If you’re spending spring break in Whistler, there’s a ton to take in outside of its famed skiing. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do without the snow:
Climb your way to the top
Open year-round, the fitness center at The Core boasts its very own rock climbing gym. Here, climbing fanatics can test their agility on the amazing 5,500-square-foot rock climbing wall, comprised of a bouldering zone with challenging routes and an auto belay section. It’s a great activity for all ages — there are kids programs including guided climbing sessions, a morning camp with lunch, and a ”climb and dine” evening event with pizza for dinner.
Find your Whistler Zen
Yoga is practically a religion in Whistler. Not only are there plenty of brilliant yoga studios, but there are also regular community classes, either by donation or at a low cost:
- Lululemon – A weekly community class held at the store (date and time changes each month)
- LUNA Yoga – A drop-in yoga class held for a $2 donation every Thursday from 5:30-7PM in the LUNA lounge at the Maury Young Arts Centre.
- Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society – Drop-in yoga by donation every Thursday from 9-10AM at Whistler Women’s Centre in Spring Creek.
- Yoga at the Audain – A monthly class held at the Audain Art Museum. Admission is drop-in for a minimum $15 donation, which supports the museum’s ongoing educational programs.
Zip through the Forest
Feel the wind through your hair as you soar across the mountain valley and through old growth forests on a ziplining adventure. Superfly Ziplines offers a three-hour round trip tour where you can reach speeds up to 100 km/h. The ziplines are well over a kilometer long and 600 meters high. The best part? They have tandem ziplines so you can challenge your friends to a race!
Another Whistler attraction, Ziptrek, offers a range of tours spanning from five to 10 ziplines per tour. All will have you zipping across the valley and between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains soaking up the incredible views. GoPro cameras are available to rent to capture the experience, and you have the option to combine with a discounted Peak2Peak sightseeing ticket. Insider’s tip: letting go of both hands and spinning upside down is a must! Both companies also offer a tree-trek walk if being on two feet is more your style.
Fun Festival Ideas in Whistler
April brings more than just sunshine and spring riding to town. Spring also brings back the much-loved World Ski and Snowboard Festival. With comfortable Whistler accommodations to come home to, you can expect 10 days jam-packed with colorful events showcasing sporting, musical and artistic talent of the highest caliber.
Ride bikes in the snow
Fat bikes are a fun and increasingly popular way of exploring white wonderlands a different way. Though the snow’s already beginning to melt, some paths are still quite powdery. There are several places to find Whistler lodging with perks. Whistler Sport Legacies at Whistler Olympic Park, for instance, offers both rentals and access to a variety of different trails.
Try out Escape! Whistler
Looking for a brainteasing Whistler attraction? Escape! Whistler is one of the best off-mountain Whistler activities that the whole family can enjoy. Featuring four themed rooms – the Pirate Ship, Lost Tomb, Buried Cabin and Rabbit Hole - it’s also a great way to encourage team bonding on business retreats. With clues offered throughout the 45-minute escape challenge, your team will be tasked with the ultimate puzzle: working together to find your way out of your chosen situation.
Sculpt your own Whistler souvenir
There is no better souvenir than one you’ve sculpted yourself. At Fathom Stone Art Gallery, not only can you marvel over the exquisite pieces on sale, you can also take art classes to make your very own Whistler-inspired stone carving. Ranging from necklace pendants to full-size stone carved bears, you can literally set your vacation memories in stone.
Hit the ice on a pair of blades
Missing the ice? Whistler Village has its very own ice rink right in Olympic Plaza, and Whistler lodging rentals are only $6 with free admission. Surrounded by cafes and other eateries, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to warming up after your skate. A larger skating rink is located just a five-minute drive north of the Village at Meadow Park Sports Centre, and the adult drop-in rate is $8.50 with half-price nights on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Explore on two feet
For more outdoorsy Whistler activities, the town is home to so many beautiful trails that can take you off the beaten path. Renting a pair of hiking shoes is a great way to head out on your adventure. XC Connection at Lost Lake offers trail access for $10.50 for adults (family passes available at $21) and rentals for $20. Worth the 30-minute drive south of Whistler, the Olympic Park boasts 35 kilometers of trails with access for adults for $15 and rentals for $15. You will come across Whistler’s oldest cedar forests, spectacular landscape views, dog-friendly trails, a 150-foot waterfall, and a towering Olympic Ski Jump.
R&R, Scandinavian style
There’s nothing quite like plunging into hot and cold baths, relaxing in the sauna or a eucalyptus steam room, and blissing out in relaxation rooms to bring you back to life. Whether you have tired and sore muscles, or you just need a time-out from everyday life, you will fall in love with the Scandinave Spa in Whistler. For the ultimate relaxation, book a Swedish massage to complement the bath experience. Bring along flip-flops. Robes, towels and a locker are provided for you.
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