So you’re coming to Whistler this winter, and you’re really excited – except for one little thing.
You don’t ski.
Relax – your secret is safe with us. The truth is that Whistler is so much more than just a ski resort, so if skiing or snowboarding just isn’t your thing, you’ll still have plenty to do.
Here are 7 fun ways to enjoy Whistler that don’t involve ski boots!
We don’t have the official stats, but Whistler has to have one of the highest spa-per-resident ratios out there. Whether you’re after an indulgent massage, a rejuvenating facial, or a fancy new mani/pedi, you’ve got plenty of options in Whistler.
If you’re looking for a uniquely Whistler spa experience, you have to check out the Scandinave Spa. You’ll want to set aside a full day to make the most of the hot and cold Nordic baths and lounging zones. We recommend booking a massage for the full experience.
Calling all shopaholics: whatever you’re looking for, you can probably find it along the Village Stroll. You’ll find a good mix of national retail brands, tiny boutiques, and mom and pop shops, plus plenty of art galleries featuring some seriously gorgeous art. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, hit up one of the chocolate shops (Rogers Chocolates and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are both worth a visit). Don’t forget to venture all the way down to Marketplace – you can grab a coffee by the Olympic Rings when you’re done and do a little people watching.
You don’t have to have spent all day on the slopes to enjoy lounging in the hot tub. Make sure your hotel or condo rental comes with hot tub access – look for an outdoor tub so that you can enjoy a hot-and-cold combo. Don’t forget to bring a big, fluffy towel to wrap up in when you’re done.
One advantage to being a non-skier is that you can nab the best apres spot before people even come down from the mountain. Scope out Whistler’s mountainside patios and grab a spot close to a heat lamp that offers you a great view of the slopes. Imbibe in your beverage of choice and order something to eat (nachos are always a great pick). If you’re feeling extra kind, you can pre-order your ski-loving friend’s drink, too.
Whistler’s culinary scene is completely unique and definitely worth hitting up. We’ve got high end (check out Araxi, Bearfoot Bistro, Alta Bistro and Rim Rock), casually delicious (try Creekbread and La Cantina), and everything in between. Can’t pick just one place to try? Check out Whistler Tasting Tours, which lets you hop from restaurant to restaurant to sample a little bit of everything.
It’s possible to slide down the mountains without skis or a snowboard – just hit up the tube park! This is a great way to take in the mountain while getting that adrenaline pumping through your veins.
If you really want to experience the mountains firsthand but aren’t keen on getting cold, we recommend an evening Snowcat tour. You’ll get to see the mountains at night – an experience that most people don’t get to try. The best part: your tour culminates in a mountaintop fondue dinner. Fun and delicious!