If you will have a car, or can get your hands on a car, even for a day while in Vancouver, you absolutely MUST take a drive to Whistler. We went in late April on a Saturday and the weather was perfect - no treacherous driving conditions made for an easy and enjoyable drive. The scenery is breathtaking and you will constantly find yourself picking your jaw up off the floor. We decided to drive straight there and make more stops at the viewpoints on the way back - well worth it! If you make the drive, be sure to stop at Porteau Cove Provincial Park for some stellar views... and if you are so inclined you can camp here as well!
This tour is advertised as a 2-hour ATV adventure designed to give riders an exciting ride through the backroads of Whistler. Its brochure says that it's a "moderate" tour (as opposed to "easy") with some bumps and muddy traversing. Cost per driver is $100 CDN and per rider is $79CDN. The 2-hour adventure includes a 15 minute ride up to the operation's base. Then there's another 20 minutes in which we all had to don rain slickers, boots, helmets and goggles. After that, there's a 30-minute instruction on how to start, stop, and maneuver the ATV. We're promised to experience sideways-mountain driving, going over logs, going up steep hills, true-4-wheeling.
We're then led to a graveled road (under construction for the 2010 Olympics) to a huge man-made mud-pit. We get to dump our ATV into the mud hole a couple of times. Then we maneuver more on the gravel road, stop at a creek for a rest (ha!) and then back to the base. The entire "ride" last no more than 30 minutes. What a rip-off.
Once you make the drive from Vancouver you there is hiking, biking and of course food and drink! The resort closes early so call it's wise to get an early start. Also just because it is the middle of July do not go without some sort of warm clothing as the top of the mountain can get quite cold..
this area is just a flying paradise. mostly uncontrolled airspace (controlled only by the mountains) and stunning views. watch out for the weather though. We started in Squamish and flew over Whistler.
If you are in Vancouver, you must drive up to Whistler. Stop by the scenic views...and rent a convertible! Stop by Horseshoe Bay, and have a Magarita at the base of Whistler. You will be able to watch the mountain bikers and their tricks.
Whistler Resort is nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains which are part of the Coastal Mountain range of British Columbia, Canada. Whistler is located 120 km / 75 miles north of Vancouver.
The trip from Vancouver by car, bus, or boat/bus/train combination, samples some of British Columbia's most breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery. Along the way, you can stop at the spectacular Shannon Falls near Squamish.
Two mountains and great skiing conditions...Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
Whistler's base elevation starts at just over 2,000 ft. with the peak ending at 7,494, so there's a lot of mountain to enjoy.
Whistler/blackcomb mountains, time and time again, are voted the best all around ski/snowboard destination in north america.For good reason they get these acolades, from tons of snow, to an amazing village.A 2hr drive from vancouver, take hwy.99 norht towards horshoe bay, and continue towards squamish.Continue on past squamish for another 40min., and you arrive in a ski village that will blow you away.
As I have mentioned in my little blurb on skiing in my Album on the front page, Whistler Blackcomb is so far the best ski resort I have ever been to. EVen if it you don't ski, it is a gorgeous place to visit. Quite a drive up there too on the Sea-to-Sky highway.
Anyone who visits Vancouver has to take the drive down to Whistler, BC. Its one of the most famous ski resorts worldwide and is about 2 hours away from downtown Vancouver. From the beginning of this drive to the end most of what you'll see is the ocean with a snow capped mountain background. You definitely can't miss this.
If you have the time and money, you should definatley go up to Whistler, which is about a 2-3 hour drive north of Vancouver. It has two of the best mountains for snowboarding out there, Whislter Mountain and Blackcomb.
The mountains are massive, with some of the best terrain that is world renown. The only catch is the lift tickets are pricey, costing $60+ Cdn for each adult. Well worth to go once though. There is just too much to tell check out their website for more info.
The drive can be a little dangerous in the winter, the Sea to Sky Highway is known as a pretty scary road, but it is usually plowed. You could also take a bus up there as well.
Go to Whistler ~ the mountain that moves you !!
Where to start ? The number 1 ski resort in North America year after year !! Whether you ride 2 planks or 1 your sure to have heard of Whistler-Blackcomb !! An absolutely massive amount of terrain coupled with huge vertical descent = a premier ski/snowboard resort !!
Ok, i'm a purely blackcomb dude so i'm gonna be sure to check out 7th Heaven, Crystal Ridge and the Glacier !! There's tons of terrain here so be sure to get a local to show you some of the semi-backcountry stuff (be careful !) If you think a pow-day is coming up be sure to do the early start package thingy where they feed you then release you onto the mountain an hour early before everybody else !!! (might be only on whistler now ??)
The food, ohhh the food.... lunch ---> Glacier Lodge is the place to be (it'll cost ya, but itz all good), afternoon snack - check into Rendezvous atop the Jersey Cream chair and for post skiing..... ~ anywhere in the village !! There's tons of restaurants and pubs (it's not even funny !!) to chill at..... have a couple beers, brag about the big hits you took and hit up the snow bunnies !!! Enjoy ! Be merry ! Be seen !!!
Mountainbiking in Whistler.
If you're hiring a car, getting to Whistler is a beautiful drive up the coast - about 2 - 3 hours depending on how often you stop to look at the sea.
Whistler Mountain is well set up for bikers. The great thing is, you don't have to cycle UP! You take the cable car, get off half way up the mountain, follow the signs for the biking trails and just GO! It's a fantastic feeling.
Go up to Whistler and ski, bike, or just have a few beers.
The best ski-resort in North America, and one of the best in the world. I'm fortunate to have grown up in this part of the world. People are amazed when I tell them I've been to Whistler 5 or 6 times, and have yet to ski there.. I spent New Year's Eve there last year, and it was so awesome!
WHISTLER MOUNTAINS: a most famous winter and summer holiday resort here in British Columbia. Here in winter many ski races take place while in summer there's a lovely mountain atmosphere, seems like you're in the Alps, but ocean is also very close, and this mixture makes this place peculiar and wonderful.
This is a shot of the 'downtown' whistler.