I recently returned from a winter wonderland in Whistler. Not only was this my first trip to Canada, but I was also able to have a few other travel “firsts,” that included snowmobiling, flying in a helicopter and even dog sledding!
Here are the top 10 things to do in Whistler during winter!
– #1 Go Backcountry Snowmobiling –
One of my favorite experiences in Whistler was getting the chance to go snowmobiling in Whistler for the first time! Even as a beginner, it wasn’t too difficult to get a feel for the machine. We wound through beautiful treelined trails freshly covered in snow from the recent storm. It was like driving through Narnia!
We even stopped at a yurt on the top of the mountain for a quick cup of hot cocoa (with marshmallows, of course!)
– #2 Shred the Slopes at Blackcomb –
As someone who loves to snowboard, Whistler is a dream destination! With over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world-class terrain parks and half pipes and 200+ marked trails for all ability levels and newly updated lifts, Whistler Blackcomb is the ultimate in big mountain experiences.
– #3 Unwind at the Scandinave Spa –
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of day spas. Scandinave Spa Whistler is a 20,000 square foot outdoor spa, which is just minutes from Whistler Village. This Nordic-inspired oasis is surrounded by spruce and cedar forest on the edge of Lost Lake. If you’ve ever experienced a “snow-cuzzi” you’ll understand why this is a dream Winter experience!
– #4 Chow Down on a Beaver Tail and Poutine –
A visit to Whistler wouldn’t be complete without a steaming plate of Poutine or the sweet fix from a Beaver Tail. Head to Zog’s in Whistler Village for the best of both!
– #5 Book Your Stay at the Fairmont –
Be sure to book your stay at one of Canada’s most luxurious hotels, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Not only is there ski-in ski-out access, being located the base of Whistler Blackcomb, but the Fairmont also features exceptional dining and a beautiful health club.
– #6 Take a Ride on a Dog Sled –
One of the best experiences you can have in Whistler during Winter is dog sledding. I booked through Blackcomb Snowmobile and learned a lot about the history of dog sledding. The best part of this company is they use many rescue dogs, giving them a new run in life.
Nothing says a good time quite like snow and slobber to your face!
– #7 Chill Out at the Ice Room –
After taking a blade to a bottle of champagne and sabering yourself some bubbly at Bearfoot Bistro, head upstairs to the Kettle One Ice Room. At -32C (-25F) the Ketel One Ice Room is the world’s coldest vodka tasting room – and the only permanent sub-zero vodka room in Canada (source).
– #8 Zip Line through the Tree Tops –
Take a tour with Ziptrek Ecotours for the thrill of a lifetime. Not only is the tour centered around sustainability, they are also committed to ensuring you a great time. Both the speed and incredible views will take your breath away!
– #9 Soar to New Heights in a Helicopter –
Book a scenic helicopter tour with Blackcomb Aviation for an exhilarating way to experience Whistler. You’ll soar over the peaks of treelined mountains and can arrange to land on Rainbow Mountain. This is your opportunity to channel your inner James Bond!
– #10 Do as the Locals Do –
Do as the locals do and join in weekend festivities on a frozen lake. Gates Lake, located just outside of Whistler, is the perfect place to join a hockey game, test out your ice fishing skills and grill up some hotdogs.
If you ask nicely, you may even get a chivalrous Canadian boy to pull you around on a toboggan!