I know everyone pretty much east of the Rockies just hates us right now, but we here on the West Coast we are enjoying the fruits of an amazing El Nino winter (save for the poor ski hills). But, since these days I prefer time on my bike to time on my board this whole no snow thing is sort of working for me.
So, we just spent an amazing weekend in Whistler and this time the truck was loaded ONLY with bike gear. Not a snow boot, nor glove, nor board was to be found. Luckily our Edge Cards stay valid through the summer (yay bike park!) so I don’t feel obligated to take a few icy turns just to use up some days on pass this winter.
We are also so blessed to have some amazingly generous friends who offer up there *ahem* very-very-very-large-house to a group of us yahoos each winter which I feel is sort of like a modern version of Downtown Abbey. I swear we have lost small children in that house for hours at a time. The very-very-very-large house has a hot tub and games room, media room and an endless number of rooms and nooks and crannies for the kids to play hide and seek in. Plus a wine cellar. Do you see now why we lose the wee ones from time to time (of course it has nothing to do with drinking wine)
Anyways, what does one do up in Whistler (and area) during the winter when you’re NOT planning to hit the mountain?
a) SORCA bike park – I love stopping here with the little dudes on the way up the Sea to Sky. Mama also jumps on her bike to practice some drops and obstacles while the little ones rip around the pump tracks. Fun and fun!
b) Alice Lake – another amazing pit stop on the way up and down the Sea to Sky. Take a wee walk around the lake to stretch your legs, or let the kids burn off some energy and on the playground. There is yet another mini pump track here for the little dudes so it’s good times all around!
c) Lost Lake Trails – Awesome cycling for the entire fam. There is pretty much no snow to found on these hills right now so the wee ones can enjoy the green loopy runs while some of the adult folk took a rip through the amazing maze of blue and black XC trails. Such a treat to be able to ride them in Feb!
d) Meadow Park Rec Centre – Always a hit with my boys. Who can go wrong with a heated pool and rope swing. And a playground outside for some post-swim fun.
e) Whistler Village Playground – always a great pit stop for the kids and easy access to several coffee shops for the adults. Amen.
f) Nairn Falls – we took a little drive towards Pemberton with the kidlets to walk to Nairn Falls. It;s a fairly flat 1.5km hike to the falls so event he littlest of the group weren’t complaing too much. There are places to stop and throw rocks into the icy river and a great lookout at the falls themselves.
f) Dubh Lihn Gate Pub – the best apres in Whistler Vilage complete with the best live band you could ever hear Ruckus Deluxe. I mean, who else can rock some Backstreet Boys with just a guitar and fiddle and make it sound amazeballs.
And, of course there is always a bit of wine drinking, and village strolling, and meal eating, and visiting to be had. Bring it on June-uary in Whistler, we aren’t missing the snow!