All About Function Junction

Driving up from Vancouver or Squamish, Function Junction is the first area of Whistler that you will reach. It is known well by the local community, especially Whistlerites that are here year-round or in the Summer. It is less well known by visitors, but should not be overlooked for several reasons: It is a great place to visit if you are here for skiing or biking and the weather is bad, or you just fancy a day-off; it is a slice of local life and local industry; if you are staying in a condo or apartment in Whistler it is a great place to stop and grab food/drink on your way up!

There is some accommodation near Function Junction, namely the Whistler HI Hostel. This is a good option for backpackers or younger visitors. The distance does make it a little inconvenient for daily trips to the ski hill or bike park, but there is a regular bus from Function Junction to Whistler Village.

So why stop here on your way up to grab supplies..? Firstly because the supplies on offer are delicious, secondly because you will be supporting local economy by spending your money in locally owned businesses! For your groceries the Olives Market sells organic food and drink including meat and dairy products. Purebread is a real locals favourite and sells pastries, cookies, bread and more. For your alcoholic needs the Whistler Brewing Company sells really tasty beer, brewed right here in Whistler.

There is also a re-use it centre in Function if you are in need of any sports gear and your budget is a little low. Or if you are in need of some clothing for a fancy dress party.

If you having a day-off from skiing or biking and thinking to visit Function Junction, there are several activities to keep you busy. For the more active people, or those looking to keep their kids busy, Whistler Bounce is a warehouse full of trampolines and fun things. A couple of hours can easily pass by in there and it’s great exercise too! Be sure to call and check opening times before you set-off as it can be closed or booked for private parties.

If you are more in the mood to unwind, there are a couple of great coffee houses/bakeries. Purebread as I have already mentioned is a great place to indulge your sweet tooth, and they serve fresh coffee. The Lift Coffee company also has a shop in Function and serves delicious organic coffees. For a more hearty feed the Wildwood Bistro is great option, and often recommend by locals.

The Whistler Brewing company also serves food, and has a little patio area during summer. You can also go on a tour of the brewery and learn more about how they make their beer so tasty.

Another excellent tour for the skiers and snowboarders is the Prior Factory. They make skis and snowboard right here in Whistler, and they do a damn good job too! They have a little store if you are keen to buy a beanie hat, cap, t-shirt or backcountry accessories, but the factory tour is our real recommendation.

While it is a an excellent day out in the Winter months, it is also the hub for some great hiking and bike trails in Summer, and there are a couple of bike stores/service centres if you are having mechanical issues. One of the more famous sight seeing/hiking trails is to the Whistler Train Wreck. The Flank Trail is also accessible via Function Junction and provides great views and access to many of Whistler’s descending bike trails.

Summer or Winter, coffee or beer, relaxing or exercising, Function Junction has a lot to offer.

All About Whistler Creekside

Creekside is an often overlooked area of Whistler when people are searching for accommodation. Hopefully this page will give you an insight into the area, and increase your options next time you book a vacation in Whistler.

The Creekside gondola was the original Whistler gondola, as Creekside was the original base and Whistler mountain hub. Over time that focus has shifted to Whistler Village, and in particular the skiers plaza. This does however mean that accommodation is priced a little lower in Creekside compared to the Village, so you get a little more bang for your buck!

While Whistler Creekside might not have the massive range of services and amenities as the Village, it does have all of the necessities. The are a handful of restaurants, including a few very nice ones and a couple of cheaper more family orientated ones. The Red Door, and Rim Rock are excellent, where as Creekbread offers a great atmosphere and excellent pizzas at a more affordable price.

There are a couple of well known bars in Whistler Creekside such as Rolands, which is popular with locals and shows sports, has bingo nights and lots of other fun stuff! Dusty’s is located at the base of the Gondola, so is an obvious choice for Après-ski.

There is a gas station with convenience store, as well as a super market in the heart of Whistler Creekside.

In terms of accommodation are a few budget option lodges and a couple of luxury lodges. The accommodations at the ski base offer the most convenience, with a minimal walk to the lifts, convenient parking, and the avoidance of traffic (for the most part). For mid-range and entry level options consider Lake Placid Lodge which you can book at WhistlerRetreats.com

A word of caution during the winter season… the ski down to the base is a little more advanced than in Blackcomb and Whistler Village, so if you are keen to ski home with your kids or beginner friends then Creekside might not be the best option. The gondola only runs in Winter too, so if you are coming in Summer and intend to head up the mountain then Blackcomb or the Village might be better options. However if skiing and snowboarding are your primary focus then Whistler Creekside is great for getting up the mountain early, having a nice meal, maybe a few relaxing drinks, and getting up early again the next day!

All About Blackcomb / Upper Village

Whistler is famous for it’s mountains, of which two of them are of particular importance. Whistler Mountain is the original lift accessed mountain, however years later Blackcomb Mountain was developed as a ski hill. This acted to separate Whistler’s town in to two main areas. Originally Whistler Village was the only place to spend your time in Whistler, but as Blackcomb Mountain developed, so did the area at the base of Blackcomb. This area is now officially know as Upper Village. However to locals and visitors form a bygone era it is still known as Blackcomb.

Just like Whistler Village, Upper Village has a pedestrianised village stroll, although on a much smaller scale. The stroll is lined by hotels, restaurants and shops. The stroll begins at one end with two large hotels: The Fairmont Chateau; and Club Intrawest. It continues all the way to the Wizard chairlift at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. This chairlift provides access to Blackcomb Mountain in both Summer and Winter. The plaza that surrounds the chairlift is also the finish to the main ski runs down to the Upper Village and several bike and hiking trails in Summer.

There is a lift ticket booth, guest services, ski rental stores, bike rental stores, parking, and all the amenities to make the Upper Village a completely adequate ski resort all of it’s own. In fact you could spend your whole stay in the Upper Village and never need to visit the main village. But why would you?

The reasons to stay in the Upper Village are pretty straight forward. For some people it is as simple as wanting to stay in the Fairmont Chateau, as the high level of guest service and excellent amenities are a real draw. For others, myself included, it is the simple fact that the Upper Village is less crowded, and a lot less hectic than Whistler Village. At night time there is less noise, and during the day, less people. There are also some genuine ski-in/ski-out accommodation options in the Upper Village too. You can be sat in your hot tub watching people ski by you, and in summer you can can leave your hotel door and ride right into a bike trail.

In terms of accommodation, there are the hotels around the Upper Village stroll and the hotels further up the mountain, in an area known as the Benchlands (where the genuine ski-in/ski-out accommodation is). The hotels around the stroll are considered ski-in/ski-out, and you can ski-in to them. However skiing-out involves a brief walk to the lift, a lift ride, and then you can ski. But from what I can see, they are all equally convenient.

For ultimate convenience, I would recommend Le Chamois Hotel which is the closest hotel to the Wizard chair. Also right next door are the Fairmont, and Glacier Lodge. Club Intrawest is a little further away from the lift, and the Four Seasons even further away (although it has a very good private shuttle service and ski concierge based at the Wizard chair).

For ski-in/ski-out you have to take the road up the mountain and stay in either the Aspens, Woodrun, or Coast Suites. The is a very good free bus that drives this road regularly, connecting both Whistler Village and Upper Village to the Benchlands.

You will pay a premium for these ski-in/ski-outs, so it is definitely worth considering the accommodations just on the opposite side of the mountain road. The inconvenience comes in the form of a meagre two minute walk to the ski trails. These options also tend to have a better atmosphere and mountain lodge feel to them. Good options include the Wildwood Lodge or The Marquise.

We like to support locally owned, small businesses in Whistler, so recommend Spicy Sports for your ski  rentals and Excess Backcountry for your accessories and ski gear. In summer Whistler Sports is a locally owned company providing bike rentals. Both located on the stroll in Le Chamois hotel. We recommend Whistler Retreats as a booking agent if you are looking to stay in Blackcomb. And finally, although it is not a local company, Portobello Cafe is a good option for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

All About Whistler Village Main

The Whistler Village is Whistler’s social hub, it’s a hive of activity, and it’s the place where many people chose to stay while visiting this beautiful place. The Village surrounds an area called the village stroll. This is a pedestrianised street that meanders through the heart of Whistler, with shops, eateries, and accommodation either side of it.

There is so much in the way of amenities and accommodation in the Whistler Village that we have decided to break it down into two halves: Whistler Village North; and Whistler Village Main. It is a bit condescending to Village North to call the other half Village Main, but I think this is a fair reflection of the two halves importance in the minds of visitors and of how much time visitors spend in either half. In my opinion the main reason for this is the location of the chairlifts and gondolas. These are the reason the majority of people visit Whistler: to ski; mountain bike; or sightsee on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain.

Although it is only a few minutes walk to the gondolas from Village North, nothing beats the convenience of staying in the main part of Whistler Village. Although that convenience often comes at a premium. It is also worth noting that the convenience can often be offset by the lack of tranquility in much of the accommodation in Whistler Village. But that is the result of the bustling bars and restaurants, nightlife, and pure volume of people found in Whistler Village.

The gondolas are found at the south end of the Village stroll in an area called Skiiers Plaza. As well as being the main access point to the mountains, the Plaza is also host to many events. In winter the weekly fire and ice is held in the plaza at around 6pm. In the spring the plaza plays host to live music at the Ski and Snowboard Festival. In summer the world famous Crankworx Festival is focused around the Skiers Plaza. The Plaza is surrounded by bars and eateries and is the obvious and ideal place to apres-ski.

There is plenty of accommodation in Skiers Plaza too, such as the Pan Pacific, The Hilton and The Westin, and Carlton Lodge. If you want to be close to the gondolas, then these spots are hard to beat. But be aware they are not ideal if a good nights sleep is high on your list of priorities. The Skiers Plaza wakes up early and goes to sleep late!

Just behind the Plaza is the the Sundial Crescent with hotels such as Whistler Village Inn and Suites and the Sundial Hotel. If you follow the Village Stroll north of the plaza you will reach the Village Square. Not only does the accommodation get a little cheaper here, but there are also some good value ski rental shops and bars around the Village Square. That one minute walk from the plaza makes for a big difference in price! The Village Grocery, liquor store and pharmacy are also in the Village Square. Our local tip here is in the Rainbow Building, where you will find Spicy Sports for your ski rentals, Gone Eatery for your organic espresso coffee, and Whistler’s Bookstore. The entrance ti the Village Square is the main drop-off point for buses and taxis.

Keep following the Village stroll out of the square and you will pass many shops and may more eateries, including Cowes Ice Cream Parlour which is always a hit with kids! Hotels such as the Peak Inn and Pan Pacific Village can be found here. Whistler’s Visitor centre is also near by and is a great source of information and a place to book your activities.  This section of the Villager Stroll is home to Maxx Fish nightclub and Tommy Africas night club, so be aware if you are planning to stay around here!

In short the Main Whistler Village is a great place to visit and be social, but not always the best option for accommodation. Come here to get your equipment rentals, food, book activities, and of course access the amazing mountains!

All About Whistler Village North

Whistler Village is the main hub in Whistler. For nightlife, dining, shopping, accommodation and activities, Whistler Village is the go-to area for the majority of visitors in Whistler. The Village is separated by road called the Village Gate Boulevard. To the north of this road is an area often referred to as Village North or Whistler Village North.

To the south of the Village Gate Boulevard is the Village Square and Skiers Plaza. The Village stroll connects the North and Southside of the Village and when walking around, they are effectively the same place. I have decided to separate the two here simply because there is so much in Whistler Village, that it is easier to discuss it in two halves, and also because accommodations are often described as being located in Village North.

Within Village North itself there are 5 separate areas to think about when visiting Whistler. North Lands Boulevard is a main road that has plenty of accommodation options along it. The Market Place, which as the name suggests has plenty of shops. The Olympic Plaza plays host to many events, and has a few shops and accommodations surrounding it. Main Street has shops, a couple of attractions, and some good accommodation options.  Finally the Village stroll which heads down to the South side of the Village. All areas are side by side and walk around will flow between the 5.

North Lands Boulevard is home to the Pinnacle Hotel, which does have a couple of nice restaurants below it, namely Alta Bistro. The Cascade Lodge is the closest hotel to the main Village, and both options will be comparably cheaper than staying in the Skiers Plaza, but involve a little walk to the ski lifts. Next along the road are Sunpath at Stoney Creek, The Lagoons at Stoney Creek and North Star at Stoney Creek. These 3 places have some wonderful condo’s and town houses. These are great for large family groups or people looking for a more independent vacation. Right at the very end of North Lands Boulevard you will find Twin Peaks, Valhalla and Symphony and Glaciers Reach. These accommodations often play host to long term visitors, but can provide great options if you are on a tight budget, but want to stay in Whistler Village.

Main Street comes off North Lands Boulevard and is home to the Whistler Library and as of writing this the temporary home for the Whistler Museum. There is a lively bar in the Delta suites called the Brickworks, which has live music and local ales. Mount Currie coffee is a popular cafe with the locals and just next door are two very popular eateries: Splitz Burger; and Peaked Pies. Both great options if you are in the mood for something quick, easy and not too expensive, hence their popularity with locals. Equally convenient but a bit more upmarket and probably a healthier option, is Pasta Lupino where you can eat in, take away, or by fresh pasta and sauce to cook and home. For accommodation on Main Street the Summit Lodge is a boutique and pet friendly hotel, or Alpen Glow is home to some reasonably priced condos.

The Market Place has one main accommodation option, the aptly named Market Place Lodge. This is one of the best value locations in the Village, and is incredibly convenient. Appart form the short walk to the lifts, everything else is right outside your door. Marketplace is home to banks, a liquor store, pharmacy, grocery store, 7-11, some fast food chains, shops and some wonderful eateries. la Cantina is a great place to grab some tacos and enjoy a beer with friends, while the Green Moustache serves up healthy organic food and drinks.

The Olympic Plaza has a village green and large stage. In the summer there is often live music and even movie screenings here. There is a great kids play area, and in winter a small ice rink. This is surrounded by cafes and shops, most notably Purebread, which is a must-try and wonderful treat while in Whistler. The Brewhouse is a great local bar and restaurant serving ales brewed in-house and hearty food. The bar in the Brewhouse is a great place to relax with friends and play a little pool. The main accommodation for the Olympic Plaza is Tyndalstone Lodge. Due to the nearby amenities this is a good option for families with young kids.

The Village Stroll runs through the whole Village, but the section in Village North has the Deer, Eagle and Bear lodges alongside it. There are also a few shops here and the infamous Garfinkles nightclub if you feel like partying!

In summary Whistler Village North is a vibrant area with a local charm. There is value to be had if you choose your accommodation here, and some real treats if you eat or drink in Village North.

Whistler in the fall

Whistler Basics

Want to know about Whistler? Then our Whistler Basics is a great place to start! This page is aimed to help new and potential visitors to Whistler understand the core facts about Whistler and how our town operates.

Hopefully this page will help you with the early decision-making when planning a vacation in Whistler.

Firstly, know that Whistler is located in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It is a couple of hours drive north of Vancouver, about one hour drive north of Squamish and 30 minutes drive south of Pemberton. Being in the coastal mountains means that winters are generally milder than the interior mountains. Conversely the summers are also a little less dry than the interior. This climate creates lush temperate rain forests and allows a variety of wildlife to thrive.

Most visitors will arrive from the South, so that is how I will describe the layout of Whistler.

The most southerly and first point of reference that lets you know you are in Whistler, is the Whistler RV Park.  Beyond that,  what I would consider to be the first real zone of Whistler, is Function Junction. There is a little bit accommodation in this area, but it is primarily known as an industrial area with warehouses and factories. Function Junction is however a hub for locally owned and operated businesses in Whistler, including some great eateries, shops, and activity providers.

Continue driving north of Function and you will pass several accommodation areas such as Bayshore’s, before you reach Creekside. Creekside is the first area that you reach, from where you can take a Gondola up the mountain in Winter. Creekside has a mixed bag of clientage, with accommodation ranging from cheap seasonal to luxury lake-side lodges. There are some real hidden gems in Creekside and either biking in summer or skiing in winter, from the Peak to Creekside is an incredible experience. On the southern side of Creekside you have Alpha lake, and northside Nita Lake. Both beautiful.

Keep heading North and Alta lake will come into view and accommodation areas such as Nordic and Blueberry will pass by. Eventually the first of two main entrances to the main zone, Whistler Village, will come into view. If you want to find the main parking lots the second of the Whistler Village entrances is the best one to take.

Whistler Village is the busiest area of Whistler, and is home to a plethora of shops, eateries, hotels and condos. The heart of Whistler village is the Village Stroll, which is a pedestrianized street leading from the Marketplace, past the Olympic Plaza, to the Village Square, and ending up at the Skiers Plaza. The Skiers Plaza is where Gondolas will take you up either Blackcomb or Whistler Mountain. The Fitzsimmons Chairlift is also great access to Whistler Mountain from the Skiers plaza, and in Summer is the main lift for the famous Whistler Bike Park.  In summer the Gondolas are mainly for sightseeing and hiking access, in the Winter they take hoards of skiers and snowboarders to their paradise.

Village Gate Boulevard is a road that dissects Whistler Village. The Skiers Plaza and Village Square are the real focal points in Whistler Village and are to the South side of the Village Gate Boulevard. Consequently anything to the north of Village Gate Boulevard sometimes gets referred to as “Village North”.

The main car parks to which I referred earlier are located in-between Whistler Village and the Upper Village, which is also known as Blackcomb because it sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. The Wizard and Magic chairlifts are alternate access points to Blackcomb Mountain and are both in the Upper Village. The Upper Village has a few shops and eateries, and ski rental stores. However it is distinct because of its many ski-in/ski-out accommodation options.

Many of the ski-in/ski-out accommodations in the higher elevations are in an Upper Village area known as the Benchlands. The Benchlands are also home to the main entrance to the popular Lost Lake. Lost Lake boasts a great cross-country bike park in the Summer and cross-country skiing in Winter. The Upper Village also has a pedestrianized stroll, home to a great market in summer.

If you go back to the highway and keep heading North you will pass Nester’s which is a little shopping complex. Also just north of Whistler Village is Spruce Grove which is home to another RV park and gorgeous spa.

Further North still is Alpine. Alpine is home to many season-long visitors, but also boasts some charming Lodges and Bed and Breakfasts. Alpine also boarders Green Lake and Wedge Park.

Any further North than Alpine is stretching the boundaries of what can really be considered Whistler, however the entrance to Cougar Mountain and an area called Emerald do sit on the northern boundaries of Whistler.

In terms of atmosphere and character, Whistler Village is definitely the busiest and more vibrant area. The Upper Village is a little more sedate and probably on par with Creekside in terms of how busy they are. Creekside feels more like a traditional North American mountain village, and has a locals feel. Alpine is a great place to stay if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a forested setting.

We will cover the individual areas in more detail in separate articles, but hopefully for now, this page has given you a good insight into the layout and nature of Whistler.

Preparing for Whistler Winters: How to Wax Your Skis at Home

The air is crisp, your skis are on and you’re breezing up the lift with your favorite ski bum. You can’t wait to tell them about how your latest hot wax changed your life. “And the best part is, I can do it myself now! It saves time and hassle and the results are so smooth!”

Sound appealing? Learning to wax skis can give you an edge on the slopes.

Waxing your skis protects from kinetic, wet, dirt, and static friction. The wax stays in the small pores of your ski bases. This helps them work well in any condition.

Keep reading to find out how to wax your skis.

Types of Wax

It’s time to channel Sheldon Cooper because things are going to get scientific. Ski and snowboard waxes are made of compounds and elements. Each works in a different way which is why racing wax is different from everyday wax.

Hydrocarbon

As the name implies, hydrocarbon wax is made from the hydrocarbons paraffin and microcrystalline. They’re also made from other synthetic wax materials.

Together, these materials create the perfect, everyday ski trifecta. Synthetic wax materials are the muscle of the operation, making wax stronger.

Paraffins are the soft and gentle element of your ski wax trio. They create that breezy glide you crave on fresh powder or just-groomed slopes. If you’ve ever had a paraffin treatment with your manicure, you know how amazing this stuff is.

Finally, the muscle. Microcrystalline gives hydrocarbon wax what it needs to last you all night long.

Fluorocarbons

Florine repels water. Fluorocarbons have all their hydrogen atoms replaced with fluorine. Skis glide better in wet conditions when they’re not attracting extra moisture.

Moly/Graphite

Moly (short for molybdenum) is similar to graphite but better. The Moly element (which is also a great name for your next band), keeps your skis from getting too dirty in wet and sticky snow.

Moly prevents electrostatic energy from slowing you down in dry snow conditions. Most people agree Moly is better than graphite and usually use it to get better speed on their skis.

Arm Yourself

Ready to swap out that scientist hat for a do-it-yourselfer hat? Before you do, you’ll need the right tools. Here are three essentials you need for waxing skis at home.

An Iron Will

You’ll also need an actual iron. If you’re keeping things thrifty you can use any old iron. Just make sure it’s designated for your skis.

Sharing ski irons with clothes irons may end with you needing a new wardrobe. Thus, defeating the purpose of saving some cash with the cheap iron.

If you’re willing to spring for it, you can find designated ski waxing irons. Swix makes a popular iron that retails for around $45-$50.

A Scrapier Whit

Or just a scraper. These are usually plastic or stainless steel. They’re easy to find at any ski shop and cost $10-$15 on average.

A Brush of Class

And a ski brush. Serious shredders have a collection of brushes with bristles made from horsehair or even metal. If you’re an everyday ski bum who enjoys the simpler tools, you can get a nylon-bristled brush.

Nylon ski brushes retail for about $20.

A Band Made of Rubber

You’ll need a few rubber bands to hold your skis in the right position. Make sure they’re strong enough to hold your skis locked. It might be a good idea to keep a few extra nearby just in case.

A Few Clamps

You need a straight, elevated surface to hold your skis in place while you work on them. Vice clamps like pros use cost around $150. If you decide to make something similar with the tools you have, just be sure it’s a flat, elevated surface that won’t scratch your skis.

Since you can work on one ski at a time, you probably only need three vices.

A Block Wax

Most DIYers will use a block of ski wax. You can also buy liquid wax that uses a rag for application. Ski wax is pretty easy to find online or at a ski shop.

You can spend as little as $10 or as much as $110 on a block of ski wax. Just make sure you’re buying from a legitimate retailer.

A Stone or Pad

A hard gummi stone or scotch pad will get all the sharp/scratchy things off your skis before you start work on them. A hard gummi stone will set you back around $10.00.

A Prep

Some base prep will help get the old greasy grime off your skis before you wax them. Some recommend using any mild citrus-based cleaner. Be careful, too much or the wrong kind of base prep can permanently damage your skis!

Location, Location, Location

Prepping your wax area is an important step in the wax-at-home process. Follow these space prep tips before you dive it.

  1. Always wax in a comfortable temperature. Waxing in a cold garage or outside will result in poorly waxed skis.
  2. Make sure you have plenty of space for skis and tools.
  3. Get a drop cloth because you’re about to make a big mess.
  4. Get all your tools ready before you start so you don’t have to run around finding things mid-process.

You need a good sturdy table or surface for your work. If you don’t want to drop $150 to buy one, you can build a ski waxing bench for less than $15.

The DIY

Once you have everything set up, it’s time to wax skis (one at a time, of course).

1. Brake

Loop a rubber band around one brake, the binding, and the other brake. This will lock them in place and out of your way.

2. Smooth

Take your gummi stone or Scotch Brite pad and run it along the bottom of your skis. Without damaging the surface, make sure there’s nothing sharp sticking out. Anything sharp could cut your finger or damage your tools.

Try to avoid using your finger to test for smoothness. This could result in extra steps requiring medical attention to said finger.

3. Inspect

Your edges and bases should all be in pretty good shape. Lay a ruler over them to see if there are any big differences in height. If you see bigger issues with the edges and bases of your skis, it’s best to let a pro shop handle those before you go to work on them.

4. Base Prep

Now you need to prep the ski bases. Apply a small amount of base prep to a clean cloth or rag. Wipe the cleaner up and down, covering the entire ski base.

Don’t overdo it, though. Too much can cause irreversible damage.

5. Wax On

Now it’s time for the main event. Heat your iron to the temp stated on the wax. Once your iron is ready, take the wax block and hold it up to the hot iron over your ski base. You should have a small drip stream drizzling onto the ski.

Continue drizzling up and down the ski (most people work from tip to tail). Now go back and iron the wax on, covering the entire base surface. Make sure your iron is always moving. Stopping or pausing can cause burns to your skis!

6. Let It Dry

The wax should dry for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have 30 minutes to wait, don’t start the process. Trying to dry your skis by setting them outside or other short-cut methods can cause damage.

7. Scrape It

Now you get to use that handy dandy scraper tool. Make sure it’s sharp first. As smoothly as possible, scrape the dry wax off your ski base. Get it all off but don’t be too aggressive about it.

8. Brush, Brush, Brush

First, bust out your brush and go to town. Start at the tip and end at the tail. Remember your muscles because this process can take up to 20 minutes.

Brush until there’s no more wax flying off the ski. Next, grab your Scotch Brite pad (or a finer ski brush) and repeat the process.

9. Admire

When it’s all said and done, you should be able to see your reflection on the newly waxed base. After all that scraping and brushing, you might want to freshen up a bit before you hit the slopes.

Wax Skis, Save Time

If you enjoy the great outdoors in winter, you don’t want to spend your precious vacation time in a ski shop. Learning how to wax skis at home can save you precious so you can get straight to the slopes.

Now that your skis are ready to go, you should be, too! Whistler Retreats has everything you need to enjoy your next ski-cation. We have one, two, and three-bedroom condos.

See what’s available in Creekside, Upper Village, or Village North today!

A Guide to Whistler’s Neighborhoods

A Guide to Whistler's Neighborhoods

Did you know that the name for Whistler Mountain comes from the high-pitched whistling sound the local Western Hoary Marmot makes?

Located just a short drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler is known as one of the largest and most beautiful ski resorts in the world. Though it boasts an average snowfall of 33 feet per year, there are many outdoor activities at Whistler that you can enjoy year-round.

Whistler’s Green Lake offers many water sports including speed-boating, swimming, and canoeing. There are hundreds of kilometers of trails in the Blackcomb Mountains for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and so much more.

Learn about the Whistler neighborhoods in our guide and discover the many appeals of this beautiful mountain getaway.

The Whistler Neighborhoods and Their Features

The Whistler resort town boasts over 14,000 permanent residents, with even more seasonal residents in many areas. The soaring peaks of the mountains and the crystalline waters of the lakes attract thousands of visitors every year. They enjoy a great selection of vacation retreats and affordable condos at any one of the beautiful Whistler neighborhoods.

Whistler North

The trails and beaches of Spruce Grove in the Whistler North neighborhoods appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. Up by the Lost Lake Park, there’s an impressive trail network that offers snow-shoeing and cross-country hiking in the winter. In the summer these trails offer hiking and mountain biking.

Emerald Estates overlooks Green Lake and has breath-taking views of Wedge Mountain and the Armchair Glacier. You can rent a lakeside cabin as a vacation rental in this neighborhood.

If you love golfing, you might want to check out Green Lake Estates which is positioned right next to the famous Nicklaus North Golf Course. You can find affordable condos in this area and you’re still within walking distance of some of Whistler’s fabulous Green Lake beaches.

If you want to take a floatplane tour that will circle by the glaciers and alpine lakes, this neighborhood is the place for you!

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Whistler Village

The Whistler Village neighborhood is the beating heart of Whistler’s nightlife. Located at the base of Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, it boasts world-class restaurants, sensational shopping, museums, and parks in a pedestrian-only area.

You can start your day at Crêpe Montagne then stroll over to the Whistler Museum. You can enjoy handmade Australian pies at the Peaked Pies restaurant and take in some afternoon shopping at the many sports stores.

You have many choices of fine dining depending on your taste. There’s a choice of anything from craft beer and smoked meats at the Hinter Gather Eatery to the European flavors at Caramba, you can take your pick.

If it’s action you’re looking for, The Core Fitness and Climbing Zone is available for a rainy day. You can also hop on a rented bike and enjoy the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

You also have a huge selection of accommodations in Whistler Village. You can opt for a weekend getaway in any of the many hotels, inns, resorts, and lodges. You can also choose a vacation rental and stay for longer.

The Upper Village now offers a brand-new 10-person Peak-2-Peak gondola that has become very popular with skiers and snowboarders. It runs year-long so if you just want a lift to the top of Blackcomb’s peak to enjoy the scenery, you can also ride it in the summer.

The neighborhood of Blackcomb Benchlands is characterized by its amazing places to stay. It can also offer a vacation package that includes accommodations with ski-in and ski-out access.

In this Whistler neighborhood, you’ll be able to find your ideal ski resort. In the summer this area has ready access to hiking and golf.

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Whistler Center

Alta Vista neighborhood is a quieter alternative for those who are looking for a hiking or skiing getaway that includes stunning lake views. You can stay here and walk to one of the best beaches in the area at Lakeside Park.

Blueberry Hill has an area zoned exclusively for tourist accommodation. It allows for nightly rentals. Some of the best golfing can be done here at the Whistler Golf Course.

Whistler Center has the doggie beach you’ve been looking for at Rainbow Park. The area is great if you’re a dog lover and take your best friend along with you on your vacation retreats. Be sure to follow all municipal rules regarding leashing and picking up waste.

Whistler Cay Heights and Whistler Cay Estates are residential areas in close proximity to an elementary school. They are also within walking distance of the Nicklaus North Golf Course.

In these Whistler neighborhoods, you have stunning views with quieter accommodations. The best feature is that you’re still close to the humming nightlife in Whistler Village.

Whistler South / Creekside

Whistler South neighborhoods are the oldest in the town since this is where the first village was established.

The Creekside neighborhood is where you can catch a ride up the mountain on the Creekside Gondola. You can ski or snowboard down the mountain or take the Big Red Express Chair up to the Peak-2-Peak Gondola.

Creekside is the hub of Whistler South and boasts Whistler’s only gas station. Kadenwood also has a private Kadenwood Gondola and offers ski-in and ski-out access to Whistler Creek.

Function Junction is the commercial hub of the town and can be found about nine kilometers south of the Village. Here you can enjoy many different events year-round including Art Walks and Block Parties.

Whistler South neighborhoods are also not far from the great outdoor adventures you expect from this lovely resort town. There are many access points to the Valley Trail system, parks, lakes, and biking trails.

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Enjoy Whistler Wherever You Stay

Every one of the Whistler Neighborhoods have unique features and reasons for you to visit. All offer breathtaking views and access to parks and recreation options. No matter where you choose to stay, you won’t be disappointed.

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Fun Facts About The Whistler Bike Park

Whistler Bike Park is a paradise for mountain bikers from around the world.. Here are nine amazing facts about one of the best parks in the world. 

70 Marked Trails

Whistler Mountain Bike Park has up to 70 marked trails. The trails span over 80 kilometers and 4,900 vertical feet. The park has four zones, namely Fitzsimmons Zone, Garbanzo Zone, Peak Zone, and Creek Zone. Each zone features trails for different riding abilities and stunning views. 

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Map

Trails Are Classified

To make trails easily identifiable, they are classified using different colors. Green trails are suitable for beginners and blue trails are for intermediate riders. The black trails are for advanced riders, while double black trails are suitable for experts and red trails are marked for professionals. Whether you have never ridden a mountain bike before or you are an advanced rider with years of experience under your belt, there is a trail for you at Whistler Bike Park.

100,000 Bikers

Whistler receives an estimated two million overnight and non-overnight visitors each year. It is not only a winter super sports destination but also a popular spot for extreme sports in the summer. In particular, downhill biking is a sport that’s loved by adults and kids alike. The Whistler Mountain Park specifically attracts an average of 100,000 bikers each summer. You can expect a well-balanced mix of people.

Biggest Mountain Biking Festival

Take the biggest mountain biking festival and combine it with the best mountain biking park in the world, do we need to say more? The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has celebrated Crankworx since 2004. And if you’re lucky, you might just witness some mountain-biking legends.

While it was cancelled due to COVID in 2020 and 2021, it is scheduled to return in 2022.

Hosts Exclusive Events

The well-known mountain park hosts several events, which attract hundreds of participants.  One of the most popular events is Women’s Nights with Liv, which is held every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30. The park also conducts Men’s Night,  Summer Gravity Camps, and  Phat Wednesday.

4,926+ Vertical Feet of Lift Service

Traveling to The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is an experience in itself. Since the elevation is so high, visitors have to take the Fitzsimmons and Garbanzo quad chairlifts, the Whistler Village Gondola, or Creekside Gondola to access different trails. 

Home To Biking Enthusiasts

It’s not just the gravity-fed trails and magnificent views that make the Whistler Mountain Bike Parks one of the best in the world. Whistler is also enriched with a deep biking culture. In fact, the average rider that lives here is likely to be better than 90% of riders from other bike parks. 

Perfect Berms

A perfect berm can leave you with even more speed than what you started with. And the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has plenty of them. And by plenty we mean you can find them everywhere. They are huge and often feature jumps around the corner. 

So. Many. Jumps

There are no clear stats on how many jumps there are in the park. But let’s just say, there are more than enough to satiate every adrenaline junkie. 

 

What To Do In Whistler When It Rains

Whistler is not just a great place to go snowboarding and skiing. The village offers more, especially on rainy days. Below are things to do in Whistler when it rains. Let us know which one you like best or get in touch if you have more suggestions on rainy day activities in Whistler.

Have a Staycation

Consider going on a short vacation with your significant other or family, and enjoy the comforts of home at a condo. There are several vacation rentals in Whistler that offer great accommodation with good amenities. You can spend the night with your loved ones enjoying a hot tea or coffee by the fire or have some gourmet dinner with gorgeous mountains as the backdrop. Staycations will relax and de-stress you; it’s one of the best activities you can do on a rainy day in Whistler.

Plan an Afternoon Swim at an Indoor Pool

Do you love to swim? Why not look for indoor swimming pools in Whistler and enjoy an afternoon dip? Choose locations that also have great restaurants, bars, or spas so you can do a lot more than swimming. Some resorts even have spectacular views of the mountains. It’s a great way to enjoy a rainy day.

Go to Escape! Whistler

Escape Whistler

Care for some adventure on a rainy day? Then head to Escape! Whistler and have fun solving some clues and escape from a locked room. It’s a great activity for families or groups of friends. You can do this after a relaxing activity in the morning or after a delicious lunch at your favorite restaurant.

Go Rock Climbing

If you want to stay fit while having fun, we recommend Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Centre. It’s a family-friendly activity as your kids can also learn climbing basics. They have workout machines that you can also try on. Rock climbing activities are ideal for both beginners and advanced climbers, so there’s something for everyone.

Visit the Local Shops

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you can always head to the shops and buy some handicrafts or other stuff you need at home. Also, try to visit shops that you have not been to; who knows, you might find some rare gems there or great souvenirs.

Go to the Movies

When it comes to rainy days, a great movie with delicious snacks is always a good idea. You can always go to a local cinema or watch movies at home or during a staycation. Get a Netflix subscription, so you have many options or find out what’s movies are showing at the local cinema. Grab some snacks and then enjoy the film.

Grab Some Drinks

Whistler is home to a lot of great restaurants and bars. So why not grab a few drinks with friends and enjoy a good conversation while also enjoying natural views outside? It’s an excellent way to meet your friends on a rainy day.

What Do You Plan to do on a Rainy Day?

We hope you like our Whistler things to do when it rains. You’ll never run out of things to do in this village, especially when you want to relax on a rainy day while enjoying a hot chocolate or coffee. The best way to do this is by booking great accommodations that also offer breathtaking views. Check our affordable condos and vacation rentals, and let us know when you plan to book your stay. Contact us if you have questions.