Activities in Whistler
Whistler has a huge choice of resort activities designed to complement your day on the mountain. Rejuvenate at one of the resort’s spas, including Whistler’s most unique spa: The Scandinave.
Take it up a notch at the family-friendly tube park or ice-skating rink or explore Whistler’s backcountry via dogsled or snowshoe.
For adrenaline junkies, why not crank it up with a run down the world’s fastest Olympic bobsleigh track at the Whistler Sliding Centre, or experience the exhilaration of a fast-paced zip line tour between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with Zip Trek Ecotours. Finish off your day with an evening snowcat or snowmobile ride up to the Crystal Hut that sits 6000ft up on Blackcomb Mountain for a special candle-lit fondue dinner accompanied by live music from local performers.
Access the Whistler Village gondola between 7:15 and 8a.m. for a mountain-sized breakfast buffet at the Roundhouse Lodge, then enjoy fresh powder or perfectly groomed corduroy all to yourself before the mountain is open to the public. Upload between 07:15-08:00, enjoy your breakfast, then listen out for the "Runs are open" call to bag the first lines of the day.
For a cost-effective alternative to heli-skiing, Cat Skiing provides an exciting day in the backcountry, fun in the snow but minus the crowds or the hardpack! Powder fans will rejoice in this fresh powder experience, led by professionally trained guides. A hugely fun experience for those seeking a challenging ski day that could easily turn out to be the best one of your whole trip!
An average day of Snowcat-assisted backcountry skiing or boarding takes place at between 7,000 vertical feet and 10,000 vertical feet. Participants, who must have at least blue run proficiency whether in skiing or boarding, will typically take between six and ten runs, though the record is 15! These extra runs are included at no extra charge to participants, who will enjoy a full day on the appropriately named Powder Mountain, which receives an average of 30% more snow than Whistler over the winter, making it the perfect choice for optimum powder and adventure! The cost includes transportation, safety equipment, training, guiding and instruction. Lunch and snacks are taken care of, and an unforgettable day for all is guaranteed!
A true Canadian pastime and one of the most popular activities in Whistler (book early to avoid disappointment)! Dog sledding is an unforgettable experience that is suitable for the whole family to enjoy. You’ll have the chance to help with the hitching and harnessing of your dog team, before stepping into your sled and settling down for an unbelievably exciting journey through the magnificent old-growth forests just south of Whistler. As you are whisked along the trails, your guides will educate you on the history and culture of this traditional Canadian mode of transport.
For an endless backcountry alpine experience, where you’ll enjoy spectacular mountain vistas of Whistler and beyond, try your hand at Heli-Skiing. Strong intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and boarders are welcome and being physically fit is key to enjoying your day.
Base packages include three drops (average run is 2,000 vertical ft), avalanche transceiver, experienced professional guides, lunch, photo and video service, fuel surcharge and an après session. Extra runs can be purchased on the day and multi-day packages are also available.
Snowshoeing is a fun winter activity that needs no special skills and can be enjoyed at any pace. If you can walk, then you will be able to strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out into the winter wonderland. It’s a perfect activity for the whole family, with snowshoes also available in kids’ sizes. Snowshoeing can be done independently or as part of a guided tour.
Experience the age-old Finnish tradition of soaking in soothing outdoor baths at Whistler’s most unique spa. The Scandinave Spa combines rustic elegance with majestic scenery in a tranquil, secluded setting. Enjoy the baths or add a massage for complete rejuvenation. Silence is essential to the enjoyment of their hydrotherapy experience and the spa is open to guests 19 and older.
Ziptrek and Treetrek Canpoy Walks
Fly through the forest on an exhilarating high wire adventure – no experience required! Tours start and end in the Whistler village and take place over the Fitzsimmons Valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Experienced guides provide information on the local ecosystem and Ziptrek uses “free range harnesses” so you can lean back and go upside down safely and in comfort (if you want to). Tours have 3-5 ziplines to experience plus treetop bridges to walk over giving you spectacular views of the valley below.
For visitors who prefer their adventures to take place at a somewhat gentler pace, Ziptrek Ecotours also offers the Tree Trek: Whistler’s Canopy Walk. This informative walk features a means of learning about the mountain environment in the same beautifully stunning setting but a more relaxed pace.
Tubing at the Coca Cola bubly™ Tube Park
Situated in the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb Mountain, the Cola-Cola bubly™ Tube Park offers an adrenaline-pumping adventure for both the young and the not so young! No previous experience or equipment is required, just a willingness to try something new and exciting. The Tube Park has eight lanes with varying degrees of difficulty. Lanes are 1000 feet long and the park has a magic carpet lift that makes travelling to the top a piece of cake! Once at the top, you have an exhilaratingly fast ride to look forward to.
Take a guided sled tour through the snow to experience a treasured Canadian pastime. Choose from tours to suit all levels with options for private groups, families and dual riders. Kids are catered for too! Children can try their very own Mini-Z snowmobiles on a specially-designed track. Try a trip with something extra – a meal in a rustic mountain lodge or a nighttime sled in the moonlight.
Vallea Lumina is a multimedia 1.5km (approx. 1 hour) night walk through an enchanted old-growth forest at Cougar Mountain north of Whistler, in pursuit of hidden wonders, telling a story that unfolds in chapters along the way. This unforgettable evening adventure is perfect for all ages, groups and families.