Whether you’re in the third grade or in third year university, there’s no better way to give your brain a break than to hit the slopes on a bluebird day, banking run after run while working on your goggle tan.
Whistler is a prime spring break destination, and for good reason. There is really no wrong way to enjoy your time off when you’re in Whistler, but there are a few tips and tricks that can take your holiday to the next level. Here’s what you need to do.
Think Skiing, Think Mid
Mid-week, mid-day – that’s arguably the best time to go skiing if you want to skip crowds and lift lines. Book your activities – zip lining, bungee jumping, etc. – for the weekends when everyone else is skiing and snowboarding. Once you’re booked in, your time is guaranteed, and groups will cap off at a certain number so they’ll never get too big. Then you’ll have weekdays – which are considerably quieter – for shredding the slopes. One caveat: book your activities in advance, as they tend to fill up quickly.
As for the mid-day component, if there is no fresh powder to enjoy, take your time heading up the hill. Instead of lining up for first chair, have a big breakfast and then make your way up. You won’t need to stop for lunch, so while the crowds are battling for seats in the lodge, you’ll be enjoying yourself on the mountain.
Keep an Open Dining Mind
Many of Whistler’s top restaurants book up months in advance during this busy time of year. If you waited too late to get a reservation, don’t worry – there are plenty of underrated places to check out.
Head to Creekside, which tends to be less busy than Whistler Village. Creekbread, Samurai Sushi, and Red Door are all completely different restaurants, yet all are completely delicious. They’re all worth checking out.
Don’t Overbook Yourself
Traveling with kids? Resist the temptation to plan your day down to the hour – there’s a ton of impromptu fun to be had in Whistler. Monday and Wednesdays from 4-6 PM, stop by plaza at theOlympic Rings for free family apres. You can also check out the free skating rink in the same area (skates are available for rent).
This time of year, there are also plenty of trails to explore – an afternoon spent playing in the woods can be fun, educational, and a great way to burn a little extra energy.
And don’t forget one of the most fun activities of all: playing in the hotel pool.
Get on the List
Not traveling with kids? Then we highly recommend checking out Whistler’s infamous nightlife. But don’t waste your time in long lines – check out the websites for the local clubs, and email your club of choice ahead of time to get on the list. You’ll often have to arrive before a certain cut off time, but hey – more time for you to party!