Things to do in Whistler
The Coastal Mountains of Whistler Blackcomb accommodates thousands of holidaymakers every year with the winter season being its most popular and busiest time. Starting in late November and going all the way through to early July, hitting the slopes during this season is a must. Pick up pre-purchased rental sports equipment or find one of the many shops, if you're of a last-minute nature. Lift passes are also a neccessity, which will grant access to 38 lifts spanning 82 square kilometres of skiable terrain.
An opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast at the top of the slope is a fantastic experience with the Fresh Track ticket. Alternatively, if you're not an early riser, stay up late with the Night Moves program where you can ski or board under floodlights until 9pm. Night-time snow mobile tours are also available after the slopes close. Follow a guide up to a dizzying height of 1,800 metres where you are free to ride the mid-mountain playground.
In the summer season, Whistler Blackcomb transforms into a biker's dream when the snow melts away to reveal 200 kilometres of highly maintained tracks for your enjoyment. Lift passes are also available during this time from the south side of Whistler Village providing access to many routes to try out within Whistler Mountain Bike Park from expert-level steep climbing trails to gentle and scenic lakeside trails.
With such variety on offer in Whistler Blackcomb, here's our pick of the area's must-dos.
A huge attraction for all visiting the area, Whistler-Blackcomb resort is the largest of its kind in North America and features facilities that are second to none. The ski and snowboard resort welcomes around 2 million visitors who descend on the mountain every year as well as hosting professional competitions.
The purpose-built park was the centrepiece of the Nordic events during the Winter Olympics in 2010. Some of the competitions the park hosted included the gruelling biathlon and cross-country skiing as well as the elegant ski jumping. The facilities are now open to all, so take the opportunity to check out this great venue.
Now open to the public, take a day off the slopes to venture around Whistler Sliding Centre, which staged the Olympic bobsleigh, luge and skeleton racing events. Become a member of the bobsleigh team and get a glimpse of what it's like to be an Olympic star while hurtling down the run.
Garibaldi Provincial Park dominates the area between Whistler and Vancouver and was named after the 2,678 metre-high resident mountain. The reserve is known for its awe-inspiring views, while its popularity grows as more and more outdoor enthusiasts venture here every year.
Alta Lake is simply picture perfect. Trails meander around the edge enabling visitors to observe every angle. Just 5 minutes' drive from Whistler's village centre, it's a perfect spot for a picnic and a fresh alpine swim, or fishing or boating during summer.