We tend to focus so much on summer destinations, that we are at danger of forgetting the simply wonderful and dramatic winter season! When the weather is murky, there are of course sunshine destinations to head to, but what if you want something different? What if you want to enjoy winter sports? Ever thought about Whistler?
There are countless Whistler vacation rentals on offer, so more and more people can now head to the winter wonderful of British Columbia, and enjoy the truly dramatic scenery of Mother Nature at her best.
Of course, British Columbia is located in Canada, and it is within the highest terrain of the country. This is one of the most popular winter sports regions in the world and is the largest in North America overall. Located around 2 hours away from Vancouver, Whistler is ideal for a twin centre break, as you can explore both the big city and the nature within one vacation.
The weather is snowy and dramatic between December to April, when you will need to wrap up warm; day time temperatures struggle to get above freezing, with sub-zero temperatures at night. During the summer months however, Whistler receives warm temperatures, which can reach the high 20s! This means that even when the snow is not on the ground, you can still experience and explore the wonder of nature and many outdoor activities.
Getting to Whistler from Vancouver is a scenic deal, and if you want to drive, you will need to hit the Sea to Sky Highway, also known as Highway 99. This is one of the most scenic roads in the world, but at times it does get rather winding, so extra care is required. During the winter months you should also exercise extra caution in terms of adverse weather conditions, and snow tires should always be fitted during the months between October to March. Of course, if you don’t want to drive, you could jump on the Whistler Mountaineer train, which runs daily between May to October. This might be a slower speed, but this means you can truly appreciate the passing scenery, and take a few photos as you go.
Of course, skiing is the main activity in these parts, but there are a few other things to do too. For instance, taking the Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas will take you to the top of the mountain and show you some of the most breath-taking views you will ever set eyes on in your life. These gondolas run daily all year around, but they do close occasionally for maintenance, so check this out ahead of time. In addition, Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is a beautiful spot to visit, which will take you to the waterfall and the canyon, with a viewing platform for photo taking, after a 15 minute walk.
If you’re a keen hiker, then Whistler is a good spot during the summer months for your favourite activity. Cougar Mountain is a good place for those who want an easy but scenic route, taking around an hour, but Brandywine Meadows will challenge the more experienced hikers. If you like mountain biking, again summer time is the best opportunity at Whistler Mountain Bike Park. There are also three championship golf courses around the Whistler area.
Despite summer activities, most people visit Whistler during the winter months, for the true drama of the area. There are many vendors who rent out winter sports equipment, so if you don’t want to purchase your own out of the gates, this is a good possibility to explore. Whistler Blackcomb will then be your destination, and this huge area has 37 lifts which take you to over 200 different runs, spreading over two huge mountains. This is the mountain where everyone is catered for, as well as being a freestyle area too.
The Village is the ideal place to kick back and relax, and this is where plentiful fun-filled opportunities await. If you want to chill out, look at the scenery, drink a hot chocolate or perhaps something more alcoholic, and basically evaluate life with Mother Nature every single glance around you, then Whistler is a fantastic option. There are also many facilities for children here, which means skiing is a great vacation option for all the family. If your little ones are total beginners, are there children’s ski schools here, so they can learn at an early age and grow in confidence for their later skiing adventures! If you don’t want to ski? No problem! Why not simply relax? A lot of the time we don’t get the chance to do just that when life is busy passing us by, and a place as natural as this offers the ideal opportunity.
If you’re worried about the cost of a skiing break, the good news is that because skiing has become so popular these days, especially for families, prices have fallen. You don’t have to forego your summer break, and you don’t have to scrimp and save, provided you know where to find the bargains, and you know what to look for. Towards the end of the ski season, you may find cheaper prices, so this is a consideration if you want to save a little cash, especially for families who are trying to fit in a ski break before summer begins once more!
Forget summer? It’s all about winter!