Did you know that there is a world-class destination for outdoor recreation activities and Nordic sports just south of Whistler? Located in the stunning Callaghan Valley, Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) was established for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.

A shot of the Day Lodge at Whistler Olympic Park with the Coast Mountains in the background and cross-country skiers in the foreground.
Classic or skate ski, beginner or expert, there’s a trail for everyone at Whistler Olympic Park. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

The park’s facilities are now enjoyed by both high-performance athletes and recreational guests alike. It offers access to over 85 groomed, world-class cross-country ski trails and 30 kilometres of scenic snowshoe trails, with varying difficulty to suit all skill levels. You can explore the serene trails at your own pace, with family and friends, take a lesson or clinic, and even bring the dog. For an extra challenge, try your hand at the unique sport of Biathlon!

Whether you’re an avid cross-country skier or a complete beginner, here are some tips to make the most out of your visit to Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler’s Nordic winter wonderland.

Two snowshoers explore the trails in the forest at Whistler Olympic Park.
30 kilometres of snowshoe trails weave in and out of the forest at Whistler Olympic Park. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

7 Tips for the Perfect Day at Whistler Olympic Park

1. How to Get to Whistler Olympic Park

Whistler Olympic Park is situated in the Callaghan Valley, just south of Whistler, approximately 15 minutes by car from the traffic lights at Function Junction. This location offers the perfect opportunity to visit one of Function’s charming coffee shops on your way there and local breweries on your way back!

Keep an eye on the right side of the highway (driving south) for the Whistler Olympic Park turnoff and follow the Callaghan Valley Road for a picturesque, eight-kilometre drive into the mountains, leading you to the ticket booth.

Here’s the Google Map Link and further hours and directions can be found on the Whistler Olympic Park website.

Currently, there is no shuttle service available, but some hotels may offer transportation.

2. Know Before You Go: Check the Conditions

The weather can vary quite a bit in the mountains, with the Callaghan Valley typically having slightly different conditions to Whistler. The WOP conditions page features three live cameras, a live grooming update, a forecast tab and daily updates from guest services and trail groomers so you can plan your day accordingly.

Two cross-country skiers power up the slopes in the snow at Whistler Olympic Park.
Check the weather and conditions, so you know what you need to bring. PHOTO MARK MACKAY

Remember to dress in layers (you will get warm skiing), bring a water bottle (refillable in the Day Lodge), a snack, sunglasses and sunscreen. If you’re travelling with kids, a little backpack to carry the essentials is always a good idea.

The spectacular Day Lodge has gear rentals, washrooms, a boutique, a fully licensed café and a little lounge to relax in between ski sessions.

3. Book Online and Skip the Line

Take a look at the tickets page of the WOP website to review ticket pricing. Click the Book Now button to save on a Fixed Day Ticket by purchasing online for your preferred visit date (same-day purchase is not available online). This will also grant you access to the fast lane at the entrance gate!

4. Take a Lesson

Whether you’re a novice to Nordic sports or want to assess and improve your skills, Whistler Olympic Park’s CANSI-certified instructors offer personalized and expert guidance to help you glide easily. They can even teach you to hit the biathlon target consistently through one of two Biathlon experiences!

Two kids get a cross-country ski lesson at Whistler Olympic Park.
Lessons, clinics and camps for kids, youth and adults at Whistler Olympic Park. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

5. Ask Us

Stop by the guest services desk for information on the best ski and snowshoe trails to match your skillset, and download the Nordic Pulse GPS App to pinpoint your location within the Park.

Follow Whistler Olympic Park on YouTube for tips and tricks.

6. Try Biathlon

Biathlon is a thrilling Olympic sport that combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. You will experience shooting a real .22 calibre biathlon rifle at our Olympic range, which is still actively used for biathlon training and competitions.

Choose between the Discover (shooting only) or Private Experience (ski lesson & shoot) biathlon options. For more details on these take a look at the WOP website. Take a read of How to Do Biathlon at Whistler Olympic Park to get a feel for this unique experience.

Three people try their hand at rifle shooting at the Biathlon range at Whistler Olympic Park.
Take your shot during a Biathlon experience at Whistler Olympic Park. PHOTO DESTINATION BC

7. Take Your Time

One last word of advice: take your time. Whistler Olympic Park is a truly unique place in a magnificent setting. Give yourself enough time to take photos, enjoy a comforting meal at the lodge and take in the beauty of the surroundings. Leave relaxed and happy, with memories to share.

Two women enjoy a glass of wine at the Day Lodge at Whistler Olympic Park after cross-country skiing.
Cheers to beautiful Nordic experiences at Whistler Olympic Park. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Whistler Olympic Park is open for winter activities from mid-November to April and reopens for summer activities, RV and campground in late June. Plan your adventure at whistlerolympicpark.com. Stay up to date, get inspired, and be featured via WOP’s social channels, @whistlerolympicpark #whistlerolympicpark

Take a look at the WOP events calendar to see what’s coming up. It’s also good to note they have a Wednesday Night Special starting at 3 PM where day tickets and rentals are only $10 each.

This blog was written by Catherine Aird, Marketing Manager at Whistler Olympic Park. 

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