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A First Timer’s Guide To Whistler This Winter.

A First Timer’s Guide To Whistler This Winter.

A First Timer’s Guide To Whistler This Winter.

If you haven’t visited Whistler before, this winter is the perfect opportunity! With the current travel restrictions, Whistler may be a private paradise accessible only to visitors residing within Canada. Our doors are open and we are ready to welcome Canadian travelers from near and far to our beautiful mountain town. Whistler is a true winter wonderland. From ice skating on the Olympic Plaza to sleigh-rides on snowy Blackcomb mountain to steak fondue – Whistler has something for everyone. Read below to discover our first timer’s guide to Whistler!

The Low Down

Whistler is located just 2.5 hours from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), from where it is a beautiful, scenic drive up the famous Sea to Sky highway. Once in town, you don’t need to worry about transportation, as the village is a pedestrianized, picturesque stroll. The climate in winter tends to over in the negatives, but is significantly warmer than the East Coast, hovering around -5 to -10 Celcius.

First Timer's Guide To Whistler

Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Relax & Unwind

You may think that Whistler is all about adrenaline sports, but there is truly something for everyone in this beautiful mountain town. To relax and unwind, visit the Scandinave Spa, nestled in Whistler’s beautiful ancient forest.

Later, take a walk down the village stroll for some dining and retail therapy. With over 100 restaurants to choose from, Whistler is a foodie’s paradise! Check out some of our unique winter dining experiences, like the Vodka Ice Room in the Bearfoot Bistro, right here.

Relax and take it all in on one of Blackcomb’s Sleigh Rides. Enjoy the forested trails as your sleigh guides you to an amazing view of the twinkling lights of Whistler Village.

First Timer's Guide To Whistler

Fun for Families

Each winter a special outdoor ice skating rink opens in Whistler’s Olympic Plaza, located in the heart of Whistler Village with views of the surrounding mountains, the famous Olympic Rings, and the festive lights of the village.

Feel the wind in your face as you fly down the exhilarating Coca-Cola Tube Park, an afternoon of fun for all the family!

Fancy something inside? Try your luck at Whistler’s Escape Rooms for the ultimate brain teaser.

Feeling peckish? Be sure to stop by Cows Ice Cream and the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop for the ultimate indulgence.

Sightseeing & Photo Opportunities

Check out Whistler Valley Tours, the perfect way to see a lot in a small amount of time catered to those with a thirst for natural beauty, local knowledge, and adventure!

The PEAK 2 PEAK Sightseeing Experience is open to skiers and non-skiers over winter, and it’s a fantastic way to experience amazing panoramic views of the resort and beyond.

Don’t forget to stop by the Olympic Rings in the Olympic Plaza for a cool photo op!

First Timer's Guide To Whistler

A Unique Experience

For a truly unique Whistler experience, take a late-night walk through Whistler’s incredible light show, Vallea Lumina, and become enchanted by the snowy forest in this immersive, self-paced experience.

Combine thrill-seeking adventure with an opportunity to learn about Whistler’s rainforest ecology as you fly through the trees, enjoy ziplining through snow-capped trees with one of Ziptrek’s Eco Tours!

Whistler offers the unique opportunity to experience the thrill of the Olympic Bobsleigh sport for yourself! Whistler Sliding Centre offers Bobsleigh and Skeleton for those looking for the most daring activity in town.

To top off a day of activity, visit the Bearfoot Bistro for a champaign sabering experience and a visit to our Ketel One Vodka Ice Room.

First Timer's Guide To Whistler

For Adventure Seekers

Whistler is home to many exciting activities for the thrill-seekers such as heli-skiing, snowmobiling, and bungee jumping to name a few! And don’t forget the main attraction, two mountains with enough skiing and snowboarding terrain for all abilities.

Convinced to come to Whistler this winter?

This winter is the perfect time to visit Whistler and enjoy a true Canadian Winter Wonderland. Book with our flexible booking policies and save up to 30% with our current winter early bird offer.