What to Do in Whistler Besides Skiing

Whistler, British Columbia, just north of Vancouver, is known for its skiing. People come from all over the world to experience Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Olympic Park was even a venue during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. But not everyone is interested in skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, and ski jumping. So what else is there to do in Whistler besides skiing?

 

Whistler Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience

Take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountaintops, lakes, forests, and wildlife in the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The tri-cable gondola links Whistler Mountain‘s Roundhouse Lodge and Blackcomb Mountain‘s Rendezvous Lodge to transport skiers in the winter as well as year-round sightseers. In the summer, the Peak 2 Peak lets guests access more than 31 miles of hiking, running, and walking trails.

The two-mile-long journey takes about 15 minutes over one thousand feet above the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb. Riders have a high likelihood of spotting bears, as there are approximately 60 black and brown bears that run wild in the area. The views are spectacular. The gondola ride is great. The view is amazing at the top. If you go to the peak, you can get a 360-degree view of all the mountains. I saw my first marmot at the top!

Snow Walls

Every summer, Whistler Blackcomb uses the snow left over from the winter to carve the Whistler Snow Walls. This astonishing trail with breathtaking views towers above Pika’s Traverse on Whistler Mountain and provides a unique hiking route to the alpine. The snow walls make the perfect backdrop for some unforgettable pictures, but they don’t last long. Depending on the amount of snowfall, the walls can reach up to 30 feet in height and typically last from May to June. The 4.3-mile round-trip hike takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes. It may seem like an easy hike, but that doesn’t mean your legs won’t feel the burn the next day.

Train Wreck

The Train Wreck is several-abandoned box cars left from a crash in the 1950s. This must-visit spot is a hike, art museum, and mountain biking trail all in one. The attraction was technically off-limits (due to hikers walking on the railroad tracks) until 2016, when a suspension bridge for pedestrians was built.

The new(ish) bridge connects the wreck to the Sea to Sky Trail and other popular hikes in the Cheakamus Crossing area. Stare in awe at the roaring waters in the canyon below as you cross. Once you…

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