Even before the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler-Blackcomb was a well known winter sport location since though it has officially become an international hot spot. Even the jet set comes in here for the world famous skiing and snowboarding. This raises a question though; what if skiing just isn’t your thing? Well if that’s the case and you are in Whistler, especially in the summer, you are in luck as there is plenty more that you can do than just ski. A few suggestions include.
There are countless options for picturesque hikes near Whistler. Riding up the Whistler Village Gondola will get you up the mountain, perhaps even spotting a bear along the way, so you can enjoy the best trails with amazing views down the mountain. There are also trails emitting from the village at lower altitudes including natural preserves to discover such as Brandywine Falls, Garibaldi, and Joffre Lake.
The village gondola can also carry cyclists to the mountain top so they can enjoy the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The bike park has more than 200 kilometers of trails divided up into runs with easy courses for beginners and black diamond courses for extreme riders. Near Whistler village at lower altitudes there are cycling options near to Lost Lake with 35 kilometres of paved trails circling around the lake.
Go Grab a Bite or a Drink
Whistler is filled with options for food and drink. Some of the great options for places to enjoy a meal include Araxi with its hefty wine list, Splitz Grill with all variations of toppings – known and original – for burgers and Ingrid’s Village Cafe with vegetarian cuisine. Once you have had your fill of food head over to the Whistler Brew House to enjoy a pint from one of the many nearby breweries.
Go Paddling or Rafting
Looking for more excitement?… perhaps a rafting or paddling trip might be a good option. White water rafting is an exciting option along the Elaho or Squamish rivers. Be ready to get wet though, especially during the spring thaw, the rapids can get intense and make for a bumpy journey. For a less intense, drier experience on the water, there is also canoeing and kayaking options. Alta Lake offers great options for both including rentals.
Go Climbing or Bungee Jumping
If you are a rock climber you can try to tackle the sheer face of Stawamus Chief that stands imposingly near the Sea-to- Sky Highway. If you’re feeling even more adventurous than scaling a cliff face there are also bungee jumping companies, Whistler Bungee and Whistler Skydiving, set up in Cheakamus River canyon.