There’s nothing like fresh snow to get kids and adults alike excited for outdoor winter adventure. With Family Certified Zones and plenty of snow-filled activities designed especially for kids, Whistler is the perfect location for a family ski trip. To ease planning pressure and get the kids amped up for a winter in Whistler, here are eight things to add to your family’s itinerary:
Visit the Coca-Cola® Tube Park
This tubing park is a classic and guaranteed to leave your kids with ear-to-ear grins. Located at Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain, the park can be accessed via the Excalibur Gondola (no gondola ticket required). Exit at the first stop and walk across the ski run toward Lot 7, following the Tube Park pathway. Alternatively, the park can be accessed by car, parking at Lot 8 and crossing the bridge to the park entrance. Insider Tip? Purchase your park tickets online at least 3 days in advance for a discounted rate.
Ice Skate at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Amid bright colored lights in a snowy village setting sits Whistler’s charming ice skating rink – a time-tested favorite when it comes to winter activities. Admission is free, and skate rentals are just $6 (or you can bring your own pair). If you need a little break to warm up, the rink is right by a number of cozy cafes where you can grab a steamed beverage or enjoy a little snack before heading back to the ice.
Play in the Snow
It only takes a little snow to fall from the sky for kids to be entertained for hours. Thankfully, Whistler often supplies the goods and then some. Wander down the village stroll on a snowy day, and you’ll find the perfect playground for making snowmen, snow angels, and generally rolling around in the fluffy white stuff. Whats more, after a few snowfalls there is usually a snow pile built up in the Olympic Plaza, which makes for great tobogganing and snow sculpting.
Visit the Magic Castle & Whistler’s Tree Fort
Strap on your skis and take the kids on a journey into a magical fairy tale. On Blackcomb Mountain, the Magic Castle awaits via the Easy-Out run in the Children’s Adventure Park. On Whistler Mountain, hidden amongst witches’ hair and ancient trees through an enchanted forest is a tree fort accessible via the Bear Cub trail. Take off your gear and let your imagination guide you as you explore these magical play lands.
Enjoy Family Après
Held every Monday and Wednesday, 3:00-6:00 p.m., at the Whistler Olympic Plaza from December through March, Family Après is just the way to end a fun-filled day on the slopes. Featuring a variety of free winter activities and entertainment to keep the little ones entertained, it’s also an opportunity for parents to get together, chat about their day of adventure, and indulge in a warm beverage.
Catch the Fire & Ice Show
Dress warmly, grab a hot drink and gather in Skier’s Plaza with the whole family to watch as some of Whistler Blackcomb’s best skiers and riders spin, twirl and jump through a burning ring of fire. Combined with fire-spinners, fireworks and DJs, this is free entertainment at its best. Shows run from December through March every Sunday with a 30-minute practice at 6.30 p.m. before the performance begins. If you want to combine the show with dinner, go early to get a seat on the patio at the GLC where there is prime viewing. Make sure to ask your server for a blanket to keep warm during the show, and try their waffle fries – you won’t be sorry.
Experience Escape! Whistler
If the family feels like they need a day off from the early wake-ups and tired muscles of skiing, sleep in a bit before heading over to Escape! Whistler. The puzzle center offers four different themed escape rooms. Clues are given to your team to help you solve the puzzle and escape in the allocated time of 45 minutes (allow 1 hour for the whole experience). This unique activity is a great way to bond with your family, especially older kids, as you foster team work and put your problem-solving skills to the test.
Visit the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop
You can’t really call it a vacation without a little indulgence. In true Willy Wonka fashion, this candy shop located in the Marketplace offers 1,000 square feet of goodness. You’ll find a huge wall of bulk candy to choose from, sweets from all over the globe, novelty pieces, gift ideas and party supplies. You may walk away with more than your fill, but the kids won’t mind at all.
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