10 Exciting Winter Activities for Non-Skiers in Whistler

Whistler is renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding, but if you’re not hitting the slopes, you can still have an unforgettable winter experience. Here are 10 exciting activities for non-skiers to enjoy in Whistler:

1. Relax at the Scandinave Spa Whistler

Start your winter adventure with relaxation at Scandinave Spa Whistler where you can unwind in hot baths, saunas, and peaceful outdoor surroundings. It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate after a day of exploring! Their core offer is a thermal journey experience, with the option to tag on a duo massage, or solo treat of a Swedish Traditional, Restorative or Deep Tissue massage.

 

birdseye view of Scandinave Spa Whistler surrounded by snow and a lady entering an outdoor heated pool in winter
Scandinave Spa Whistler | Credit: Tourism Whistler / Chad Chomlack

 

Walk-ins are available (at a lower price), depending on the spas capacity, so, to ensure you can secure your ideal time and date, reservations are recommended. Pricing is seasonal, starting at $145 (exc. tax) for the thermal journey experience. You can read more about their rates here.

Good to know: The spa is a silent retreat – you’ll be required to leave your phone in a locker. Consider it the ultimate detox!

 

2. Winter Zipline with Ziptrek Ecotours

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling zip-lining adventure through the snow-covered treetops. Ziptrek Ecotours offers an unforgettable experience with breathtaking views. For the winter season, they’re offering an Après Tour – an exhilarating 2-hour adventure that provides the opportunity to catch the magical alpenglow. It’s a unique way to experience Whistler’s famous mountain scenery!

 

person hanging from a zipline surrounded by snow covered mountains in winter
Ziptrek Ecotours Whistler | Credit: Ziptrek / Mitch Winton

 

For adults (13+), tickets start at $149.99, and kids 6-12 start at $119.99. They also offer a bundle option, allowing you to save on tours.

Good to know: Guests must be a minimum of 15 years old to zip without a guardian, the minimum weight is 65 lbs (29 kg) and the upper weight limit is 275 lbs (125 kg).

 

3. Bungee Jump with Whistler Bungee

For the ultimate rush, take a leap off a bridge with Whistler Bungee. It’s an exhilarating, bucket-list activity that will make your heart race! Not to mention one of the most scenic bugee jumping sites in the world! Open year round, the jump is 160ft (50 meters) over the glacier fed Cheakamus River.

 

person bungee jumping over a river surrounded by snow, wearing a red jacket, at Whistler Bungee.
Whistler Bungee

 

Located just 20 minutes south of Whistler Village and only an hour drive from West Vancouver, Whistler Bungee is easily accessible just off the Sea to Sky Highway. You can get a jump in for around $130 (exc. tax).

Good to know: Whistler Bungee has provided a safe experience with a perfect safety record since opening in 2002.

 

4. Adventure to Sub-Zero at the Grey Goose Ice Room

Visit the famous Vodka Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistro. Don a warm parka and explore a room entirely made of ice while sipping on premium vodkas from around the world. Recently renamed as the Grey Goose Ice Room, you can enjoy a tasting flight of four vodkas from $52 per person (tax and service excluded).

 

Group of friends wearing arctic parkas in a Grey Goose vodka ice room at the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler
Grey Goose Ice Room | Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler

 

Good to know: The Ice Room is open daily from 3:30pm and reservations are recommended. You can find the Bearfoot Bistro inside the Listel Hotel, just off of the village stroll.

 

5. Ride the Famous Peak to Peak Gondola

Even if you’re not skiing, you can still enjoy the stunning views from the Peak to Peak Gondola. Until April 14, soar between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and marvel at the winter landscapes. You’ll experience a stunning 360-degree view of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests. If you’re visiting Whistler, this is an absolute MUST!

 

People inside the peak to peak gondola in Whistler looking out over the snowy mountains
Peak to Peak | Credit: Tourism Whistler / Vince Emond

 

 

To find more information on rates, offers and FAQs, head to whistlerblackcomb.com.

Good to know: PEAK 2 PEAK tickets must be booked online 72 hours in advance. The gondola will be closed from April 15 – May 20, 2024 for maintenance, so now’s the time to take a trip to new heights!

 

6. Test Your Skills with Escape! Whistler

If you’re looking for an exciting activity to do that’s non-weather dependent – Escape! Whistler is where it’s at. This indoor activity is great for people of all ages and is a great way to spend an hour escaping the cold and wet weather.

 

Three people inside an escape room themed as a pirate ship.
Escape! Whistler

 

Choose from 6 different adventures, ranging from beginner to advanced, as you & your friends work together to escape a set of challenges in 45 minutes or less. You’ll be presented with puzzles, riddles and clues to solve as you attempt to make your way out.

Good to know: Each room is very different in terms of difficulty, style, and things you must accomplish. If it’s your first time, start with the Pirate Ship game!

 

7. Witness the Epic Fire & Ice Show

Every Sunday evening, the village comes alive with the Fire & Ice Show. Watch professional skiers and snowboarders perform thrilling tricks through flaming hoops. It’s a family-friendly spectacle your whole troupe will love – and did we mention it’s free?

 

skiers doing tricks through a ring of fire at the fire and ice show in whistler during winter surrounded by snow
Fire and Ice Show | Credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

 

Catch the show at the base of Skier’s Plaza (base of Whistler and Excalibur Gondolas) on a Sunday from 7:30pm. There’ll be fire. There’ll be a live DJ. There’ll be fireworks – and lots of fun will be had.

Good to know: You can catch the show until March 10, 2024 (depending on weather and snow).

 

8. Try an Art Pop Class

Unleash your creativity with an art class or workshop at Art Pop. Surrounded by Whistler’s natural beauty, you can create your own masterpiece in a relaxed and inspiring setting.

 

local artist andrea mueller insider her art pop gallery surrounded by prints and canvases
Art Pop by Andrea Mueller | Credit: Pique Newsmagazine

 

Located in Creekside Village, a short stroll from our Lake Placid Lodge property, you’ll find the Art Pop studio by local artist Andrea Muller. Catch the Kids Create afterschool program on Tuesdays until Feb 27, or visit their events page for up-to-date news and adult paint classes.

Good to know: At Art Pop, you’ll also find Andrea’s gallery, filled with prints, canvases, home decor, trinkets and trendy wardrobe pieces from Andrea herself as well as other local artists that she supports.

 

9. Go Ice Skating in the Olympic Plaza

Lace up your skates and glide across the ice at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Skating under the stars with twinkling lights overhead is a magical experience for all ages. The skating rink loops around the plaza, with a covered area and an open-air section.

 

Dad, daughter, son and mother ice skating in front of the olympic rings in whistler village

 

Skate rentals are available at the ticket desk, or you’re welcome to bring your own! The rink is open from 11am – 8:30pm with the exception of 1:30-2:30pm and 5-6pm when it’s closed for maintenance. For more information and to view rates, head over to whistler.ca.

Good to know: Don’t miss the last skate being stuck in the line – head there early when it opens after maintenance around 6pm.

 

10. Unwind in a Slope Side Whiski Jack Heated Pool or Hot Tub

After a day of exploration, relax in style at one of Whiski Jack Resorts’ properties. Their outdoor heated pools and hot tubs offer the perfect way to enjoy the snowy surroundings while staying warm.

 

outdoor hot tub in winter
Northstar at Stoney Creek | Whiski Jack Resorts, BC

 

In Whistler Village, Tyndall Stone Lodge, opposite Olympic Plaza, features a cozy brand new outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Our Village Gate House property offers private hot tubs in our one and two bedroom accommodations, and our Northstar at Stoney Creek property offers a large, year-round, heated pool and hot tub (arguably the best in the village!).

 

outdoor heated pool at a lodge
Woodrun Lodge | Whiski Jack Resorts, BC

 

At the base of Blackcomb, our ski in/ski out properties, Woodrun Lodge and The Aspens, boast gorgeous slope side pools and hot tubs! Our Lake Placid Lodge property in Whistler Creekside has an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna – this location is more private due to the location but is ideal for the core skier or snowboarder with easy access to Creekside Gondola.

Wrap up your unforgettable Whistler adventure by booking a cozy stay with Whiski Jack Resorts – rooms are still available throughout the season, so keep checking back for your dates (or be a bit flexible for the best deals).