Photo Credit: Scandinave Spa | Tourism Whistler
Been outside lately?
Temperatures are dropping in Whistler, a sure sign that winter is here. Gone are the days of shorts and t-shirts by the lake – they’ve been replaced with ski jackets, toques, warm boots, and maybe a little snow.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay warm while still having a ton of fun. Here are our favourite ways to enjoy Whistler without freezing your toes off!
Head to the Spa
If you’re after bliss and comfort, you’re sure to find it at one of the many spas around town. We’re big fans of the Scandinave Spa, which offers an assortment of hot, cold, and relaxation areas that strike the perfect balance between energizing and relaxing.
While the spa is located outdoors in an idyllic setting in the woods, you won’t notice the cold air or snowflakes falling around you when you’re resting in a hot bath, snuggled up in a solarium, getting toasty in a eucalyptus steam room, or basking in the heat of the Finnish sauna.
The number one best way to stay warm in Whistler is to move your body! Shredding lap after lap on the mountain will have your heart pumping in no time. Believe it or not, the cold air will actually feel good after charging down a ski run. If you feel yourself cooling down on the chair lift, no worries – just pop into the closest lodge for a hot drink, then get back at it.
Take a Snowcat Tour
A Snowcat tour is the perfect way to have a unique mountain experience while still staying warm. Hop into a luxury Snowcat – yes, it’s heated – and take in the views through panoramic windows from the comfort of the vehicle. You’ll pop out of the Snowcat briefly, but only to take a few steps into the lodge, where you’ll enjoy an alpine dinner before a roaring fire. There’s no need to get cold to have a fun adventure in Whistler!
Hit Up the Hot Tub
We highly recommend booking a hotel that offers a hot tub. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors is a matter of preference – as long as the water is hot, it’ll do the trick.
There’s no better feeling than resting your weary muscles in a hot tub after a day on the slopes. If your style is more about skipping the slopes to relax by the hot tub, that’s okay, too – we promise not to tell!
You could easily spend an entire day meandering through the Village Stroll and checking out the huge assortment of shops along the way. Clothes, ski gear, beauty supplies, souvenirs, sweet treats, art – you’ll surely walk away with a few shopping bags in your hands.
How can shopping keep you warm? First of all, the stores are nice and heated. Second, you can pick up a brand new winter jacket. It’s a win-win!
Bundle Up For a Sleigh Ride
You can definitely strike a balance between staying warm while still enjoying the outdoors. Hit up a sleigh ride for an opportunity to take in the fresh mountain air and scenic views, while staying warm beneath a cozy blanket. We recommend a tour that ties in a well-deserved fondue dinner, which will help warm you up from the inside out.