Home to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the world’s coldest ice bar, this village nestled in the Canadian Rockies is so much more than just a ski town—although the skiing here is legendary. It’s also a mountain biking, paddleboarding, and adventure-racing hotspot. About a two-hour drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, there’s so much to do every season of the year that more than half of tourists come in the summer months. Whether you want to be super active or just chill out in the fresh mountain air, plan your perfect getaway with this year-round guide.
Winter & Spring
Heliskiing Boasting North America’s longest ski season (you can hit the slopes from November to July); 8,171 acres of terrain; and 38 lifts, Whistler attracts all levels of skiers and snowboarders. To really explore the powdery backcountry, sign up for a heliskiing adventure with a certified guide. A helicopter transports you into the wilderness where you'll be free to carve out your own trail in virgin powder. Heliskiing season runs from December 1st to April 21st. Find a tour at Whistler.com.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing If downhill's not your thing, strap on a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore the more than 43 miles of groomed trails in Whistler Olympic Park. Since the area averages more than 33 feet of snow a year, you can glide effortlessly through powder bowls and past glacial lakes; or work your way over to Lost Lake on the edge of town to traverse the almost 20-mile trail network. With the de-stressing power of the great outdoors topping even the best yoga class this is the most peaceful way to get a workout we’ve ever found.
Snowmobiling. Get access to backcountry terrain only accessible with a snowmobile (or ‘sled’ as the locals like to call ‘em). For the ultimate experience book the 7-hour (round trip) Powderhound tour which includes a private guide, lunch, and avalanche safety equipment.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride. Connecting the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, this record-breaking gondola is not only the highest lift with an elevation of 1,427 feet, but also the longest unsupported lift span in the world. Wait for one of the silver, glass-bottom rides for an even more spectacular view of the peaks and glaciers—and possibly some grizzlies. Just be aware that you'll need a lift ticket and will want to check availability here before you go.
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