Fit TravelTop 10 Adventures in Whistler
Offering everything from heliskiing to mud runs it's no wonder why this Canadian ski town is a year-round haven for adrenaline junkies of all kinds.
Summer & Fall
Mountain Biking Mountain biking is as popular as skiing and boarding in Whistler, thanks to the lift-serviced pathways that offer riders 5,000 feet of vertical trails. Testosterone Tuesdays are all-male drop-in nights at Garibaldi Lift Co., the mountaintop bar where you can grab drinks, a hearty meal, and enter to win prizes post-ride. (Whistler is kind of famous for their après scene). If you’re a devoted rider—or if you just want to see the world’s top free-ride athletes compete with gravity-defying displays—don’t miss the 10-day Crankworx festival.
Mud Racing Whistler Olympic Park, the site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is now host to a Tough Mudder. If you’re ready to man up to the challenge of overcoming obstacles that deliver up to 10,000 volts of electricity, you might want to do it in Whistler’s rugged terrain for the ultimate adventure vacation.
Ziplining Watch bears from the safety of above as you zip through treetops in a harness. Your adrenaline will be pumping as you fly between ancient cedars and over rushing whitewater.
SUP Paddle your way around the off-the-beat-track and brilliantly blue Alpha Lake. Get standup paddleboard lessons and rental equipment through REO Rafting Whistler, and then chill out on the beach for a barbecue afterwards.
Ironman Triathlon. Whistler won the bid for 2013’s Ironman Canada happening next August, and the victory may have had something to do with the stunning mountain terrain. The 2.4-mile swim happens in the glacial-fed Alta Lake at Rainbow Park; followed by a one-loop, 112-mile bike ride starting on the Sea-to-Sky highway; and finishes with a 26.2-mile run past the Valley Trail and Lost Lake to end next to Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Hiking. Hundreds of trails crisscross Whistler’s alpine meadows, old-growth forests, and glacial-covered peaks. Choose to start out from the village itself or take the gondola to the beginning of the Overlord Trail (a challenging ridge climb that takes about four and a half hours to complete).