Will you be skiing in Whistler, Canada this winter? These aprés ski Whistler activities are perfect to experience after your day on the slopes!
Things to do in Whistler in the winter
While sun-worshippers look forward to the months of summer, winter lovers are just getting started in the Canadian ski resort of Whistler. The season has a long way to go before the thaw, and this charming part of British Columbia (we also love Vancouver BC) offers something for everyone.
What’s more, Whistler, BC has recently been named as one of the greenest ski resorts in the world, perfect for the carbon-conscious skier. Away from the slopes, Whistler offers an abundance of activities – perfect for a lively apres! Here’s our guide to the best winter activities on offer, aside from skiing.
10 aprés ski Whistler activities to enjoy
1. Ride the Whistler Zipline: Whistler does things differently – especially sightseeing. Ziplining in Whistler is an epic way to view snow-capped firs and frosted valley floor while flying through the air. Their specially designed harnesses even mean you can ride side-by-side with a friend or loved one.
2. Learn about Whistler: The Whistler arts and culture scene has grown rapidly over recent years. Stop by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the Whistler Museum and the Audain Art Museum to learn more about the region’s history. Alternatively, check out the impressive calendar of events, speaker series and live performances that take place each week during the season across Whistler. In the Whistler Museum, you’ll find one of the original gondola cabins.
3. Take a Sleigh Ride: Sleigh rides in Whistler are a magical way to see the sights. Cozy up with a loved one and take in the snow-frosted backcountry behind a trusty steed. Sleigh rides in Whistler are one of the most popular winter activities and the tour even stops at a cabin along the way, one of the aprés ski Whistler activities where you can enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
4. Try Axe Throwing: The oh-so-Canadian pastime of axe throwing has exploded in popularity right across North America. But it was the lumberjacks of British Columbia that first found entertainment hurling axes during grueling forest logging sessions. Today, Forged Axe Throwing is the place to learn the art of axe throwing in Whistler. As one of the best things to do when the rain stops play, this group-friendly activity sees participants test their aim by throwing axes – or hatchets – at a target. While we can’t promise that you’ll hit a bullseye, we can promise plenty of fun.
5. Go Snowmobiling: Take your adventure to another level by enjoying a guided snowmobile tour through the Whistler landscape. There’s an impressive selection of tours on offer by Blackcomb Snowmobile including family tours (they have cute snowmobiles for kids), scenic tours, and wilderness tours, all generally taking 2-4 hours. For those that have experience of snowmobiles, the extreme tour is well worth checking out. You’ll enjoy a high octane journey through the dramatic Whistler backcountry, learning how to side-hill like a pro all under the eye of senior, experienced guides.
6. Go Dog Sledding: Canadian Wilderness Tours are based in the Callaghan Valley and will guide you on a solo dog sledding tour through the forests. On this aprés ski Whistler activity, they’ll even provide you with a stopover at an abandoned trapper’s camp on Totem Lake where you’ll learn more about the history of Canadian fur trappers. You can even have a go at ‘mushing’ yourself, learning the commands used to control an enthusiastic team of Arctic snow dogs.
7. Try Tubing: Head to the Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola Tube Park to enjoy the exciting yet affordable fun of sliding down a 1000 feet tube. There’s no need to worry about the climb to the top, as once you reach the bottom, you’ll find a special conveyor lift ready to take you right back! This activity does get particularly busy during the peak season, but that just adds to the fun.
8. Relax at a Spa: While it’s great to make new friends, it’s also important to take time out for yourself. In Whistler, the Scandinave Spa is one of the best places to relax and recharge. With a no-talking policy in operation in most of the spa areas, you’ll be able to free your mind in total peace, enjoying one of the many treatments or massages on offer.
9. Warm up in a hot spring: If a conventional spa isn’t your thing, head to one of the secret and not-so-secret hot springs in this region. This aprés ski activities in Whistler is one of the best ways to check out the stunning scenery while relaxing those muscles after some serious skiing or snowboarding.
10. Take a night walk: The Vallea Lumina is one of the most magical experiences around and is a particularly popular hit during the winter months. This winter-inspired twilight journey follows in the footsteps of two bold travelers who uncovered the secret wonders of the woods, according to local legend. Tour through stunning illuminations and enjoy a feast for the senses on this epic tour through the old-growth forest.
Enjoy your aprés in Whistler!
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