As the symbol of Canada’s rugged west coast, Whistler played host to the Olympics in 2010. And its two mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb – mean ski and snowboard enthusiasts will have everything they need to ensure a sensational getaway.
However, the sheer wonderment of Whistler doesn’t end with trips up and down its breathtaking slopes. Skiing and snowboarding will definitely play a crucial role in the following top 5 list, but there are plenty of other attractions that make Whistler a premier getaway spot for everyone:
1. Whistler Blackcomb Resort
Since this is Whistler, it’d be remiss not to acknowledge the #1 reason to attend; Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains account for 800 acres of land and provide unforgettably exhilarating skiing and snowboarding experiences. The vast majority of reputable ski publications place Whistler Blackcomb atop their list of best resorts in the world.
The resort has three glaciers offering year-round skiing, a whopping 16 above-tree-line bowls, a heart-stopping mile-long vertical drop, and 37 lifts dedicated to 200 marked trails. As such, it’s tough for any skiing experience to top Whistler Blackcomb.
It’s worth noting that Whistler Mountain is better for beginners, while Blackcomb Mountain is catered to experts.
2. Delicious Food in the Village
For example, Bearfoot Bistro’s phenomenal multi-course tasting menus are the cornerstone to the number one gourmet feast in North American skiing.
Another highlight of the village is the eclectic British/Australian inspired spot known as Peak Pies – which serves up authentic and savory veggie and beef pies.
Really though, these two examples only scratch the surface. A trip to almost any restaurant in the village will please even the most discerning of palates.
3. Non-Skiers Can Enjoy the Mountains
Visitors can take in the rugged beauty of the mountains via a more relaxed pursuit: the PEAK 2 PEAK Sightseeing Experience.
Our Experience Manager’s are happy to purchase your tickets in advance and then all you have to think about is hopping on a Whistler Village Gondola. Upon arriving at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain, wander around while taking in the majestic view.
What’s more enticing is the mountain-top dining options on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, where diners can sip Champagne while taking in the surrounding splendor.
4. Sight-Seeing in the Village and beyond
Village Centre, Upper Village, and Village North comprise Whistler Village. These three sections are situated around the lifts for Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. They connect through walkways and parts of the Valley Trail that lead pedestrians across the forests and creeks.
Whistler village boasts a variety of enticing shops, inviting patios, and inspiring art galleries for visitors to explore and enjoy during days away from the slopes.
South of the village, multiple neighborhoods (e.g., Whistler Creekside and Function Junction) also provide their own unique cultural and culinary exploration opportunities. And the Rainbow Neighborhood north of the village has a highly efficient transit service to shuttle visitors around its state-of-the-art shopping sector.
5. More Winter Fun
Even the most ardent skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts may want some variety in their daily activities during their stay in Whistler.
Fortunately, several activities come with a similar thrill to soaring down the hills, such as ice fishing and ice climbing during the mid-winter.
Those seeking to combine some education with their adrenaline rushes can attend the Eagle Viewing float tours for a deep dive into the bald eagle population in the town of Squamish.
If those options aren’t enough to scratch the itch for high-octane fun, there’s bungee jumping over icy rivers, snowmobiling, and bobsleighing at the Whistler Sliding Centre.