addition to the neighbourhood, not to mention an incredible marketing addition. Kadenwood was the first residential area in North America to have its own gondola. I have been asked by some buyers as to what would you use it for. First of all, let’s assume that the residents can already cope with the ski-in/ski-out trails, so that leaves the use of the gondola for going to and from Creekside. Whether a trip to Creekside is to get out of Kadenwood and back to a sense of reality, to pick up groceries, or go to a cafe or restaurant, riding the gondola is a really neat way to get to Creekside within 5 minutes. Also, you can drive to Creekside from Kadenwood, in less than 10 minutes so riding the gondola is not essential.
The purpose of recording the street view video was to show you the neighbourhood of Kadenwood. My goal was to give you an overview so that you can get your bearings on what street is where. I would suggest you watch the street view video prior to the ski-in/ski-out videos, as this may give you a good overview of the neighbourhood.
There were so many beautiful photographs of Kadenwood which I wanted to share with you. Here are a few of my favourite photographs of this wonderful neighbourhood.
The trail map below was created to show you the location and direction of the ski-in/ski-out trails. The ski trail cutting through some of the lots is an accurate depiction, but the actual location of the ski trail on each lot is approximate. Therefore, whilst you can rely on this map for the location of the trails, and their direction, that is all you should rely on them for. There are other versions of trail maps on the internet, but I guarantee you that the map below is accurate. It may be useful to have this map close by when you watch the ski-in/ski-out videos.
This video discusses the ski-in/ski-out access trails throughout Kadenwood. I made this video back in 2019 and then in 2020 I filmed the ski-in/ski-out trails for each street in Kadenwood. I have posted all of these videos below, and there is no set order to the videos below it all depends on which area you are interested in.
Trail’s End Lane Ski-in/Ski-out
The Trail’s End Lane video shows the main route off the Lower Peak to Creek run onto Upper Kadenwood Trail. The residents on Trails End Lane possibly have one of the best ski-in/ski-out locations in Kadenwood. In addition, they are positioned high above any neighbours below them, which means that they have unobstructed views to the south and west.
High Point Drive Ski-in/Ski-out
The ski-in/ski-out trail leading to High Point Drive is shown from Upper Kadenwood Trail, however, you can also come via Lower Kadenwood trail which bypasses the Kadenwood Gondola station. However, apart from the houses located at the top of High Point Drive, you will be walking to all the other homes on High Point Drive. I don’t see this as a hardship, but it all depends on your expectations of a ski-in/ski-out home you would be paying multi-million dollars for.
Heritage Peaks Trail Ski-in/Ski-out
All of the houses on Heritage Peaks Trail are a very short walk to the path which connects this area to the ski-in/ski-out trail. When you can see the entrance to the ski-in/ski-out trail from your front door, that to me is a very short walk. The ski-in/ski-out trail which runs through Kadenwood passes Heritage Peaks Trail before it heads down to Creekside. The advantage of this area is the unobstructed views for most of the lots, and also that nobody is coming into Heritage Peaks Trail unless they live in that area. In essence, the enclave could be called secluded.
Kadenwood Drive Ski-in/Ski-out
This video shows you the ski-in/ski-out route for the houses at the north end of Kadenwood. These not only have a ski-in/ski-out trail running past the back of their house, they also have a stunning view across Whistler. This means they have an interesting view of Whistler lights at night as well as a magnificent mountain vista. Please note, that Kadenwood Drive is a long and winding road. If you are considering a property closer to the south end of Kadenwood, have a look at the Heritage Peaks Trail video (above). On that video I indicate the access point to the ski-in/ski-out trail next to the bridge on Kadenwood Drive which would be your best access point.
Ancient Cedars Lane Ski-in/Ski-out
You may start off this video by recognizing the route through Trail’s End Lane, but that is where the similarity ends. The ski-out trail leading home to the houses on Ancient Cedars Lane is a lovely path to ski as you last run of the day. Starting off your day from any house on Ancient Cedars Lane, it is a short walk to the ski trail leading to Kadenwood Drive. In addition, that trail is a lovely gradient making it a lovely run to start your day. At the end of that trail, it is a walk across the road and then click into your skis or strap on the board and it’s off to Creekside and upload on the Creekside Gondola. In summary, the ski-in/ski-out access for Ancient Cedars Lane is top-notch.
SalesSales of luxury detached houses in Kadenwood, Whistler. Data was imported from the Whistler Listing System. Days on Market (DOM) has been recorded since 2010.
|Number||Street||Bedrooms||Bathrooms||House sq. ft.||Land sq. ft.||Sold Price||Sold||DOM||Listing Broker|
|2984||Trail's End Lane||6||7.5||7500||48,440||17,250,000||2022||327||E&V|
|2980||Trail's End Lane||5.5||6||7375||47,916||14,475,000||2021||33||E&V|
|2919||Ancient Cedars Lane||4||5.5||7500||35,937||15,500,000||2021||36||E&V|
|2924||Big Timber Court||5||6||5000||16,447||7,850,000||2021||126||WREC|
|2919||Heritage Peaks Trail||7.5||7.5||6200||15,289||7,550,000||2020||116||E&V|
|2932||Ancient Cedars Lane||7||9||6326||17,642||9,322,932||2020||96||WREC|
|2934||Heritage Peaks Trail||5||8||5365||29,403||7,450,000||2020||211||E&V|
|2939||High Point Drive||5||6.5||5360||15,715||6,980,000||2020||12||E&V|
|2952||High Point Drive||7||6.5||5450||18,406||7,615,000||2020||68||E&V|
|2927||Heritage Peaks Trail||5||5.5||4645||15,812||6,600,000||2019||206||E&V|
|2970||High Point Drive||7||8.5||6600||20,037||9,500,000||2018||77||Thorn|
|2931||Big Timber Court||6||7||5000||21,959||7,575,000||2018||442||Thorn|
|2935||Big Timber Court||6||7.5||7500||21,338||10,000,000||2017||0||Thorn|
|2927||Ancient Cedars Lane||4||5.5||6085||20,989||7,075,000||2017||169||Thorn|
|2927||Ancient Cedars Lane||4||5.5||6085||20,989||7,250,000||2017||289||Thorn|
|2963||High Point Drive||5||7||5000||15,823||6,383,500||2016||21||WREC|
|2939||High Point Drive||5||6.5||5600||15,175||4,395,000||2016||118||WREC|
|2952||High Point Drive||7||6.5||5000||18,406||6,200,000||2016||52||Thorn|
|2927||Heritage Peaks Trail||5||6||4646||15,791||4,750,000||2016||69||Thorn|
|2951||High Point Drive||5.5||6.5||5000||20,343||6,800,000||2016||1736||WREC|
|2923||Heritage Peaks Trail||5||7||5600||18,208||5,140,785||2016||692||Thorn|
|2952||High Point Drive||7||7||5000||18,406||6,000,000||2014||227||Thorn|
|2935||Big Timber Court||4||6||5000||21,313||5,000,000||2013||344||WREC|
|2963||High Point Drive||5||7||5000||15,823||4,280,000||2012||310||Thorn|
|2931||Big Timber Court||6||6.5||5000||21,959||5,250,000||2010||879||Thorn|
|2945||Kadenwood Drive||6||7.5||5000||35,000||4,300,000||2007||S to S|
|2939||High Point Drive||4||6||5000||15,715||4,285,000||2006||WREC|
|2947||High Point Drive||5||6.5||5000||20,128||4,870,750||2006||WREC|
|2951||High Point Drive||4||6.5||5000||20,343||4,900,000||2006||WREC|
|2931||Big Timber Court||6||6.5||5000||25,959||5,600,000||2005||S to S|
|2931||Big Timber Court||6||6.5||5000||25,959||1,600,000||2002||WREC|
To view the sales of luxury homes in the other ski-in/ski-out locations in Whistler, click through to the Luxury House Sales (Sales: Houses). Please note, there are only five locations in Whistler that offer a detached house with ski-in/ski-out access to either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain. All five locations are featured on this site.
Kadenwood is a bare land strata. In essence, this means that what happens on your lot is your full responsibility. However, the common area within the strata boundary includes roads, the ski-in/ski-out trails and the Kadenwood Gondola. In summary, the maintenance and operation of the private gondola, the grooming of the ski-in/ski-out trails, and snow clearing of the full length of Kadenwood Drive are the joint responsibility of the owners of said lots.
The strata corporation have an agreement with the Resort Municipality of Whistler, who “own” Kadenwood Drive from Bayshores up to the Kadenwood development.
In essence, this agreement allows the strata corporation to hire their own snow-clearing company to clear the roads. The agreement specifies that the road must be cleared early in the morning. In my opinion, this was a great decision, because it does not leave residents at the mercy of the municipal snow clearing efforts.
The operation of the Kadenwood Gondola is the biggest expense for the strata lot owners. the strata fees include:
- operation and maintenance of the Kadenwood Gondola
- grooming of ski-in/ski-out trails
- snow removal
- common area hydro
Kadenwood was developed in four phases. The Registered Strata Plan LMS4695 shows the development in each phase. Keep in mind, that the four phases are not as relevant now as all the lots were sold by the developer. By 2022 only 20% of the lots remain as vacant land, and each lot is privately owned.
The strata roads created within the development are narrow, they are not the width of municipal roads. That means there is no room for cars to be parked on the side of Kadenwood roads. However, with new house construction, the tradespeople have about 20 cars per house, and these do line the streets, during the construction hours. Keeping the streets cleared of excess cars does make the neighbourhood look low-density, which it is, plus the roads must be clear so that the snowplow can do its job at 6am.
There is a large parking lot near the gondola station, which is dedicated to the residents of Kadenwood who have to display a parking decal. There is no overnight parking in this gondola parking lot, as this would prevent early snow clearing. The parking lot needs to be cleared of snow before the lift opens around 8am. The predatory towing company patrols Kadenwood at will, and they will tow any car without the proper pass.
Zoning for Nightly Rental
All houses in Kadenwood have zoning to allow for nightly rentals. However, not all owners in Kadenwood participate in nightly rentals, most prefer to keep their property as a residence. Any experienced, rental management company will closely monitor your guests to ensure that everything is in order before, during and after the rental. For more information, the zoning for Kadenwood is explained in the RTA11 for Residential/Tourist Accommodation, provided by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW).
If you are starting out and want to understand what the process is for buying a property in Whistler, have a look at the Buying Process page on this site. Print off the pages for a comprehensive Buyer’s Guide.
If you think I would be a good fit to work with you and your family, and you are not already working with a Whistler realtor, please contact me.
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