When you tell seasoned parents you’re travelling to Whistler with teenagers, you’ll often get one piece of advice: “Don’t do it!” Piling your kids into a Grand Caravan or a Boeing Airplane and travelling for long hours – not everyone’s idea of fun. Kids between the ages of 13 and 19 can be a little moody sometimes, but with some careful consideration and planning, you can take your family vacation to Whistler from “aaaagghhhh!!” to “awwweee yeeeeah!!”
Here are top 10 tips for travelling with teenagers:
1. To avoid bickering, feed teenagers regularly to keep their blood sugar levels up. Whistler’s restaurants, après spots and pubs are legendary! Hit up local eateries like Pasta Lupino, Gone Village Eatery, and Dusty’s Bar and BBQ.
2. Let them burn off the extra energy. A stop in Function Junction to Bounce Acrobatic Academy. Located just 10 minutes south of Whistler Village, this crazy and unique trampoline gym is the perfect place to drop off teens for an hour. We promise they will mighty ready to retire after bouncing off the walls.
3. If you’re driving, try not to drive more than 6 hours a day. Allow a few extra days of travel time, and have fun while getting to Whistler. Enjoy the leisurely drive along the Sea to Sky highway, and be sure to stop at all the viewpoints and in Squamish along the way.
4. Involve the teens in the travel plans. Have them participate in the research prior to the trip. Appoint a tour guide for the day. Encourage them to check out the Winter and Summer activities Whistler has to offer!
5. Mix it up! Stay in hotels, rent chalets, camp, all in the same trip. It adds to the experience!
6. Immerse yourself in the culture and language. If English is not your native tongue, encourage your teens to learn a few simple phrases. “Where’s the best poutine?” (Answer: Zogs), “What’s the best ski run?”, and “Where are the Olympic rings?”
7. With hotel accommodations, adjoining rooms are heavenly – providing some quiet to yourselves.
8. Be a sport, and earn major Mum and Dad points for putting on the harness and tackling an extreme ziplining adventure despite your totally (ir)rational fear of heights. Your teens will love having you on board!
9. Sign them up for Whistler Blackcomb Ski School Programs for 13-18 year olds. Give your teens the opportunity to turn that passion into a lifestyle by signing them up for private ski or snowboard lessons. You’re not only investing in future pathfinders, explorers and trailblazers, but ensuring your child develops confidence, and understands the importance of safety on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
10. Have a blast! Once you arrive in Whistler, you’ll quickly realize it ain’t so hard to do!
Give our local agents a call at Toll Free: 1.877.932.2285. We’d be happy to help you plan your Whistler vacation!