For the past 17 years, I’ve gone skiing every year in Whistler.
What a privilege! A Whistler winter is one of the most beautiful and exciting things you can do in your life.
During the winter, there are so many things to do in Whistler besides just looking at the beautiful scenery.
Here are five of my favorites that are close enough to Vancouver that you can do them all in one day.
FIVE AWESOME WINTER ACTIVITIES TO DO IN WHISTLER, BC
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding in Whistler keep getting attention from all over the world year after year. It’s become so normal that hearing about yet another honorable mention doesn’t really stop me from thinking.
The main parts of the resort are Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. They are each 2182 meters (7160 feet) and 2284 meters (7494 feet) tall. Its total size is 4,757 acres (1,925 hectares), of which 3,414 are good for skiing (1,382 hectares). More than 200 ski trails are linked by more than 36 ski lifts and gondolas.
Yes, you won’t ever get bored when you enjoy some of the best ski slopes in the world, beautiful scenery, and top-notch amenities. And that’s if you ski every day for the whole five months.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
If you don’t know how to ski or snowboard, it’s not the end of the world. From Whistler Village, you can still take a gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain, where you can see beautiful views. From this spot, you can also get to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which connects Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.
For the 2018/2019 ski season, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain will have the first three-gondola link in the world. Tourists will be able to upload their media, connect to each other’s mountains, and download while riding the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola from one mountain to the next.
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is one of the highest and longest unsupported lift spans in the world because it is 436 meters (1,427 feet) high. The trip takes about 11 minutes one way, and the view is beautiful the whole way. Try to get a gondola with a clear floor to make things even more exciting.
On both Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, you can take a gondola to get to world-class restaurants and cafeterias where you can serve yourself.
On a sunny day, sitting in one of these cafes or restaurants and looking out at the ski runs below could make the time go by quickly. Anyone of any age can join in on these events.
You can go tubing at the Coca-Cola Tube Park in Whistler, which is a fun winter activity that lets you speed down a mountain without having to learn how to ski or snowboard.
You don’t need any special skills or tools. Even so, they say you should bring winter clothes. This includes ski boots, ski leggings, gloves, goggles, and a cap or helmet (for a child).
This Whistler landmark is great because people of all ages can enjoy it. Children as young as three can go if they are at least 91 centimeters (36 inches) tall.
You or your child can use the “Mini-Kids” lane, which starts halfway down the regular tubing hill, if you are between 91 and 103 centimeters (36 and 41 inches) tall.
Whistler tubing is a fun outdoor activity that gets people up and moving while making them laugh.
When people ask, “What can I do in Whistler?” the answer isn’t always as complicated as they might think. Few things I’ve seen in my travels to sixty countries can compare to the incredible magic of a winter in Whistler Village.
Every tree, lamppost, and other tall, fixed thing has tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of lights on it. When you think about how deep the snow is and how early it gets dark in Whistler in the winter, it’s easy to imagine yourself somewhere else.
In the winter, going to Whistler Village is like a shot of pure joy for me. This is one of the many cheap, fun, and easy winter activities that the whole family can do together in Whistler. This is also the best place to get something to remember your trip to Whistler by.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Whistler Olympic Plaza is in the middle of Whistler Village, right next to the rings from the 2010 Winter Olympics. The outdoor ice rink at this facility can be used by anyone. It won’t cost you more than a few bucks to rent ice skates. People who have never skated before can use safety aids.
Right next to the ice rink is a huge playground for kids that is open all year. There are also many places to get a cup of coffee or something sweet, and there are many benches to sit on and watch people.
Every Monday and Wednesday night from December to the end of March, there are free family-friendly events and performances at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. Don’t forget the lovely outdoor lighting that you can find almost anywhere.
You can see that outdoor ice skating in Whistler is a must-do if you are in pretty good health.
What To Do in Whistler
I’ve only scratched the surface of the fun things to do in Whistler in the winter. No matter how good you are at snowboarding or if you just want to look at snowy landscapes, winter in Whistler is magical for everyone.