We’ve been in Whistler since 1979 – that’s thirty years of celebrating in the mountains! Here are 10 experiences our team think make for an awesome time if you’re planning a Whistler ski holiday this winter season.
1. Ski This Line
Check out this video from the Salomon Freeski team – this was filmed at Xhiggy’s Meadow on Blackcomb Mountain.
2. Relax at the Scandinave Spa
After a day on the hill and a night on the dance floor there’s no better way to recharge the batteries than taking the plunge at the Scandinave Spa. Set in the old growth forest on the edge of Lost Lake, it is the perfection location to take a much needed relaxation break during your Whistler ski holiday. They have hot and cold pools as well as dry saunas and steam rooms – all designed to get your blood pumping.
3. Après Ski
Après Ski is such an embedded part of ski culture and an absolute must-do for any Whistler ski holiday. Catch all the action on the world famous Longhorn patio, which just got a fancy million-dollar facelift. Grab their specialty bulldog and a mountain of nachos while you watch the sun go down and the party start. It’s a hub for the pro skiers in the winter and bikers in the summer – look out for some stars and enjoy people watching from this iconic location. They don’t judge if you’re hitting the dance floor in your ski boots!
Check out this impromptu patio party with international DJ Paul Oakenfold, that went down last ski season:
4. Superfly Ziplines
Imagine flying through the air at 100 km/hour, 600 feet above the valley floor – now visualize doing that in the dark. Superfly Ziplines run late afternoon tours on Cougar Mountain where you get to do your best impression of one of the iconic eagles that frequent the same trees you’ll be shooting past. If it’s snowing while you zip it’s like being inside the twilight zone or hitting warp speed.
There’s a new hybrid in town and it’s a lean, mean, snow fun machine. Snowbikes (converted motocross bikes) are the latest winter toy for snowmobile enthusiasts. Apparently these bad boys are easy to use and navigate – especially on an ice cap where there’s oodles of powder to play in. Since you have to heli-in to this playing field, it might be a bucket list item for some – just thought we’d help you make your list a bit longer…
6. Party Hard
In Whistler we like to play hard, and then party hard. Garfinkel’s has been THE place to party since 1981 and has the longest running locals night in town. With artists such as Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Aviici, RZA, Walshy Fire (Major Lazer), Hilltop Hoods, and Juicy J gracing the stage it’s definitely the hottest dance floor in Whistler. Check out their events page, what’s coming up for NYE and, if you’re a pre-planner, have a look at who’s coming for Aussie Day:
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7. Canadian Signature Experience
Dining at 6,000 feet? Don’t mind if we do. Canadian Wilderness Adventure’s snowmobile fondue trip has been made a “Canadian Signature Experience” and for good reason. Guests snowmobile up Blackcomb Mountain to the cozy Crystal Hut for a candlelit fondue dinner, with local musicians providing the tunes and the village lights twinkling way below.
8. Sliding Track
Have a need for speed? Thrill seekers can rest easy knowing their Whistler ski holiday has plenty on offer for the adrenaline junkie. How about launching yourself head first down the fastest sliding track in the world? You have six corners to whip round while you gain speeds of over 100km/hour doing the Skeleton. Our advice – act like a sack of potatoes on that sled, and no chicken wing elbow action. Check out Canadian Olympic winner Jon Montgomery on the track to take the gold medal.
9. Playing Hockey
Playing hockey on a frozen lake has to be one of the most iconic Canadian things out there. In Whistler we happen to have a few of the best Canadian lakes where you can get your skates on when it’s safely iced up – temps need to hit -10 for several days. Green Lake on the north end of Whistler is a stunning location. Nicklaus North Club House is located on the edge of the lake where you can grab a spiked hot chocolate to keep you warm.
10. Fire & Ice Show
A Whistler ski holiday wouldn’t be complete without viewing the Fire & Ice Show. Every Sunday night Whistler’s top riders spin and twist through a blazing hoop at the base of the mountain. They pump up the tunes, the fire dancers are out and there’s a firework ending.