Well summer skiing and snowboarding in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada is the answer!
Whistler is about a 1.5 – 2 hour drive from Vancouver and is a mecca for outdoor sports, especially skiing and snowboarding during the winter and mountain biking in the summer months. What people don’t generally know is that Whistler has summer skiing and snowboarding on Blackcomb Mountain from late June to early August. That’s right; you can ride or slide for almost 9 months of the year!
Whistler Blackcomb offers summer glacier season passes and day passes to the public park that features a couple of jumps and a rail line. The upload time to the glacier for the public is at 12 midday (as early as 7:30am for camps like us) and finishes at around 3:30 pm depending on how well you can sweet talk the lefties into letting you up again. Just beware that if you miss the last lift then you have to hike out which will take you about 20 minutes or so.
Coming to Whistler for summer skiing or snowboarding is not only about the riding during the day. Because of the close proximity to Vancouver and how developed the town is, means that there are ridiculous amounts of after riding activities on offer. Whether you want to fly through the tree tops on a zipline tour, go biking in the bike park till 8pm or just sit by the lake, Whistler has your needs covered.
Dining in Whistler could also be considered an activity. With many restaurants, pubs/bars and café’s you can find anything your taste buds crave. Whistler has some of the best fine dining around with award winning restaurants like the Rim Rock Café and the Bearfoot Bistro. If you love your sports then we have that covered as well. Tapley’s Pub play most sporting events from North America including big fights and other pay per view games, while Earl’s, the Cinnamon Bear and many more pubs/bars plays sports games every day. If you don’t want to sit and get served then you can walk down the main stroll in the village and grab a bite from one of the many cafes.
In the summer months Whistler is host to festivals such as Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival, which is a huge mountain bike event over 6 days where the best riders in the world come to battle for fame and glory. The Whistler Children’s Festival is during July and has loads of activities for young kids like art workshops and music, fun for the whole family. Late July to early August is Wanderlust yoga and music festival so grab your yoga mat and granola bars for a week of spiritual awakening and more good vibrations than one can handle.
If you’re thinking about sending your loved one out to camp then think about yourself. It’s not like Whistler is a baron 1 horse town with nothing but lodging and a glacier. You will most likely try to think of ways to come here more often!
Here are some of the summer activities Whistler has to offer: