The temperatures are dropping and the first snow has already fallen on the peaks of Whistler Blackcomb, it is time to start thinking of things to do in Whistler in winter! From the adventurous outdoor enthusiast looking for an on-snow adventure to a slower paced participant looking for easy going activities in the valley, we have suggestions for everyone!
On Snow Things To Do in Whistler in Winter
Looking for winter adventures and adrenaline activities? Seeking excitement while surrounded by Whistler’s world-famous mountains? Try our favourite on snow things to do during Whistler’s beautiful winter.
On and Off Piste Skiing: Accessible in Several Ways
Whistler is known worldwide for the award-winning skiing but there are a few ways to experience this adventurous activity. Skiing is one of our most highly recommended things to do in Whistler in the winter so get out and try one of these ways to access the mountains.
1. Helicopter Tours
By far the most luxurious way to access the mountains, accessing the Whistler backcountry via helicopter is a must-do bucket list activity in Whistler for any skier or snowboarder. It may be one of the most expensive ways to access the backcountry but is well worth the cost for the incredible experience of flying high in the mountains to get a bird’s eye view of your line before dropping into an unforgettable run.
2. Backcountry Ski Touring
Ski touring is another way to get into the backcountry but this time you are under your own power with two feet and a heartbeat to get you to the summit before you drop in and ski down. Ski touring and splitboarding have become very popular in recent years with the advent of technical gear to make the ascent almost as enjoyable as the decent. Use the lift system at Whistler Blackcomb to give you a bump into the alpine for easy access to backcountry terrain but, as with any new adventure, make sure to hire a backcountry ski guide to make sure you get home safe.
3. Catskiing Tours via Snowcat
This form of backcountry travel takes you up into the alpine terrain via snowcat. You may recognize this machine which is responsible for grooming on-piste terrain or, in this instance, moving people up hill! The advantage of a snowcat is the decreased cost per run and the ability to still ride in the backcountry during stormy days – if you’re up for it! We recommend Powder Mountain. With a name like that you are sure to have fun!
4. Skiing and Boarding at Whistler Blackcomb
No trip to Whistler would be complete without visiting Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. With 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs and 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, you might want to plan on spending more than one day exploring this massive ski area.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
If you are looking for slower pace while searching for things to do in Whistler in winter why not try cross country skiing in the Callaghan Valley. With over 130kms of groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails, this is the premier location for outdoor adventure located just outside of Whistler. This location also has dog friendly trails, so bring your furry friends along for the adventure!
Tubing at the Coca Cola Tube Park
For those looking for things to do in Whistler in Winter that doesn’t involve skis or a snowboard but still want a little adrenaline, we recommend a visit to the Coca Cola Tube Park. This family friendly activity is located at Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain. It is easily accessed via the Excalibur Gondola in Whistler Village and is a great activity for those aged three and up. There are seven tube lanes to choose from, starting with a kid’s lane and working gradually up to steeper, faster runs! Make sure to wear snow boots and outerwear so that you stay warm and dry during your time in the tubes!
Looking for classic things to do in Whistler in winter? Try ice skating! There are plenty of options to break out your figure skating moves, or jump in a game of pick up hockey! Starting from December 9th, you can access the free outdoor ice rink in Whistler Olympic Plaza. With skate rentals available, it is a fun activity to enjoy outside. Access to the outdoor rink is free.
If you want to plan a full day’s worth of activities, beginning with ice skating, visit the Meadow Park Sports Center. Start your day on the ice and then warm up with a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub.
For those of you looking for more adventure, at certain times during winter ice skating on our lakes is also available. Nita Lake is a popular location for ice skating, but make sure to check the depth of the ice before venturing out. After any ice skating adventure, come in and warm up at with a specialty coffee or hot chocolate at Fix Café.
Off Snow Whistler Winter Activities
If you prefer to enjoy our winter wonderland at a slower pace, explore these options for things to do in Whistler in winter that don’t feature snow and sporting equipment.
Relax and Unwind at the Spa
A visit to the spa is a perfect activity for those looking for things to do in Whistler in the winter. During any trip to Whistler, it is important to take time to relax and pamper yourself with a spa treatment. A Kundalini massage treatment at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge involves the synergistic use of essential oils, combined with ancient massage techniques and chakra healing. Creating an overall sense of well-being, this treatment has a profoundly restorative effect on the entire nervous system and is highly recommended!
Another option for relaxation while in Whistler is a visit to the Scandinave Spa. This haven of peace and quiet describes the hydrotherapy experience as traditional therapy for modern tension. Trust us, you want to spend an afternoon relaxing at the spa while in Whistler.
Shop Until You Drop
Whistler Village is located at the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. This pedestrian-only walkway and village stroll is the perfect place to explore a wide variety of shops. From tourist favourites to high end fashion options, you will be sure to find something to take home.
Eat Like a Canadian
No trip to Whistler is complete without a few delicious meals. While in Canada try some of our specialty food. Poutine is a crowd favourite – crispy French fries loaded with gravy and cheese curds – yum! Another Canadian choice is the Beaver Tail, but don’t worry it is vegetarian friendly. Consisting of a deep fried dough in the shape of, you guessed it, a beaver tail! You choose how you want to top it – lemon and sugar is our favourite.
If you are looking for foodie things to do in Whistler during winter but want a little more adventure, try driving a snowmobile to Crystal Hut, high on Blackcomb Mountain where you will indulge in a traditional fondue meal in an intimate log cabin setting. Thankfully the well trained guides at Canadian Wilderness Adventures will show you the way up and down so all you have to do is focus on having fun.
Alternatively, if the best restaurants, arts and culture are more your style, why not combine a Whistler tasting tour and visit to the Audain Art Museum for a relaxing winter outing.
The Perfect Accommodation to Complement Your Winter Adventure
With so many things to do in Whistler in winter, either on or off snow, the only problem will be choosing which activities to do while you are here! Whatever you decide, make sure to book your accommodation early, it’s safe to say that the secret of Whistler is out and rooms are filling up fast.
Reach out to our reservations team now toll-free at 1.888.755.6482, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at www.nitalakelodge.com to secure your spot and start planning your dream winter vacation in Whistler.
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