Spring skiing means finding things for the whole familyto do. In Whistler, there’s no shortage of activitiesperfect for the kids as well as mom and dad. And surprise,surprise, some of them are free.
10. Movies, Movies, Movies
Whistler’sVillage 8 Cinema shows first-run films on its eight screens.Kids fare is well represented here with many movies opening thesame weekend in Whistler as they do in major cities. Bargainmatinee prices in effect daily until 6 pm.
9. Whistler Olympic Park
The whole family can cross-country ski on the same trails as theOlympians in the beautiful Callaghan Valley at the Whistler Olympic Park. Or theycan try out snowshoeing. Rentals for both sports are available.About 9 kms south of Whistler, WOP is located in a unique microclimate that often has snow when Whistler Village is bare.
Ziptrek Eco Tours offers great viewsto those courageous enough to buckle in and fly along one of their10 forest canopy-skimming ziplines. Speeds can reach up to 80 km,so this is definitely not for the wimpy. Kid have to be at least 6years old and 65 lbs to ride alone, tandem rides can be arrangedfor younger and lighter visitors.
7. Coca-Cola Tube Park
A little ways up Blackcomb is the Whistler Blackcomb Tube Parkfeaturing multiple lanes that average 1000 ft in length and whereriders can attain speeds of more that 80 km an hour. Tickets areeither 1-hour or 2-hour passes for the park; the average rider cando five to seven runs in an hour. Children (under 12) must be 36inches tall and accompanies by an adult. Magic carpet lift inplace.
6. Meadow Park Sports Centre
With a six-lane lap pools, kids pool, hot tub, wet and drysauna, fitness centre and an NHL regulation size ice sheet in thearena, there’s always something fun to do at MeadowPark Sports Centre.
5. The Valley Trail
Walk, run or ride a chunk of The Valley Trail. The 30 km trailwinds in and around Whistler from just outside of Emerald Estate toSpring Creek. If you’ve left the bikes at home, don’t worry;rentals are available at sports stores throughout WhistlerVillage.
4. 7-11Fire & Ice Show
On Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., the place to be is at the baseof gondola in Whistler Village. There, amid twirling fire spinnersyou’ll see the area’s best skiers and boarders jumping throughrings of fire and performing stylish aerials. Fireworks cap offthis great free experience.
3. Skate on a frozen lake
Ice isn’t always guaranteed, but bring your skates just incase.
2. Drink hot chocolate outside
Snow and hot chocolate gotogether extremely well. The best way to enjoy both is to take yourbeverage outside to a heated patio.
1. Ski Whistler Blackcomb
What would a Whistler vacation be withoutskiing? Whistler Blackcomb’s diversity of terrain is perfect foraccommodating family groups with varying skill levels. Ski lessonsand ski tours can be arranged.
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Photo Credits: Chad Chomlack / Tourism Whistler