There are so many activities on offer in Whistler over the winter period. I have put together a list of 10 ideas but this is by no means exhaustive. So here we go:
- Alpine skiing
This is what Whistler is famous for. There are runs on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with loads of options for everyone from beginners to experts. There is a large ski school that will cater for those who have never skied before and need to learn everything but also improver classes for those who want to polish up certain skills. For a full look at the terrain see my post dedicated to alpine skiing.
- Nordic skiing
For a full body cardiovascular workout why not try one of the many cross country trails. You can do this either up at Lost Lake or down in the Callaghan Valley at the Olympic Park.
- Backcountry skiing
For all those powder hounds who dream of nothing more than fresh track there are countless heliski or catski options to get out into the backcountry and carve up the areas no one else has been (one day I wish I’ll be able to afford to turn this dream into a reality, it is not cheap)!
- Peak to peak gondola ride
You can get on this either with your ski pass or with a walk on pass if you aren’t hitting the slopes you can get the world’s longest gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains giving spectacular views of the valley below.
Like hiking but harder. The Canadian scenery is famously Instagram-worthy and what better way to get a good view than to battle your way through the white stuff with snowshoes strapped to your feet. You can do this guided or unguided and it is one of my new favourite activities. For two options see my Lost Lake and Eagle Summit snowshoe hike write ups.
- Dog sledding/ snowmobiling
Other fun activities that can be enjoyed by those not on skis include having dogs pulling you through the Christmassy countryside or riding at speed on the back of a snowmobile. These are offered by numerous different tour companies and the dog sledding in particular is a great treat for children.
- Zip lining
There are a couple of zip lining/ tree top adventure companies running in Whistler which allow you to fly across the valleys. A higher adrenaline way to see the views.
- Slide down the ice
There is a tube park for younger sliders or the Whistler sliding centre that has skeleton, luge or bobsled tracks.
Yes most of the shops are outdoor and winter apparel which is never cheap but for those from the UK the exchange rate does soften the blow slightly. There are also some cool Canada themed shops, touristy yes but fun nonetheless.
- Just wander
Whistler is a pedestrian friendly city so just strolling into the centre past the Olympic Park and bottom of the slopes is a nice way to chill after a hard days activities. For those that like to party there is also a thriving après-ski scene with plenty of bars to choose from.
As you can see there are so many things to do making Whistler and ideal spot for a winter holiday.
So what do you think of the list? Is there anything you would add?