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
CommentsMarch 25, 2011
Beyond Fast Food – Five Faves for Family Dining Whistler
For vacationing parents, successfully dining anywhereother than where you place your order through a speaker,can feel like a victory.
A favourite foodie destination, Whistler is also one resort thathasn’t forgotten about the mac and cheese set. Here are a fewkid-friendly places that adults will also enjoy.
Kids likenoodles. And no one does noodles like this hole in thewall next to the 7-11 on Main Street in Whistler Village.
Pasta Lupino specializes insimple, delicious fare: fresh, fabulous noodles available with red,white or meat sauce with a few other Italian favourites on themenu.
Most meals are under $12. With it’s small tables and limitedcapacity, Pasta Lupino is great for smaller groups.
Withlocations in the Nester’s Market complex and in Creekside,this local favourite has one of the best deals for kids’ plates inall of Whistler offering omnivore and vegetarian versions. It’spossible for a family of four to walk away from Whistler Samurai Sushi stuffedfor under $40
There’s a lot of healthier burger fare at thisVillage joint on Main Street, but it’s also the place togo if you just want to remember how great life tasted before youeven knew you had a cholesterol number.
With Splitz Grill handcut fries, crispy onion rings and impressive array of condiments,Splitz puts the chain burger places to shame.
For kids, this BC institution hasalways been about the Pirate Pak.
Prepare to leave White Spot carryingat least one of the cardboard pirate ships designed to hold agrilled cheese, hamburger or chicken nuggets in its hull, alongsidesome fries, a container of ice cream, some chocolate milk and achocolate gold coin.
Organic, entirely homemadepizzas (right down to the house-cured pepperoni) give thisCreekside eatery the edge when itcomes to producing a nice wheel. This is good food that’s familiarenough that even picky eaters will come onside, but differentenough to amuse mom and dad’s pizza-jaded palates.
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CommentsMarch 15, 2011
Whistler celebrates snowboarding & skiing
For 10 days, April 15-24, Whistler rocks with the 16thannual TELUS World Ski & Snowboarding Festival. Thebiggest event of its kind, TWSSF brings together Canada’s bestwinter sports with bands and DJs from around the world and artinspired by the sports.
When does the TWSSF start?
The festival gets underway Friday, April 15night with the opening of the State of the Art multi-media artsshow at the Whistler Conference Centre. But the next night,Saturday, April 16, is when things really get going with aspectacular after dark snowboard jam that will leave youbreathless. If you can’t make it for the first weekend, don’tdespair. The weekdays are packed with activities and the TWSFFdoesn’t conclude until the end of the next weekend!
Boarderstyle, Slopestyle & Pipes to spare
The Show: A Snowboarding Eventsees the hardy take on the Mogul Mash on April 17.
For three days, April 17 – 19, the mountainwill belong to boarders as they test their mettle inBoarderstyle/Stylecross events, Dustin Craven’s FUN pipe Jam andthe aforementioned moguls.
On April 20, the skiers move in.
From April 21 – 23, the World Ski Invitationalwill have ranked two plankers from around the world taking part inSlopestyle, Degree Superpipe and Big Air events for a shot at someof the $100,000 in prize money.
TWSSF: It’s music, too
As the mountain winds down for the day, the main stageat the base of the mountain at Skier’s Plaza will rock.The Axe free concert series will be presenting awesome alternativebands every afternoon including Tokyo Police Club, Broken SocialScene and Gogol Bordello. Whistler’s self-proclaimed “Daddy-Os ofthe patios”, The Hairfarmers, will be rocking après at betterpatios in The Village. This year late night party scene belongs toMonster, the energy drink company with events including the TheSh*t Show, The Late Show and The Side Show.
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