Attention SNOW LOVERS! Whistler will open early… this FRIDAY! The resort has received 86 centimetres of natural snow in the last 24 hours. Here’s some info on the best way to enjoy the drive and 5 of my favourite things to do when you’re there.
We’ve got news; It’s On! Whistler Mountain is opening early, this Friday Nov. 17. For more info: https://t.co/h6P794X3ha | P: Paul Morrison | A: @stanrey7 | Taken: Nov. 10, Blackcomb Mountain | pic.twitter.com/yTGsz3fUiK
— Whistler Blackcomb (@WhistlerBlckcmb) November 14, 2017
Enjoy the drive:
The drive from Vancouver to Whistler is a sight to see on it’s own, but on your way, you should stop near Squamish and check out the Sea-to-Sky Gondola — and the Summit it leads to.
This might be more for spring and summer , or if you have the proper winter outdoor gear, but if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, instead of taking the Gondola, you can hike “The Chief” for the same views. The Chief is an intermediate hike with a 600 meter elevation gain. It’s 11 km round-trip and takes about 5-6 hours depending on the hiker.
Want a rest area stop with a view? Shannon Falls Provincial Park is your answer. Shannon Falls are only a 5 minute walk from the parking lot. Perfect for stretching your legs before continuing the drive to Whistler.
Top things to do in Whistler:
Ski/snowboard Whistler Blackcomb – the largest ski resort in North America
Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola – a record breaking 4.4 kilometer elevated ride between the two mountains. On a clear day the view is spectacular.
Walk around. Seriously. Walk around the village and the surrounding trails. Whistler is a beautiful little town. Loads of shopping and eating (or drinking)!
Plan a snowshoe – the Whistler Train Wreck, or Brandywine Falls are both relatively easy/short.
Hang out in the new outdoor seating area. New to Whistler Blackcomb this year will be extra outdoor seating in an umbrella bar with a collapsible roof at the Roundhouse Lodge. On sunny days the roof will come off so skiers and snowboarders can sit outdoors. On stormy days, the bar will be heated.