What to Do in Whistler (When You Don't Ski)
Updated: Aug 23, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb, located about a two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, is the stuff that skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts' dreams are made of. Those at home on the slopes are sure love the more than 8,000 skiable acres. But what about if you're not a skier? Whether it's one too many bruises or perhaps the weather that's got you avoiding the slopes, the good news is that even in the colder months Whistler is awash with activities that don't involve snowboards or skis. Here's our top picks for what to do in Whistler once you've hung up your skiing boots.
Ziptrek Eco Tours
Do you want the rush of adrenaline that comes with zipping through the mountainous terrain, without the bruises that come while learning to ski? Ziplining is sure to be right up your alley! Think back to the days of flying foxes at school, but times it by a dozen as you whoosh through beautiful Whistler. The trips are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who can tell you about the nature and wildlife of Whistler and also snap some pictures of
you looking super stylish in your ziplining gear!
Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
It's not just the extreme sports culture that is alive and well at Whistler Blackcomb. Located near the Four Seasons Resort, the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre is an opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of the First Nations people of the local area. Join a guided tour (they depart hourly) and have some hands-on fun including trying some traditional crafts and music-making. It's all inside, so it's perfect if you're wanting to get away from the chill for just a little while.
Get a spa treatment at the Scandinave Spa Whistler
One too many wipe-outs on the mountain left you with more than your fair share of bruises or aching muscles? Indulge in the R'n'R that you deserve at the tranquil Scandinave Spa in Whistler. The spa offers many different treatments including soothing massages. It's a perfect soothing oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes –great for indulging and escaping the kids for an afternoon!
Cable Car over the Mountain
There's no doubting that the dual mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb are quite the sight. Whether you're a certified snow bunny or its your first time getting amongst the snow, Whistler is absolutely gorgeous. One of the best ways to take it all in is from the comfort (and relative warmth) of the cable car that runs between the two mountains. Make sure you bring your camera
to get some snaps to make your friends and family jealous!
A ski resort might not seem like the most likely place to find delicious high end dining, but Whistler is no average ski resort. It has a number of great restaurants, and many offer tasting menus that will please even the most discerning foodie! Perfect for date night or if you're just in the mood for some seriously tasty food, we love the Finer Things Dinner Tour where your meal is paired with wines from the 15,000-bottle cellar!
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