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Off the Slopes in Whistler

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Off the Slopes in Whistler

Henley Vazquez

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

In the heart of Whistler village, go for a few loops of the outdoor ice rink then warm up with cocoa and delicious coconut buttermilk cake at Purebread.


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 

Visit the tiny Whistler Museum and learn about the region's history, or check out the featured exhibitions and artists in residence at the architecturally stunning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center.  

8. Practice yoga 

In Creekside, drop in for a class at Jivamukti Yoga Whistler (formerly Loka Yoga) inside Nita Lake Lodge. Sessions include Vinyasa, meditation and Sanskrit chanting. 

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