In addition to skiing, mountain biking and hiking, Whistler offers a wealth of outdoor activities year-round. For further information, contact the visitor centres or visit w whistlerblackcomb.com, which can book and advise on most activities. Numerous rental outlets around the resort provide bikes, skis, snowshoes and other equipment.
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Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre 4584 Blackcomb Way t 604 964 0990, w slcc.ca; Tues–Sun 10am–5pm; $18. Superb First Nations centre which gives an insight into the history and culture of the Squamish and Lil’Wat nations. Explore with a First Nations ambassador on a tour which includes a welcome song, excellent short film and cedar-bark weaving. Every Tuesday in summer there is a salmon barbecue dinner (5–8pm; $58).
Scandinave Spa 8010 Mons Rd t 604 935 2424, w scandinave.com. After any of these activities there are plenty of spas for massage, mud baths and treatments that soothe all aches and pains. For utter luxury, try Scandinave, whose outdoor hot pools come with incredible mountain vistas.
Wedge Rafting To the right of the Whistler Gondola t 1 888 932 5899, w wedgerafting.com. From May through September, this outfit has a range of rafting trips priced from $89 for 2hr trips on the Green River (great for beginners), while experts can plump for the Class-IV thrills of the Elaho or Squamish river rapids (8hr; $169).
Whistler Core Next to Whistler Conference Centre t 604 905 7625, w whistlercore.com; Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat & Sun 8am–9pm. Year-round indoor rock-climbing facility and an outdoor summer climbing wall. A day’s drop-in indoor climbing costs $18. A variety of guides and guided tours are available from $125 for a half-day climb.
The Adventure Group Near the base of Whistler Gondola, also inside Fairmont Château Whistler t 855 824 9955, w tagwhistler.com. Comprehensive booking agency who offer tours year-round from 90min snowshoe tours for novices from $89 to a two and a half hour snowmobile tour through the ancient cedar forest from $159, and ziplining $129.
Blackcomb Horsedrawn Sleigh Rides 4890 Glacier Drive t 604 932 7631, w blackcombsleighrides.com. Offers a variety of sleigh-ride tours with or without lunch or dinner, with four tours (hourly from 5pm) every evening in winter ($60 for 50–60min). Tours follow the ski trails to the woods for great views and a stop in a cabin for a mug of hot chocolate. For $115 you get a sleigh ride and dinner.
Blackcomb Snowmobile the lobby of the Hilton Resort Whistler t 604 932 8484, w blackcombsnowmobile.com. You can ride snowmobiles with this outfit ($119 per person doubling; $159 per single rider; reduced rates for 8am early bird tours), which also offers a range of dogsled rides: the “Mountain Mushing” tour (4 daily; 2hr 30min; minimum 2 people per sled) which cost $229 per person. Canadian Snowmobile Adventures (t 604 938 1616, w canadiansnowmobile.com) offers similar snowmobile tours and prices.
Heli-skiing t 1 888 435 4754, w whistlerheliskiing.com. To take your experience to the next level, Whistler Heli-Skiing is available for helicopter drops to endless big mountain terrain that includes 173 glaciers and 475 runs outside of the Whistler Blackcomb resort. Three run packages start from $959.