Top 3 things to do in Whistler, Canada after the New Year
Ski season in Whistler, Canada runs from late November to mid-May—and this is exactly why you should be heading to the snow-capped town right now to take advantage of all of this snow! So if you haven’t made time before or during the holidays to visit Whistler, here are the best and most exciting seasonal activities and destinations that could entice you to book that next flight to Canada.
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What else to do in Whistler than ski, of course? Whistler and Blackcomb are the two iconic mountains of the town of Whistler, which make up the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort during winter time. The enormous ski area spanning more than 8,100 acres offers more than 200 trails perfect for all kinds of ski skill levels. Whether this is your first time to try the snow sport or you’re a veteran looking to conquer some steep and challenging trails, Whistler Blackcomb is the perfect destination.
Apart from skiing, other winter activities that can enjoyed at the ski resort are snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and zip lining. Get to enjoy various snow sports in your best winter gear as you gaze upon the beautiful and towering view of the sister mountains. It’s just breathtaking.
Travel tip: Lines for various activities at Whistler Blackcomb can get a little long with the amount of tourists and locals visiting the place. To avoid wasting precious ski time in line, arrange for tickets, rentals, and lessons before your planned ski itinerary.
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You can’t very well sleep buried in snow, can you? Since you’ve come to Whistler to ski at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, your best bet for accommodation is at the Whistler Village, which is located right at the foot of the resort. The village is home to many inns and lodging so it’s easier to go back up and down the mountain. It also has a vibrant selection of bars and restaurants to warm you up with a nice hot meal.
At the heart of the village is also a worthy must-see: the Olympic Plaza. The plaza is hard to miss since a huge Olympics symbol greets everyone to the area. Olympic and Paralympic mementos are on display at the plaza in tribute to the 2010 Winter Olympics held in the town. During the winter season, they even open an outdoor ice skating rink so it really is a must try!
Travel tip: Grab a Beavertail pastry at the village! The fried pastry resembles a beaver tail (of course, very foreseeable) and is topped with a variety of sweet confections. Forget your diet and don’t miss the chance to dig in to one of these!
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If you’re willing to spend a few more bucks, why not go for a heli excursion? There are many helicopter tours in Whistler, depending on your budget and what you want to see. There are the basic ones which fly you over the resort and let you appreciate the beauty of the white winter wonderland from a bird’s eye view, and there are some which brings you on a trek across one of the 12,000-year-old glaciers dating back to the last ice age.
Our suggestion, however, is to take the 4- to 4.5-hour Heli Ice Cave Explore where an A-star helicopter will bring you to explore Canada's largest and southernmost Ice Cap. Witness nature’s breathtaking display of ice sculptures, frozen flowing slides, and labyrinths that will, in contrast, melt your heart.
Travel Tip: One of the best experiences during the heli tour is the glacier landing, when the pilot lands on the glaciers and lets people out to take photos and enjoy the spectacular view. Take note, however, that not all chartered tours could do this due to the varying nature of flying in the mountains. So if you’re very particular about wanting to land atop a glacier, ask beforehand so you can set your trip when the weather condition will allow the pilot to do so.