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Top 10 Must-Know Tips to Make Your Summer 2024 Whistler Travel Experience Unforgettable

Whistler is one of the top ski destinations in the world. So grab your gear (or rent some) and head up to Whistler, BC Canada. By having some essential details and a keen desire to have fun, you are set for an amazing vacation.


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Here’s a quick rundown of 10 our “insider tips” to help you plan ahead of your trip to Whistler....


Whether you plan to go with your family, friends, or colleagues, your trip to Whistler will be one of the best memories you will have. However, if you don’t do enough research, it may cost you more financially, or you will be sorry and miss out on amazing scenic spots!



1. Best Time to Go

Winter

Snow enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the arrival of late November or early December, as it marks the beginning of a winter wonderland with the gentle descent of snowflakes. This magical transformation sets the stage for a ski season that is at its prime from December to February, offering a plethora of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts to revel in the snowy slopes. However, as the holiday season approaches, the demand for accommodations skyrockets, with hotels and lodging establishments quickly reaching full capacity around Christmas and New Year's.


To avoid any last-minute stress, it is advisable to secure your reservations well in advance and prepare for potentially longer wait times at ski lifts due to the influx of visitors seeking to partake in the snowy adventures. The festive atmosphere combined with the thrill of winter sports creates a captivating scene that beckons travelers to embrace the cold season with open arms and embark on unforgettable snowy escapades.

Summer


Whistler, BC in the summer is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. With stunning mountain views, lush forests, and crystal-clear lakes, there are endless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, zip-lining, and more. The village comes alive with bustling patios, vibrant farmers' markets, and a range of cultural events. Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, Whistler offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and outdoor recreation during the summer months.



2. What To Prepare


Winter Sports


Always remember not to wear cotton when skiing. This will leave you cold and frustrated during the day. Bring thin, warm and long socks made of wool, a synthetic fibre second layer, a Fleece and a jacket with zipper to easily undo. A waterproof jacket with many pockets and water proof snow pants are a must. Never wear jeans. Waterproof gloves are a way to protect your hands from frostbite. Don't forget to wear your Snow Goggles, skiing without these wont be fun! A good fitting Helmet will protect you in case you take a fall, because skiing isn’t a risk free sport! Also you can add to your packing list your favorite beanie, sunscreen, and neck warmer. A backpack also is an option if you want to carry things around, add more layers or take off any.


Summer / Biking


To prepare for a biking weekend in Whistler, BC during the summertime, consider bringing:


  1. Mountain Bike: Ensure your bike is in good working condition and appropriate for the trails you plan to ride.

  2. Protective Gear: Helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads for safety.

  3. Appropriate Clothing: Light, moisture-wicking clothing for warm days, as well as layers for cooler evenings.

  4. Hydration Pack: Stay hydrated on the trails with a hydration pack or water bottles.

  5. Snacks/Energy Bars: Quick, energy-boosting snacks to keep you fueled during rides.

  6. Trail Map/GPS: Familiarize yourself with the trails or use a GPS device to navigate.

  7. Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from UV rays.

  8. Basic Repair Kit: Multi-tool, spare tube, pump, and patches in case of a bike breakdown.

  9. First Aid Kit: Be prepared for minor injuries or emergencies on the trail.

  10. Camera/Gopro: Capture the beautiful scenery and memorable moments from your biking adventures.






3. Buy Lift Tickets in Advance

Buy your tickets in advance! When you purchase tickets 14 days in advance, these tickets will be mailed to you and this will save you money. You can get a $100 CAD per day ticket at whistlerblackcomb.com compared to a one-day ticket available for C$140-150. Also, if you are a resident of British Columbia or Washington, look up edge cards. Usually, these are sold at the beginning of the season (even before the season starts), and they are sold at a considerably reduced price that you can use on a 2-day, 5-day, or 10-day pass.


4. Ski For FREE

If you have children age 0-6, they can ski for free.


5. Choose Backcountry

If you are professional and ready for adventure. Whistler has some amazing Backcountry Skiing/Riding from $269 per person. Backcountry Ski Touring from $269 per person and Private Backcountry Skiing/Riding price is from $849 per person.


6. Ski Off Peak

Why? Because this is the time of year usually has cheaper deals for lodging and skiing. End of season is around late March to early May.


7. Book a Rental House not a Room

Book a ski in and out location home.... A place where you can relax and recharge, enjoy a large meal all together or sit by a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. A home is generally cheaper than a small hotel room during peak season.



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8. Eat at Whistlers Best Restaurants


Some of the best restaurants and eating spots in Whistler, BC include:

  1. Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar: Known for its fine dining and Pacific Northwest cuisine.

  2. Rimrock Cafe: A cozy spot for seafood and game dishes with a warm atmosphere.

  3. Bearfoot Bistro: Offers a luxurious dining experience with a renowned wine cellar and a vodka tasting room.

  4. Purebread: A popular bakery known for its delicious pastries, bread, and cakes.

  5. Portobello: Casual cafe serving up gourmet sandwiches, salads, and soups.

  6. Peaked Pies: Australian-inspired bakery known for its savory pies and delicious pastries.

  7. Sushi Village: A local favorite for fresh and authentic Japanese cuisine.

  8. Il Caminetto: Upscale Italian restaurant with a cozy ambiance and delicious pasta dishes.

  9. Creekbread: Known for its wood-fired artisan pizzas made with organic ingredients.

  10. La Cantina: Casual Mexican eatery serving up tasty tacos, burritos, and margaritas.

These are just a few options to explore the diverse culinary scene in Whistler. Enjoy your dining experience in this vibrant mountain town!




9. A Spa of Whistler

Never leave Whistler without trying the Scandinave Spa (https://www.scandinave.com/whistler/whistler). It is comprised of a collection of Nordic pools, saunas, sun rooms, relaxation lounges and eucalyptus scents. No reservations required and open daily from 10am - 9pm. Bath access for $79. Splurge and have a massage! Make sure to budget at least 3 hours of time for this activity to really enjoy the spa.


10. Know Where to Park


Whistler is a popular destination and many people make the beautiful drive from Vancouver to Whistler along the sea to sky HWY. This is a spectacular road trip, but this also means more parked cars in Whistler! Parking is not only sparse in Whistler, but it is also expensive. This can be one of the concerns of visitors in Whistler. You can check HERE of the map where you can easily park your cars. If you want a cheaper option, You can click "P" as park areas and see their per hour charge. Varies from $1 per hour to $5. A little insider secret is to park at The Whistler Conference Center. For 24 hours you will only pay for $15, compared to $20-25/day elsewhere.



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