Most of the Ski Safari team have been lucky enough to visit Whistler. As well as exploring the mountains, we’ve tried many of the non-ski activities on offer - ranging from relaxing spas and fine dining tours to adrenaline-inducing experiences.
Here, our team talk about their favourite Whistler activity experiences.
My favourite zip line experience in Whistler was Superfly Ziplines. Being a wimp, not always good with heights I was concerned about whizzing through the air suspended, but it’s a surprisingly calm experience without any particularly bracing stops or jolts. It feels safe and the harness is comfortable. It allows you to see the area from an entirely different and wonderful perspective and allows you to boast afterwards about having gone on the longest tandem zip in Canada. I liked it so much that I did it twice. Victoria Davies, Tour Co-ordinator
I was the first in the office to try this! An exhilarating adrenaline rush that’s hard to match. It’s an unforgettable experience, as you jump 160 ft (50 metres) over the glacial-fed Cheakamus River at one of the most scenic bungee sites in the world, surrounded by basalt column cliffs and old growth forest. Matt Pavitt, Managing Director
The Eagle Tour run by Ziptrek Ecotours was an awesome way to get ‘lost’ amongst the majestic pines of Whistler Blackcomb. After skiing in the morning, we met our guides at the Carleton Lodge in Whistler Village to be kitted out with harnesses and helmets for the adventure ahead. A short drive up the mountain and into the forest, and you’re suddenly plunged back into the wilderness, ready to zip along a series of high cables from one treetop bridge to the next. The tour took just under 3 hours, ending in an epic 2,400 ft zip line with a 30-story descent. There are a variety of tours for all ages and levels of adrenaline junkie. Andrea Selig, Asia Product Manager
After a quick tutorial on how to walk in snowshoes, we set off on The Medicine Trail Tour with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. It was just beautiful; our enthusiastic guide Randy was keen to show any points of interest, such as traces of wildlife, plants used for ailments, as well as the perfect hiding place if you happened to find yourself lost in the wilderness. Taking the more challenging route was extremely rewarding, to give you an idea, our guide told us he had lost around 30 lbs within a few months of snowshoeing! It was so peaceful and picturesque, time just seemed to disappear. Before we knew it, we were on our way back to base and were greeted with hot drinks and cookies, which was very welcome. There is something really special about being out in the elements, immersed within the snow-topped trees, taking in all the fresh air and having a good workout at the same time. Kathleen Lang, Tour Co-ordinator
Whistler Tasting Tours
Being a lover of food and wine, I would highly recommend trying one of the Whistler tasting tours. The Finer Things dinner tour was a great way to try a number of the top Whistler restaurants in one evening. Each course was taken in a different restaurant with a group of fellow diners. The quality of food was high, the experience was made fun and the optional wine pairing was delicious and good value for money! One of our group also got to try Champagne sabering in the wine cellar of the Bearfoot Bistro, where we had our first course. Claire Jones, Operations Manager
Snowmobiling is an experience that I’d always wanted to try and where better than Whistler for my first time! Heading out of town, you’re whisked away by bus to untouched wilderness and given a comprehensive overview of how to use the machines. After that, it’s go-go-go in small groups with an experienced guide who shows you the best trails and really helps you get the most from your experience. My girlfriend loved the winding trails as we climbed the gradual ascent and my highlight was pushing the snowmobile to its max on a deserted frozen lake! Away from the skiing in Whistler, if you fancy getting your adrenaline pumping then snowmobiling is a must-do. Ben Corke, Marketing Executive
I did this tour with my family and it’s a real Canadian experience on a sled ride in the tranquility of the magnificent old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley. You’ll help with harnessing the dogs, learn the commands and how to handle a dog sled. Relax as you ride along a mix of open and winding trails, before trying your hand at driving the sled yourself. Matt Pavitt, Managing Director
It was snowing heavily when we visited on Boxing Day 2016, which made the experience really quite magical. We called ahead to enquire how busy it was, and what time of the day would be best to visit, this is worth bearing in mind and paid off. There are regular and inexpensive buses from Whistler Village, or local taxis, we decided to take the bus which was straightforward. The idea is that you work a rotation between firstly the hot, secondly the cold and finally the relaxation areas. You can spend as long (or as little!) as you like between the temperatures, leaving you feeling rejuvenated. The spa has a strict no mobile phone policy, which I found to be truly refreshing. No selfies, no Snapchatting... bliss! I recommend the experience to all of my customers, make the most of your flexi-day off skiing and rest those weary ski legs at the spa! Kirstin Thatcher, Operations Supervisor
Whistler Heli-Skiing was without a doubt one of the best ski days I have ever had - helped by the fact that it had snowed hard for 3 days prior and no one had flown so to wake to a bluebird day was pretty exciting. The day was magical - miles and miles of deep virgin powder... Rupert Hatfield, Canadian Product Manager
BC Experience Helicopter Sightseeing Tour
If you want to take a ride in a helicopter but don't fancy the ski descent, a helicopter sightseeing tour is a fantastic flight, giving a bird’s eye view of Whistler Blackcomb and the surrounding mountains, including Black Tusk and Cheakamus Glacier, before landing on a 12,000-year-old glacier on Rainbow Mountain. Matt Pavitt, Managing Director
Book Your Activities Through Ski Safari
To find out more about any of the activities mentioned above, or to book, call our operations team on 01273 224063, between us we've tried them all!
We have discounted rates available on activities and also have some early booking offers on selected tours including an amazing 2 for 1 offer on Superfly Zipline, expiring 31 August.