The last time my family and I went to Whistler was in 2009. We explored the excitement of the village, the skiing and the snow. When I was told that we were going back there, I did a little happy dance inside my head. If you love the cold, you’ll definitely love Whistler. I’m here to tell you about what activities you can do there.
First off, skiing. It might seem a little scary at first but even trying out a few slides down the bunny slope is worth it. For those living in a tropical country, it’s a pleasant switch from water to winter sports. Just to give you an idea, there are three types of paths: green, blue and black. Green is for beginners while black is for the pros (or close to it). But believe me, even green is pretty hard. A midway between the green line and the bunny slope is the olympic chair- great for those who wan’t something a little more exciting but aren’t that confident at skiing yet. I highly recommend having lessons either privately or joining a ski school. You can learn the basics on your first day and go on your own (or with your family) after.
My brothers and I with our ski coach, Nikki Personally, I thought that skiing was the highlight of our trip. From recalling what I’ve learned last time I’ve skied, to going on steep slopes to crashing into my dad (sorry again, father!) I didn’t mind the cold or the fact that I looked like a marshmallow, it was awesome.
Even if you can’t ski or you don’t want to, there are still a range of activities to do. Top two on the list is the Ziptrek. We zip-lined across a rainforest and ended back at the village with dead feet and in my case, a sore stomach (you’re allowed to flip upside down!) We also did a fair amount of walking but I didn’t mind. Although this is great fun, this is not for people who are scared of heights. The only downside was that halfway, it turned dark and weren’t able to see the forest (it dimmed at 4pm). Go when its early afternoon everyone!
Inner tubing is an all time favorite, and its great for all ages. Basically, you sit inside a tube and you slide down a huge slope. By the way, you don’t have to go individually. You can go in twos, threes or fours as well. I’ve also seen people (my dad included) take selfie videos. By the way, after we went inner tubing it was snowing heavily. My brothers and I finally had the chance to make snow angels, build a snowman and have snowball fights with our cousins. We rarely get the chance to touch snow, so we enjoyed it while we could.
You can’t forget figure skating! It’s not as interesting as all the other activities because you can skate here in the Philippines, but who can’t resist an outdoor rink in the olympic village? Mini photoshoots are perfect here… lol.
Lastly, we went to the fairmont hotel just to check it out. To our surprise, we had free hot chocolate at the lobby and free access at the game room. Bonding over foosball and hot chocolate is the best. Sorry, I don’t have pictures for this one.
Shoutout to my cousins Sarah, Emily, Danni and Nikki because I miss you guys so much. We all had an awesome time doing all of these winter-related activities. And now I know what it feels like to have a white christmas. The 6-hour drive from this little place called Dupont was definitely worth it. And surprise, surprise- I would definitely love to go back for the third time.