Whistler, BC – Fun Up In The Mountains

Whistler, a resort town 125 km north of Vancouver, is one of the main touristic attractions in beautiful British Columbia. It gets about two million visitors annually from all over the world. Most go there for the same reason: to enjoy the outdoors. Here, you can always ride the slopes of the surrounding mountains: skiing and snowboarding, when there is snow; and mountain biking during the rest of the year.

Whistler Mountain, British Columbia, Canada
At the peak of summer, the town is bursting with mountain bikers of all ages who come to have a go at the trails that are reserved for skiers and snowboarders in winter. The slopes are full of ramps for everyone to practice on. It’s quite something to watch the more experienced bikers jump high up in the air and do impossible twists and turns. The biggest event of the summer is the Kokanee Crankworx, a competition that attracts the world’s best riders.

Kokanee Crankworx Festival, Whistler BC, July 2011
For a more chilled adventure, you can take the gondola from the village and go up Whistler Mountain. Day passes go for about $45 CAD, plus tax in summer; so we were thrilled when a friend told us he had scored some free passes. The ride is smooth and long. From inside the cabin, you watch the village grow smaller and smaller.

Gondola up Whistler Mountain BC, Canada
Once you reach the top, it’s just a short walk to the chairlift station; where an army of smiling rubber duckies greet visitors.

Rubber duckie in Whistler Mountain BC, Canada
After you settle in your chair, you are free to admire the view and forget about any vertigo sensation.

Up the chairlift in Whistler Mountain BC, Canada
In the end you reach the summit, and get a full view of the sky and the snow-capped mountains all around.

View from Whistler Mountain BC, Canada
Once there, you can choose from several hiking trails, depending on what you want.

Hiking on top of Whistler mountain.
The name Whistler comes from the whistling calls that the marmots living in the alpine areas of the mountain make. They are known as “whistlers”, of course.

Paying homage to the whistlers
By the time we where ready to head back down, the chairlift was already closed. We needed to get down quickly to catch the last gondola to the village. Otherwise, we’d had to walk all the way down in the dark. So to save us some time, we did a bit of “sky booting”.

Sky booting down Whistler Mountain, BC Canada.

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Hi there! I'm Bianca, a former nomad with a burning passion for travel. I am now based in the Netherlands, where I live with my partner and young daughter. After traveling for almost 4 years straight, I still love to explore new places any time I have a chance, on my own or with my family. For more, check the About me section.

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