While South Asians and winter sports may not seem like a natural fit, more and more members of our community are braving the cold weather, gearing up, and participating in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.
Not sure what to do over the winter holidays?
Why not visit Whistler, one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions … it’s nearby, and there’s plenty to do for the whole family. One of the biggest complaints about Whistler over the years has had nothing to do with the resort itself – rather people complained about the treacherous route one would have to take from Vancouver to get there. Thankfully, one of the many legacies of the 2010 Olympics is that the road to Whistler from Vancouver is now, because of road repairs and improvements, much safer to travel on. Another Olympic legacy is that there are new sports venues in Whistler, meaning it will continue to attract some of the world’s best winter athletes and no doubt will continue to host world-class events.
Whistler was world-famous even before it hosted many of the 2010 Olympic venues. With its high alpine peaks and glaciers, over 1,042 cm (410 inches) of snow per year, and 8,100 acres of incredible terrain (it has more skiable terrain than any other resort in North America), it’s definitely a winter wonderland. Skiing Magazine ranked it the # 1 ski resort in the continent.
And for those of us that need a little help getting used to the equipment and terrain, thankfully Whistler has classes available for all ages.
In addition to adult, teen and child ski and snowboard classes, there are other activities that individuals, couples and/or families can engage in, including:
- the Peak 2 Peak gondola ride, a world-record holder which spans 4.4 kilometers between two mountains
- Snowmobiling, with tours designed to suit every skill and ambition level, from novice, leisurely explorers to more adventuresome veterans
- Go cross-country skiing, with over 28 kilometers of track-set cross-country trails
- Sleigh rides – get a small taste of what Santa goes through (though let someone else do all the work) go on a scenic sleigh ride, with hot chocolate and blankets to warm you and your loved ones
- Professional photographers that can capture your experience with the snow-capped mountains in the background
- Go on a helicopter ride and get a bird’s eye view of the mountain ranges
- Ziptrek lines that allow you to soar high above the forest floor between massive, ancient pines
- Snowshoeing for all skill levels – you can choose to go with a guide or do it on your own
- The tube park is another great family activity
- For adults, try the wine tasting tour. Visit 4 restaurants and sample food paired with fine BC wines
- And after a long day of adventure (or really anytime, because you deserve it), visit a luxurious spa where you can relax and be pampered
If you’re the type of person who prefers being indoors when it’s cold or snowy, then you may want to consider visiting Whistler in the spring or summer. There’s something going on year-round in Whistler, so you’ll no doubt have plenty to do. The energy in Whistler Village is contagious no matter what time of the year you visit – and you’ll no doubt find some very interesting people – residents and visitors – who give it a real all-world vibe (those fun-loving Australians in particular bring loads of energy!). And the scenery in Whistler is just as beautiful without the snow.