WHISTLER ACTIVITIES

Whistler is so much more than just skiing, it is truly a four season destination with some amazing activities to experience.  It is the standard refrain of a Whistler Local that they initially came to ski, but stayed for the summer!

Winter

In winter, you can cross-country or skate ski through an elaborate network of trails encompassing Lost Lake and its immediate environs.  After skate skiing, you can take a sleigh ride around Nicklaus North Golf course or hop on a Canadian Snowmobile ride to the top of Blackcomb Mountain for an awesome fondue dinner.   If high flying is your forte, Ziptrek adventures will zip you from tree top to tree top through Whistler’s old growth forest.   You can also take a step back in time and discover by dogsled how the early Canadians explored these mountains; Outdoor Adventures offers exhilarating dogsled tours of nearby Cougar Mountain.

For a glimpse into the early lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest, the L’ilwat and Squamish First Nations have a newly constructed interpretative centre at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Indulge in the art, history, and culture of these most ancient peoples.
Of course, no ski visit to Whistler would be complete without a Heli-ski trip into the backcountry.  From the top of Blackcomb look across the valley and down toward Pemberton, every peak you see is accessible by Helicopter.  Head up for the day a take 4-6 runs of pure virgin powder or plan for an entire week’s worth, but make sure to exercise your legs prior, you will need them!

Summer

Again, many locals came for the winter, but stayed for the summer. There is actually more to do in Whistler in the summer than there is in the winter!  All of the mountains open up for hiking, biking, sightseeing, camping, fishing, and just about anything else you can think of to do in the mountains, in the summer.  Whistler is also renowned for its swimming: enjoy Rainbow Park, Alpha Lake, Lost Lake, and others on a hot summer day. At Rainbow Park on Alta Lake, when the winds are up, you will be able to catch windsurfers skimming the surface at breakneck speeds.

If golf is your game there is no shortage of it.  The Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Whistler, and Nicklaus North Golf Clubs are distinctly different and offer a range of challenging holes.  Travel a half hour north to Pemberton and shoot Big Sky and the Meadows as well.  There is a good chance you will also see a bear or other wildlife on these tracks, and the standing local rule is ‘if you hit your ball near a black bear, take a free drop’ the alternative is not worth it!

For the adrenaline junkie, make sure to take in Whistler’s downhill bike park.  Rent the latest gear, suit up, and go for it.  The bike park is second to none, offering tough single track jumps, bumps, and curves.   Just remember, take care and watch your speed, landing on the brown hard stuff takes a higher toll on your body than the soft white stuff!

Whistler also offers horseback riding, wake boarding, canoeing on the River of Golden Dreams, nature hikes, bungee jumping, and much more.  Get up here and enjoy it!