Skiing, paddleboarding, hitting the patio—you can do all the things!
Spring in Whistler might be one of the locals’ best-kept secrets. Longer days filled with full sun, and warmer temps (hello, T-shirt weather) unlock this mountain town’s host of summer activities, yet you can still hit the slopes for a full day of skiing and then retire at the lake, or a patio, without the same kind of crowds (or prices) that you see in peak season. It’s the best of everything in Whistler, and here’s everything you’ve got to see and do between now and the end of June.
Get Thee to the Patio
The mountains, the sunshine—Whistler was made for patio season and good news for you, this town takes it seriously. Blankets and heat lamps keep things warm, while misting spritz fans keep things cool, so you won’t ever have a reason to leave the patio. The tough part will be deciding on which patio to sip your Coast Mountain Blue Run Pale Ale. Practically every restaurant or pub has outdoor seating in the Village, an alfresco experience that’s like no other because of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain views. There are even a few on-mountain options if you want to feel the alpine wind through your hair over from-scratch cheese burgers.
Go Fest a.k.a. Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
It’s a festival packed with everyone’s favourite outdoor activities and it just so happens to coincide with the four-day Victoria Day long weekend. There’s everything from free live music to sportsy things (sailing, ping pong) to hands-on clinics (learn how to DJ, improve your photography skills or throw an axe). The pedestrian-friendly Village Stroll will also have free street entertainment, artisan craft markets and car rallies (naturally). GO Fest runs May 17-20, for more details visit whistler.com/events/gofest/.
Exploring via Low-Key Bike Cruise
Ever wondered how Whistlerites get to work? The Valley Trail is a car-free network of 40 kilometres-plus of paved trail that’s custom-built for exploring all the hidden gems of Whistler by bike. Rent a two-wheeled steed and poke around the bike trails or just cruise scenic mountain vistas until you find your sunny afternoon picnic spot by Lost Lake.
Seeing Green: Time to Get Your Golf On
You might be surprised to learn that, up in these mountains, Whistler has been hiding not one, but four championship golf courses from the world’s top designers (Jack Nicklaus, Robert Cupp, Arnold Palmer, and Robert Trent Jones Jr.). The courses open around mid-May, and you’ll get the best early-season rates, all season long if you book before April 30. Bonus: the links are close to another one of Whistler’s favourite pastimes: maxing and relaxing at the Scandinave Spa.
Staying for Less (Because Everyone Loves a Hotel Discount)
Not only does spring bring the sunshine and soft snow, but also sweet accommodation deals. Everyone from high-end hotels to cozy village lodges slash their prices by an average of 15-20% so you can see hotel stays from $135 a night. Check your spring dates and scan through their discount listings for deals right here.
Spring Skiing and a Sleep-In
Sure, the early bird usually gets the worm, but come spring, the freeze/melt cycle means that on the average spring day the snow will be hard until the sun hits it long enough for it to soften. Welcome to the Crack-of-Noon Club, where you can get in those extra z’s and hit the slopes in time for noon’s peak spring corn conditions. Layering is key (be sure to pack a jacket if you’re skiing in your sea lion onesie), keep an eye on the local weather conditions and enjoy late-season lift ticket rates on Blackcomb until April 22 and Whistler Mountain until May 27.
Spring in Whistler might be its best season. You get to do everything you want: ski, paddleboard, canoe the river, ATV, 4x4, mountain bike, hike, zip-line, drink on patios, hit the spa, hit the links, hit the oyster bar—the list goes on—while enjoying softer prices and smaller crowds. Whistler has also put together a full list of all its spring deals and activities in one place so you can plan your weekend away accordingly—head to whistler.com/spring-thing for your ultimate spring itinerary.