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Skiing In Whistler,BC

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Peak to Peak Gondola

Whistler Village


On top of Whistler Mountain

Whistler Mountain Symbol

Whistler Blckcomb -North America's # 1 ranked ski resort has a lot to offer -alpine bowls, wide-open glaciers,gladed trees and perfectly-groomed cruisers.Whistler is a utopia for the adventurous spirit. Heli-skiing, snowmobiling, ziptrekking, bungee jumping, dog sledding,snowshoeing are just a few of the options to get your blood pumping.

But what most people come here for -is ,of course,skiing. Whistler boasts the largest ski area on the continent with more than 200 marked trails and the two greatest vertical rise ski mountains in North America.The ski season stretches from late November to early June.

For me ,as an avid skier, it wasn't skiing that made me fall in love with this place, it was the scenery.I had to admit, even the great Mt Rainier couldn't compete with that (author's personal opinion).

As for the actual skiing, because of the limited time, I couldn't ( and probably wouldn't have been able ) to cover all the trails.The main ones -Harmony Express,Symphony and the Peak lead to the magnificent viewpoints.

The major drawback- no night skiing, lifts close 2:30 pm.
The advantage of being a Washingtonian--about 10% off on your lift ticket ( I paid $ 78.85 (Canadian) -or $ 68 US )

Ziptrekking In Whistler, BC

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Ziplining in Whistler, B.C. is a year-round high-flying adventure. While ziplining is in Whistler is awesome at any time of year, I think it’s particularly special in winter. 

When the rivers are frozen and the trees dusted in snow, soaring above the silent valley in an experience like no other. So here’s my guide to everything you need to know to choose the perfect winter Whistler zipline adventure :

See the wildlife

Take a treetop tour

Zip above  the he old-growth rainforest

Experience the breathtaking Fitzsimmons Creek in winter

A truly heart-pounding adventure !

Two tour guides will accompany guests

7,000 feet of pure eco-exhilaration!

Whistler, B.C. is home to the longest zipline in USA, and Canada !

Ziptrek Ecotours hosts a selection of breathtaking tours. There are 4 distinct zipline tours, and the TreeTrek canopy walk. Their wilderness area is located directly above Whistler Village, in the spectacular temperate rainforest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Breathtaking tree-top adventures and an award winning ecological curriculum have earned Ziptrek Ecotours the international reputation as Whistler's year-round, must-do outdoor activity.

The company offers 4 different tours, that vary in length and the amount of adrenaline. The breathtaking Eagle Tour ( my choice ) features five different ziplines, including a 2000-foot, awe-inspiring monster that drops 20 stories.

But for me, actually, it wasn't the tour itself that was fun. The tour guides - Greg and Kristine made the experience fun, informational and educational.

Other features I liked about the tour were: the ability to book the tour on the same day; the option to book it online, directly through the company or at the Visitors Information Center; and the proximity to the Whistler Village.

Before you book your winter zipline with Ziptrek, here are a few things to bear in mind:
  • Ziptrek zipline prices start at $99 for children and $119 for adults ( as of 2019 )
  • All guests must be between 65 lbs and 275 lbs to take part in the Bear Tour. For all the other tours, minimum weight is 75 lbs There is a chance for smaller children to fly tandem with a guide on the Bear Tour, just ask your guide.
  • Kids must be at least 6 years old to take part, and anyone under 15 will need to be with an adult
  • All tours do include some physical exertion – walking, climbing stairs, and being outside in the cold for a couple of hours.
  • Tours run from around 9am every day – you can check on the website or call guest service for exact times.
  • Most tours take between 2 – 4 hours, so prepared to be outside for a while!

Ziplining in winter is a pretty memorable experience. Even if you’re not a ski bum or an adrenaline junkie, you’ll sure be glad you took to the treetops and found out what it feels like to fly like a bird. Just beware: you might get hooked !

Check out this blog post in case, later on, you'll want to go ziplining somewhere else - "10 Amazing Places Around the World To Go Ziplining"

For more ziplining posts click here...

Washington adventures in Vancouver,BC

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Lions Gate Bridge
Stanley Park
Vancouver Waterfront
Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain's "Skyride "
Tree Tops Adventures
Capilano Suspension bridge

I know, that this site was suppose to be about the adventures in the Washington state. But,hey, if Canada is US' little brother (or sister ), British Columbia is practically part of Washington.

I thought our state had it all ( in terms of outdoor activities), but unfortunately, there are things in BC that we do not have. Besides, for me, adventure is not only about things to do , but also places to go ,sights to see ,and something new to explore as well.

Proximity to Seattle makes BC a perfect destination for a mini vocation. The drive to Vancouver takes about 2 hours, then another 2 hours to Whistler.

Just like every big city, Vancouver offers lots of things to do and to see. But for me the main focus ,of course , was the great outdoors.For outdoor buffs, Vancouver offers all kinds of activities : hiking, biking, water sports.

I especially felt jealous of local ski/snowboard enthusiasts. One of the greatest ski areas, Grouse Mountain, is only 15 minutes from downtown. 5 minutes away from the Grouse Mountain ,down the Capilano road, is the famous Capilano suspension bridge. Talking about the adventures- how about a stroll in the sky that will take you high above the forest floor for a squirrel's-eye view of a thriving coastal rain forest.

Among other local attractions are : Lions Gate bridge, Stanley Park, Vancouver waterfront.
I wish I had more time to explore that beautiful town, but my destination was Whistler.