THE Winter Side OF WHISTLER
In wintertime the occupying passion of locals and visitors alike is to ski and snowboard the vast terrain of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. While it’s true that downhill snowsports are considered the main menu, Whistler has a tantalizing cornucopia of other winter activities
to try. This coming winter, why not expand your tastes and sample something new?
Tubing is a super fun and accessible activity, because you don’t need any skill or equipment, and
the whole family can enjoy whizzing down the hill on inflatable tubes together. Simply head
up to Whistler Blackcomb’s Coca-Cola® Tube Park, located at the Base II Zone on Blackcomb
Mountain. It’s easily accessed from the Village at no cost via the Excalibur Gondola. Be sure to
wear warm winter clothing, and for your comfort, a pair of goggles.
If the Tube Park arouses a need for even greater speed, sign up for a zipline tour to soar high
above Whistler’s glacier-fed creeks and through cedar, hemlock and Douglas fir forests. Tours
combine an exhilarating experience with fascinating and educational insights into Whistler’s
For those who thrive on the adrenaline rush of extreme speed, the Thunder on Ice (bobsleigh) and
Lightning on Ice (skeleton) are exhilarating sliding experiences, located at the Whistler Sliding
Centre, a 2010 Olympic Winter Games venue. The programs are open to the public, and provide
sport orientation, helmet fitting, track etiquette, safety guidelines and the fastest run of your life at
up to 125 kilometres an hour in the bobsleigh and 100 km/h on the skeleton.
STORY BY REBECCA WOOD BARRET T
IMAGES BY JOERN ROHDE