Out & About with Kids - - SKI USA, CANADA & JAPAN - Whistlerblack­

ell-known by name, loved by many the world over, Whistler is the big­gest re­sort in North Amer­ica, lo­cated just two hours drive from Van­cou­ver in the Coast Moun­tain Range of Bri­tish Columbia (BC). The two ma­jes­tic moun­tains - Whistler and Black­comb - loom above an ex­ten­sive pedes­trian-only vil­lage of­fer­ing world-class ameni­ties, with re­lax­ing moun­tain cul­ture and fam­ily-friendly activities and en­ter­tain­ment.

Over 3270ha of snow-cov­ered slopes, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world­class ter­rain parks and 200+ marked trails make this re­sort a skier’s dream desti­na­tion. And, at the base Vil­lage, the ac­com­mo­da­tion, shops and an un­beat­able après-ski scene for all ages round out the fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence of a hol­i­day at Whistler.

Whistler Vil­lage is com­prised of the Vil­lage, Vil­lage North and Up­per Vil­lage at the base of both Whistler and Black­comb Moun­tains and all con­nected by the pedes­trian-only Vil­lage Stroll. It’s this ca­sual and friendly set up, where lo­cals and vis­i­tors min­gle, that gives Whistler its rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing ul­tra friendly with an all-in­clu­sive am­bi­ence. The en­ergy of the Vil­lage is found in shops, restau­rants and eater­ies, street en­ter­tain­ment and mar­kets and all within an easy stroll of a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion in­clud­ing ho­tels like Four Sea­sons, Westin, Hil­ton and The Fair­mont Chateau Whistler. With some­thing to suit all bud­gets and fam­ily sizes, you can opt to self-cater or re­lax and let some­one else take care of the day-to­days in a wide choice of con­do­mini­ums, town­homes, chalets and homes and ho­tels.

Kids Ski Free and Kids Rent Free (12 & un­der when book­ing with an adult) at Whistler and, on the slopes, chil­dren from 3 years to 12 years can take part in fun, age ap­pro­pri­ate Kids Ski and Snow­board pro­grams, and kids from 13 to 18 years, of all abil­ity lev­els, will love Whistler-Black­comb’s teen ski and snow­board lessons. Whistler’s 3 and 5-day Ad­ven­ture Camps for kids aged 3 to 6 years pro­vide a fan­tas­tic group les­son en­vi­ron­ment that’s jam-packed with fun events, themes and activities. Chil­dren progress quickly and con­fi­dently with the same in­struc­tor for the du­ra­tion.

Snow­play activities for chil­dren and fam­i­lies are plen­ti­ful, in­clud­ing win­ter zi­plin­ing, tub­ing, snow­shoe­ing, snow mo­bile rides, dogsled­ding and sleigh rides. There’s also free out­door ice skat­ing and, the must-see views from the in­cred­i­ble Peak 2 Peak Gon­dola ride.

Head to Whistler Olympic Plaza Snow Zone, a ded­i­cated snow­play zone for kids tucked among cof­fee­houses, restau­rants and shops, that has a stock­pile of the best in­gre­di­ent ever – snow! Whistler Olympic Plaza is also the venue for Fam­ily Après, an event fea­tur­ing free kid-friendly activities and en­ter­tain­ment held on select evenings through win­ter. Sur­rounded by the sparkling hol­i­day lights and close to the out­door ice skat­ing rink, Fam­ily Après is all about ex­pe­ri­enc­ing win­ter out­door fun with your kids, the Cana­dian way. The en­ter­tain­ment and fam­ily activities change from week to week, from snow­man build­ing com­pe­ti­tions and to­bog­gan­ing to sto­ry­telling, rov­ing char­ac­ters, mu­sic, snacks and hot bev­er­ages.

Want more? What about Whistler Mu­seum in the Vil­lage with fun in­door activities and crafts for kids 6 to 12 years, Whistler Pub­lic Li­brary with Teen Lounge, Wi-Fi and kids play area, the Win­ter Scavenger Hunt and Kids Night Out?

And then there’s Whistler Black­comb’s leg­endary free Fire & Ice Show ev­ery Sun­day night at Skier’s Plaza. Watch the re­sort’s best skiers and rid­ers jump and flip through a blaz­ing ring of fire to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of a DJ, fire spin­ners and fire­works!

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