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Let It Snow

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

When the flakes start to fly in winter-friendly Whistler, the locals celebrate. Here’s how to make the most of the snow, whether there’s a little or a lot

Freshly falling snow in Whistler Village is met with a flurry of activity. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Freshly falling snow in Whistler Village is met with a flurry of activity. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Blizzards
Even in whiteout conditions, snow bunnies never miss a chance to hit the slopes. Some spend their days slaloming down Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, while others sit back and enjoy the ride at Coca-Cola Tube Park. If you really want your fill of the fluffy white stuff, go in search of untouched powder with Whistler Heli-Skiing. Stunning views and unparalleled conditions make this snow day one to remember. Cover even more backcountry terrain with Blackcomb Snowmobiles. After riding through Whistler’s winter wonderland, end your day with a fondue dinner in a remote log cabin—our favourite way to get warm.

Snowed In
Take in Whistler’s spectacular scenery the old-fashioned way, and cozy up under blankets in a horse-drawn sleigh with Blackcomb Sleighrides. To really see snow fly, tour the old-growth forest of Callaghan Valley on a dogsled with Canadian Outback Adventures—and don’t miss the chance to mush your own sled. Or make fresh tracks on cross country skis or a pair of snowshoes with Cross Country Connection. Don’t need a guide? Head to Whistler Interpretive Forest or Whistler Olympic Park.

Flurries
No snow required for ziplining over Fitzsimmons Valley with Ziptrek Ecotours or taking the plunge with Whistler Bungee, but the blanket of white does wonders for the view. For even more stunning vistas, ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and prepare to be blown away. These heart-stopping peaks look their best when dressed in their winter whites. Then indulge in the resort’s famous après-ski scene—day spent on the slopes not required—at fun spots such as Garibaldi Lift Company and Longhorn Saloon & Grill.

Clear Skies
Whistler has no shortage of snow, but that’s no reason to spend every second in it. Take a break and recharge with a stop in the Village shops. Find heritage Canadiana at Roots, iconic activewear at Lululemon, top-notch souvenirs at Sea to Sky and cool jewels at Ruby Tuesday. For more relaxation, head to Scandinave Spa or Avello Spa & Health Club. If learning more about the area’s culture and heritage features on your itinerary, set aside some time for a trip to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the Britannia Mine Museum and the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. You won’t care that the weather outside is frightful—we promise.

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