I have a confession. I don’t ski or snowboard…I know, I know, with our three local mountains and Whistler Mountain less than a two-hour drive away, I live in a skier’s paradise. So how do I not ski or board? I’ve given it a try and it’s just not for me. Luckily, I don’t think I’m the only non-skier or boarder in Vancouver. Who’s with me?
Do you have friends organizing a weekend getaway this winter to Whistler? Are you getting anxiety thinking about things to do while they’re hitting the slopes? I have a list of the top five non-skiing activities in Whistler us non-skiers can enjoy, to avoid FoMo (fear of missing out).
Ziplining with Ziptrek Ecotours
I’ve been lucky enough to experience the eco-adventure of ziplining a couple of times in the summer months with Ziptrek. Good thing they’re open year-round, because it’s something you don’t want to miss. They have multiple adventures for you to choose from during the winter months, including the Bear, Eagle, Mammoth, and Twilight tours. If the thrill of zipping at high speeds over Fitzsimmons Creek doesn’t appeal to you, they offer a TreekTrek as well, that takes guests into the trees for a sequence of suspension bridges and observation platforms.
Do you love driving and love snow, but don’t love driving in the snow? Then you’ll be thrilled with driving a snowmobile through densely forested trails in the deep snow with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. Ride through the remote backcountry and across frozen lakes of the Callaghan Valley to a rustic cabin for a quick break. This is a truly Canadian experience.
Dogsledding with Canadian Wilderness Adventures
If you want to sit back and enjoy the wilderness while someone else does the driving, then dog sledding is definitely for you. Race across the snow-covered forest trails pulled by a pack of energetic dogs. This is a unique Canadian adventure where you will also learn about the history of Canadian fur trappers and hear their dog sledding stories.
Snowshoeing with The Adventure Group
The easiest way to trek through the fresh snow and be surrounded by a winter wonderland is by strapping on some snowshoes. The Natural Mystic Tour with The Adventure Group is perfect for first-timers on snowshoes. You get to ride the gondola and chairlift up Whistler Mountain, then strap on some snowshoes for a walk through the snow in the easily navigated trails with your guide. Take in the breathtaking views and the wildlife while enjoying the easy adventure.
My personal favourite place to visit while in Whistler is the Scandinave Spa. Here you get to experience the Finnish traditions of soaking in hot baths while snowflakes fall all around you. You can also enjoy the glacier-fed waterfall, relaxation rooms, various massage options and many other spa treatments. It’s the perfect place to wind down after a busy day on the trails or slopes.
There you have it – five activities that keep us non-skiers or non-boarders busy and having fun while our friends and family members are out on the mountain. Whistler offers activities to suit anyone at any age – it’s not just for skiers and boarders. So join in on that weekend getaway with your family and friends and don’t miss out on the fun!