Top 10 Family Activities in Whistler
Spring skiing means finding things for the whole family to do. In Whistler, there's no shortage of activities perfect for the kids as well as mom and dad. And surprise, surprise, some of them are free.
10. Movies, Movies, Movies
Whistler's Village 8 Cinema shows first-run films on its eight screens. Kids fare is well represented here with many movies opening the same weekend in Whistler as they do in major cities. Bargain matinee prices in effect daily until 6 pm.
9. Whistler Olympic Park
The whole family can cross-country ski on the same trails as the Olympians in the beautiful Callaghan Valley at the Whistler Olympic Park. Or they can try out snowshoeing. Rentals for both sports are available. About 9 kms south of Whistler, WOP is located in a unique micro climate that often has snow when Whistler Village is bare.
Ziptrek Eco Tours offers great views to those courageous enough to buckle in and fly along one of their 10 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 6 years old and 65 lbs to ride alone, tandem rides can be arranged for younger and lighter visitors.
7. Coca-Cola Tube Park
A little ways up Blackcomb is the Whistler Blackcomb Tube Park featuring multiple lanes that average 1000 ft in length and where riders can attain speeds of more that 80 km an hour. Tickets are either 1-hour or 2-hour passes for the park; the average rider can do five to seven runs in an hour. Children (under 12) must be 36 inches tall and accompanies by an adult. Magic carpet lift in place.
6. Meadow Park Sports Centre
With a six-lane lap pools, kids pool, hot tub, wet and dry sauna, fitness centre and an NHL regulation size ice sheet in the arena, there's always something fun to do at Meadow Park Sports Centre.
5. The Valley Trail
Walk, run or ride a chunk of The Valley Trail. The 30 km trail winds in and around Whistler from just outside of Emerald Estate to Spring Creek. If you've left the bikes at home, don't worry; rentals are available at sports stores throughout Whistler Village.
4. 7-11 Fire & Ice Show
On Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., the place to be is at the base of gondola in Whistler Village. There, amid twirling fire spinners you'll see the area's best skiers and boarders jumping through rings of fire and performing stylish aerials. Fireworks cap off this great free experience.
3. Skate on a frozen lake
Ice isn't always guaranteed, but bring your skates just in case.
2. Drink hot chocolate outside
Snow and hot chocolate go together extremely well. The best way to enjoy both is to take your beverage outside to a heated patio.
1. Ski Whistler Blackcomb
What would a Whistler vacation be without skiing? Whistler Blackcomb's diversity of terrain is perfect for accommodating family groups with varying skill levels. Ski lessons and ski tours can be arranged.
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Photo Credits: Chad Chomlack / Tourism Whistler