Take a hike into mountain forest
You’re often surrounded by incredible scenery in Whistler, but most of the time you’ll be speeding past it and focusing purely on the next turn. Explore at a more leisurely pace on the Valley Trail, an easy network of paved paths and boardwalk connecting lakes and parks to the village. For a big payoff, drive to the cascading Alexander Falls, or further down Sea-to-Sky Highway for the 230-foot Brandywine Falls. On the way back, make a stop for the short Train Wreck Trail, or maybe just a craft beer at Coast Mountain Brewing.
The ice track at Whistler Sliding Center is the fastest in the world, and oh boy will you feel it. Live out your Cool Runnings fantasy (minus the tragic crash, and that weird egg-kissing ritual) with an 80mph bobsleigh run behind a qualified driver, or go it alone on a skeleton sled. Yes, that means launching yourself headfirst, on a glorified coffee tray.
Cost: $179, or $109 if you do the summer version (on wheels)
There’s plenty of regular rock climbing around Whistler and Squamish, but there’s only one Via Ferrata, or “Iron Way”. A series of metal rungs and cables have been hammered into the rock, making for a challenging but no-experience-necessary climbing route to the peak of Whistler mountain, at 7,085 feet. It’s open in summertime only.
Cost: $159, or $139 for ages 12-18