There are few better-known ski resorts in the world than Canada’s Whistler, and it’s no surprise really. With world class facilities, you can see why the Winter Olympics were held here in 2010. However, it’s a year-round destination with amazing fun to be had in spring and summer too. If you’re planning a trip to Whistler this year, let us help you out.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the top 5 activities you can do in Whistler. Hopefully, it’ll make it easy to plan your trip and really make the most of your vacation in one of the world’s best winter sports destinations! Here are also some of the top vacation rentals in Whistler, BC Canada for you to stay and relax after your best winter experience.
Ski and split board in beautiful back country
Do you want to get off piste and enjoy some incredible back country skiing and split boarding? Then you’ve come to the right place! Skiing isn’t just about getting down the mountain as fast as you can – there’s a whole lot more to it that you can learn on a tour. For example, you can also try out cross country skiing or ski touring – allowing you to see much more of the Whistler’s landscapes. There’s also route finding and trip planning.
For those who are looking for something that’s a little more challenging, you have a few options that are sure to get the pulse racing. Looking for a bucket list activity in Whistler? Then take part in heli assisted skiing. Not only will you be able to see the beautiful Coast Mountains from above, but you’ll have fresh, powdery skiing all to yourself deep in said mountains.
Take a winter hike in your snowshoes
Another incredible winter activity in Whistler doesn’t have the same speed and pace as skiing and snowboarding, but it’s certainly a challenge. If you prefer a slower and more sedate winter sport, how about trying snow shoeing? Snow shoeing will take you away from the crowds on the slopes and enable you to connect with nature and Whistler’s gorgeous snowy back country. Trails lead along rushing rivers, through ancient forests, and you’ll be able to enjoy some jaw-dropping views – just don’t forget to bring your camera along!
If you’ve never snowshoed before, there’s no need to worry. You’ll have a professional guide who’ll keep you on the right track and make sure your safe throughout the journey. Just make sure you bring plenty of layers to keep you warm, it’ll really take away the enjoyment if you’re doing it with your teeth chattering!
Observe the king of the skies
A snowshoe hike gives you the opportunity to see nature, but if you want to observe wildlife in British Columbia, it’s possible to go one better. Squamish is a 45-minute drive from Whistler, and it’s considered one of the best locations in the sea to sky corridor. This means one thing – eagles! An incredible activity if you’re travelling with the family, a chance to watch eagles is a welcome break from the intense exercise that comes with winter sports – giving you the opportunity to kick back and relax while having an incredible, once in a lifetime experience!
An aspiring wildlife photographer? An eagle watching tour supplies birds as far as the eye can see, so you’ll have no shortage of killer shots by the time you head back to your hotel. However, don’t just look up! The rivers are packed with salmon and the ancient forest and mountain backdrop also make for some stunning landscape shots!
Have an adventure in an ice cave
Have you ever wanted to explore an ancient ice cave? Maybe not, but this is one of the most memorable and exciting introductions to mountaineering out there! Whistler’s ancient ice caves are living history themselves, and you can visit a natural landmark that has been hardly touched by humans over thousands of years. And the best bit? You reach the ice caves in one of the most thrilling ways to travel – helicopter!
If you get a taste for ice caves, why not consider trying out ice climbing too? You don’t need any previous experience and you’ll be able to get to grips with axes and crampons. And don’t worry if you’re beginner, you don’t start on the intimidating Coast Mountains, but a small wall to get your skills up. More experienced climbers will of course have an opportunity to tackle something a little more challenging!
Appreciate Whistler’s stunning scenery
If you’re thinking about your summer holidays, Whistler has plenty to get excited about for that too. If you like the sound of snowshoeing but winter is too short notice, then head to the area in summer, when there’s some of the best hiking in Canada to be had. Ancient forests and flatter terrain can be enjoyed by beginner hikers, while if you’re a little more experienced, you can enjoy hiking on Mount Garibaldi, an extinct volcano that peaks at 2,678 metres above sea level.
There’s also via ferrata on Whistler Mountain itself. An adrenaline packed activity, this exhilarating blind of climbing and hiking needs no previous experience, but it’s not recommended if you don’t have a head for heights! However, it’s just as rewarding to stay in the Sea to Sky Coast Mountains which have some of the most enchanting scenery in the world – including turquoise lakes, water flowers, wildflowers, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot some wildlife!
So, now you know the top 5 activities you can do in Whistler…
You’ll hopefully be booking a vacation soon. If you need any help booking any of the activities above, and many more, check out Mountain Skills Academy. As well as super fun activities and tours, it’s also reliable and safe, and offers avalanche skills training and crevasse rescue too, should you ever need it. Whatever you want to do in Whistler, you’re sure to find something that’ll get the adrenaline racing and help you step out of your comfort zone. Have an incredible trip!
Written by: Daniel Hall