What’s Happening in Whistler this Winter?
What’s happening in Whistler this winter season? There’s never a shortage of things happening in Whistler, especially in winter. We’re excited to bring you a list of things to do and see in and around the Village and up on the slopes.
What’s New on the Slopes! There’s a new chair in town. The new and improved eight-seater Fitzsimmons Express chair just opened to the public on Whistler Blackcomb. The work to replace the previous Fitz chair began in early 2023. It should help reduce congestion in the skiers plaza and improve efficiency for skier and rider circulation on the hill. Super exciting!
Delight in the Hotel Holiday Decor! Looking for a festive and inspirational Village activity? What better way to get into that festive spirit of the season than to take a wander through the Whistler hotels to take in beautiful and festive holiday decor.
Olympic Plaza Outdoor Skating! The outdoor skating rink at Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village is open for the season. Every winter, a special ice skating rink opens to the public in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Hit the ice with friends and family, surrounded by dazzling lights, music, and views of the Olympic Rings and surrounding mountains. Bring your own skates and helmet, or visit the rental shop on-site.
Let’s Eat! With so many holiday happenings in Resort – laps on the hill, Village shopping, ice skating – you must be starving! Here are some of our favourite places to eat and grab coffee in Whistler…Portobello and the Mallard Lounge, both at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Brickworks, 21 Steps, or Araxi in the main Village. Or if you foresee needing a lunch stop along the Sea to Sky, Mags 99 Squamish and the Howe Sound Brew Pub are really great local spots.
Happy Après! A day on the hill just doesn’t seem complete without après ski! Our fave spots? Merlins in the North Village, and the Mallard Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. And in the main Village, Longhorn Saloon, Garabaldi Lift Company, Blacks, and Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub. There’s also an amazing family après in Whistler Olympic Plaza with kid-friendly activities and entertainment on designated nights throughout the winter season.
Rest and Relaxation! Looking for a quiet, relaxing, and festive activity? Take your time at the Scandinave Spa, wander the Stroll to take in the dazzling Village lights and boutique shops, or grab an outdoor table in the Village by a cozy fireplace for some hot cocoa.
Lastly, let’s highlight a few Whistler Fun Facts before sending you on your way for the very best winter memories you could ask for in our really special mountain town…
Whistler opened in 1966, Whistler sees over 2 million visitors per year – mostly for alpine skiing and boarding, Whistler’s longest run is called Peak to Creek and is 11 km or 7 miles long, and Whistler’s name comes from our furry friends, the local whistling marmots!
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