Whistler- Blackcomb is one of the finest and most luxurious ski resorts in the world. In the skiing community, Whistler-Blackcomb is well-known for offering massive snowfalls, unlimited access to the backcountry and slack country, and a huge area to ski with varied terrain.
All of these factors attract hundreds of thousands of snow bunnies to the resort each winter season. Despite being a top destination ski hill, not everyone is able to get out to enjoy the slopes. For those who prefer not to ski or snowboard this list of activities is for you!
1. Satisfy your need for speed with a Snowmobile Tour
Whistler has numerous companies that offer snowmobile tours for all skill levels! This is a great way to go fast and see some beautiful sights without strapping into bindings. Different tour packages may even include a fondue dinner or sunset views! There is so much variety in packages so you’ll be sure to find one that works for you.
2. Explore an ice cave with Blackcomb Helicopters
Have you ever wanted to see more? Helicopter tours offer a unique perspective of the beautiful Sea to Sky region from a comprehensive birds-eye view. Tours will allow you to do a full flyover of the wonders of Whistler. Upon landing you can explore a Glacial ice cave, that is thousands of years old! This is truly an incredible experience and will leave a lasting memory.
3. Try a new winter sport with the Whistler sliding center
Whistler’s Olympic history can be seen throughout the village. We even have an Olympic sliding Center from the 2010 Winter Games here! You can try Luge, Skeleton, or Bobsled on the icy track. You’ll have a blast learning a new sport and traveling at incredible speeds!
4. Relax and indulge at a spas
I’ve posted before about the incredible spas we have here in Whistler. There really are some 5-star treatments here in town that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Treat yourself You’re on vacation!
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Pictured: The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge
5. Get out on snowshoes
So maybe skiing is not for you, but you still want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, why not get out on snowshoes? Many different companies in Whistler offer rentals for snow shoes or guided snowshoe tours. Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace by renting your own snowshoes or go on a guided tour to get some tips and see some beautiful exclusive trails.
6. Let your inner lumberjack out with axe throwing
Is there anything more Canadian than putting on your plaid flannel shirt and throwing an axe at a log as hard as you can? Experience peak Canadian with Forged Axe throwing in Function Junction. This is a great activity to practise alone, but even more fun with friends. Convenitley located next to Coast Mountain Brewery, you can celebrate your lumberjack skills with a flight of local craft beer.
7. Aprés, Aprés, Aprés
Aprés all day! Whistler is not only famous for its skiing. We are also well known fo our amazing bars and restaurants. When the mountain closes, the party begins! If you’re looking for rowdy crowd check out GLC, Duhb Linn Gate or Longhorn Saloon, for a curated cocktail head to FireRock Lounge, Raven Room or The Mallard Lounge and for a laid back local atmosphere, check out RMU, Crystal Lounge, or Brick Works. What ever your style, you’re sure to have a great time.
Pictured: Longhorn Saloon
8. Look at some masterpieces at the Audain Museum
Did you know Whistler is home to a famous art museum? The Audain Museum is funded by Vancouver’s very own Audain family and features works from private collections as well as touring exhibits. Here you will find a large collection of traditional native art, classic Canadian pieces, and contemporary collects. The instagramable architecture alone is worth the visit.
9. Stroll through Valle Illumina
Valle Illumina is a surreal and truly unique experience. This holographic, laser light show is set in the forest of Cougar Mountain. As you walk through the trees., you’ll be greeted by magical talking trees, dancing campfires, neon fish, and millions of fireflies. This interactive walk is about 2 km and is self-guided so you can move at your own pace. With minimal incline and maintained trails, this path is family-friendly and can be enjoyed by all fitness levels.
10. Practise your back-hand at the racket club
If winter sports aren’t your thing, maybe stick with summer sports. Whistler has an awesome racket club with lots of indoor tennis courts to play on. Hone your skills with a private coaching session or team up for a match.
If tennis isn’t your thing, the racket club also features ax throwing, a cafe, farmers markets, roller discos, pickle ball, and house DJs to get you into the groove. The Whistler Racket Club is open for all ages and skill levels, be sure to check it out.