Springtime Adventure Guide for Whistler
Spring is the perfect season with mild temperatures, sunshine, and longer days, as once the snow melts in the valley, it opens up a new world of adventure. The possibilities are endless, from the bike park, the Farmer’s Market, fantastic restaurant deals, and more!
But, of course, your biggest issue will be finding time to do it all on vacation. So read on for all opportunities for an adventure this spring!
Whistler’s Mountain Bike Park
“Whismas” has arrived, and the community couldn’t be more stoked. The bike park opening is named “Whismas” as the first day is precious as a Christmas morning. Finally, after a long winter season, it’s time to ride bikes and ride chair lifts without skis strapped to our feet.
The bike park is open seven days a week from 10AM to 8PM; and typically starts running the second week in May, depending on the snow levels. There are a variety of trails suited for all ability levels, from beginners to experts. Use Fitzsimmons chair to access the main trails. Garbo chair’s opening varies depending on snow levels; once it eventually opens, you will be able to access even more trails.
Whistler Blackcomb is excited to announce the Creekside Gondola and Red Chair are getting an upgrade. Over the summer, the maintenance crew will be hard at work converting the gondola into a 10-passenger upload, and the Red Chair will be changing into a 6-passenger lift. Sadly, the creekside trail zone will be closed for the summer.
Luckily the village is only a short bike ride away. If you’re new to the bike park and looking for a confidence boost, sign yourself up for a lesson. They will teach you proper techniques and help you navigate the suitable terrain. So make the most of the bike season, take advantage of the park to hot lap trails, and work on technique.
Family Friendly Farmers Market
The Whistler Farmers Market is back. It’s time to stroll through the upper village and enjoy the different vendors. It varies from vegetable/fruit stands, handmade jewelry, vintage clothes, fresh kombucha, sweet treats, local wine, etc.
Operating every Sunday from 11AM - 4PM, mingle with the locals, and pick up your new favourite knick-knack. Starting in June, the fresh produce makes its seasonal debut. Multiple farmer's stands pop up with various delicious vegetables available at great prices. Or pick up a box of fresh Okanagan cherries, Pemberton blueberries or raspberries.
Of course, you and the kids will drool over the shaved ice with many natural, handmade flavours. With this link, you can find out all the vendors for 2022; Whistler Farmer’s Market. Find a little something special for a special someone. Sunday’s Farmer’s Market is the perfect way to wrap up your vacation.
Take in the Spring Sights
The ultimate mountain sightseeing trip; is Whistler Blackcomb. Upload either the Whistler or Blackcomb Gondola, continue on the Peak to Peak, and complete the tour back to the base. Soak up the breathtaking views of the surrounding stunning mountains. Later in the season, the mountain staff works hard to dig out the famous snow walls for a path from the Whistler Gondola to the top of the Peak Chair.
You can access the snow walls via Pikas Traverse/Matthew’s Traverse 3.8KM or stroll down to the Peak Chair and enjoy a thrilling lift to the top. Walk by as the snow walls tower over you, reaching more than twice your size. If you opt for the ride to the top, take in the extraordinary surrounding views of the Black Tusk, Blackcomb Mountain, Decker Mountain, Cheakamus Glacier, and more.
Once at the top of Peak Chair, adventure across the new Cloudraker Skybridge to the Raven’s Eye for the most miraculous views. You can either walk down through the snow walls or enjoy the ride back down the chair from the peak to get back to the Roundhouse. Once the season shifts to Summer and enough snow has melted, both mountains will open various hiking trails appropriate for all abilities. Avoid the drastic elevation gain and head right to the top for the best views in town.
Sweet Savings with Restaurant Deals
Spring is the best time to treat yourself to an evening out, with great deals at the best restaurants in town. During April and May, explore the village and experience the best fine-dining deals or find the sweet steals during happy hour.
One of the most famous specials is the 4-course meal at Sushi Village for $29+tax. Choose from a variety of options per course to pick your perfect meal. Whistler’s Araxi is also known for its excellent spring deal of a $40/person 4-course dinner. Or head to the Beacon Pub for a $7 pint or Moscow Mule at Happy Hour 4:30-6:30 PM. Visit Whistlerbites to find the best deals any day of the week and make the most of your Whistler visit!
On the Side Adventures
Keep busy during the day with heart-pumping activities to challenge the most experienced thrill-seekers.
First, treat yourself to the longest zipline in North America, travelling over 2KM and 7,000ft in the air; it’s guaranteed to get the heart pumping. Then, book the Sasquatch tour with Ziptrek to get to feel the wind through your hair and spectacular views of Whistler.
Another local operator, The Adventure Group (TAG), has various experiences for the whole family. From whitewater rafting to aerial obstacle courses, they have it all. Just north of Whistler Village runs the Green River, flowing from the glacier-fled Green lake. This class 2-3 river is perfect for first-time rafters or families looking to spice it up. Challenge yourself on TAGs aerial obstacle course, and climb through the trees on up to 70 features—swing from tree to tree just like when you were a child.
The possibilities for adventure in Whistler are endless; choose what’s best for you and the family, or do it all!
Experience a Whistler Spring like no other. Rejoice in endless adventures, visit Whistler’s Farmers Market for a hint of the local community and receive sweet savings on the best meals around town.
Take advantage of the Springtime mild temperatures, long days, and varying conditions. Make the most of the best season of the year; with this guide, you’ll be a Whistler expert in no time!