Peaks & Valleys: Your Guide To The Perfect Dual Sport Day in Whistler
The perfect day does exist. With spring here and the snow beginning to melt, there are endless opportunities to shape your day. Whistler is the ideal location to pack your trip full of all the best outdoor activities. With the ski season lasting till May; the bike season beginning while snow is still on the peaks, fresh mountain lakes to take a refreshing dip, and rolling golfer’s greens, there’s no end to the fun you can have in Whistler in Spring.
Spring On The Slopes
Start your day on the slopes. Spring skiing causes the snow to be more compact in the morning and once the sun has been on it all day, the afternoon can provide softer conditions. My preference is to make the most of the fresh conditions first thing. With Whistler, there’s no end to the scope of skiing to be done. Both mountains are open until mid-April when Whistler will close to prepare for the bike season. However, Blackcomb mountain continues to run its winter activities until mid-May. If you’re looking for a guide on where to ski in Whistler Blackcomb, we’ve got the post for you.
With glorious sunshine and clear visibility, I’d highly recommend a trip on the Peak2Peak gondola. Not only provide stunning views of the valley, town, and surrounding mountains, but this lift will also allow you to maximize your skiing on both mountains.
When you’re finished with your day, our ski concierge will take your equipment, making the final stretch towards the Fairmont with utter ease. Your most difficult decision will be how to spend your afternoon.
An Adrenaline Rush Like No Other
With bike season starting from May on Whistler mountain, you can tire your legs with this dual sport day. Take the gondola to the top of the mountain and get the adrenaline rush of your life as you speed down the hill, weaving in and out of trees as you go. First-time mountain biking? Contact our concierge team to assist you to sign up for an Intro to Park lesson with Whistler Blackcomb for 3 hours of thrills to get you ready for riding the mountain with confidence.
Keen on an alternative biking experience? Book a Bike Tour with our Whistler Experience Guide. Get up close and personal with the vivid turquoise colours of Green Lake, just North of Whistler Village. Or explore more lakes of Whistler by doing the Lake Loop excursion which will leave you very tempted for a dip!
Cool Off in Mountain Waters
With all that hot work, it’s time to cool off. Spend the afternoon wandering one of the five lakes of Whistler; Alpha, Alta, Nita, Green, and Lost. Each gives a delightful experience and the perfect excuse to take a refreshing dip in these clear mountain lakes. Or if you haven’t been active enough, contact our concierge team for the best canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or wakeboard rentals for your ideal watersports day.
If the morning was too strenuous, relax in the sun. Compliment it with a picnic from Portobello for a truly idyllic day. Enjoy made-to-order sandwiches and gourmet pastries, which have you begging for lunchtime to come around quickly – Order here to skip the line.
Take A Swing
After working your lower body to the max, take a swing at British Columbia’s number 1 rated golf destination. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is the perfect spot to enjoy an unparalleled 18-hole mountain golf experience. With a fun and challenging course, there’s something for every level. Keen to improve your skills? Gain tools to reach your goals with Fairmont’s golf school programs, including a selection of three-hour golf clinics, or private lessons. There are also plenty of opportunities to practice every swing in the Short Game Area. Perfect your putting, bunkers, chipping, and pitching in one of the most scenic practice facilities.
When you’re finished on the green, head to The Clubhouse. There are picturesque views of the course to enjoy refreshments or a casual lunch on the sunny patio, perfect for golf après.
With all this activity, it’s only right to end the day with a trip to the Health Club and a delicious dinner that you didn’t have to cook. The mountainside oasis of the Health Club is the perfect place to dispel all thoughts of the outside world and restore your body to full health. Once you’ve relished in full relaxation, it’s time to replenish your energy with a meal from one of Fairmont’s incredible dining experiences.
For locally inspired, fresh and seasonal dishes, The Wildflower is an inviting place in a family-friendly setting. If you’re looking for a magical winter dining experience, The Chalet sets the stage with twinkling lights and a crackling fire, the perfect accompaniment to indulge in fondue, schnitzel and artisan charcuterie boards. Or for celebrating milestones, and indulging in the ritual of dining, The Grill Room is your destination for steak and seafood all paired with the perfect wine adding a unique tableside service experience.
As you return to your suite and let your tired body sink into our luxurious sheets, you’ll know you had a great day!
Ellie is a major foodie, avid skier and travel lover.
Having worked at an opera house for six summers, as cabin crew for a major airline, given university a try, chalet hosted for two ski seasons, dabbled in a career in marketing in London, spent two summers at a surf schools in Cornwall, UK and Tofino, and now ski instructs for Whistler, it’s been a busy 27 years.
Ellie enjoys sharing her baking knowledge and travel tips from around the globe. “If I can help one person perfect their batch of brownies, contribute to someone’s holiday plans or encourage an ardent adventure then I’ll count myself a little bit successful.” You can read more about her adventures on her blog here.