Whistler Winter Activities
Skiing in Whistler
As we all know, Whistler is the place to be if you love to ski in some of the best mountains in the world. Whistler Blackcomb has been named #1 Best Resort in North America and for good reason. It holds some of the longest runs and most vertical you can find anywhere in North America let alone the world. When skiing at Whistler Blackcomb there is such a thing as the Perfect Ski Day but there is also a pleothra of other activities to experience while visiting this magical place.
Other Snow Adventures
You don’t need to be up the mountain to enjoy all that Whistler has to offer, there are other snow sports that you can partake in that will get the heart pumping.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
There is over 160kms of trails for all ability levels located at three different locations around Whistler. Just walking distance from the Crystal Lodge are the Lost Lake Trails. In the summer this area is popular for cross-country biking and in the winter it is home to over 35kms of trails that you can access day or night. There are 25kms dedicated to cross country skiing and 15kms of snowshoeing trails that access over 525 acres of pristine forests. Afterwards you can grab a warm cup of coffee and cozy up in the PassivHaus which was home to the Austrian team during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Callaghan Valley is home to two massive recreational areas known as Callaghan Valley and Whistler Olympic Park which was home to the Nordic events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. They have everything on hand to get you out on the trails with an extensive rental shop for xc skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking, they even have Bromley Baseboarding if you want to try something new. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out to find Alexander Falls, one of the Sea to Sky’s most gorgeous waterfalls.
The Lost Lake trails are located a 10 minute walk from the Crystal Lodge Whistler lobby. You simply exit the doors along the main Village Stroll and walk to the day lots where you will meet up with the Valley Trail. From there you walk away from the village, past the skate park, under the overpass and the Passivhaus will be right on your left.
To get to the Callaghan Valley simply drive 20 minutes south of Whistler. Head down the Sea to Sky Highway and follow the signs to Whistler Olympic Park
Another fun snow activity you can do with the whole family is tubing at the Coca Cola Tube Park located at Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain. There is no experience needed, just a sense of adventure and need for speed. Feel the wind rushing through your hair as you slide down one of the 7 lanes ranging from kid friendly to black diamond. Children must be a minimum of 3 years old to try out the mini-kid lane that starts halfway up the conveyor belt. After, grab a bag of kettle corn and sit by the fire making it a true Canadian experience.
The park is located at midstation on Blackcomb Mountain, you simply load the Blackcomb gondola in Whistler Village and get off at the first stop. From there you follow the signs to the Coca Cola Tube Park. Make sure to dress warm and wear proper boots as it is a bit of a walk through the lit forest.
The Sea to Sky Corridor is known for its amazing year round sightseeing with endless areas to explore. Head north past Pemberton to Joffre Lakes and spend the day hiking to three beautiful turquoise lakes. You can also go south to Garibaldi Lake or Brandywine Falls to explore one of the area’s most beautiful waterfalls or you can stay right here in Whistler and take in two areas that are just walking distance from the Crystal Lodge & Suites.
Peak 2 Peak
Whistler is home to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the world’s highest and longest free standing gondola in the world. Ride along the 3km span while revelling incomparable views of snow covered peaks and the valley floor below. Families with children of any age can take part as there is not hiking involved, you simply take the Whistler gondola up and the P2P entrance is right at the Roundhouse Lodge. This is a great way to spend your day, young or old.
A great way to see the different areas of Whistler is along the Valley Trail. This pedestrian only path weaves past ice covered lakes, snow covered golf courses and soaring mountain views. The snow capped forest engulfs this gentle stroll and allows you to access the different Whistler neighbourhoods with people of any age. The Valley Trail connects just behind the hotel at the Whistler Golf Course and spans all the way down to Function Junction
Arts and Culture
Whistler is known for its fast pace, gravity fed sports that keep you moving but it also has a quieter side that allows you to slow down and take a moment to embrace the arts. Whistler new Cultural Connector is a scenic walkway that links six cultural institutions in Whistler. Spend the afternoon learning about the community’s cultural evolution over time.
One of the stops on the Cultural Connector is the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre where you can learn about the history and culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat people. Take a guided tour through the museum with a knowledgeable Cultural Ambassador where you can discover the history and culture of the indigenous way of life.
The Audain Art Museum is another stop along the cultural path; this architectural marvel opened its doors in 2016 and is now home to seven permanent collections that showcase over 200 works by BC artists. The Museum also has temporary exhibits which change every few months giving the museum an opportunity to exhibit a vast array of artists and pieces from Canada and all over the world.
Along the Cultural Connector you will also come across the Lost Lake PassivHaus, Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler Public Library and the Whistler Museum
Kid Friendly Activities
In Whistler, adults are not the only ones having fun during après. Whistler Olympic Plaza is home to Family Après that takes place every Monday and Wednesday evening from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Take part in Canadian activities such as street hockey, snowman building competitions and tobogganing.
Fire & Ice Show
Another free family friendly event is the Fire & Ice show that takes place every Sunday evening starting at 6:30pm in Skiers Plaza located at the bottom of Whistler Mountain. This is a must see for people of any age, stop by and witness some of Whistler Blackcomb’s finest flip through a burning ring of fire accompanied by fire spinners, a DJ and finished off with a first class firework display.
Here is a great family fun activity that doesn’t rely on the weather, Escape!Whistler, is a real life gaming experience where you get locked in a room and you need to solve clues and puzzles to make your way out. You are given 45 minutes to solve the puzzles but don’t worry, you are given clues if you get stuck. This is a great way to spend some quality family time indoors and get the creative juices flowing
Another great activity that is not weather dependent is the Indoor climbing at The Core. Located right beside the hotel, this 5,500 square foot indoor rock wall is perfect no matter what level of climber. Test your skills on the steep overhangs or tricky slab walls or learn how to belay with a friend. Whistler if full of activities you can do if Mother Nature is not cooperating, that is what makes this area so special, you will run out of time before you run out of ideas.
Picture yourself completely immersed in the beauty and serenity of your surroundings. Take time for yourself to unwind and energize the mind, body and soul. The Scandinave Spa, located just north of the village, offers traditional Scandinavian baths, eucalyptus steam rooms, saunas and cold plunges. Take advantage of our Relaxation Package and spend the day surrounded by stunning views amongst a cedar forest and mountain tops.
Winter in Whistler is nothing short of amazing, with endless activities to keep you busy, there is always something to do no matter what month you may visit. If you have questions on any of the activities mentioned above or would like to make a booking in one of the most central whistler hotels, please call the Crystal Lodge & Suites In House Reservations Team at 1.800.667.3363 or email [email protected]
photo credit - Mike Crane, Justa Jeskova, David McColm