If you’re headed for BC, bring your skis and your sense of adventure. While there are plenty of slopes to explore, there’s more than just downhill skiing here. Come during the holidays, and you’ll never want to leave.
Ski For Free
In a world that charges for everything, it’s hard to believe you can ski for free here, but you can – if you meet the requirements. The resort lets you ride the slopes if you dress like Santa and Mrs. Claus. You’ll get a free lift ticket if you’re one of the first 75 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company (at the base of the mountain). The deal is you have to be in full Santa attire – no partial suits.
Skate With Santa
Get in the mood by skating with the jolly man himself. the Whistler Olympic Plaza is not just for shopping. Santa hangs out here and skates, and you can skate with him. He also hands out candy canes and will be available for photos from 11AM to 9PM daily during the holiday season. Of course, he’s not there on Christmas, for obvious reasons. Ski rentals are just $5.
The Fire And Ice Show
This isn’t A Song of Ice and Fire, but rather a real live fire and ice show. Book your Whistler Blackcomb lodging and watch world-class athletes flip and twist through a burning ring of fire. There’s even a fireworks display. The show is free, and it starts at 6:30PM every Sunday, with a special showing at 7:30PM on New Year’s Eve. The show runs through March 30th.
Sing Christmas Carols
Dashing through the snow? Want to deck the halls? You can, with the Christmas Caroling event that starts December 24th. The 30th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service starts at 6:30PM in Whistler village at the Westin Resort and Spa.
Sing traditional carols, choral music, and have some fun. The event is free, but donations are encouraged and welcomed. All proceeds go to future caroling events. So, at the very least, if you want to come back next year, you should give what you can to make it happen.
Stay For The New Year
The party doesn’t stop on December 26th. Stay in Whistler for the New Year’s Eve celebration. All of the usual events are going on through New Year’s but, like any good New Year’s Eve party, there’s fireworks. Wristbands aren’t required to see the event, so everyone is welcomed.
You can get a great view (probably the best) from Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler’s Mountain.
If you’re wondering how much this all costs, or whether you can afford it, you’re in luck. While popular, the resort is also affordable. Packages for 7 nights, 5 day lift ticket for 2 adults, and the New Year’s celebration are $162 per night per person.
If you have children, bring them along. Kids under 12 get free rental equipment and airport transfers as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Maria Harder is a sports enthusiast and passionate traveler. When she’s not enjoying her favorite pastime, she’s writing about it on a variety of blogs and websites. Look for her posts on many travel, vacation and sports sites today.