If you have powder days and cozy fireplaces on the mind, don’t fret – we’ve got your back. We know dreaming and scheming about your winter getaway is part of the fun of planning. We’ve came up with a few winter itineraries to help you plan your perfect Whistler vacation:

Itinerary 1: CANADIANA

Slam a Caesar

The Caesar is a signature Canadian cocktail that you must try at least once while you’re here. It’s a magical mix of clamato juice, Worchester sauce, hot sauce, vodka, lime, celery salt and a host of other seasonings and garnishes. You’ll thank us for the recommendation at après!

Slap a Hockey Stick

Canada’s favourite pastime, you can get your fix in Whistler on a local lake, at the arena in Meadow Park Sports Centre or at the public outdoor ice rink in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Ice Skating in Whistler.

Mush a Dog Sled

Traverse over the winter landscape the way the Canadian fur trappers did. Canadian Wilderness Adventures will lead you through the Callaghan Valley where you’ll bond with the dogs, learn to mush and maybe even run into the infamous Canadiana ManTour Information.

Rock the Plaid (and a Toque)

Also know as the Canadian dinner jacket. Not only are plaids stylish but they’re also comfortable and practical for the climate. Pack your own or find a new favourite while shopping on the Village Stroll. Top off the look with another Canadian fashion staple, the toque. More about Shopping in Whistler.

Connect with Tradition

The Squamish and Lil’wat Nations have inhabited the Whistler area for thousands of years. You can uncover the past and get to know their present day culture at the world-class Audain Art Museum and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

Learn the language

Do you know what champagne, fresh dump, white room or blower means in Whistler? (We bet it’s not what you think.) Time to freshen up on your snow condition lingo by chatting with a local, you can break the ice with these Whistler truisms.

Itinerary 2: ON MOUNTAIN

Feast on a Mountaintop

From family to fine there’s every type of dining and atmosphere you could crave on the mountain. There’s nothing like sitting back to enjoy a meal with a beautiful panorama view! Take an on-mountain Patio Tour.

Ski Like an Olympian

Have you ever wanted to see how you measure up against an Olympian? To ski the same terrain as the Olympic athletes did in the 2010 Olympics head for the  Dave Murray Downhill. Whistler Blackcomb Ski Trail Map.

Dangle from the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an engineering feat and award-winning experience, simply put – it’s a must do on any winter itinerary while you’re here. You don’t even have to ski or board, you can simply go winter sightseeing. Ticket Information.

Slide Down in Record Time

Get the heart racing at the Whistler Sliding Centre, hop in a bobsled or on a skeleton sled and experience the same g-force as astronauts do during rocket launch. Activity Information.

Zip from Tree to Tree

Connect with nature as you zip through old growth forest in a winter wonderland. Not only will you get to push your personal boundaries but you’ll also learn about Whistler’s unique ecosystems. Tour Information.

Hitch a Ride on a Heli

Skip the lift lines and head out on a guided heli trip into the backcountry, the views and terrain will be unparalleled. Booking Information.

Itinerary 3: OFF MOUNTAIN

Bask in Winter’s Glory

It’s not a Whistler winter itinerary without a moment to take in Whistler’s Olympic legacy at Whistler Olympic Plaza as you don a pair of skates and grab a photo op at the Olympic rings.

Light up the Night

Fun for the whole family, watch as skiers and boarders jump through flaming hoops at the weekly Fire & Ice Show. It’s just one of a host of ways to be entertained in the evenings here.

Stroll in a Winter Wonderland

Grab a hot drink and explore the village transformed into a winter fairy-land. You’d have to be a real grinch to not feel festive after strolling through the light display.

Warm up from the Inside Out

In Whistler, we après everything – you don’t need to ski or board to get into the spirit of it. Celebrate your day at our favourite places.

Try a new Hobby

Snowshoe through towering trees or try out a fat bike at the Whistler Olympic Park. The winter adventure options are endless – check out our Guide to Whistler for Non-Skiiers for more ideas.

Nestle up Inside

Take refuge from the cold and find inspiration in Whistler’s cultural hubs. From fine-art galleries to art workshops there’s plenty of ways to discover mountain culture. Arts & Culture in Whistler.

Itinerary 4: LUXURY

Ski with a Guide

Get exclusive access to the best terrain and first-hand knowledge of the best runs and when to ski them. Book a Private Lesson.

Charter a Heli

Escape the crowds and head for unbeatable views where it’ll be just you, your small group and the vast winter wilderness. Booking Information.

Rejuvenate in a Winter Oasis

Take time for a down day and experience deep relaxation at one of Whistler’s world-class spas, you’ll enjoy the rest of your time more for it. Spas in Whistler.

Voyage into an Icy Labyrinth

For a once in a lifetime, unique experience explore caves of ice older than we can even comprehend. You’ll be dreaming in crystal clear blues for weeks. Heli Ice Cave Tours.

Go from Penthouse to Powder

Enjoy the best views on and off the mountain at one of Whistler’s many luxury ski-in/out accommodation options. Luxury Hotels in Whistler.

Indulge your Cravings

Whistler is full of award winning restaurants, you’ll want to savour every meal. Your hardest decision of they may just be at which favourite restaurant to dine. Whistler Dining.

Feeling inspired by our winter itineraries? Now is the time to start booking if you want the most options and the best deals. Visit Whistler.com to book now.


Nikkey got her start in Whistler as an outdoor guide and the habit of talking about the place has clearly stuck. Whistler’s general laid-back lifestyle and immediate access to fun is what’s kept her around. When not hanging out on the Whistler Insider team Nikkey works as a freelance creative for outdoor and wellness brands. Nikkey’s favourite Whistler animal is the marmot- she just wants to pinch those fluffy cheeks! (but never would because she respects wildlife and really likes having her fingers attached to her hands.)