Top 5 Whistler Winter Activities (Besides Skiing)
So you think Whistler’s the #1 ski resort in North America? Well, you’re right! Of course it is. But did you know…
Bungee Jumping is the #2 Most Popular Activity in Whistler?
It’s true. And the most popular activity in Whistler, according to TripAdvisor, is riding on the Peak-to-Peak Gondola. Not skiing mind you, just riding the gondola back and forth. That got us thinking.
Perhaps you all might be interested in what Trip Advisor Reviewers think are the top 5 activities in Whistler. We revised the list slightly, to only include winter activities, and, of course, to assume that skiing/snowboarding at Whistler/Blackcomb is a given.
Turns out, there are a ton of great things to do in Whistler in the winter, and many of the top items were things that were new to us.
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1. Peak-2-Peak Gondola: Of course you can ski or snowboard once you’ve crossed from Whistler to Blackcomb (or visa versa) — 4.4 kilometres in just 11 minutes. But you don’t have to. The ride itself is enough. You’ll see stunning 360 degree views, you’ll watch the machinery in action — your pass includes a look behind the scenes — and you can learn about the makings of this record breaking, world’s longest continuous lift. You can enjoy a meal in any one of the mountain restaurants, and spend some time enjoying the scenery, going back and forth between the two mountains as many times as you wish.
2. Whistler Bungee: Locals describe Whistler Bungee as the most extreme activity in Whistler, which, considering the source, is saying a lot. Then again, you will be leaping 160 feet off a bridge over the glacial fed Cheakamus River, in the middle of winter, surrounded by basalt cliffs, ice, old growth forest and snow. Luckily, Whistler Bungee has an unblemished safety record and more than 17 years experience, so you know you’re in good hands.
3. Whistler Library: This is actually listed at #7 on Trip Advisor activities, but #3 is skiing Whistler/Blackcomb, which we’re not counting, and #4,5 and 6 are summer activities. So here we are. Totally legitimately, we’ve got bungee jumping at #2 and the library at #3. Reviewers say “Bring your sunglasses!” and “An excellent location to relax and read” It’s a gorgeous spot, with a living room like space and a roaring fire, perfect for curling up with a good book on a less-than-perfect day.
4. Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre: Right behind the library, visitors have chosen the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre as their next favourite activity in Whistler. It’s an incredible space. Three storeys with over 30,000 square feet which evoke a Squamish longhouse and a Lil’wat Istken (pit house). The space includes the museum, gift gallery, a cafe and an 80 seat HD theatre. Guests can enjoy a cultural performance of drums and song and also learn an indigenous craft.
5. Coast Range Heliskiing: The most recent review of Coast Range Heliskiing states: “Just plain OMG, the best of the best adrenaline rush ever.” Not really sure we need to say much more. There are ten reviews on Trip Advisor, and they are all “excellent”.
So there you have it. The top 5 winter activities in Whistler (besides skiing Whistler/Blackcomb). Were you surprised? Did this list give you any new ideas? What would you add to it?
Posted by Aava Whistler Hotel on Wednesday, November 20, 2013