The Coast Mountains of British Columbia deserve to have a destination like Whistler. When you come here you really do see the best of BC. There are world-class summer and winter activities on your doorstep and tons of good people to show you how and where to do them.
Whether you come looking for skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, zip lines, bungee jumping, kayaking, x-country or downhill biking, hiking, scrambling or mountaineering; you cant fail to be awed by the spectacular scenery and incredible array of activities available here.
Favourite spot for skiing in Whistler?
7th Heaven area on Blackcomb mountain – duck over to the Lakeside Bowl and there are fresh powder stashes to be had all the way down through the trees to the lift. For the steeps, head just over to the Glacier Express chair where you can ski chutes, bowls and couloirs until your quads quit on you.
Favourite spot for backcountry skiing in and around Whistler?
The backcountry behind Whistler and Blackcomb mountains is some of the best terrain in the area. The Musical Bumps lead out towards Fissile Peak and make a beautiful day tour. Access to any of this backcountry is either by lift (one-way backcountry lift ticket costs around $50) or by following the Singing Pass trail from Whistler Village up the Fitzsimmons Creek valley.
The jewel of the Coast Mountains is the Duffey Lake Road; a 1-1.5 hour drive north of Whistler. Vast, snow covered valleys and peaks can be easily accessed from the highway and the snow is a little drier and fluffier here. Cerise Creek is the best known tour offering glacier runs, tree skiing and a warm hut. For a quick day trip, Rohr Ridge is my personal favourite. The Rocky Horror Powder Show follows the ridge line from the peak to the highway.
There are various guiding companies that operate in this area and all are highly recommended. They are able to safely show you the best that the Coast Mountains have to offer and provide the right equipment and skills.
Favourite spot for mountain biking in Whistler?
Im not a downhill biker so Im biased towards the x-country trails. Comfortably Numb, a 25km trail that winds its way back to Whistler Village is the classic of the area. Keep your eyes peeled for news on the High Alpine Dream Project too, slated for completion by WORCA volunteers in summer 2011. This would be a trail that gives access to the high alpine without lifts.
If you fancy some different scenery, Squamish is just 40 minutes south of Whistler and offers even more world-class riding through old-growth coastal rainforest.
Favourite places to grab some food in Whistler?
Splitz Grill is the place to be if you are hungry. They offer a huge array of burgers and side orders including free-range, local buffalo and turkey burgers. This is the spot where youll be standing in line with the locals.
Ciao-Thyme Bistro wont disappoint your taste buds, I love the yam fries with roasted onion and balsamic dipmmm I do like yam fries. They have breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Not budget but definitely good quality food and good value for money.
Its worth asking the locals for the best spots to eat, there are a lot of overpriced restaurants in Whistler.
Favourite places for a drink in Whistler?
If you are looking for downright dirty fun, then the GLC at the base of Blackcomb cant be beaten. Ask any local (or hungover tourist) and they will point you in the right direction. Buffallo Bills, Merlins and Tommy Africas will also keep you boogying until the early hours and leave you with no doubt that the infamous Whistler nightlife deserves its reputation.
Personally I prefer the Dubh Linn Gate pub, where a nice cosy atmosphere, good beer and reasonably priced food make a great choice for aprs drinks. If you end up in Creekside, head to Dustys for more good food and beer and the Canadian BBQ championships in the summer.
Whats the best time of year to come to Whistler?
Whistler is a year round destination. There is always something you can do in the outdoors here. Whistler is best known for skiing and other winter activities, but visit in the summer and there is a world class mountain biking park, miles of rivers and lakes as well as tons of wilderness hiking and scrambling in nearby Garabaldi Provincial Park.
And of course the party scene is a year round, world famous phenomenon.
Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to Whistler?
If you are skiing on Whistler/Blackcomb resort, grab an early breakfast and get up for first tracks. Plan your lunch break for about 11am – while the crowds are eating lunch, youre munching through powder on a quiet mountain!
Also, book yourself onto a free Avalanche Awareness Tour provided by Whistler/Blackcomb. Its a great way to see the mountain, learn some valuable skills and best of all, its free. We might even meet cos Im one of the guides.
In summer get out and walk around the trails to escape the hubbub of Village life. You really can escape into wilderness in just a few minutes.
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