SUM­MER FAM­ILY FUN

Keep­ing the kids amused in Whistler has never been eas­ier

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TRAVELLER WHY DON’T YOU - STORY BY

WVINCE SHULEY

FAM­ILY ZONE At the base of Black­comb Moun­tain, a ski lift stag­ing area is trans­formed into a fes­tive fun zone for chil­dren and adults alike. The West­coaster Luge ride winds its way down a 315- me­tre stain­less steel track, more than enough to get the heart pump­ing. For the rac­ers, the Hot Wheelz elec­tric go karts will let your kids loose on an oval track at a safe speed. One ses­sion is never enough! histler has long been re­garded as the Dis­ney­land of ski re­sorts. While sight­ings of pop­u­lar cartoon char­ac­ters are far more sel­dom, Whistler has a plethora of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids of all ages, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer months. From the car­ni­val- style at­mos­phere of the Fam­ily Zone at the base of Black­comb to the in­door ac­ro­bat­ics at Bounce in Func­tion Junc­tion, on any day in any weather there is some­thing fun to do. Look­ing to leave the ground? The Kiss the Sky Bungy Tram­po­line launches you 8 me­tres ( 25 feet) in to the air in a se­cure har­ness. Try a hand at flips and other ac­ro­batic ma­noeu­vres with ab­so­lute con­fi­dence and safety. If de­fy­ing grav­ity is your thing, don’t miss the Spin Cy­cle Hu­man Gy­ro­scope, an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence used by NASA to train as­tro­nauts in zero grav­ity! For the climbers- check out the maze of sus­pended nets in the Rope Zone; or crawl through the Spi­der Web which has an 8- me­tre ( 25 foot) high climb­ing web, for kids’ aged 4 to 13 years. Hit the ball out of the park at the Bat­ter Up bat­ting cage; race to nav­i­gate out of the Amaze’n Maze; swing or jump into an airbag with the Trapezy and bounce around the Bal­loon Slide & Cas­tle. En­er­getic kids have all the en­ter­tain­ment they need in the Ad­ven­ture Zone. For a slower paced ad­ven­ture the whole fam­ily can en­joy to­gether, Black­comb Trail Rides give you the op­tion of a 10- minute pony ride or a one- hour horse ride that climbs 1,000 feet ( 304.8 me­tres) up the moun­tain through trees and alpine mead­ows. Tours de­part four times daily. The Lit­tle Moun­tain Golf Cen­tre has a full 18- hole of mini golf on a chal­leng­ing course … per­fect for the whole fam­ily.

The thrill of dog sled­ding is no longer con­fined to the win­ter months with Cana­dian Wilder­ness Ad­ven­tures’ dog kart­ing in the Cal­laghan Val­ley. The adrenalin- filled ride will take you through old growth forests stop­ping at an his­toric trap­pers’ camp on the shores of Totem Pole Lake. The musher will give you a walk­ing tour around the area and ex­plain about pack life while the dogs rest. Tour is 3 hours round trip and in­cludes hel­met and gog­gles for the cart ride. Come join the pack!

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a reser­va­tion, visit www. cana­dian01. com or call 1.877.938.1616. The Ad­ven­ture Zone is lo­cated in the Up­per Vil­lage and open daily from June 15th to Septem­ber 2nd from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. Sun­day to Thurs­day and 10 a. m. To 8 p. m. on Fri­days and Satur­days.

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