You’re guaranteed to be hitting up Whistler Blackbomb on your mountain town vacation, especially since it recently underwent $66 million in upgrades. New additions include a six-person Emerald Express chair lift in the Family Ski Zone, a 10-person gondola, and a four-person, high-speed Catskinner lift. But a trip to beautiful Whistler isn’t just for the die-hard downhill skiers and boarders. There are lots of activities to keep you busy this winter. Here are a few of our favourites.
Pull g-forces on the bobsleigh track at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Squeeze into a four-person sled with a trained bobsleigh pilot and reach speeds of up to 125 km/hr. Grab the ropes on both sides of the bobsleigh, breathe through your nose and have a blast.
No need to be intimidated by this particular winter activity—if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Whistler Olympic Park has more than 40 kilometres of marked trails with great views of the mountains and Olympic monuments. You can rent gear there or bring your own. Afterward, sightsee at the Park and eat chili in the Day Lodge.
Sure, skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb are the big draws for most visitors to Whistler, but, if you want to live like a local, check out the Lost Lake Park cross-country ski trails, which are a quick walk from Whistler Village. Glide on a loop through trees and past Lost Lake, along peaceful inclines and declines. Rent gear at Lost Lake PassivHaus or bring your own.
For the perfect ending to a day of winter fun, try Nita Lake Lodge’s Aura Restaurant. Not only does it offer a gorgeous view of glacier-fed Nita Lake, it also serves up incredibly delicious, locally sourced dishes (we highly recommend the yellow fin tuna and B.C. salmon poke).
[This story was originally published in 2015 and has since been updated.]