Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova
Whistler is well-known across the world for excellent skiing and vast terrain. But those that have been to Whistler in the winter before, know that the fun doesn’t stop on the slopes! Whether you’re looking for something to do on a down-day, or are a non-skiing family, there are so many fun activities that your family can enjoy.
We’ve put together a list of the best Whistler winter activities for families off the slopes for your next snowy getaway.
Enjoy all-ages fun with outdoor ice skating and tobogganing happening daily at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Activities are free and skate rentals are available for $6. Be sure to visit Whistler Olympic Plaza on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-6 pm through the winter for Family Après for live music and other fun activities. After a fun time playing in the snow and on the ice, be sure to grab a treat and a hot drink at one of the many cafes and restaurants close to the plaza.
The Coca-Cola Tube Park is an exhilarating experience! You’ll be screaming for joy as you slide down the track solo or in a group. At the tube park, visitors can enjoy family-friendly music over the sound system, snacks and beverages, washroom facilities and a fire pit for warming up. The tube park is located on Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain and can be accessed via a free ride up the Excalibur Gondola. There is also free parking in Lot 8 for those wishing to drive to Base 2. Read more about details and rider restrictions here.
Pyrotechnics and extreme-sports mix at the Fire and Ice Show. Watch in awe as snowboarders and skiers perform breathtaking tricks through a ring of fire. Fire spinners, a live DJ and fireworks take the show to the next level. Catch this free weekly event every Sunday from Skiers’ Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. Be sure to dress warm! Check out showtimes here.
Explore the wonders of the Whistler forest in this stunning multimedia night walk. Follow the trail on a quest to find two missing hikers on the search for a magical hidden valley. This amazing experience is the perfect activity for the whole family.
Located in the magical Callaghan Valley, Whistler Olympic Park is a snow lover’s paradise. From snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and more, there is something for everyone. Warm up after a day of fun by the outdoor firepit or inside the cozy Day Lodge with a hot cup of cocoa or a steaming bowl of chilli from the snack bar. Read more about winter family fun at Whistler Olympic Park here.
Zip through a winter wonderland on a fun and thrilling snowmobile tour. There are several tour operators in Whistler offering different styles and difficulties for all levels of riders. Kids can even try driving their very own Mini-Z snowmobile on a specially-designed track. Check out tour options here. Note that some age and size restrictions do apply.
Ziplining is a great option for the thrill-seekers in the family! Take in the views as you zip across valleys and through forests. Tour operators offer several options for ziplining in Whistler. For more details, click here. Note that some age and size restrictions do apply.
These are just a few of the many Whistler winter activities for families off the slopes. With so much to do, you’ll never want to leave!