5 Whistler Spring Vacation Activities for the Family

Those who take a Whistler spring vacation enjoy the best of sunshine and snow. As a top ski destination, Whistler welcomes visitors to hit the slopes and relax afterwards – whether with a more relaxed outdoor adventure or simply enjoying the view. Spring in Whistler means more sunshine, warmer temperatures and longer days, so guests can try everything this destination offers. When it’s time to plan, check out our family-friendly spring vacation ideas:

5 Fun Whistler Spring Vacation Activities

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Gear Up for Spring Skiing

Spring skiing ranks as a favorite thing to do on a Whistler spring vacation. The season runs until mid-May, depending on the weather, and visitors will enjoy more time on the slopes and going at their own pace. When visiting in April and May, head to Blackcomb Mountain, which serves skiers of all ages after Whistler Mountain closes. Skiers will find a variety of trails to explore, all leading to the Coca-Cola Tube Park and Blackcomb Day Lodge. Afterwards, change into a T-shirt and enjoy apres ski at an area restaurant.

Don’t Miss the Festivals

Those who book a Whistler spring vacation also have the opportunity to attend two of the area’s top events. The World Ski and Snowboard Festival, a 10-day long festival, brings together skiing, music, film, food and much more. Several events help make this festival one of the most anticipated by frequent Whistler guests. In addition to skiing and free outdoor concerts, families will also enjoy a film screenings, Whistler Dogfest, a roller derby and a comedy showdown.

The month of May brings Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival – aka GO Fest. Due to the milder weather, attendees can ski, golf, ride bikes and play in the water, all in the same day. GO Fest offers four days of outdoor fun where families can try activities from fly fishing and tennis to stand-up paddleboarding and adventure races. The festival takes places over the Victoria Day long weekend and also features sports, music, clinics and mountain culture.

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Play Golf

Springtime in Whistler also kicks off the opening of four championship golf courses. Golf season starts late April or early May to mid-October, and each course has been designed by a world-renown designer. Each course features scenic mountain views, different water hazards, rolling greens and challenging holes. Here’s a quick guide to the courses:

  • Big Sky Golf Club: Robert Cupp course; Par 72; 7,001 yards
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club: Robert Trent Jones Jr. course; Par 72; 6,635 yards
  • Nicklaus North Golf Course: Jack Nicklaus course; Par 71; 6,961 yards
  • Whistler Golf Club: Arnold Palmer course; Par 71; 6,722 yards

Book a Zipline Adventure

An ideal activity any time of the year, don’t forget to work ziplining into your Whistler spring vacation. Whistler Ziptrek Ecotours offers nearly a dozen different tours and packages, including wildlife tours and the Sasquatch, the longest zipline in Canada and the U.S. Another top tour is the twilight tour, suitable for couples and families, where visitors grab a head lamp and explore the area’s old-growth rain forest at night. The twilight tour also ranks as a top apres ski activity for all ages.

Indoor Fun for the Family

Sometimes the weather won’t allow for outdoor fun in the sun, but don’t worry. Whistler houses several indoor attractions that entertain the whole family.

Start the day at one of the area’s gyms or yoga studios. Visitors will find both located throughout the area, perfect for relieving stress and getting into shape. Next, try an indoor adventure, such as rock climbing, swimming, ice skating and tennis. One of the top spots is the Meadow Park Sports Centre, which houses a six-lane lap pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and kids’ pool with a lazy river. To help everyone burn energy, head to Bounce, an indoor trampoline gym with 12 spots for bouncy fun. Other top indoor activities include tennis at the Whistler Racquet Club, gymnastics at the Oros Whistler Gymnastic Centre and escape games at Escape! Whistler.

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