5 of the Best Off-Mountain Activities in Whistler

Whether you’re looking for a break from skiing or just want to explore more of the area, there are plenty of ways to connect with your friends and family away from the ski hill.

Keep reading for 5 of the Best Off-Mountain Activities to Enjoy in Whistler this winter!

1. Forged Axe Throwing

Forged Axe Throwing is a great off-hill activity to do with friends and family. Located in the heart of Function Junction, about a 15-20 minute drive outside of Whistler Village, Forged is possibly one of the most Canadian experiences you’ll have in Whistler. No previous experience required and the concept is quite simple – grab an axe and throw it at a wall while trying to hit the bullseye!

You can book a 1-hour time slot or rent out the entire facility for 3-hours of private axe throwing (perfect for extra-large groups). It’s a great way to challenge yourself while having a lot of fun.

Visit Forged Axe Throwing for more information.

Forged Axe Throwing Whistler, BC
Tourism Whistler / Forged Axe Throwing

2. Escape! Whistler

Voted one of Whistler’s best indoor activities – Escape! Whistler is a real-life gaming experience where groups of 2 to 6 people are placed inside a themed room, presented with puzzles, riddles, and clues that you must work together to solve within 45 minutes in order to “Escape” from the situation you are in.

With 6 different escape rooms, you’ll have to use your wits and work as a team to find your way out. It’s a great way to bond with friends, family, or coworkers, and you can even book private events for larger groups.

Each room is designed and handcrafted by local owners, Karen and Kori, with the help of their many talented artists friends, creating a 100% original experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

All themes are family-friendly and non-weather dependent. Be prepared for fun, creative, and interactive obstacles.

Visit Escape! Whistler for more information.

Escape! Whistler
Tourism Whistler / Escape! Whistler

3. Cross Country Ski – Lost Lake or Callahan

For those who prefer to be out in nature, Whistler is home to some of the best cross country skiing in the world. With trails winding through the forest, past frozen lakes and over mountaintops, there’s virtually endless terrain to explore.

Lost Lake and Callahan Valley are two of the most popular areas for groomed trails. Both offer a wide range of options for beginners and intermediate skiers alike, and you can rent all the equipment you need at both locations.

For more information on rates, rentals and directions, visit our Whistler Activities page.

Cross Country Skiing in Whistler, BC
Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

4. Ice Skating and Snow Play at Whistler Olympic Plaza

The outdoor skating rink and snow play area at Whistler Olympic Plaza is the perfect family outdoor family setting. The kids will find endless entertainment in the snow play area – building snow forts, tobogganing down kid-friendly slopes (with foam barriers to at the bottom), and surrounded by dazzling lights in the heart of Whistler Village. Parents can take a family photo by the iconic Olympic Rings, or cruise the nearby shops and cafes.

Skate rentals are also available on a first come/first serve basis. With limited capacity on the skating rink, we encourage you to head over early, and bonus if you can bring your own skates and helmets.

Visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler website for hours of operation, skate rental prices and the most up-to-date information regarding the facilities.

Whistler Olympic Plaza Ice Skating
Tourism Whistler / Whistler Olympic Plaza Ice Skating

5. Vallea Lumina

Vallea Lumina is a must-try experience. Located in the Cougar Mountain area (past Emerald on the way to Pemberton), Vallea Lumina is a multimedia night walk featuring state-of-the-art animations and lights that bring the forest to life. As you explore the walking path, you’ll be guided by an audio tour that provides a captivating story about the forest and its inhabitants.

We recommend that you book your tickets online in advance in order to reserve your desired dates and start time. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

Visit the Vallea Lumina website for more information.

Experience Vallae Lumina in Whistler, BC
Vallae Lumina

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