Activities & Tours
There is a wealth of things to do in Whistler during winter beyond skiing and snowboarding at Whistler ski resort
. Whether you want to extend your skiing beyond the boundaries of the resort into the backcountry, pamper yourself with spa treatments, or take a snowmobile or dog sledding tour, Whistler pretty much has it all!
Whistler Heli Skiing
The exhilaration of Whistler heli skiing or heli boarding will provide the perfect adjunct to your Whistler ski holiday. Ogling the views from the helicopter are an amazing experience in itself, but shredding all that fresh backcountry powder is what really gets powder hounds drooling! There are Whistler heli skiing packages available to suit intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders from three heli ski providers.
The Whistler Heli Skiing
company provides a range of packages. Their specialty is their 3 and 4 run packages with big helicopters (and big groups). They are best suited to first time heli skiers and those with limited powder skiing experience. Whistler Heli Skiing also has a small group, 6 run package. Whistler Heli Skiing has amazingly vast terrain so they have a huge choice of terrain to find the best snow available.
Coast Range Heliskiing
provides 4 or 6 run packages. They only offer small group heli skiing, which has the advantage of better tailoring of runs to suit the ability of the group. Coast Range is well suited to advanced riders and they provide runs that are slightly longer on average than the other two Whistler heliski operators. Their 6 run packages are the same price as for Whistler Heli Skiing, whilst the 4 run package costs a little more (but it potentially provides better value for money considering the small group heli skiing). Coast Range Heliskiing also provides accommodation pick ups and drop offs.
||Whistler Heli Skiing | Whistler BC Canada
Operating out of Whistler village, access is super easy and you don't have to be an expert skier or boarder! Be sure to add a day or 2 to your itinerary whilst in Whistler Blackcomb.
||Coast Range Heli Skiing | Whistler BC Canada
Want guaranteed freshies when you head to Whistler? Go with Coast Range for small group heli skiing; 24 times the terrain of Whistler Blackcomb & just a handful of friends to share it with!
Alternatively once you've had a warm-up at Whistler Blackcomb you could head up to TLH Heliskiing
, which is 131km north of Whistler. TLH Heli Skiing offer multi-day packages (3, 4, 5 or 7 days) with unlimited vertical which means unlimited powder bliss!
Guided Backcountry Ski Tours
If you prefer to earn your turns, there are several operators in Whistler that offer daily or multi-day backcountry ski and snowboard tours. Whistler Blackcomb has a massive amount of lift-accessible backcountry, meaning you can access a lot of untracked terrain in a day.
||Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau
Certified guides based in Whistler. Offer backcountry ski/snowboard touring & instruction, ski mountaineering, multi-day ski touring, ice climbing, avalanche courses & more.
Cross-Country Skiing Whistler
There are lots of Nordic skiing opportunities around the Whistler area. Closest to Whistler is the Lost Lake venue, which features 32km of cross country trails and night skiing on some of the trails. Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Valley are located about 16 kilometres from Whistler, offering more than 90km of tracks. Cross country ski lessons and rental equipment are readily available.
Family Activities Whistler
There are lots of family activities in Whistler. One example is the tubing park on Blackcomb Mountain (catch the free Blackcomb Excalibur gondola up to the park), which is open until 8pm. Ice skating at the Whistler Olympic Plaza (North Village) on the outdoor rink is another popular family activity, or other options include snowshoeing and sleigh rides.
Whistler Adventure Activities
The tourist trade in adventure activities is alive and well, with a large range of things to do in Whistler.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures offer dog sledding tours that run for a few hours. The dogs will take you for a ride on beautiful trails in the Callaghan Valley.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures (aka Canadian Snowmobile Adventures) also offer a variety of snowmobiling tours for beginners up to advanced riders, with the latter heading heading into the backcountry for some powder chasing. One of the tours is a Whistler fondue dinner trip. It starts with the guided snowmobile tour up to the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain. The dinner includes a couple of fondues, dessert, wine and live music, before you head down the mountain and enjoy the views of the twinkling lights of Whistler. For those who don’t want to ride a snowmobile (or want to drink a bit of alcohol with dinner), the other option is to take a snowcat tour up to the Crystal Hut instead. The Whistler fondue tour is a pretty unique experience.
Zip Trek Eco Tours is a great tour if you’re feeling like an afternoon off the slopes and want to partake in an activity that’s not too sedate.
Other adventure activities include ice climbing, bungee jumping and ice hockey, or you can visit the Great Wall Climbing and Guiding Centre.
If you feel like a well earned rest from the slopes, or just in the mood to spoil yourself, then there are a number of Whistler day spas whose services you can avail of. Treatments include a simple one hour massage to a full day all encompassing body and mind adjustment.
||Solarice Wellness Spas
Treat your weary mind and body to one of the many spa treatments on offer at Solarice. Two locations in Whistler village.
Other Whistler Activities
There are also art galleries to stroll through, and of course there’s the infamous Whistler shopping
Other Relevant Listings
|Northern Escape Heli Ski | NE BC Canada
A whopping 20 - 30 metre annual snow fall, 1.5 million acres of terrain, a helicopter, a remote lodge & a few friends. Why not add a 3 - 7 day heli adventure to your next BC Canada visit?
||Ski & Snowboard Instructor Courses
Earn your ski or snowboarding level 1 or level 2 instructor certification at one of the best ski resort destinations on the planet; Whistler Blackcomb. Duration 4 weeks or 11 weeks.
||Yes Improvement Program / Tour
Improve your skiing or boarding skills up to instructor level & at the same time have the holiday of a lifetime.
Duration from 1 to 11 weeks in 1 week blocks.