Spring arguably shows Whistler in its most beautiful state, as everything starts to warm up and wake up (ourselves included). The snow begins to melt, bringing with it an abundance of outdoor activities. Packing enough gear to adapt to the indecisive weather can seem daunting, but your suitcase doesn’t have to be huge. We’ve composed this list of all the essentials you need for your spring trip to Whistler, so you can instead focus on enjoying all that Whistler has to offer.
Save the precious space in your suitcase by packing outfits you can wear for both the day and night. Whistler’s nightlife has a chilled vibe, so if you want to blend in (and not end up on your rear) it’s best you ditch the heels. Many people head straight from the slopes to the après so bring versatile clothes that will keep you warm and cozy all day.
For the most part, in the warm sun and spring snow, a t-shirt will do you just fine. However, if the sun does decide to hide behind a cloud, you are soon going to know about it. In these transitional months, pack a light jacket that is small enough to fit in a backpack, so you can bring it with you on all your adventures.
A backpack is essential for all hikes, skis, and even lazy days relaxing by the lake. Fill it with bottles of water, maps, and everything else you will need for the day so you can set off on your explorations fully prepared. Plus, when you’re wandering through the village, your backpack can easily double up as a shopping bag to hold all the great purchases you’re going to make.
After a day on the slopes, there’s no better way to relax than hitting the hot tub. If you’re feeling really brave, Whistler boasts 5 lakes that are easily accessible from the village, so take your swimsuit with you and go for a dip. Treat yourself afterwards by warming up in a hot tub, or even the Scandinave Spa.
If you want to truly explore Whistler in all its glory, the best way to get around is on foot. Whether you’re simply strolling through the village, or venturing out into the backcountry, practical, sturdy shoes are going to serve you well. No one will notice if you opt for the latest season of Nike trainers, or your battered old hiking boots. Functionality trumps style here, so as long as you’re comfortable you’ll be able to enjoy Whistler all day long.
The ‘low battery’ phone notification can incite panic in the best of us. Your phone will most likely function as your map, camera, and way of contacting people should you need to. There are a number of charging docks around the village, but having a portable charger with you on your ventures into the wilderness can come in handy, and provide some peace of mind. You could even utilize the good weather by investing in a portable solar charger that uses the sun to charge your device.
It’s a well-known fact that both sunglasses and goggles make you look effortlessly cool. However, when you’re out enjoying the heat, sunglasses are also essential for protecting your eyes against UVA and UVB rays. Combine them with some sunscreen and a hat, or toque if you’re a true Canadian, and you’ll be set to enjoy a full day of glorious mountain sun.
Now you’re fully prepared with all the gear, it’s time to get out there and enjoy! If you need a place to stay in Whistler this spring, Whiski Jack Resorts offers Condominium and Townhome options that will suit all your needs, so get in contact with us today. You can also book online here.