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What to do in Whistler in 2018: Top 5 Winter Activities

January 30, 2018

What to do in Whistler in 2018

With ideal conditions and some of the best slopes in North America, Whistler is a snowsport-lovers paradise. However, hitting the slopes isn’t all this quaint little village offers. From top quality bars and restaurants to the luxurious spas perfect for relaxing those tired alpine muscles, you won’t be stuck for ideas on what to do in Whistler this season. Check out our handy guide below for lots of events and experiences that are sure to entertain the whole family.

1. Ice Kingdom

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The team over at Ice Kingdom Arts, led by master carver David Xu Riu, have created a fabulous snow experience like no other. Featuring enormous snow sculptures, including a large-scale palace, a frozen maze and a snow slide that is sure to keep the little ones entertained. The Ice Kingdom team have been creating these wondrous works of art for over two decades, and their events have been popular around the world. The intricate artwork is particularly amazing at night when the whole place lights up to create a magical frosty wonderland. Just a short walk from Whistler Village, this fabulous event easily takes our coveted top spot for what to do in Whistler this season—a can’t-miss experience!

2) Whistler Fire and Ice Show

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Providing après-ski entertainment that the whole family will love, this show will electrify your evening. Watch professional athletes perform death-defying stunts through rings of fire as fireworks light up the sky. Dressing warmly may be difficult – as this show will knock your socks off! For those who are not quite ready for the fun to stop, why not check out the Fire and Ice after party, Afterburn, at the Garibaldi Lift Co. Ice & Fire is available on select Sundays this season, is presented by Kokanee and features live music from the Hairfarmers. Warm Ups start around 6:30 pm and we recommend arriving early for a good seat – this is one of the hottest tickets in town & is the perfect event if you’re stuck on what to do in Whistler!

3) Ice Cave Tour with the Four Seasons Hotel

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The Ice Cave Tour adventure from Four Seasons Resort Whistler begins with a helicopter ride to one of the largest ice caps in North America. This is an excellent opportunity to truly appreciate panoramic views of the surrounding landscape as well as a chance to ogle the native wildlife below. After disembarking the chopper you’ll be guided around the ice cave, heading towards the bottom to appreciate the kaleidoscopic colours and delightful ice formations. Worried for your safety? Don’t be. Glaciologists regularly check the natural wonder’s health for a secure, unforgettable experience for the whole family to enjoy.

4) Blackcomb Dog Sled Tours

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Humans have been working with dogs for over 4000 years, and man’s best friend has been pulling sleds since around a thousand years ago. Conceived by the Inuit People in the northern parts of Canada, dog sledding is the perfect way to appreciate the stunning Canadian wilderness. The Blackcomb team lead an unforgettable mushing experience through the mountains. Whether you prefer to relax from the comfort of the cargo bed or take the reins yourself and stand on the musher’s runners, you’re in for an exciting and adrenaline-inducing ride.

5) Blackcomb Snowmobile Tours

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Check out Blackcomb’s snowmobile tours for a range of different experiences, including scenic tours, wilderness tours, family tours and extreme tours for those who are looking for something more exciting. Appreciate the expanse of Whistler scenery as you whizz through the snow. The tours also include a quick stop for hot apple cider and a snack, or a BBQ smokie for longer tours