Ski breaks have seriously gained momentum in terms of popularity over the last few years and with tumbling prices, its no wonder that more and more people are choosing to head to the slopes, rather than head to the beach for winter sun. There are countless ski resorts to choose from across the globe, with several in countries you might not have even considered to have ski options available. One of the most popular however, and certainly one of the most breathtakingly beautiful is Whistler.
North America’s largest ski resort is located just over a couple of hours from Vancouver, which makes it ideally placed for a twin centre break. You can easily spend a few days in the city before venturing to the snow, or vice versa. In terms of accommodation, there are many options too, including homely Whistler house rentals. This means you can enjoy all the perks of a home, whilst enjoying a vacation! Prices are certainly competitive, and nowhere near as high as you might think.
How to Get to Whistler
Because of Whistler’s close proximity to Vancouver, it is very easy to get to the resort itself. The Sea to Sky Highway is one of the most scenic mountain roads around, and was renovated recently to add extreme safety to proceedings. It takes around 2 and a half hours to drive from Vancouver to Whistler, depending on traffic.
There is the option to fly from various location around the US, with a nearby regional airport and short transfer from there. Alternatively, you can take the very scenic Whistler Mountaineer train, which will show you the passing mountain scenery in truly relaxing style. This is probably one of the more expensive options, but if you shop around, you will be able to find deals.
The Best Time to Visit Whistler?
Whistler has a huge amount of snow during the winter months, but it is also open for nature fun during the summer months too, with walking, wildlife, and photography all fun options to enjoy. The winter is however the busiest time, with the middle of November until the latter part of December experiencing the most snowfall. During the holiday season, guests can enjoy plentiful fun and themed activities, making this a great time to visit with the children too.
Between April and May the area plays host to the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, so this is when you can really see the pros in action and check out their serious skills. The crowds at this time are likely to be higher, and this is a time you will need to search out deals, but the experience is certainly a fantastic one.
Action and Adventure in Whistler
Obviously, snow-related activities are the most popular in Whistler, and there are countless to try. Whistler Blackcomb is ideal for snowboarding fun, and there are over 200 different runs, spanning to mountains, with 37 lifts accessing them all. Experienced skiers can try the cross country runs, and there are also beginner runs for those who are learning. Check out one of the many ski schools to find the best one for you, as well as being plenty for children and families to learn together too.
Of course, Whistler Village is packed with fun to have had, and plentiful shopping and nightlife choices. There are many cafes, clubs, restaurants, and shops to enjoy, and nightlife is as calm or varied as you want it to be. Après ski is certainly as excited as the actual skiing!
Whistler’s snow area spans a huge distance, and that means there is an area for everyone, an it is never totally crowded. Having said that, there are certainly busier times than others, as we mentioned in our previous section. Weekends will see visitors from the city venture to the snow for a few days’ break from work, so this is when the lifts will experience queues or delays. Simply bear this in mind when planning your break, if a few crowds do bother you at all. Of course, you could argue that it simply adds to the atmosphere!
You can easily rent ski equipment on site, to avoid having to take your own, or having to invest in expensive equipment that you may never use again. If you’re trying skiing or boarding for the first time, buying equipment isn’t wise at this time – hire it instead and find the cheapest prices for your break. This also cuts down on the amount of luggage you need to take with you, and that is always a bonus!
Overall, the lower price of ski holidays is certainly a plus point for all of us. Whilst beach breaks will never lose their shine, and will always be popular, heading to the wonder of the mountains for a ski break is something that everyone should experience at least once. These types of holiday used to be extremely expensive once upon a time, and something that only the rather rich used to enjoy. Thankfully, us mere mortals can now enjoy the power of nature, and really enjoy our time experiencing a new sport. You never know, you might find a new passion! Even if skiing is something you only try once, you will be captivated by the beauty of the area, and you can simply enjoy your time in nature, perhaps checking out the scenery or doing a spot of photography instead.