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Must-Do Winter Adventures: Whistler

Credit: Destination BC/Blake Jorgenson

As one of British Columbia’s quintessential mountain towns, Whistler is a sweet, sweet spot year-round. The hub of Whistler Village is tailored to pedestrians, with quaint shops and cafes lining the chalet-style streets. You can walk, talk, sip a hot beverage and take in the beauty of your surroundings all day long. But to make the most of your visit, no weekend in Whistler would be complete without exploring the town’s winter activities out in the local snow-filled terrain. 

While the Whistler Blackcomb mountains are a huge draw for skiers and snowboarders, the area offers heaps more options for outdoor adventuring. Read on for our favourite unique adventures to try in Whistler this winter!  

A couple in snowfall at Whistler, BC

Image: Destination BC/Andrew Strain

Whistler’s Must-Do Adventures: 

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing around Whistler is both captivating and pristine. The powder is ever-present, the trails are never ending and you can find gear anywhere (whether to rent or buy).

Whether you’re headed out for the first time or you’re just looking to find a new hidden gem, you have a few options: 

Experience pristine natural beauty snowshoeing in the backcountry

Join Yervana Local, Ollie, on a half-day or full-day snowshoe tour throughout Whistler’s pristine backcountry. You’ll step into a winter wonderland on amazing trails of old-growth forests with ancient cedars in geologically interesting landscapes. Experience a unique atmosphere of natural beauty at a relaxing and enjoyable pace with a certified guide.

Image: Yervana Local, Ollie

Snowmobiling

Finding untouched powder creates an incomparable feeling. And you don’t have to spend all day searching for it on your own two feet (but if you want to, we’ll get into backcountry skiing in a second). Jump on a snowmobile and get into the backcountry with power! 

Blackcomb Mountain Explorer Snowmobile Tour

The feeling of riding on a mountain solo or with a friend is sensational. This tour occurs apres ski so you can savour the views of the village lights in the dusk. You’ll glide by old growth forest and up the mountain in time to sip hot chocolate and roast marshmallows as the sun sets. 

Whistler Backcountry Breakfast Tour

Carve your way through the remote backcountry of the Callaghan Valley to a rustic cabin for a full Canadian Yukon breakfast. This skillet mountain feast is cooked on an old fashioned wood stove- delicious! After you’ve had your fill, rip it up on a frozen lake or head off into the alpine before descending back into reality. 

Image: Yervana Local, Michael

Backcountry Skiing

The snow has started and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. This is the perfect time to get into the backcountry with a guide and explore the hidden valleys and perfect lines. 

Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Have you been wanting to try backcountry skiing or snowboarding? Spend a day with professional local guide, Ollie and learn to enjoy the backcountry. No backcountry experience is required to do the Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding.

Among the many skills you will be introduced to are basic avalanche rescue, terrain analysis, track setting, uphill and downhill skiing technique, route finding, tree skiing and trip planning. We spend a full day skiing and riding while covering uphill and downhill skills in powder, equipment use and safety awareness.

Ollie also offers a more advanced Backcountry Ski Touring and Splitboarding Adventure! 

Whistler Ski Touring

Looking to take on some epic powder skiing around Whistler? Head out with Yervana Local, Monte on epic runs from open tree skiing in the sub-alpine glades with amazing terrain and powder to high alpine, glaciated skiing!

Monte customizes each trip depending on skill level, from beginner to advanced, both skiers and split boarders, he’ll find the right runs for the group. Explore with a Yervana Local to discover the secret backcountry power stashes and amazing big mountain lines that only the locals know about!

Avalanche Skills Training (AST) 1

Whether you’re snowshoeing, snowmobiling, splitboarding, skiing or spending any amount of time in the backcountry during winter, if you’re exploring independently you’ll need to be safe and get your AST 1. So why not have fun while getting it? Local, Ollie is a blast! He’s ready to get you certified and ready for more backcountry exploration. 

Already taken your AST 1 but looking for a refresher course? Book in with Yervana Local, Monte to update and refresh your skills, learn any changes in best practice or technology, and practice in the backcountry to make your winter travels in avalanche terrain safer and more enjoyable.

Image: Destination BC/Randy Lincks

Ice Climbing

Ice climbing is the perfect adventure for rock climbers to extend the outdoor season or for the rest of us adventure-seekers, looking for a new perspective scaling frozen waterfalls. While it may seem a little intimidating, ice climbing is a beginner friendly sport if you start out with the right knowledge. Still unsure if it’s the adventure for you? Take a read of our Ice Climbing 101 to get all your questions answered!

Whistler Ice Climbing

Take your winter day to new heights by embarking on this ice climbing adventure with Yervana Local, Ollie! Whether it’s your first time climbing a frozen waterfall or you’re an experienced climber, Ollie will customize the adventure to suit your level!

Getting to Whistler 

Vancouver is the closest major city to Whistler, so if you’re travelling by plane, your best option is to fly into Vancouver International (YVR). 

From Vancouver, Whistler is about a 2 hour drive by car, along the incredibly scenic Sea to Sky Highway. You’re in for a treat! Since this is a mountain highway with unpredictable conditions, make sure you’re prepared with winter tires between Oct-Mar. Check road conditions before you set off

There’s plenty of car rental options in Vancouver, but if you’re visiting for the day, check out Vancouver’s local’s car share option; Evo. Take advantage of free Evo driving minutes as a Yervana Explorer. There are also a number of buses and shuttle services between the airport, downtown Vancouver and Whistler Village.


Whistler is a great getaway for those nearby or abroad. Make it your next vacation destination and be prepared for endless Adventure combined with ultimate relaxation. If it’s your first time exploring Canada during the winter season, check out our guide on what to pack to stay cozy on your outdoor adventures!

We can’t wait to see you in this cozy mountain town! Keep us in the know with your Adventures and tag us using #Yervana on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

WHISTLER, BC
Backcountry Snowshoeing
$119 per explorer

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WHISTLER, BC
Ice Climbing
$329 per explorer

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