Thanks to an early December cold snap many of the Whistler lakes froze over and hundreds of people took to the ice for some cold, crisp Canadiana. Impromptu games of “shinny” (pond hockey) sprung up all over town as Whistler guests and residents alike enjoyed one of the best things about winter in Canada.

And to keep the good times rolling a fresh season of free public ice skating at the Whistler Olympic Plaza kicks off this Saturday December, 14, 2013. Skating is free, rentals are cheap and there’s hot chocolate to keep the kids going.

An important consideration when skating on ponds or lakes: always make sure the ice is at least six inches thick before venturing out. With fresh snow falling the Whistler lakes will also require a shovel if you really want a nice sheet to play on. Of course, at the Olympic Plaza they have a Zamboni that keeps the ice clear and clean.

In the meantime, check out these #WhistlerUnfiltered shots from last weekend’s ice capades. Game on! Winter is here.


Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.