You’ve probably heard of the term “bucket list” before. If not, the concept is as follows: you compile a list of tasks you want to accomplish or events you want to experience before you, well, kick the bucket.
Whistler happens to be home to many different once-in-a-lifetime type of experiences, making it the perfect place to tackle multiple bucket list items at once. Here are just a few that you might want to tick off while you’re here.
And if they’re not on your bucket list? Hey, there’s no rule against adding a few items!
If you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, chances are that you’ve fantasized about the ultimate ski getaway: a heli ski trip. Lap after lap of pristine, untouched, knee-deep (or deeper!) powder – yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds! Who needs lift lines when you’ve got a helicopter?
There aren’t many places in the world where you can ride in a dogsled, but Whistler is one of them. Dogsledding offers everything that a bucket list item should: the opportunity to explore BC’s wilderness (check); the opportunity to learn a new skill (check); and just enough adrenaline to give you the thrills you crave (check). You’ll love getting to know the dogs and seeing them in their element.
Dine Like a King or Queen
Attention, foodies: Whistler’s got a few bucket list items for you to tick off, too. Check out the Bearfoot Bistro for an incredible night of memories – you can saber a bottle of champagne in their extensive cellar (yes, it’s as cool as it sounds), or sample through vodkas in the freezing cold ice bar (loaner jackets included). You’ll also get a meal you’ll never forget – guaranteed.
Hurl Yourself Off a Bridge
Bucket list items often involve getting out of your comfort zone, and bungee jumping is the perfect way to do it. Whistler Bungee is nestled away in the forest – you’ll be so distracted by the sights that you’ll almost forget that you’re about to jump off a bridge over a rushing river. The best part? Whistler Bungee runs year-round – no matter what time of year you’re visiting, you can take the plunge.
See the World From the Sky — Safely
Not an adrenaline junkie? That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one-of-a-kind experiences! Hop aboard the Peak2Peak, and you’ll see what we mean. This massive gondola stretches from Whistler Mountain all the way across to Blackcomb Mountain, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Our tip? Head up on a clear day – winter or summer – and wait for a cabin with a glass floor bottom.
Become an Olympian (for the day)
Crossing off that “win an Olympic gold medal” bucket list goal might be a little tricky, but you can do the next best thing: pretend you’re an Olympian at the Whistler Sliding Centre, one of the few sliding centres in the world that’s open to the public. Try your hand at bobsleigh or skeleton – yep, that’s the one where you head down the ice track, face first. Gold medal not included – but a good time is guaranteed.