One of Whistler’s best-known outdoor attractions is Ziptrek’s
zipline tours. It might not sound too extreme, but Ziptrek’s
Eagle Tour finishes with a 732 m ( 2,400-ft.) line that descends
30 storeys down the mountainside! Four other ziplines lead you
to the big finale, sending you flying over Fitzsimmons Creek
between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The 2.5- to three-hour tour also leads guests over four treetop bridges and viewing
platforms that provide outstanding vistas of the surrounding
If you’re planning to visit Whistler in the summertime be sure to
check out Ziptrek’s massive Sasquatch line, which allows guests
to fly all the way from Blackcomb over to Whistler Mountain.
Spanning more than 2 km at heights of more than 183 m (600
ft.), the Sasquatch is the longest zipline in North America.
To challenge both your muscles and your mind, Mountain
Skills Academy offers guided ice climbing tours on Blackcomb
Mountain. Anyone with moderate fitness can try ice climbing for
the first time, but more experienced climbers will get to tackle
more difficult routes matched to their abilities. With the help of
a certified mountain guide, guests will learn how to scale walls of
blue ice with ice axes and crampons. Participants must be able to
ski or snowboard at an intermediate level, as the climbing terrain
is accessed from Blackcomb’s alpine area. For those seeking a true
challenge, multi-pitch and multi-day ice climbing tours are also
available. Visit mountainskillsacademy.com.
After tackling any of these exciting and challenging activities,
you’ll surely raise some eyebrows when your friends ask what
you did during your vacation in Whistler. The best part is, after
you’ve tapped your adrenal glands dry, there’s still time to enjoy
the superb dining, spas and the scenery as you wind down from an
“Skeleton is generally perceived as ‘scarier’ than bobsleigh,
because people slide down the track alone on their own sled,” says
Tracy Seitz, the Whistler Sliding Centre’s managing director.
“The exhilaration and confidence that people get after their
first run is so amazing that, for the second one, they usually get
very competitive, want to go faster and just enjoy the ride.” No
previous experience is necessary, only a thirst for high-speed
excitement! Visit whistlerslidingcentre.com.