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Winter in WhistlerWhile downhill skiing will always be Whistler's calling card, the village is home to a number of winter-time activities for every type of individual. If you want to re-create old time Canadian traditions may we suggest you take a horse-drawn sleigh through the snow covered forest - or perhaps you want to channel your inner explorer and charter a dog-sled ride for the day at nearby cougar mountain. Speaking of keeping is Canada, why not grab those ice skates and head over to the Meadow Park Sports Centre for public skating, or better yet check out one of the many close by lakes and do some outdoor skating.

One of the most popular outdoor winter activities outside of skiing has to be Zip-trekking. Guests can soar high above the valley floor, racing from tree top to tree top during this thrilling and scenic experience. For those unsure they want to hang upside down suspended by a climbing harness, there's good old-fashioned tobogganing and its upscale cousin, The Coca-Cola Tube Park.

Whistler winter activities come in all shapes and sizes, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Olympics Winter Sports Legacy

Whistler BobsleighMany guests wish to cultivate the Olympic spirits of past when they visit Whistler. This can be done by taking photo's at the Whistler Olympic Rings or grabbing pic by the whistler Inukshuk statue. However, if you really want to feel what it's like to be an Olympian may we suggest checking out the Whistler Sliding Centre. At the Sliding Centre you can actually go down the same track that was used during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and continues to be used every year during the Luge and Bobsled World Championships. Guests that are feeling the need for speed can go down the track with an experienced driver guiding them while reaching speeds of up to 125 KM per hour!

If you prefer a more subdued Olympic experience then perhaps a visit to Whistler Olympic Park is more up your ally. Home to the cross country skiing and ski jump events during the 2010 Olympics, Whistler Olympic Park is open all winter long. Activities at the park include cross-country skiing, with up to 57 KM of groomed tracks available, snowshoeing and sightseeing. What makes the park so special is the untouched beauty that surrounds the entire facility. Amazing views of the surrounding Callaghan Mountain Ranges and sweeping views of the valley and forest make it seem like you're in a whole other world. If you enjoy sightseeing and the relaxing sounds of nature than a day trip to Whistler Olympic Park is a must. The Park is located about 25 minutes outside of Creekside Village. The turn off is located 9 KM south of Creekside towards Vancouver, followed by another 12 KM drive to the parking lot.

Winter Activities in Whistler

Alpine / Downhill Skiing Snowboarding
Cross-Country / Nordic skiing Snowcat Skiing
Dog Sledding Snowmobiling
Glacier Tours Snowshoeing
Heli-Skiing & Snowboarding Tobogganing
Ice Climbing Tree Trek
Outdoor & Indoor Skating Tube park
Sleigh Rides Zip Trek

Photo Credit: Mike Crane (Couple), Whistler Sliding Centre (Bobsleigh)