Post # 1
We are going to Whistler for 11 days right after Christmas. We plan to ski 5-6 days and snowmobile 1 day. We are trying to figure out what to do the other days. We’ve seen ziplining, ice skating, snowshoeing, spas, etc.
Can anyone recommend things to do/places to see? We will have a car and aren’t opposed to driving 1-2 hours to see or do something interesting.
Post # 3
I would check out the Fairmont hotel there: http://www.fairmont.com/whistler/
Maybe have a fancy dinner or two there. My FI went there once and said it’s gorgeous. We usually stay at the Banff Springs (similar idea) and just relax and explore the hotel for a few days… sit by the fire, etc.
I’d spend a day shopping as well. http://www.whistler.com/shopping/
And here’s a guide to some more activities there: http://www.whistler.com/activities/winter/
I love going to the mountains!! We are going in January (not to Whistler though).
Post # 4
Look into the Peak to Peak Gondola. Also for dining I suggest the Bearfoot Bistro, it’s pretty pricey but definitely worth the experience. They have a Belvedere Vodka room which I think is $40 a person and they also do champagne sabering which is fun. You choose the bottle of champagne you would like to drink and they take you down into the wine cellar and teach you how to saber it. I’ve also heard really good things about the Scandinave spa. Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 5
Also if your not opposed to driving, maybe check out vancouver for a day?
Post # 6
@canarydiamond: Wow! That hotel is expensive. We already have our condo but I was curious as to how much rooms were. It was $900 a night! But the dinner menu looks good so we might try that. Thanks for the other links. We will pass on the shopping though as I consider it pure torture to have to shop 🙂
@Kittykitty16: Thanks! Bearfoot Bistro sounds fun. And I have heard about the Scandinave Spa and was thinking of that so I am glad you have heard good things about it. I’ve been to Vancouver and thought it was a cool city but we are really looking for adventurous things to do. We fly out of Vancouver in the afternoon so we might plan to get there early on our last day and spend a few hours sightseeing.
Post # 7
Scandanave spa! Was just there last week and it was heavenly! Do it for sure! You can kill a good half a day relaxing there!
Also, do dine at Araxi! It was absolutely phenomenal and with the 5 courses for 32 dollars, it was actually affordable.
Seriously my husband and I are still raving about the meal!
Post # 8
I always like to spend a day/half day at the spa on a ski vacation – get a massage to loosen up and then spend the rest of the day reading by the fire 🙂
Snowshoeing is super fun, you can usually rent snowshoes at the little mountain stores in the village.
Since you’re there for a good amount of time it might be fun to try snowboarding if you ski or skiing if you snowboard – take a lesson and try the easy runs for a day just to mix it up.
There’s always shopping in the boutiques – most of it there is going to be pretty expensive and I find I never buy much, lots of mountain souvenirs, galleries and high end clothes. You can window shop for a day and stop at a nice restaurant/lounge for a long lunch.
There’s a tube park – its super fun at night for an hour or so.
As PP said, Vancouver is only a 2 hour drive away so if the weather is good, go spend the day on Robson Street or wander around Granville island.
Post # 9
Bumping to follow! Would love to plan a trip to Whistler soon 🙂
Post # 10
@bella128: We ski but I love that idea to try snowboarding! I’ve always wanted to try it but didn’t want to waste a precious day skiing since we usually just go for long weekend trips to Vail and spend all three days skiing. I’m definitely adding that to the list of things to do!