APRÈS-SKI AC­TIV­I­TIES FOR THE WHOLE FAM­ILY

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TRAVELLER I CONTENT - STORY BY STEVE FISHER IM­AGES BY JOERN ROHDE

While ski­ing or snow­board­ing is of­ten No. 1 on any win­ter vis­i­tor’s to-do list, Whistler has a lot more to of­fer than just slid­ing on the re­sort’s mas­sive slopes. There’s no need for your day to end by midafter­noon, as many of Whistler’s ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­ven­tures can be en­joyed af­ter the moun­tains close. If you’re look­ing for more thrills, a fam­ily-ori­ented ac­tiv­ity or a fun way to en­joy a hearty din­ner, here are a few sug­ges­tions for how you can cap off a great day of ski­ing or board­ing with more good times!

A great way to com­bine an evening ad­ven­ture with a hearty din­ner is to join Cana­dian Wilder­ness Ad­ven­tures’ Sproatt Steak Night by Snow­mo­bile tour. Guests first en­joy a snow­mo­bile ride through the Cal­laghan Val­ley’s ac­cess roads and trails, with a chance to play around on a frozen lake along the way. Your des­ti­na­tion is a rus­tic cabin on Sproatt Moun­tain, where a three-course steak din­ner cooked on an old-fash­ioned wood stove and grill awaits.

“The huge old-growth trees tower above, and the first sight­ing of the cabin gen­er­ally leaves guests awestruck. The heat of the wood stove as you en­ter the cabin gives you a tin­gle on your cheeks that will surely warm your heart and soul,” says Al­lan Craw­ford, owner of Cana­dian Wilder­ness Ad­ven­tures.

The meal in­cludes a daily fea­ture soup, An­gus beef sir­loin steak, gar­lic mashed pota­toes, sea­sonal veg­eta­bles and a spe­cial dessert pre­pared by the Bear­foot Bistro. Tours de­part on Tues­days and Thurs­days at 5 p.m. and take about 4.5 hours. One adult must be the driver, but snow­mo­biles can be shared with an­other adult or youth 10-and-over, at the pas­sen­ger rate. No pre­vi­ous snow­mo­bil­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired. Visit cana­di­an­wilder­ness.com.

Ziptrek’s zi­pline tours have long been a top choice among the var­i­ous ad­ven­tures in Whistler. Their Twi­light Tour of­fers a unique ex­pe­ri­ence where guests can sail through the dark­ness of night! Thrill-seek­ers fly down the lines af­ter the sun has set, glid­ing through the dark for­est canopy un­til the land­ing plat­form comes into view. Guests re­ceive head­lamps, and glow­ing lights are strung along the route to guide your way. If snow is fall­ing dur­ing your tour, your head­lamp will cre­ate a daz­zling vis­ual ef­fect as you fly through the air!

This three-hour tour takes guests across six zi­plines and eight tree­top bridges. Twi­light Tours de­part daily be­tween 3 and 6 p.m., and run in all weather con­di­tions. Plan to be on your feet for a few hours, and be sure to dress ap­pro­pri­ately for the weather. Visit whistler.ziptrek.com.

If you’re look­ing for an all-ages/all-abil­i­ties or fam­ily-friendly-fun ac­tiv­ity, slid­ing the snowy slopes of the Coca-Cola® Tube Park should put smiles on ev­ery­one’s faces. Guests slide down a ded­i­cated tub­ing slope with seven dif­fer­ent lanes, which start with a gen­tle kids’ lane and progress to longer, faster runs. A con­veyer-belt-style lift takes slid­ers back to the top.

“Our gen­tlest slope is de­signed for 3- or 4-year-olds, called the Mi­nis Lane. Our three fastest lanes on the black side have some fun rollers built out of snow at the bot­tom of the lanes for added ex­cite­ment,” says long-time Tube Park Man­ager Pierre Ringuette.

Heated wash­rooms, hot bev­er­ages and snacks are avail­able on-site. While fam­i­lyfriendly mu­sic plays over the park’s speak­ers, guests can take a seat and warm up around the out­door fire pit. No skill or spe­cial equip­ment is re­quired but be sure to dress ap­pro­pri­ately for play­ing in the snow. The park is open ev­ery day un­til 6 p.m. through the win­ter sea­son and is fully lit. Lo­cated at Base 2 Zone on Black­comb Moun­tain.

CANA­DIAN WILDER­NESS AD­VEN­TURES / STEPHEN GOVEL

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