4 Essential Experiences in Whistler

November 16, 2020 Want to make the most of your ski trip to Whistler this winter? Here are four essential experiences that you should book into your schedule.
Group enjoying apres-ski drinks at Whistler

Want to make the most out of your Whistler ski trip this winter?

Whether you’ve already booked your tickets or you’re still in the planning phase, here are four essential experiences that you’ll want to book into your schedule. After all, there’s more to a ski vacation than spending time on the slopes. 

Top ski resorts like Whistler offer a wide variety of activities, from dining and shopping to relaxation and après-ski fun. Check out the top 4 essential experiences that made our list for Whistler in this post. 

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Finish Your Day with Après-Ski

Whistler is known for its legendary après-ski scene, but you’ll notice a few changes this year. You can still finish your day on the slopes with a plate of nachos or a fresh pint, but you’ll notice there is more outdoor seating and you’ll need to stay physically distanced.

All of the famous local hotspots will be open. The Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) will offer tasty snacks and delicious drinks at the base of the Excalibur and Whistler Village Gondolas. At the base of the Blackcomb Gondola, Merlin’s famous tabletop dancing will be replaced with more foot-stomping and table-tapping — but we’re sure the vibes will be great! 

Five minutes down the road in Creekside, Dusty’s Bar will continue to offer beers and an open terrace that is perfect for relaxing in the late afternoon sun. Just remember to bring a face mask and follow any instructional signage for contact tracing.

Sample World-Class Dining

World-class dining at Whistler

Whistler Village is home to a number of world-class dining options. The resort’s restaurants feature cuisine styles that will delight foodies of all stripes.

Araxi is one of the earliest pioneers of farm-to-table fine dining, known for its oyster bar and elegant atmosphere. Bearfoot Bistro delivers innovative food and ingredient combinations that will be sure to delight, in addition to its 20,000 bottle wine cellar. Rimrock Café offers a cozier, off-the-beaten path dining experience in Creekside, specializing in seafood dishes.

More casual dining options are also available in Whistler Village, as well as on the mountain. While you’re on the slopes, drop by Christine’s On Blackcomb or the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain to sample some of these unique spots — with views to match!

Rejuvenate at the Spa

Man enjoying time at the spa in Whistler

There is no better way to relax after a long day on the slopes than with a visit to the spa. Scandinave Spa in Whistler Village is one of the premier spa destinations in the country. They offer a variety of luxurious packages designed for ultimate relaxation, including Swedish and deep tissue massages.

The open-air baths at Scandinave are surrounded by the lush natural environment of the mountains and the forest, providing a haven for peace and quiet. The age-old Finnish tradition of hydrotherapy with alternating hot-cold water is a great way to energize the body, improve blood circulation, and promote the release of endorphins.

Enjoy Some Retail Therapy

Shopping! One of the things that makes Whistler unique among ski resorts in North America is the size of its slopeside village. In Whistler, you will find dozens of shops featuring leading athletic and designer brands.

If you’re looking to unwind or take a break from skiing with some classic retail therapy, Whistler is the perfect destination. You’ll find major stores for Can-Ski, Showcase, Oakley, Salomon, Patagonia, The North Face, and more. There are also many specialty shops and art galleries to check out in the village.

Want to experience these essentials for yourself? Book your trip to Whistler this winter with Skican.