Four ways to enjoy wide-open spaces in Whistler this winter

Four ways to enjoy wide-open spaces in Whistler this winter

With an average of more than 10 meters a year of snow, Whistler in winter is a paradise for skiers. This extraordinary town located in Western Canada's British Columbia offers a long winter season, lasting from November to May, with dramatic mountain views and over 200 trails in Whistler Blackcomb. 

There is so much more to do than skiing in this huge world-class ski resort. This magical place offers a winter wonderland scene, spectacular wildlife and plenty of winter activities for everyone. That’s why we’ve decided to write down our favourite things to do in Whistler for non-skiers.

1. Peak 2 Peak Gondola


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Enjoy a magical experience by spending an entire day exploring both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. This must-do sightseeing experience, which is available almost all year round, is an incredible way to admire the stunning British Columbia landscapes covered in snow. Read more about PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola here

Furthermore, there is a trail network on each mountain with a great range of paths for all skill levels that will allow you to discover incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers.

2. Vallea Lumina


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Filled with unexpected enchantments, Vallea Lumina is an extraordinary night walk through an old-growth forest. Witness the hidden wonders of this magical path and experience an unforgettable adventure in the surroundings of Cougar Mountain.

Vallea Lumina runs all the winter season and it’s perfect for all ages, groups and families. The trail takes approximately one hour to walk through the show. Discover the Valley of Light and get surrounded by natural phenomena.

3. Whistler Village


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Whistler Village is conveniently located at the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, featuring cultural activities, shopping, spas and dining options. Take a walk on the pedestrian-friendly Village stroll and discover the large selection of shops, local boutiques, restaurants and hotels.

In winter, the main village of Whistler is covered in snow and creates a magical winter wonderland scene. In addition, there is plenty of après ski to enjoy a fun atmosphere with fabulous live music, dinner and drinks.

4. Valley Trail


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If you are looking to experience Whistler’s winter wonderland, the paved Valley Trail connects Whistler’s neighbourhoods and it’s perfect for walking, exploring and running all year round.

With over 40 kilometres of trail, there is a great variety of routes for you to explore stunning frozen lakes, and parks. The Valley Trail connects all Whistler's neighbourhoods from Function Junction in the south to Emerald in the north, passing through the Village, Upper Village and Creekside as well as other residential areas on the way.

From a destination for a ski enthusiast and other endless winter activities to a place of relaxation and reflection; a destination that comes alive in winter to spectacular views from up high, Whistler is a place to be discovered.

Inspired to explore this amazing destination, request our brochure here. If this article has inspired you to visit Whistler, our team of expert advisors would be happy to personalise your perfect holiday, just call us on 0161 888 5632 or click here to explore more holidays with First Class Holidays.

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Posted on 25th August 2022


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