As Whistler Blackcomb kicks off its winter season early this weekend, we tapped supermodel-turned-writer, mom of two and 20-year Whistler veteran Cathy Fedoruk for her favorite off-slope activities.
1. Snowshoe the Callaghan Valley Trails
Less than 10 miles from Whistler, this beautiful valley receives some of the deepest snowfall in Canada. Rent your shoes at the Ski Callaghan Nordic Center, hit the marked trails with a picnic, or grab a warming chili at the Jumpstart Café.
2. Cozy up with Blackcomb Sleighrides
Take the whole family on this festive excursion. The Blackcomb Mountain ride includes a stop for hot chocolate and views of Whistler village. I took my Mom and boys when they were three and five and we all loved it.
3. Go for a dip (and a swing)
Meadow Park is a public facility with an ice rink, gym, pool for kids and adults, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and knockout mountain views. My kids love launching from the rope swing into the deep end.
4. Skate at Olympic Plaza
5. Snowmobile with Canadian Wilderness Adventures
This memorable ride includes a chance for kids to blast around on mini snowmobiles in an open area without Mom or Dad, plus a snack stop at a little cabin in the woods.
6. Train with Sasha Gier
For a last-minute bootcamp before the slopes, book a session with Sasha Gier. He trained as a Soviet Marine and arrives at your door with a medicine ball and no nonsense routine.
7. Get a culture dose
8. Practice yoga
9. Relax at the spa
For some adults-only time, book an authentic bath experience and admire the mountain views at Scandinave Spa, then stop for delicious Pacific-Northwest fare at cozy Edgewater Lodge overlooking Green Lake.
10. Eat out… a lot
Hit Creekbread for brick oven pizza, Samurai Sushi for wild salmon sashimi and Chateau Whistler Fairmont for a delicious brunch at Wildflower. Good for dinner en famille or a memorable date night are Araxi, Bearfoot Bistro and Rimrock Café (get the sticky toffee pudding), and don’t miss the excellent homemade Italian fare at Pasta Lupino.
Whistler, BC, Canada