There's no two ways around it, Whistler is known for its world-class skiing. And while many travel here for just that, there are also a number of other fun and exciting things to do besides hitting the slopes. We can't all be skiers, snowboarders or snow lovers but we can all enjoy what being in the mountains has to offer. If you shy away from skiing, here are a number of other activities to try.
Experience the same views and the same gondola ride as those enjoying snow sports. A sightseeing ticket provides an opportunity to get up the mountain, right to the very top if you please. Enjoy lunch at the Roundhouse or take the Peak Chair up to set sights on the iconic Black Tusk. Also, don't forget to ride the famous Peak 2 Peak Gondola for 360 degree visibility of the valley and surrounding mountains.
If you like adrenaline but can't seem to grasp the concept of sliding down a hill, Ziptrek ziplining is for you! This activity is great to try instead of skiing. It takes participants along a guided hike in the tree tops surrounding the slopes on Whistler Mountain. Slide down ziplines connected by platforms and take in the one-of-a-kind views while you're at it. Ziplines can reach very high speeds depending on your weight and height.
News flash: You can come to the mountains and après all day. While the very meaning of the term après is "coming after in time, typically specifying a period following an activity," there's no reason it can't be redefined. Whistler is home to patios, bars, and lounges all inviting you to start celebrating as soon as you wake up.
You don't have to spend your time in the mountains chasing snow and action. Instead of skiing, you could spend your time relaxing. Head over to the Scandinave Spa Whistler for an experience in finding serenity that you won't soon forget. Silence is required at the spa as visitors move from hot to cold pools while finding inner peace.
Some may come to ski, but others come to eat. Chefs from all over the world call Whistler home and as a result, the cuisine is extraordinary. Occupy your time instead of skiing with a Tasting Tour. Whistler Tasting Tours offers dining tours where you can experience the best Whistler restaurants in one afternoon or evening. Time well fed is time well spent.
There's so much to do in Whistler instead of skiing. Looking for more ideas? Speak to a local at Whistler Reservations and start planning your dream mountain escape!