The Canadian mountain resort of Whistler is famous around the world for its impressive ski credentials, an abundance of snow, and a friendly British Columbian welcome. Each year, thousands upon thousands of global snow worshippers make the journey along the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to enjoy fresh snowfall, snow sports and plenty of frivolity.
Aside from legendary skiing and snowboarding, there are many activities to enjoy away from the slopes, Rachael Hopwood Jarvis tells us more.
Go Axe Throwing
Quintessentially Canadian, axe throwing is now more popular than ever both as a sport and as a social pastime. As the only indoor axe throwing venue in Whistler, a visit to Forged Axe Throwing is guaranteed to unleash your competitive spirit and put your aim to the test. There’s something strangely satisfying about hurling axes down an alley in an attempt to hit a bullseye, and it’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy an alternative apres-ski.
The friendly team at Forged have everything you need to unleash your inner lumberjack (or lumberjill) and help perfect that technique.
If you’re wanting to take your Whistler adventure to another level, head out on one of the guided snowmobile tours at Blackcomb Snowmobile. The impressive range of tours include family tours (they have cute snowmobiles for kids), scenic tours, and wilderness tours, all generally taking 2-4 hours. Snowmobiled before? Well in that case, the extreme tour is for you. Not for the faint hearted, this high octane journey will have you side-hilling like a pro as you hurtle through the imposing Whistler backcountry.
Visit the Tube Park
For affordable, family-friendly fun, head to the Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola Tube Park for the exhilaration of sliding down a 1000 feet tube. Once at the bottom, you’ll simply jump onboard a special conveyor lift that’ll take you right back to the top. Once you’re done with tubing, head indoors for a hot chocolate and indulgent snacks.
Go Dog Sledding
Who hasn’t dreamt about hurtling through a snowy landscape behind a team of enthusiastic Arctic snow dogs? Based in the Callaghan Valley, the Canadian Wilderness tour guides will take you through snow frosted forests, providing you with a rest at an abandoned trapper’s camp on Totem Lake. There’s even the opportunity to take the reins yourself, learning how to ‘mush’ your own team of dogs.
Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola
The bright red Peak 2 Peak Gondolas are something of a feat of engineering taking riders between the imposing Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. It has the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 3.024 km (or 1.88 miles) and is the highest lift of its kind in the world at 436 meters (or 1,427 feet). Take in the impressive 360’ views of Whistler and be sure to take plenty of photos along the way.
Ziptrek Ecotours boast the longest zipline in North America at over two km long, and their Twilight Tour is the very best way to enjoy a winter sunset in Whistler after a busy day on the slopes. Ziptrek have plenty of ziplining tours to choose from, each taking 2 – 4.5hours and transporting you above the treetops at heights of 7,000 ft.
If culture’s your thing, the museums and galleries in Whistler are a must-add to your itinerary. Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to uncover the history and culture of the local First Nations, or head to the Whistler Museum to see an array of historical photographs from the area and even an original gondola cabin!
For relaxation, head to the Scandinave Spa and immerse yourself in hot tubs, cold plunge pools, and saunas, after experiencing one of the many massages and treatments.
EAT & DRINK
The Whistler craft beer scene is positively booming right now, and a visit to Whistler wouldn’t be complete without checking out the Whistler Brewing Company and Coast Mountain Brewing, both true ambassadors of BC beer, and sure to offer an exciting adventure for the senses.
Whistler also loves its food.
New for this winter, why not take your fine dining experience to a whole new level? The Blue Room is the result of an exciting collaboration between Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and Head-Line Mountain Holidays. After arriving by helicopter and enjoying a guided tour of the natural ice sculptures, you’ll enjoy a five-course menu in the ice cave, swilled down with Krug champagne.
Another brand new experience for this winter involves snowmobiling, steak and a log cabin! You’ll explore the Callaghan backcountry with Canadian Wilderness Adventures before arriving at a log cabin on Sproatt Mountain where Angus beef sirloin will be served with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and an indulgent dessert.
Vegans and vegetarians are also well catered for this winter, with the introduction of a new three-course vegan dinner brimming with beautifully prepared, local produce.
GETTING HERE & BOOKING ESSENTIALS
Fly to Vancouver International Airport, from which daily, frequent shuttle buses operate to Whistler. These buses generally take around 2 hours, but you’ll travel in comfort taking in the breathtaking views along the Sea to Sky Highway.
Remember the winter months are peak season in Whistler, so try to book early to bag the very best accommodation. Tourism Whistler has plenty of advice when it comes to travel essentials, as well as the latest events listings and what’s on features.
The Whistler winter season runs from November 22nd, 2018, until May 2019.