We wanted to get a list up for our holiday adventure seekers. This is a list of our ultimate hubs of fun, excitement and a dash of Whistler Holiday Pizazz find out.
This photo of Whistler Fire & Ice is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Top Ten Whistler Winter and Holiday Activities
One: Downhill Skiing
When we think Whistler/Blackcomb we think skiing or snowboarding and so you should. This is why we listed skiing as our number one recreational activity. We have the largest of acreages amongst some of the top ski hills in North America. Professionally designed, groomed and maintained the challenge meets all types of athletic levels. Many who visited for the 2010 Olympics have made this their return destination year after year. Over 10 ski-to restaurants and snack shacks allow visitors to take a break from their adventure packed day and fuel up during their mountain slope experience. Need rentals: Check out who we recommend for rentals. Don’t be left behind; get in on our Whistler Retreats lift ticket deals before hitting the slopes – saving you time and money.
Two: Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Peak 2 Peak is our number two choice when heading to the hills. This year-round, iconic attraction began construction in 2007 and had its grand opening on December 12th, 2008. The inaugural event had people from around the world holding their breath as Red Bull Air Force base jumpers went flying off the middle of the gondola.
The gondola will give you the ultimate view of the mountain scape including a glass bottom floor revealing the world below you. No real wait for a ride on this contraption as it has an amazing capacity of 4,100 people an hour. The best in the world!
Three: Cross Country Skiing
Imagine the sound of your cross country skis shuffling in the snow with the crisp alpine air gently nibbling at the tip of your nose. Whistler is home to the best cross country skiing in North America with the Whistler Valley trail curving 28 km around Lost Lake and two of the most highly acclaimed golf courses. All levels of skiers will enjoy the different routes available for different challenges.
Whistler Olympic Park offers 90 km of deep natural settings that wind in and out of perfectly packed snow with a snow-laced evergreen trim. Used for the Nordic events in the 2010 Olympics most of these trails were designed by the best in the world allowing for some technical and athletic challenges. If your love of cross country and your desire to be surrounded by natural winter beauty amongst the silence of the snow these trails are exactly what you will crave.
Snowshoeing adventures are said to be one of the most intimate times spent amongst the mountains. The crunching of the loose snow and the dusting of falling snowflakes floating off of tree tops are just a few visuals that add to the snowshoeing experience. Many tours with rentals are offered to embellish your rewards by taking you to unseen destinations throughout the mountainous territory and can range in price. This is another option to add to your stay and something for the whole family to enjoy while visiting.
Five: Coca Cola Tube Park
The Coca Cola Tube Park is a must for everyone. These 1000 ft., seven lane tube rides are just the right thrill with no special equipment or training required. Open for both daytime rides or to add to the excitement under the evening lights. If you like a little more than your average slide ask for a little spin as you go down. Getting there is just a stone’s throw away from Excalibur Gondola or free parking is available in lot 8.
Ripping it up on a snowmobile allows you to experience the back country closer than you could ever expect. Exploring where others rarely travel will give anyone a greater appreciation of why this mountain calls so many people back year after year.
Have you ever wondered what riding in a professional bobsled is like? You can now experience what once only bobsleigh athletes could experience. This is one of only fifteen international competition tracks worldwide and now you can experience that ultimate thrill ride yourself. The minute you get there they set you up with an orientation mock run and finally you graduate to the real thing. Mind you these sleighs can hit a speed of up to 125km/h and 100 km/h for the skeleton sleigh. Every penny spent will be worth partaking in this winter program.
Eight: Fire and Ice
The Fire and Ice Show is the ultimate in live entertainment. The mountain’s best skiers and riders prove that they’ve got it by testing their skills on these fire laced obstacles. Big air is the name of the game and every Sunday delivers the best.
Nine: Outdoor Skating
There is nothing like outdoor skating to both warm you up and cool you down. The Whistler Olympic Plaza, where winning athletes donned their medals, is open to the public for outdoor ice skating; fun for the whole family in a winning atmosphere.
Ten: Live Entertainment
The holiday season in Whistler is dressed to deliver from traditional caroling to appearances from Santa Clause and not to mention one of the best places to ring in the New Year. The resort schedule bubbles with tons of live entertainment and festive greetings throughout Whistler and Blackcomb village. Locals present their hand made foods and crafts while the scent of apples and cinnamon fills the air.
Listed below is only a sample of the holiday events happening this winter up in Whistler:
Bizarre Bazaar November 30-December 1st http://www.artswhistler.com/
Craft Fairs http://www.whistlerquestion.com/article/20101201/WHISTLER04/312019928/-1/WHISTLER/
Theatre: A Christmas Carol November 28-30 December 4-7 http://betweenshiftstheatre.com/season/