APRÈS-SKI ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
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