There’s something unique about the people of Whistler: they appear to have found a special elixir that makes them seem happier, younger, and more energetic than most.
That just might have something to do with the active lifestyle that they live. It’s hard to live in Whistler without partaking in outdoor activities – have you seen our backyard? Sure, we’ve got some incredible gyms and yoga studios, but most Whistlerites’ favourite place to exercise is out in the fresh air.
We’ve assembled some of our favourite ways to stay active outside in Whistler throughout the year. We have a feeling that the timing of this post might coincide nicely with your New Year’s resolution – so what are you waiting for? Get out here!
Locals spend the bulk of the fall shoulder season doing lunges and squats in preparation for Whistler’s infamous ski and snowboard season. A day spent in knee-deep powder will leave you drenched in sweat and with shaky thighs – you’ll quickly learn how intense of a workout skiing and snowboarding can really be! The best part? You’ll be having so much fun that you won’t even realize you’re exercising!
Our winter climate isn’t the most accessible for year-round running, but we’ve got a winter alternative to help you get your fix of cardio: cross-country skiing. Classic or skate skiing, mellow or competitive, cross-country skiing is as easy or intense as you choose to make it. It’s a great way to stay warm while exercising in the great outdoors – there’s nothing quite like that fresh mountain air to keep you going.
Snow too deep for your hiking boots? Swap them out for a trusty pair of snowshoes. There are plenty of snowshoeing trails in the Whistler area, making it the perfect way to explore the area’s mountains when you’re ready for a ski and snowboard break.
It’s always a sad day when the mountain closes for winter sports – until you remember that it means that the bike park opening day is just around the corner! Whistler is full of mountain biking enthusiasts, and once you’ve tried your hand at the sport, it won’t take you long to figure out why. Think biking downhill is easy? Think again – sign up for a downhill mountain biking lesson and you’ll have a new found respect for the sport. You can also check out the cross-country bike scene – there are plenty of local trails to explore.
Whether you’re stand up paddling around Alta Lake or kayaking along the River of Golden Dreams, Whistler is the ideal place for water activities. When you’ve worked up a sweat, just go for a dip in the water – there’s nothing more refreshing!
Hiking and Trail Running
Hiking and trail running in Whistler is a full-on sensory experience. It’s hard to focus on your footwork when there are such beautiful views distracting you along the way! We love hiking in Whistler and Blackcomb’s alpine in the summer months – there are a ton of trails to choose from, and a cold drink (or cup of gelato) is always close by.