Spring has arrived in Whistler ahead of schedule this year! Although the spring skiing conditions are still great, if you are looking for some other adventures beyond the slopes – here’s some ideas for your Whistler vacation!
Whistler offers biking trails for all abilities and ages! For a leisurely bike ride, the Valley Trail can be ridden from 1 end of Whistler to the other, taking bikers on scenic, paved trails around lakes, train tracks & forest. For cross-country biking, there are several access points located around. Lost Lake is a great starting point, as all the trails are quite short, however continuously lead into one another through crossing through main, wide-open trails, providing most abilities to try new trails without fear of embarking on a too long of a trail. To access Lost Lake Trails, parking is available in parking lot 5/6, or at Nicklaus North. There are several trails that begin from Rainbow Park, Function Junction, and Alpine. The most comprehensive website I have been able to find listing all of these trails is: http://www.bikepirate.com/trail-report/
The Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Bike Park will be opening on May 15th. Rentals and lessons, including Ladies Nights, can be be arranged through Whistler Blackcomb.
These waterfalls are located 17km South of Whistler (towards Vancouver). Following a 10 minute flat trail, you reach an easily accessible viewpoint that provides spectacular views of the 70m (230ft) falls. If you are feeling adventurous, quite physically fit, and with at least 1 other person, there is a path that you can take down to the base of the waterfalls. This recommendation does come with a warning though – I have learned that when Whistler locals tell you that a trail is difficult, they are generally quite fit, and serious about the difficulty level! To find this trail head, you walk past the view point, and continue Left to the end of the fence. Past the end of the fence, there is a narrow trail to follow for approximately 300 meters, then a sharp 180* turn to start descending down the cliff. This adventure will lead you to a rope to assist you down a 10ft cliff face, after which you will need to carefully hike down a gravel hill, then turn Right at the bottom and walk through the forest until you reach the base of the waterfalls! My main recommendation is to note where you came down the gravel path, so that you know where to ascend, as the rope path at the top is not visible from the bottom!
There are 4 Hot Springs located within a few hours drive from Whistler, all of them exceptionally unique from one another! A visit to Keyhole Hot Springs also bring you to a beautiful waterfall. Skookumchuck hot springs consist of different, unmatched in style, types & sizes of barrels/containers made into hot spring baths of varied temperatures. The Meager Creek Hot Springs consist of beautifully crafted man-made pools along the river, however, due to a landslide in 2010 which obliterated the bridge, getting to these hotsprings is quite an adventure & requires a canoe.
Sloquet Hot Springs is beautifully constructed like Meager Creek – except by naturally formed rock pools.
Art Exhibit at Millennium Place- From Here To There: A Progression In Art (February 13th – April 1st). Free Admission & Showcases the work of students and professional artists who have attended the Whistler Art Workshops program.
Most people have never sailed on a lake. Alta Lake in Whistler is your opportunity to try this! For adult & children’s lessons & drop-in nights visit http://whistlersailing.com/
Running – There are many running trails in Whistler, most of which co-exist with biking trails. If you want some running partners or a group to lead you through these trails, meet the Running High Club Fridays at 6pm in the Lobby at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler Creekside. See their Facebook page “Running High” for more details.
This acronym stands for: Late & Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) and this organization provides fun, alcohol-free evening events for 18o-35 year olds. These events range from Salsa lessons, to dodgeball, to yoga. Visit lunawhistler.com for more information.