Your Whistler Bucket List – Winter Edition
March 11, 2019 by Rachelle
Whistler is a celebrated mountain community that enjoys a six-month-long ski season and is home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America.
In Whistler, there are endless opportunities for adventure that everyone in your group can enjoy – from world-class skiing, award-winning day spas, to axe throwing lessons and dog sledding. To help make sure that you don’t miss out on your next Whistler trip, here are 10 Whistler activities that should be on your bucket list this winter!
#1 Book a Private Helicopter Tour
Whistler is known for being an unparalleled winter playground. With so much to see in this expansive Mountain town, there is no better or more extravagant way to experience the rolling hills, snow-covered peaks, and pristine glaciers than from a private helicopter tour. When staying at Belmont Estate your group has direct helicopter access. You can board a helicopter or larger jet helicopter and land directly on the property. Your group can heli-ski, or set out on other heli-excursions such as ice cave exploration, mountain biking, fishing, yachting, hot springs adventures, hiking, golfing, or yoga…all right from your front door.
#2 Go Dog Sledding with an Experienced Musher
Explore the rugged terrain of the great white north in this uniquely Canadian way. With the guidance of a professional musher, you can experience what it’s like to harness and stage the dog team and then be whisked away over the ice and snow on a once in a lifetime back-country journey. You can meet the dogs and even have the opportunity to guide your own sled depending on the tour you choose to take. Bundle up tight, cuddle up close, and don’t forget your camera!
#3 Partake in the Canadian Art of Axe Throwing
Forged Axe Throwing is a local haunt that specializes in introducing this northern pastime to the masses. Book an hour-long slot for your group (ages 10 and up) where one of their experts will walk you through the basics of the sport and give you pointers on hitting that perfect bullseye! Come get off-the-beaten-path, out of the cold, laugh, and learn something new!
#4 Have a Spa Day, You Earned it!
Just as Whistler is renowned for its skiing it is also on the cutting edge in relaxation. Scandinave Spa is just a five-minute drive from Whistler Village on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove park. With Scandinavian style hot and cold pools, you can relax your ski-weary muscles with a cycle of hot-cold-relax to release tension and energize. Enjoy these hydrotherapy treatments on the tranquil grounds that are surrounded by blankets of freshly fallen snow along heated paths from pool to pool.
Not in the mood to drive around town? Have your Opulent Vacations concierge plan a private in-home massage and facial on your schedule and decompress from the privacy of your luxury vacation home.
#5 Sample the Nightlife
As the day ends, this city does not quiet down like some sleepy mountain town, rather, Whistler is preparing for its second wind. Come sundown, travelers and locals set out to enjoy the vibrant and varied nightlife. No matter the pace and atmosphere you are looking for Whistler has you covered. Looking to share stories over a pint? Head to BrewHouse in the village offering micro-brewed beers in an upbeat atmosphere. Or, make your way to Basalt Wine & Salumeria for shared appetizers and take your pick of handcrafted seasonal cocktails or boutique wines. There are also several long-standing institutions where you and your group can dance into the early hours of the morning. When in doubt ask a local their favorite place to spend an evening out in Whistler!
#6 Take a Guided Snowmobile Tour
Whistler’s alpine terrain is truly spectacular. There is no better way to view it than from the back of a snowmobile. With family-friendly groomed tracks and more advanced back-country tours available, everyone in your group will be talking about this unique experience for years to come.
#7 Observe Après Ski
Following a day out on the slopes, it is a time-honored tradition to partake in the social ritual of après ski. Whistler has no end of swanky and casual spots to toast a long, cold day on the mountain, so, come sip spiked beverages and swap stories fireside with new and old friends. Head to The Cure Lounge & Patio for thoughtfully imagined cocktails and views of the stunning glacier-fed Nita lake. In Upper Whistler Village the Mallard Lounge and Terrace offers live entertainment, martini’s crafted by master mixologists, and roaring fire pits tucked at the bottom of Blackcomb Mountain. Or, ski right up to Garibaldi Lift Co. to enjoy a pint among the jubilant crowd fresh off the slopes. There is no wrong way to après ski so long as you are celebrating another beautiful Whistler day on the mountain!
Image Credit – Whistler Sliding Center
#8 Live Like an Olympian for a Day
Head to Whistler Olympic Park to enjoy 90 km of groomed cross-country trails, tobogganing and snowshoeing. The Whistler Sliding Center offers public sessions so that you can finally check that little box next to bobsledding and skeleton on your bucket list. Seriously, watch this…that could be you!
#9 Eat Your Way Through Whistler
Modern travel has evolved. Experiencing a new location is just as much about the food you will eat as the things you will do and see. Whistler has become an incubator for budding epicureans and seasoned chefs to collaborate. From casual eateries to high-end gastronomy, this alpine sanctuary has it all. Enjoy appetizers at Elements Urban Tapas Parlour to share small plates and infused martinis; enjoy a slow-paced main course at Alta Bistro offering re-imagined French cuisine alongside a stellar wine list and handcrafted cocktails. For more casual dining (pub grub and brews) head to the beloved Dubh Linn Gate Pub for a pint, a burger, and live music during après ski. And as always, when in doubt, ask a local to share their favorite spot!
#10 (This may seem like a no-brainer, but just in case) Ski Whistler Blackcomb!!!
Touted as the largest ski resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb draws over 2 million visitors a year, and for good reason. The mountain boasts over 8,100 acres of snow-blanketed ski runs and offers endless options for beginners as well as the seasoned skier. The vibrant culture of this thrumming mountain town centers around the slopes. This resort is a legend among snow enthusiasts and it is high-time you ticked it off of your winter bucket list!
With so many options, Whistler is perfect for an Opulent Vacations luxury getaway to relax and truly experience a world-renowned winter playground. There is something for everyone and every age group to enjoy on your trip to the great white north.