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Winter Activities 2016
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Upcoming Outdoor Winter Activities

With ski season in full effect there are still many outdoor activities to do in Whistler this winter. From dressing like santa and racing down the slopes to ice skating with the family at the Olympic Plaza. Whistler never runs short of stuff for the whole family to do. 

Dress Like Santa Day

Dress Like Santa Day Returns 

Tomorrow, on Saturday December 17th, Whistler Blackcomb’s annual Dress Like Santa Day returns just in time for the holidays. Skiers, boarders, and riders of all ages are invited to dress like Santa or Mrs. Claus and bring Christmas spirit to the village and slopes. A free lift ticket will be awarded to the first 100 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company, situated at the base of Whistler Mountain, in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire. No registration is necessary for this event; lift tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Santa’s elves will be distributing free samples from Santa’s sleigh outside the Roundhouse Lodge between 11:00am and 3:00pm.

For more information on Dress Like Santa Day check out the Whistler Blackcomb Website.

Skating Olympic Plaza

Ice Skating

Love skating? Imagine skating outdoors with your family and friends, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery, the twinkle of festive lights and the Olympic rings. Each winter, the Resort Municipality of Whistler in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, transforms Whistler Olympic Plaza into skating rinks. With room for 150 skaters at a time, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza is as intimate as it is spectacular. Opened on December 20th, this year promises to be a winter wonderland. 

Whistler Olympic Plaza is located in the heart of Whistler Village near the intersection of Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way. With free admission for everybody and $6 skate rentals, this isn’t something you wanna miss. Helmets are available at no charge so grab the whole family and come skate!

  • Open seven days a week: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Closed for maintenance daily:  2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • December 24 11 a.m – 8 p.m.
  • December 25 12 – 4 p.m.
  • December 31 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Lost Lake Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoe Trails

Getting tired of all that vertical skiing? Well how about trying out some cross country skiing. Lost Lake Cross Country has just opened up 6 km of ski and snowshoe trails. Regular hours of operation will be from 8am-8pm with alternate hours on holidays. Night skiing is also available after 3pm daily where Lost Lake Loop is lit. Lit as in super fun and set up with lights.

Offering 25 km of cross country trails and 15 km of snowshoe trails with incredible views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Lost Lake is the place to be this winter. The cross country trails are groomed daily for classic and skate techniques, with four kilometres lit for night skiing.

The cross country ski season typically runs mid-December to the end of March, depending on weather. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with alternative hours on holidays.

  • December 24  8am-5pm
  • December 25 12pm-5pm
  • December 26  8am-8pm
  • December 31  8am-5pm
  • January 1  10am-8pm

Family Apres Fire Dancer

Family Après

Whistler knows how to apres and now the whole family can celebrate a great day on the slopes with even more fun at the Olympic Plaza. Starting on December 19th, parents are invited to unwind and share stories about their day with a warm beverage while the kids can participate in a variety of outdoor, winter activities and entertainment each week. Family apres will be running from 3pm - 6pm every Monday and Wednesday until the end of March! Come join the afterparty fun!

December 19, 2016 - March 29, 2017 (Mondays & Wednesdays) from 3 - 6 pm

Photo Credit: Mike Crane

Posted by on Friday, December 16, 2016