North America

A Whistler for all seasons

As the largest resort in North America, you’ve no doubt heard about Whistler’s epic snowfall and opportunities to shred the gnarliest powder around! However, for those professional snow-ploughers, there is so much more to Whistler Blackcomb, that goes beyond the ski season. We’ve rounded up our fave 11 activities to do in winter through to summer.

Winter is for dive-bombing into several inches of fresh powder and cosying up in bars…

1. Carve up the slopes.

Well, we thought we’d get it over with at the beginning. Yes, this place is a snow-lovers playground and it deserves that adoration. From the rookie skier to the pro, there is a slope for you. A little more experienced? Choose one of the safe off-piste routes and explore the back country.

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2. Snowmobile street cred.

It’s hard to feel a whole lot more swag than when you’re bombing around on a snowmobile. Enough said. So ditch the skis and experience the mountains in style. 

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3. Snowshoe ready.

With all that snow comes a pretty chilly climate, so do as the Whistler folk do: layer up and embrace it. Whack on your snowshoes and head out on a winter hike around the glossed over sparkling lakes and waterfalls.

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4. Get down with the locals.

Head to local favourite, Beacon, and warm up after a ski sesh with bevvies and free pool. Feeling like a big night on the town? Brandy’s sports bar kicks off from Thursday to Sunday with a resident DJ and is the only bar open until 2am.

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5. Cosy up café style.

Gone Eatery is the perfect spot to snuggle up on a comfy sofa and tuck into some well-deserved post-ski food. Located inside the local bookshop, dig into a mountain of fresh, healthy food that won’t break the bank.

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Summer is for hiking across peaks covered in wild flowers, cruising along crystal-clear lakes and sundowners.

6. Alpine Hikes.

Whistler offers an array of awesome hiking opportunities. Hike to high note at the top of Whistler, Garibaldi lakes or if you’re really keen, embark on a three-day excursion to panorama ridge and black tusk.

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7. Blow-ups and sunny days

Grab an inflatable and float on down the River of Golden Dreams in the warm summer sun. It doesn’t get much dreamier than that.

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8. Let’s Bungy!

Missing the thrill of the winter slopes? Fear not adrenaline junkies, spend a summers day throwing yourself in to the forest landscape with Whistler’s bungy jump. Man is that view beaut (if your eyes aren’t squeezed shut that is).

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9. Get in line.

Zip lining is an all year round activity, but unless you want to feel like you’ve had ice botox, we recommend giving this a go in the warmer months. Whistler even has the longest line in North America, The Sasquatch, spanning from Blackcomb mountain to Whistler.

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10. Spot the bear.

Whistler is surrounded by natural landscape, so keep those eyes peeled for its inhabitants and cuddly critters. Black bears, marmots and sometimes even coyotes have all been spotted! (make sure it’s from inside or far away, those coyotes and black bears are feisty).

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11. Did someone say cocktails?

Treat yourself to an award-winning cocktail at popular Bar Oso and a couple of delish tapas plates to go with it. The buzzing atmosphere and low-key feel make it an ideal summer of love date spot (tinder or the real deal, no judgement).

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So pack your thermals AND your sunscreen and start planning that trip to Whistler! Get inspired and find out more info on tours and accommodation over on our Whistler travel guide >