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How to Spend 3 Days in Whistler

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How to Spend 3 Days in Whistler
One of North America’s largest and most celebrated ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb sits in the spectacular Coast Range, north of Vancouver. And there’s much to celebrate, from ski runs fit for Olympians (and novices) to top-notch dining to outdoor activities for every fitness level. Here’s how to experience all of Whistler in three glorious days.

Day 1: Hit the Slopes
When Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler’s world-class ski runs gained international attention. There are two primary mountains here: Whistler and Blackcomb, each boasting numerous runs of varying difficulty. Skilled instructors will show you the ropes if you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, or just want to brush up on your abilities. Or, if you want to explore the natural beauty in a more relaxed manner, guided snowshoeing trips trek around the mountains—and going with a guide ensures that you stay safe traveling through avalanche territory. In warmer months, when the snow melts, hiking trails crisscross the mountains. Lace up your boots and ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which runs year-round, to access backcountry terrain. Alternatively, book a half- or full-day mountain biking tour, suited for riders of all levels.

Day 2: See the Sights
With so many mountains surrounding Whistler begging for exploration, getting a bird’s-eye perspective might be the best way to take it all in. Numerous options exist for seeing the glacier-capped range by air. A shorter helicopter or flightseeing tour is a great option for travelers wanting less physical activity. Other options take you heli-hiking or heli-skiing, dropping you deep in the wilderness for access to untouched alpine terrain. Other flights simply land in the backcountry for a picnic after aerial pursuits, allowing you some time in the backcountry without needing much in the way of ability, skill, or equipment. Unwind with a trip to the luxurious Scandinave Spa, complete with multiple hot pools in a mountainside setting. End your night in Whistler Village, where you can grab a top-notch dinner, or explore multiple restaurants via a food tour. The nightlife, ranging from live music to hip cocktail bars, will keep you busy if you’re looking to spend a night on the town.

Day 3: Pump the Adrenaline
Whistler is a hub for adventure enthusiasts, as there are myriad options year-round for getting your adrenaline flowing. Often these activities last only a few hours, so you can combine several in one day. Maybe you’ll start the morning flying through the air on a zipline over pristine alpine forest. Or dig a paddle into frothy white-water on a nearby river. If there’s snow on the ground, you might opt to zoom through the winter terrain on a snowmobile, a perfect option for visitors lacking ski or snowboard experience or interest. If you enjoy horseback riding, nearby Pemberton is ideal for this sport, with guides leading groups on 1- or 2-hour trips. Other options include riding the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, a year-round attraction that is worthwhile for the views—whether you’re skiing or not. You might also try the Via Ferrata, essentially a high ropes course built high i the mountains.
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Whistler Superfly ZiplinesZiplining

Whistler Superfly Ziplines

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Soar through the air and take in the beauty of Cougar Mountain on this zipline adventure. Based in Whistler, soar above breathtaking alpine wilderness, whitewater river valleys, old-growth forests, and more. Feel the mountain breeze on your face as you ride side-by-side to another guest, each on your own cable. These dual ziplines are connected by wooden boardwalks and platforms and are some of the highest and longest in Canada. This exhilarating adventure includes plenty of time to pause and take in the incomparable beauty of British Columbia.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Glacier Sightseeing Experience by Floatplane from WhistlerNature and Wildlife

Glacier Sightseeing Experience by Floatplane from Whistler

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Take to the skies and enjoy breathtaking views over Canada’s rugged mountainscape on this 30- or 40-minute glacier sightseeing experience by floatplane from Whistler. Hop into your flightseeing plane near Green Lake and take your seat. Then, watch as the land disappears beneath you and soar high over Whistler’s rugged terrain. Admire panoramic views over the region’s mighty glaciers, soaring peaks, shimmering lakes and dense forests. Listen as your pilot shares insight into the valleys’ rich geography, and upgrade your tour for a further 10 minutes’ airtime.
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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Whistler Helicopter TourCity Packages

Whistler Helicopter Tour

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Admire British Columbia’s spectacular natural beauty from the air on this exciting helicopter tour from Whistler. Choose the tour duration to suit your schedule then take to the skies with your guide. Depending on the option you choose, soar high over rolling alpine meadows and admire mighty waterfalls cascading through the countryside. Hover over the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain peaks, marvel at the mighty Cheakamus Glacier and gaze out over the untouched mountain wilderness of Garibaldi Provincial Park — home to the volcanic Black Tusk mountain.
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  • 12 to 40 minutes
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Whistler Whitewater RaftingCultural Tours

Whistler Whitewater Rafting

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Add some adrenaline to your Whistler vacation and discover the beauty of the Pacific Northwest on this choose-your-own-adventure whitewater rafting excursion. Choose from a Class II or III float along the Green River, while experienced riders may opt for more intense rapids on the Elaho-Squamish River. With an expert guide, learn whitewater technique and embrace the rush of splashing through Whistler’s pristine waterways.
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1- or 2-Hour Horseback Ride in PembertonNature and Wildlife

1- or 2-Hour Horseback Ride in Pemberton

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Hop into the saddle and explore the wilds of British Columbia on this 1- or 2-hour horseback ride in Pemberton. Take a leisurely ride through the Pemberton Valley with your guide and enjoy panoramic views over the open Canadian countryside. Travel along the banks of the Ryan River to the mighty Lillooet River. Head through wooded glades, dense forest and rolling fields where colorful wild flowers bloom in the sunshine. Gaze up at the towering peak of Mt Curry and enjoy the deafening silence of the Canadian wilderness.
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  • 2 hours
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Whistler Snowshoeing Adventure with Optional Peak 2 Peak TicketWinter Sports

Whistler Snowshoeing Adventure with Optional Peak 2 Peak Ticket

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Stomp through the snow, and explore British Columbia’s magnificent mountain terrain on this Whistler snowshoeing adventure with optional Peak 2 Peak ticket. Choose the route to match your fitness level, and follow your guide deep into Whistler’s snowy wilderness. Experience the deafening silence of Canada’s open countryside. Enjoy breathtaking views over the soaring peaks and dense alpine forests, and keep an eye out for sightings of native wildlife. Upgrade your tour to include a Peak 2 Peak gondola ticket.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Whistler Flightseeing Tour with Alpine Lake Landing and Optional LunchNature and Wildlife

Whistler Flightseeing Tour with Alpine Lake Landing and Optional Lunch

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Witness the awesome beauty of British Columbia by floatplane on a 2-hour flight and lake landing from Whistler. Delight in panoramic aerial views of BC’s vast alpine wilderness as you drift over mountains, jutting glaciers and hidden lakes, then touch down lakeside for some exploring. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up the surroundings and savor an optional lunch (additional expense) before heading back to Whistler.
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Whistler Premium Ski Rental Including DeliveryWinter Sports Rentals

Whistler Premium Ski Rental Including Delivery

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Avoid the chaos of ski rental facilities while in Windsor with this premium ski rental that includes delivery right to your hotel. You choose the day and time, and a technician brings your ski equipment to you, and lets you try it on to make sure you feel comfortable in it. Plus, after your rental time is up, you just arrange a time for pickup and sit back and relax.
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  • 5 days
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