Whistler Blackcomb, a ski resort in Canada and home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, sits under two hours north of Vancouver. A place for those seeking a winter full of outdoor adventure from skiing and snowboarding, to dogsledding and even a ride in an olympic bobsled.
Whistler Blackcomb – My Snowboarding Fix
For a few years now, I’ve spent my winters snowboarding on the east coast in family places like Camelback in the Poconos and when I wanted something a little bigger I’d head up to Vermont and snowboard Killington. My first trip west landed me in Vail Colorado and ever since then I’ve had trouble riding back home on the east. This was the beginning of my hunt for the big mountain experience.
A few planned trips to Heavenly were sadly cancelled due to personal injury but Whistler Blackcomb came up on the radar during one of the slow winters. I’d heard wonderful things about it and started doing some research. I discovered very quickly, how affordable a trip there could be if picked during the right time.
My usual boarding travel companion is my younger cousin Stephen. Being a bit more daring, he helps keep me pushing the limits of my riding capabilities and we usual find ourselves in the middle of a pretty epic trip. At Whistler, we hunted for other activities to entertain us as well and realized to experience everything, we’d have to come back.
Outdoor Playland – Whister Blackcomb Activities
Besides the Snowboarding we were mainly traveling for, we discovered that the area also offered some other adventure opportunities. With so many choices and so few days, we decided to take a Snowmobiling tour with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. It was a great time through some of the back country we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Other activities offered in the area included Heli Skiing, (I will be going back for this) Dogsledding, Bobsledding (which I really wanted to try!) hiking, snowshoeing, and a for the food people, tons of restaurants, and for those with a taste for the nightlife, there were plenty of bars.
We found ourselves eating at different places everyday from the Mexican Corner Restaurant and Longhorn Saloon and Grill to eventually ending up on a bar crawl tour at places like Garfinkels and Tommy Africas which proved to be a pretty decent mix of locals and some tourists.
While this was great for two guys traveling for adventure, Whistler Blackcomb was also chock full of activities for families as well. We saw a ton of younger kids with their parents either hanging around in playgrounds in Whistler Village, or Ice skating in the rink a short 10 minute walk from the Blackcomb base.
For the shopping enthusiasts, theres plenty of outdoor wear to find. A few unique small business hidden among the bigger retailers made the walks to and from the mountain a much slower place. Mostly because we stopped at almost every shop to peak at what they had to offer. From the typical tourist sweatshirts and mugs, to the more unique local artists works, there was plenty to see.
The Call of the Wild
Although, my trip to Canada did have the pretty specific purpose of getting some days in the Mountain on my board, I discovered that Whistler had so much more to offer even during the summer season. The place transforms into something else entirely and just begs for a return trip. The next time though, I plan to rent a car and spend more time exploring the wilds that still exist up there.
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