99 Things to Do

The Top 10


1. Ski/Ride

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And find out why Whistler is rated the number one ski resort in North America. It’s because… nothing else compares.

2. Find a Local

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We’re a friendly bunch. We want to show you what Whistler is all about so you see what we see in our hometown. Find a local to truly get the inside scoop.

3. Skinny Ski

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Rent some cross-country skis and just enjoy. You don’t need mad skills and you don’t have to be super fit. Just bring a sense of fun and adventure.

4. PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

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While the record-breaking gondola takes skiers and riders from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain, and back, it’s also a sightseeing experience in itself. Wait for the glass-bottom gondola and feel what it’s like to float high above the forest. You can boast about all the world records you’ve broken too.

5. Go Beyond

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Get into the backcountry. Whether it’s on your own steam skinning up the mountain or racing uphill on a snowmobile or chasing through the forest by dogsled, don’t miss out on the chance to soak up the vast surrounding beauty of the Coast Mountains.

6. Off-Hill Fun

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There are so many off-hill activities to do in Whistler. Try one. Try several. Dogsledding, ziptrekking, snowmobiling, bungee jumping… just to name a few.

7. Mountain Tours

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The inside scoop on the great outdoors. Whistler Blackcomb’s mountain hosts will let you in on the best skiing and riding in-bounds. Leaves daily at 11:30 a.m. from the alpine light board on Whistler and the guest satisfaction centre at the top of Solar Coaster on Blackcomb.

8. Soak in the Alpenglow

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It’s the magical moment in time when the sun dips just below the horizon and lights up our peaks in a kaleidoscope of pink, red and yellow. Take a moment.

9. Find a Keepsake

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There’s a made-in-Whistler memento that will suit you to a tee, from beer to chocolate to skis. Pack a piece of Whistler in your suitcase to remember the good times.

10. Be Prepared

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The trick to having fun on the wet coast, ummm, the West Coast, rather, is to be prepared for the weather. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices. Words to live by.

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11. Glide for Free

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Rent skates with your kids at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
12. Paige's Bias!

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Go heliskiing, not once but twice because the second day you know how it all works and can just enjoy the mountains and the skiing.
13. Sleep Over

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Spend a couple of nights at a backcountry lodge like Callaghan Country or Backcountry Snowcats and do some backcountry skiing.
14. Treat the Kids

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Take your kids skiing and eat waffles at the Crystal Hut and Smarties in the trees on Arthur’s Choice.
15. Brave the Storm

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Go skiing on the stormiest of days to remember how amazing it is to be up in the mountains in such crazy weather.
16. Learn from the Pros

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Take a lesson no matter how good you are, to learn how to do something new that scares you (a little).
17. Moonlit Ski

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When the valley is full of snow go cross-country skiing in the night with a headlamp and a group of friends through Lost Lake and the valley trails.
18. Suffer/Reward

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Take a spin class and remind yourself how good it feels after so much suffering.
19. Rest

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Go to bed early.
20. Skate on Joffre Lakes

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Head north when the ice freezes like glass with no snow on top. If you’re really lucky and you nailed it, you can hike to the upper lake and skate there with no snow.

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21. Apres Old-School

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Eat nachos, drink beer.
22. Tap Your Toes

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Find The Hairfarmers; dance on a table… maybe.
23. Keep ’Em Tapping

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See Ruckus Deluxe play at a Kokanee après at Dusty’s, GLC or Merlin’s.
24. Race for Beer

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Have a beer at Seppos then race to Dusty’s down the Dave Murray Downhill. The last one to a barstool buys first round.
25. Picture Perfect

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Après on a patio in a snowfall.
26. 12 Hours in Boots

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Après until it’s nighttime, and you’re still in your snowboard/ski boots.
27. Surf

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Hit Merlin’s and dance on the surfboard.
28. Go Irish

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The Dubh Linn Gate patio is a must — steak and Guinness pie with a pint of Guinness.
29. Drink from a Shot Ski

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Where else can you do this?
30. Pause and Consider

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Right in the middle of your après STOP, and think about how awesome it is to ski in one of the world’s best resorts. Now you’re at a great party with your friends, drinking beer and eating, listening to a live band, and fully partying. And… it’s 3 in the afternoon. Gotta love après.

Eric's Picks


31. AST 1 Course

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This ambulance course may save your life, and will give you a better respect for the mountains around us.
32. Peak Chair

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Straight-line to Creekside.
33. Star-Gazing

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At Lost Lake or Rainbow Park on a clear cold night with no moon.
34. Worth the View

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Hike/snowshoe up to the paraglide launch off the Flank Trail from Alpine - the view is incredible!
35. Post-Ride Workout

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After a fun day of riding, head to Meadow Park for a short workout, stretch session and hot tub. It’s a great way to après.
36. Take the Plunge

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Check out Scandinave Spa for some post-shred relaxation.
37. Prior Factory Tour

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Ever wondered how skis and snowboards are made? You can go check out tours at Prior’s factory in Function Junction.
38. Scare Yourself!

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Whether it’s dropping a big cliff, or simply trying some switch turns in powder, do something new on the mountain that’s near the edge (NOT way outside) of your comfort zone.
39. Camp in the Backcountry

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Spending the night in a tent in the backcountry with your friends is an amazing experience.
40. Deep Winter Photo Challenge

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One of the best cultural nights out in Whistler! If you can, go skiing for the three days of shooting prior to the event, and it will make the slideshows even more impressive.

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41. Public Art Tour

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Visit the Whistler Visitor Centre for the map and enjoy a Whistler Village Public Art Tour.
42. Gallery Gazing

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Do a self-guided art gallery walk through the village. The map can be found at whistler.com. Think beyond the village too. Function Junction and the Upper Village do not disappoint.
43. Millennium Place

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The hub of arts and culture in Whistler and home of the Whistler Arts Council. Visit the Scotia Creek Gallery and a unique gift shop featuring local arts and crafts. While you’re there you may want to look into becoming a Whistler Arts Council member; it has many artsy perks!
44. The Point

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Check out one of the many events happening at The Point Artist-Run Centre on Alta Lake Road — thepointartists.com.
45. First Nations

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Do a tour at our First Nations museum, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre — slcc.ca.
46. Pop-Up Art

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Visit the pop-up art studio in the Westin to see local artists at work from 12 to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
47. Release your Inner Artist

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Participate in Life Drawing on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons. Find out more at artswhistler.com.
48. Anti Art School

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Enjoy some drinking, drawing and decadence and participate in a Dr. Sketchy event — drsketchy.com.
49. State of the Art

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Don’t miss the State of the Art, mountain culture and street art show at the Whistler Conference Centre during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April.
50. Get Out

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Just get out in the mountains, experience the art of nature and get inspired!

Brad's Picks


51. Brewery Tour

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Support local craft brews and do a brewery tour at Whistler Brewery.
52. Farm Fresh

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Pick up some fresh winter produce from North Arm Farm in Pemberton.
53. Local Cookbook

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Check out the Chef’s Choice cookbook, featuring recipes from local chefs. Bring a little taste of Whistler home with you.
54. Local Wines

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Plan a day trip to Lillooet and experience Fort Berens Estate Winery — a local favourite.
55. Sharpen the Skates

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Wait for the local lakes to freeze and get ready for some shinny.
56. Brad’s Bias!

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Start the evening with some local wine and cheese flights at the Westin’s Grill & Vine.
57. Old School Fun

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Strap on the snowshoes and head to Lost Lake.
58. Locals’ Shopping

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Visit the friendly butchers at Nesters Market for quality meats and a personalized experience.
59. Bratz Biz

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Support young culinary entrepreneurs at Bratz Biz, part of Bizarre Bazaar, Whistler’s annual artisan fare. There’s always something to tempt you at Bratz Biz, featuring budding artisans from the local schools.
60. Give Back

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The Mountain FM Christmas Breakfast Food & Toy Drive at The Westin Resort & Spa, every December.

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61. Take in a Movie

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Better yet, dinner and a movie at Village 8 Cinema and Three Below.
62. Both Mountains, Same Day

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Ski Whistler in the morning, Blackcomb in the afternoon – via PEAK 2 PEAK.
63. Francis’ Bias!

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Get the biggest adrenaline rush – ride a bobsled on the Olympic track at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
64. Head First

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Get another perspective on the fastest track in the world, this time face-first down the ice on a skeleton. You’ll navigate six corners on the lower part of the course and the sled will reach up to 100 km/hr.
65. See the Sound

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Get a bird’s eye view of Howe Sound by taking the short trip south to Squamish and take a ride on the new Sea to Sky Gondola. Hike down. Or up.
66. Find your Inner Spiderman

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From within. At the indoor climbing wall at The Core. Fun for the whole family.
67. Go Zipping

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See what all the fuss is about by taking a ride on a zipline..
68. Tree-Trekking

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If zipping isn’t your style, try a treetrek tour through the forest canopy in a guided, interpretive walk above ground.
69. Trip Down Memory Lane

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While away some hours in the local museum and learn about Whistler. This is a milestone year after all — 50 years for Whistler Blackcomb, 40 years for the resort municipality. See where it all began even before it was called “Whistler.”
70. Find Some Live Music

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And fall in love at a local talent show. (Read Francis’ profile!)

Top Ten Decadent


71. Chill Out

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The Ketel One Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistro is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. Learn about vodka at 32° below and then wash down some fresh oysters.

72. Fresh Tracks

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Be the first one up Whistler Mountain for a scrumptious breakfast and have your pick of the powder.

73. Dine at 6,000 Feet

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Travel up Blackcomb Mountain by snowmobile under the starry sky for a candle-lit fondue dinner. A truly magically decadent experience.

74. Float On

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West Coast Float is Whistler’s only floatation therapy centre. Check out the effects on the mind and body first hand.

75. Pub Crawl in Style

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Get a guided tour of some of Whistler’s iconic party venues. Check out barhopwhistler.com and whistlerclubcrawl.com.

76. Progressive Dinner

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A feast for the senses with Whistler Tasting Tours. This is a progressive dinner through Whistler’s best restaurants. Check out www.whistlertastingtours.com.

77. A View From Above

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You don’t have to be a skier to experience what it’s like to fly above the Coastal Mountains. Take in the majestic view on a helicopter sightseeing tour.

78. Hot Springs

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Soak in natural hot springs further afield.

79. Dog Sledding

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It just feels decadent to be flying through the forest on a dogsled. Not to mention, lots of fun.

80. Get Loose

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Indulge in a massage after a hard day of skiing or riding, It’s the best recipe for getting those muscles ready… to do it all over again.

Top Ten Adrenalin


81. Hang by a Cord

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Bungee jump! Experience the thrills of throwing yourself off a bridge over the rushing Cheakamus River. It’s surrounded by magical West Coast rainforest... all the better to help muffle those screams!

82. Racers Ready?

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Feel what it’s like to race out of the gates at the GMC Race Centre on Blackcomb Mountain. It’s groomed and re-set daily with a dual Giant Slalom course. Open to all ages.

83. Tube Park

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This takes tobogganing to a whole new level! It’s fast. There are multiple lanes, rated green to black, to test your grit… or is it your grip? Hold on. It’s a wild ride.

84. Fire and Ice

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Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the base of Whistler Mountain in the village. This show mixes sizzling ski and snowboard action with stone-cold nerves of steel, as skiers and riders launch themselves through a burning ring of fire. And, there’s fireworks.

85. Couloir Extreme

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One of the steepest spots in-bounds. The Couloir is not for everyone. But for those who can handle it, this is one to get your heart pumping.

86. Ice Climbing

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You can experience the thrill of ice climbing with professional guides, whether you have years of experience or have never climbed before.

87. Dave Murray Downhill

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Once you ski or ride it, you’ll know why it made the list. Find your inner Crazy Canuck.

88. Be a Park Rat

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More than 200 features, 100-plus jumps, the terrain parks at WB are simply awesome. There’s something for everyone — beginner to highest level. Don’t be intimated. Everyone is a little nervous first time in. You’ll soon forget all about that as you learn how to feel like a rockstar on skis.

89. Cat-Skiing

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You can get some great vertical miles this way and experience snow from another perspective.

90. Snowmobile

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There are few thrills like it, ripping down forest trails in the backcountry, getting further faster. There are guided tours for all rider levels.

The Last Nine


91. Try Before You Buy

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Whistler Blackcomb has Super Demo Days at the Rendezvous Lodge and the Roundhouse Lodge. Try out a new board or a pair of skis before you put your money down.
92. Last Down

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See you on the ski out. Spend all day up there. It’s a special kind of weariness. The best kind. You’ll sleep like a baby tonight.
93. Know the Code

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You may be on vacation but you still have responsibilities. Read the Alpine Responsibility Code before skiing/riding. Remember — people ahead of you have the right of way. Stay in control.
94. Hot Tub

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It goes hand in hand with skiing after all. Find a hot tub, ease your ski-weary muscles.
95. Bend

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Some of the best yoga teachers call Whistler home. Everyone does it. Of course, we’ll do anything here if it will improve our skiing. Try yoga.
96. Kids Après

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The is a special kids après on select nights at Whistler Olympic Plaza with all kinds of outdoor winter fun. Keep the kids happy before heading off to your own après.
97. Spot the Wildlife

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You may not see any bears in the winter, but don’t despair. If you hold up your hand at the Seventh Heaven chairlift, birds have been known to land!
98. Olympic Tours

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Learn about the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Whistler in this self-guided tour of the Whistler Sliding Centre. You can stand on the podium, get a photo in an Olympic sled, and walk down a portion of the fastest sliding track on Earth.
99. Plan Ahead

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This is more than just a ski resort. Once you’ve had a little taste of a Whistler winter, you’ll want to come back in the summer — mountain biking, swimming, sailing, hiking. 99 more things to do!