The phrase “family ski vacation” may bring up the image of smiling family members carving down the slopes
in unison before heading in for a delicious cup of hot cocoa. But what happens when one of your wee ones is not
so hot on the idea of walking around in ski boots or spending hours battling freezing cold temperatures and fog
for three days in a row? If this is a situation you find yourself in this winter, don’t worry. There are still plenty for
kids to do in Whistler beyond skiing and snowboarding, even though at first glance it may appear as though the
mountains are the only attraction.
Just ask Janet Pashleigh. The mother, graphic designer and long-time Whistler resident heard the question
“What do I do with kids other than skiing?” so often during her 20 years in town that she decided to create a
website dedicated to the topic. She started Whistler4Kids.com at 3 a.m. one morning; and when she finished the
website, she had compiled enough ideas to assure her that it is easy to entertain Whistler kids all winter without
ever uploading the gondola.
“Being a parent brings a number of unique challenges, especially in a small town where resources are somewhat
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limited,” explains Pashleigh. “In designing Whistler4Kids.com, I was looking to provide both locals and tourists
with a guide to all things family in Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor. I’ve lived here for 20 years, but through
my son, I have seen Whistler from a new perspective. It really is the greatest playground ever.”
To help visitors navigate the plethora of family activities, Whistler Traveller sat down with Pashleigh this winter
to come up with 11 unique ways to spend an afternoon with the children. We all agree that Whistler is a sublime
recreational resort for adults, and with this list we hope to convince any parent that Whistler is also the ultimate
playground for kids.
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• • • • • OUT OF THE SKIS, WHISTLER IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO BE A KID
Story by Claire Piech