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Did you know that there are people who seriously don’t like snow and winter? They go inside, bundle-up and don’t venture outside again until the warmth of spring arrives. I am definitely NOT one of those people! As early as September, I start dreaming about playing in the snow. Winter is a great time to get outside and have the time of your life.
Today I’m dreaming of Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler is located about 2 hours north of Vancouver and has two of the biggest vertical drops in North America. The mountains are magical and the skiing incredible with 8,100 acres, 12 bowls, and over 200 trails to keep you going all day long. Then off to dinner at the village and a spa appointment in the morning!
Aside from skiing and boarding, here are a few things to do during your visit to this Olympic-sized ski resort:
For all of you who have gone on a long ski vacation, you know that the legs and back can feel a little dicey after a few days. Don’t forget to make your spa appointment at Scandinave Spa. You’re on vacation and deserve a little TLC. Check the weather forecast and if a particular day looks bad, then book yourself into a day of bliss. The spa overlooks incredible mountain views and the hot baths, waterfalls and massages will make you feel brand new again.
For the adventurous types who can’t get enough speed and thrills skiing down five thousand feet of mountain, you can look forward to exploring the back country on a zipline tour. Try the Ziptrek and Peak 2 Peak combo package which takes you on a gondola tour, followed by a zipline through the ancient rainforest that surrounds Fitzsimmons creek. Be sure to wear appropriate outdoor clothing and pack some chapstick.
Shopping & Dining in Whistler Village
One of the best things about Whistler is relaxing and shopping in the Village. There are over 200 stores offering ski gear, kid’s apparel, and the best fashion for looking your best on an off the slopes. Chances are you’ll find yourself eating in the village every night with both casual and fine dining options providing amazing views of the snowy mountain tops.
Kid’s Tree Fort and Magic Castle
Let’s face it, your kids need a break from the slopes and ski school. Whistler’s Magic Castle and Tree Fort are exactly what you all need to fit in more play time. Conveniently located on Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain, these play areas give the little ones plenty to explore while mom and dad take a breather.
Are you going skiing this winter? Where is your favorite resort?