End the season in style - Spring skiing in Whistler
Image © Paul Morrison
Whistler boasts the longest ski season in North America - with the mountain open from mid-November to late in May, there's really no bad time to visit this epic ski area; however, we think that spring is the perfect time to visit. If you're not sure, allow us to explain why we think everyone should try spring skiing in Whistler.
Fun in the sun
Springtime in British Columbia brings with it longer days, warmer weather and plenty of sunshine. What could be better after a day on the slopes with your friends and family than relaxing on a sunny terrace with a cold beer, swapping stories about your best runs of the day. Whistler has plenty of great après spots to rest your weary legs - we'd recommend the GLC, Longhorn Saloon & Grill or the Dubh Linn Gate Pub, all of which are just steps from the base of the mountain and offer spacious, sunny terraces.
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What about powder days?
"Surely the snow can't be great that late in the season", you might say. Well you may surprised to hear that historically the month of March enjoys the highest snowfall of the season, with an average of 2.4 metres. Even in April, the average snowfall is still almost a metre. Combine this with a summit altitude of 7,500ft and it means that you can great ski conditions right until the end of the season.
Whistler has loads of fun activities and events on offer throughout the season and spring is no exception. Events planned for April 2018 include the Winemaker's Apres series on April 5th and the 21st annual Showcase showdown on 31st March, which is a freestyle competition, open to all, with lots of prizes on offer. Our favourite though has to be the Mum's Mountain Classic. This fun annual event takes place on April 11th and is open to skiing and snowboarding mums, step-mums, grand-mums and of course friends of mums who are looking for a super fun day on the slopes. This year's theme is onesies and you can expect to see some 'interesting' outfits on the slopes!
The day includes coffee, race practice, a match-time race, lunch coupon with reserved seating and of course the obligatory après.
Après at the GLC / Image © Matt Walker
Enjoy more bang for your Buck
Spring is a great time to visit Whistler if you're on a budget, as accommodation is much more affordable and you can enjoy great late-season rates on lift tickets. For example, if you pre-book a 6 day adult lift ticket to ski in April, you can save a whopping £140 per person on the peak season rates. If you're travelling with children and are tied to school holidays, Easter is a great alternative to the busy (and expensive) New Year and February Half term holidays. Contact our team of experts now for a tailor-made quote, to see how much you can save.
Whistler's not just about the skiing
With longer days and warmer weather, it's a perfect time to explore the many other attractions that Whistler offers. We've picked a few of our favourites below to whet your appetite!
Scandinave Spa Whistler
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With so much terrain on offer, your legs are bound to get a little tired and this is the ideal place to recover after a long day on the slopes. Experience the height of luxury with spa packages and massage treatments designed to relax your sore muscles, sooth your skin and calm your mind. Or simply soak away your stress in one of the hot baths and refreshing waterfalls, while taking in the beautiful surroundings.
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Get your abrenaline pumping with a high flying tour of Ziptrek's network of ziplines and suspension bridges. Walk through the tree tops and soar above Fitzsimmons creek on a network of ziplines, while taking in the stunning surroundings. Spring is a great time to try this exciting adventure as the local flora and fauna starts to emerge from its winter slumber. If you're lucky, you may even spot a bear or two!
Image © Whistler Blackcomb
Fly deep into the breathtaking, unspoiled landscape of the Coast Mountains. You will soar over jagged peaks, huge glaciers, hidden lakes and valleys and stunning ice formations. There are various packages available, from short scenic flights to more longer, once in a lifetime experiences like heli-snowmobiling or ice-cave explorations. Please note that helicopter tours are dependant on weather conditions.
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Take a stroll along Whistler Village's pedestrian walkway to explore the huge variety of shops, bars and restaurants that are on offer. Whether you want to sample local delicacies, pick up some souvenirs for friends and family, or get the latest ski gear, there's something to suit all tastes. If you're travelling late in the season, many shops will have end of season sales on winter gear, so you may even be able to a grab bargain or two.