“You’re telling me, you don’t ski or snowboard? So what the heck are you doing in Whistler?” These are the questions I have come to expect, once friends find out I have yet to purchase a Whistler Blackcomb Seasons Pass, and that I’ve been living here for 7 months. It may not make sense to locals and visitors alike, but in my defense, there are heaps of non-skiing winter activities that are bound to keep me busy!
So for you non-skiers and riders out there, and for those who want a break from the mountains, here’s a boot full of Whistler winter activities that extend beyond the slopes!
Whistler’s Ziptrek Ecotours
I soared to new heights this summer with an amazing Ziptrek guides and four other tour-goers. Eager to feel the rush again, I’m excited to learn that Ziptrek is open year-round, and offers its guests a chilly but cheerful winter experience, with views like non other. Combining both education about the forest creatures and the centuries-old trees and pure adventure, zip lining is a Whistler Winter Must Do.
Whistler’s Ultimate Adrenaline Action
Next on my to-do list are activities that are sure to get my heart rate pumping and make my parents undoubtedly nervous. Winter Bungee-jumping, luge-like sledding and backcountry snowmobiling, here I come! These are excellent activities for adrenaline seekers, who have conquered Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and are looking for yet another adventure activity to cross off their list.
Whistler’s Calmer Action
For something more mellow, and less likely to give me heart palpitations, I’ll turn to the local companies that offer sleigh rides, snowtubing and snowshoeing, and enjoy evenings of free outdoor skating with friends at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. Let’s not forget indulging in a few shops and restaurants.
Whistler’s Nordic Cross Country Skiing
If you prefer flat ground to mountain slopes, then cross country skiing and snowshoeing is an accessible sport, good for all ages and abilities. I’ve recently become a volunteer with Cross Country Connections, located on the trails at Lost Lake Park. With a free Ski Pass and equipment rentals in hand, it looks as though cross-country skiing will be my jam this winter. A daily pass is $19.50 for an adult.
Whistler’s Pools and Spas
One of a winter vacation’s decadent pleasures is relaxing in an outdoor hot tub or pool as falling snow settles around you. And Whistler hotels and spas help guests and locals indulge. Outdoor pools and hot tubs are scattered in practically every condo, townhome or hotel in Whistler. If you want a truly relaxing experience, then make it a point to visit the Scandinave Spa Whistler, which boasts hot baths, refreshing waterfalls and relaxing massages treatments. For the best, and most budget-friendly, pool in town, go to the municipally run Meadow Park Sports Centre which, besides its six-lane pool, boasts a sauna, steam room and hot tub.
So there you have it, the Top 5 Winter Activities in Whistler, BC. It’s obvious now, this mountain resort not only boasts the best skiing and snowboarding in North America, but it’s booming with amazing non-skiing winter activities for all ages. And that folks is why I adore living here. Feel free to give the locals at Whistler Hotels a call at Toll Free 1.877.932.2285 for help planning your Whistler winter vacation.