Whistler is ultimately a safe haven for all those adventure junkies out there from skiing to downhill racing there is nothing you can’t do. All year round extreme sport enthusiasts fill Whistler’s streets and you will most definitely feel out of place if you’re just visiting the bears.
Whistler was the place I first jumped off a bridge and plummeted 50 metres (160 foot) into the glacial-fed Chekamus River. If you enjoy the exhilarating feeling and adrenaline rush that comes from leaping off heights I suggest Bungee Jumping. It was really fun and the company even provided photos and a t-shirt to prove I completed the jump.
If you prefer straying away from heights and prefer the adrenaline rush you get from navigating through rapids you should try Whitewater Rafting. You can ride the water that has melted from the mountains on a fast and fun ride down the lively Green, Lower Cheakamus, Elaho and Squamish Rivers.
In the summertime, when the icy slopes have melted to reveal the soil and shrubbery that hid beneath, the slopes do not lose their popularity. When the ski and snowboard enthusiasts disappear to seek snowier places the mountain bikers appear to claim the mountainside. These mountain bikers travel from all over the world for the ultimate gravity-fed Downhill experience.
There is also a selection of Cross Country Mountain Biking from XC, all-mountain, enduro and trail riding. There is endless variety from alpine to the rainforests with loamy turns, granite rock rolls, waterfalls and spectacular views.
You can also find:
- Canoe, Kayak and SUP
- ATV Tours
- Side X Side UTV Tours
- Tree Adventures
- Jet Boating
- 4X4 Tours
- Summer Bobsleigh Tours
- Road Cycling
- Rock Climbing
The mountains in Whistler are a skier and snowboarder’s dream with over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world-class terrain parks and 200+ marked trails it makes sense to call this an enthusiast’s paradise. You will experience great skiing and boarding, as evidenced by world-class events like the Snowboard FIS World Cup each December and North America’s largest annual sports event the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April. Its Ski and Snowboard season runs from November to May.
In winter you can also go Ice Climbing where you can learn to climb on the spectacular ice formations with expert guides. You can also climb indoors if you can’t handle the cold.
You can also find:
- Winter Zip-lining
- Tube Park
- Ice Skating
- Winter Bungee Jumping
- Hockey Tours
- Ice Fishing
- Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Olympic Tours
Even though Whistler’s highlights are definitely the skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking. If you’re not a professional or at least relatively advanced it doesn’t mean you’re not invited on the mountain. There are a number of slopes designated for beginners or those who’d like to develop their skills. If you’ve never skied, snowboarded or mountain biked or just want some extra confidence before you hit the slopes there are a number of schools that can provide an instructor for you. These instructors are some of the best in the world and have spent many hours on the slopes familiarising themselves with every route. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Whistler.
*** The photo in the winter section does not belong to me, you can find the link here.