99 Things to Do

The Top 10


1. The 360 View

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Appreciate Whistler from the best view in town on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. You’ll get to say you’ve been on a record-breaking ride across the mountains.

2. Swim All Five

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There are five lakes in the valley — Alpha, Nita, Alta, Lost and Green Lakes. Make it your mission to swim in all five. Be warned: Some are chillier than others!

3. The Valley Trail

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This is the lifeblood of our town, connecting everything together in Whistler. Don’t miss out on a stroll down the Valley Trail.

4. Go Wild

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Head into the backcountry for the true B.C. experience. It’s all around you, including Garibaldi Provincial Park, which abuts Whistler. Just pick your direction and go wild.

5. Picnic at the Parks

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The perfect way to watch the sun go down in the summertime while the kids make the most of every last minute of the day.

6. Bike Park 101

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A few hours with a great mountain biking teacher can make a world of difference. It’s worth the investment for someone to show you the ropes before you let loose in the bike park. Also, it’s really fun!

7. Suss Out the Scene

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Grab the Pique (a shameless plug for our sister newspaper), speak to the Village Hosts, or corner your concierge. Find out what’s happening in town, especially if some of the awesome free concerts are taking place at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

8. Hike the Musical Bumps

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The hills are alive... Truly. On Piccolo, Oboe and Flute you’ll just feel like singing your way to the top and back down again. Just remember: not everyone can hold a tune like the von Trapps.

9. Olympic Journey

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From the sliding centre to the Nordic centre, learn about the 2010 Winter Olympics and its special place in Whistler’s heart. Were it not for an Olympic dream, Whistler would not be what it is today.

10. Audain Art Museum

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It’s new and it will set Whistler apart in the years to come. This is a rare and special opportunity to see the history of B.C. through the eyes of its artists, from the First Nations to the contemporary. Read more in FAQ.

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11. Favourite Ride

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Do your favourite mountain bike ride. (Out There is my new fave).

12. Walk the Dog

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Hiking the many trails in the valley with my dog.

13. Lake Time

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There are so many options here. It won’t take long to find your favourite spot by the lake.

14. Dinner at the RimRock

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This really needs no explanation. Once you dine there, you’ll understand why.

15. People Watching in the Village

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The Village was designed with people watching in mind. Find a patio in one of the busy squares and watch the world go by.

16. Rock Climbing

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Another favourite pastime in the corridor. Scale new heights this summer, both literally and figuratively.

17. Summer Concerts in Olympic Plaza

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Keep an eye on the events listings to see who’s coming to town.

18. Alpine Hikes

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It’s not just about the view at the top. The journey to the alpine is pretty amazing too.

19. Farmers Market

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So many good treats to find here. Sunday’s aren’t complete without a weekly visit.

20. Read, Relax and Savour

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Mt. Currie Coffee and a good book.

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21. Salmon Bake

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Climb 6,000 ft up Blackcomb Mountain by ATV to the Crystal Hut and enjoy the flavours of the Pacific West on one of the best patios in Whistler.

22. River of Golden Dreams

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Rent a canoe, bring your own, go with a tour. However you do it, just make sure you don’t miss the summer staple adventure from Alta Lake to Green Lake.

23. Hike on Whistler Mountain

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One of the best ways to experience the alpine.

24. Nairn Falls

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Between Whistler and Pemberton, this is a short hike into the waterfalls.

25. Lost Lake

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Right in the heart of the village, this is easy to get to and a beautiful place for a walk or a hike.

26. Brave the Waters of Lost Lake

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After your walk, don’t miss out on a refreshing dip in the lake.

27. Village Square

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Prime spot for people watching! Find a patio or a bench and watch the world walk by.

28. Catch a Sunset

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From the top of Blackcomb Mountain on Canadian’s Sunset Jeep Tour (shameless plug!)

29. Try a Fat Bike

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They aren’t just for winter. Check out a fat bike in summertime conditions too.

30. Make a Friend

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31. Be Coached by an Olympian

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Try a 60 min indoor-coached cycling class at TaG Cycling.

32. Float Down the River of Golden Dreams

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Rent a kayak for more fun.

33. For the Dogs

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Bring the dogs to Rainbow Park. Great off leash dog park with a dock.

34. Explore

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Explore our valley on two wheels on the Valley Trail.

35. Faster on Two-wheels

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Rent a scooter.

36. Work for your Downhill

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Check out the amazing XC and enduro trails we have to offer. Well maintained by WORCA. Want local Intel? Email whistler@tagcycling.com

37. Think of the Kids too

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Bring the kids to the Lot 3 dirt jumps and skills park. Don’t forget the helmets, gloves and knee pads!

38. Fore

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Spend an hour at the driving range at the Whistler Golf Course.

39. Find a Deck

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Then find a BBQ and then find some friends.

40. Brave the Cold

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Jump in one of our glacier-fed creeks.

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41. Get to the Top

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Stand on the peak of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and get present. Consider your smallness while remembering your divine and untouchable spirit’s greatness.

42. Explore with No Agenda

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Walk and bike to as many spots as you find along your way. Whistler has adventures in every direction so get on the move and discover it all. Each neighborhood has its own history and expression to be enjoyed.

43. Take an Improv Course

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With Ira Pettle, of course (Shameless plug!). Welcome to a space where magic happens. It’s amazing. All levels, including first-timers, will be laughing and learning for two hours straight. Let’s call it Edu-tainment.

44. Face your Fears

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Perform at the Amateur Stand-Up Comedy Night at The Crystal Lounge. It’s the first Monday of every month. Probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but everyone needs to experience that once.

45. Find your Beat

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If you play music, seek out musicians to play with. There are several choirs, and people teaching here privately, as well as bands forming constantly and open mic jam nights happening all around town. Karaoke is a staple of course and Interactive Trivia Night is a riot. There’s a lovely theatre right in the village with boatloads of things going on, from live acts and film to classes and workshops, covering a plethora of artistic genres.

46. Get Creative

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Find your role in the artistic expression of this town. Whistler is a place where you can shred the knar and be an artist.

47. Immerse Yourself in the Community

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Whistler has a year round local population of 10,000 plus thousands more seasonal residents rolling in every year. Together, they spin the wheels of this town.

48. Give Back

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Check out the many ways you can contribute to and support the various local charities and not-for-profit organizations. It’s a great way to meet people, give back, and help out. Walk a dog at Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) or help out at a Zero Ceiling event. The Whistler Arts Counci always needs people and the perks are fantastic!

49. Meadow Park

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We have a community sports centre with amazing pools, a rink, and a gym, and classes, and squash courts, and all that jazz.

50. Get out of your Comfort Zone

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Try something you’ve never done before.

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51. Golfing

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You’re spoiled for choice in Whistler with three courses in the valley and two more just up the highway in Pemberton.

52. Biking

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Two wheels plus pavement or dirt equals a little piece of heaven in Whistler. Your preference doesn’t matter — road riding, Valley Trail cycling, park laps, or cross country loops — as long as you’re on two wheels.

53. Patios

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So many to choose from in Whistler! But there’s no better way to end your day than some time on a patio soaking in the sun.

54. Hiking

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You can get into the heart of the forest from pretty much any point in Whistler. There are easy loops in Lost Lake and more difficult trails in the backcountry that will take you up to the alpine.

55. Trail Running

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They’re not just for biking and hiking. This is one of the best ways to shake up your running routine — get out into the forest and go.

56. BBQ’s with Friends

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Can you smell the BBQ already? And, if you don’t feel like grilling yourself, you can always come to Whistler for the National BBQ Championships. Check the events section in FAQ.

57. Hanging at the Lake

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You don’t even have to swim. You can paddleboard or kayak or canoe or just lie on your beach blanket.

58. Family Time

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There may be the misconception that Whistler isn’t family-friendly. Not true! Hanging with our boys in the summer is on our top ten list.

59. Festival Fun

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Yoga? Biking? Music? Children’s Art? BBQ? Beer? There is a festival in Whistler this summer with your name on it.

60. Did we Mention…

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Patios?

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61. Hit the Links

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With three world class golf courses in town and two more twenty minutes away in Pemberton, it’s hard to beat an early morning round in the valley.

62. Rock Out

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Beginners can try their hand indoors safely and with guidance at the Core climbing facility or get outside and explore the local slopes from a slightly different perspective.

63. Roll Out

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Whether I grab the cruiser and beach blanket and follow the Valley Trail, or jump on my hardtail to earn my downhills, life’s more fun on two wheels.

Superfly Ziplines is one of my favourite activities to bring family and friends. Racing one another side by side, from one mountain to another, in the air at height and speed, with the views of surrounding mountains, is actually quite exhilarating.

65. Eat Farm to Table

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An abundance of local resources makes eating locally quite easy in the summer, and delicious. Farmers’ Markets, slow food cycles and outdoor long table dinners allow for a casual snack by the river or a more formal affair where the food on your plate was picked from the field you’re sitting in.

66. Listen Outside

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I love to snuggle up with my love under the stars at Lost Lake Park with a warm beverage and a cozy blanket for a Luna Flicks movie or listen to smooth tunes at a free concert in one of Whistler’s many plazas.

67. Get on the Water

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Whether it’s a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe down the River of Golden Dreams or a more extreme whitewater raft, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to play on one of Whistler’s many waterways.

68. Hike

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Pack a tent and sleep under the stars up Black Tusk, day trip Skywalk trail, or do a smaller stroll through Whistler’s giant old growth forests or up to the peak of Whistler Mountain for some fantastic views.

69. Rainbow Park

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Warm up with a swim across Alta Lake followed by an afternoon of beach volleyball on the sand until WOVA league play begins. A perfect day ends with more swimming and a BBQ with friends as we watch the alpenglow fade.

70. Patio Hop

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It is hard to narrow down a favourite, hence the “hopping”, but a few of my go-tos are après anything with a serious caesar at the GLC, live music and a Guinness at the Dubh Linn Gate Dubh Linn Gate or oysters and bubbles on the Araxi patio.

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71. Scandinave Spa

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This is an experience not to be missed. Go from hot steam rooms and the sauna to cold plunges followed by a soak in the hot tubs, tucked in a spectacular natural setting. Quiet your mind and make your body whole again.

72. Heli Tours

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Is there any better way of understanding our place in this beautiful province than seeing it from high above? Soar over the snow-capped peaks, the ancient glaciers, the majestic rainforest.

73. Vodka Room

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It’s the coldest vodka-tasting room in the world. Get cozy in a puffy parka and get ready to “tickle” your taste buds at Bearfoot Bistro

74. Rocky Mountaineer

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Ride the rails to Whistler and travel through canyons, past the ocean and beside the Stawamus Chief. The old-school elegance of the railway never gets old. Arrive and depart in style.

75. Dine at 6,000 Feet

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Special summertime evenings at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain. Check out The Mountain Top BBQ Series or the Winemaker Dinner featuring B.C. wines paired with locally-sourced food. Check with Whistler Blackcomb for dates and times.

76. Glamping

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Stay in cozy yurts tucked in the woods at Riverside Campground. The yurts have electricity, heating and fireplaces but no running water. Talk about “glamourous camping!” You can go glamping here year-round.

77. Tasting Tours

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Travel with Whistler Tasting Tours on a food lovers’ journey through the village, hitting up five different premiere restaurants and bars.

78. Deprive Yourself

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It doesn’t sound decadent! But the sensory deprivation tanks at West Coast Float are your chance to relieve your pain and stress and let you sink into complete relaxation. Go for a float into nothingness.

79. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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It doesn’t get much more decadent than listening to the VSO under the stars at Whistler Olympic Plaza. For free. Check out the event listings for details.

80. Golf with Bears

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There are bunkers, water, and the rough all in your way at the three signature golf courses in Whistler. There are also bears. Don’t be alarmed if they watch you tee off or end up walking across the fairway. But do read up on black bear etiquette in our FAQ section at the back.

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81. Bungee

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If you’re ever going to bungee jump, why not do it in Whistler. Fall from a bridge over the rushing Cheakamus River surrounded by forest with only the bears to hear your terrified scream! It’s 50 metres high (160 feet).

It sounds short and sweet but this is the thrill of a lifetime. Check out what it means to be as free as a bird.

This is an activity that everyone can enjoy and it gets you into places that are not easily accessible.

84. Rolling Thunder

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Head down the fastest bobsleigh track in the world with a professional bobsleigh pilot at the wheel. You don’t need ice to do this. Bobsleigh on wheels in the summer and feel the G-forces.

85. Top of the World

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It’s hard to call-out any one trail at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park but the aptly-named high alpine trail Top of the World gets a special mention. Wind down from the very top through the alpine and then into the heart of the park.

86. Soar

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You’ll see their brightly coloured wings high in the mountain peaks. Paragliders get the birds’ eye view of the valley.

87. Raft

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Experience the ups and downs, the swirls and eddies, of rushing whitewater on the local waterways in Whistler and Squamish.

88. Via Ferrata

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There is rock climbing throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor and on Whistler Mountain there is also the Iron Way, or Via Ferrata, a guided tour with rungs and safety lines in the alpine.

89. Bar Crawls

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Thrilling in a different way. This is a chance to see what happens when the sun disappears behind the mountains and the town wakes up. Let the experts show you the way.

90. Adventure Zone

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Head to the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village and you’ll find non-stop action for the kids — mini-golf, a batting cage, bouncy castles, go-carts, trampolines.

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91. Cultural Centre

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Journey back in time to learn about the two First Nations who live in this area — Squamish Nation to the south and Lil’wat Nation to the north. Don’t miss the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

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92. Whistler Museum

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Whistler has been walking down memory lane of late as it celebrates Whistler Blackcomb’s 50th anniversary. Learn more about how a sleepy fishing outpost became the number one ski resort in North America at the Whistler Museum.

93. Disc Golf

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No collared shirts required for this game. Access Whistler’s disc golf course next to Lost Lake Park.

94. U-Pick

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Like the alpine wildflowers, there is a limited time to get your fresh-from-the-farm fruit in Pemberton. One taste of those strawberries and raspberries makes the short drive north all worthwhile.

95. Biathlon

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Channel your inner Olympian and see what it feels like to stare down the barrel of a rifle, zeroing in on your target. The added bonus is you get to check out Whistler Olympic Park deep in the Callaghan Valley.

96. Paintball

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Ready. Aim. Fire. Or duck.

97. Go Beyond

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Whether it’s to see the waterfalls at Nairn Falls or the crystal blue waters at the three Joffre Lakes or south to the Sea to Sky Gondola, Whistler is the perfect staging ground for exploring all parts of the corridor.

98. Skate Park

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It’s just gone through a massive renovation. Check out the action at the local skate park in the heart of the Village.

99. Plan a Comeback

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Whistler is a whole new world in the winter. We’ll have 99 more things to do come November. Start making plans while you’re here.