We love to ski and board as a family. Living so very close to the awesome snow playground of Whistler Blackcomb, we try to get up there as often as time and life’s responsibilities permit.
The resort has made families a priority for some time now, so if you’re thinking of a snow holiday with the family this season, here are some great reasons why you should bundle the kids and skis and plan a trip to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
Whistler with Kids
Whistler Blackcomb offers the most skiable terrain in North America, with 8,171 acres, 200+ runs, 16 alpine bowls, and three glaciers. There is room for everyone to ski, on whatever kind of run or terrain they are most comfortable. Even when Whistler is really busy, there are still quiet runs to be found and enjoyed en famille.
They Love Families
Whistler caters to all kinds of ski guests, but they really do like families. The mountain has a “Family Certified” program displayed on ski runs, in stores, on Whistler Blackcomb’s website, and in Whistler Blackcomb food and beverage locations to indicate kid-friendly areas, products and services. It’s just a quick and easy way for parents (and kids) to see at a glance something that caters just to them.
There’s also a Family Zone and Whistler Kids area on Whistler Mountain, with signage and flags on-mountain ski/snowboard areas to mark children and beginner-friendly terrain. All the easier to see them with, my dears.
I’m personally very excited about WB’s new lift capacity expansions, as they’ve been installed in some of my favorite skiing areas on the mountain. In the Harmony Bowl on Whistler, the high-speed, six-pack chairlift has replaced the four-seater version, and on Blackcomb Mountain, the new Crystal Ridge Express chair opens up a whole new area in the Crystal Zone with its high-speed quad lift. In other words, more great skiable terrain has opened up, and skiers can access it even faster. Sweet!
There’s an Enchanted Forest
And a Magic Castle, and a Tree Fort. Sometimes kids get tired of skiing, and all they want to do is climb a fort or play knights in the castle. Snowball fights optional, of course.
Great Lessons and Ski School
Kids can’t ski yet? The Whistler Kids Ski School offers ski and board lessons for kids 3 and up. The ski school has its’ own beginner learning area, with catered lunch for all-day lessons. The School also has a Flaik GPS system to keep track of every child on the mountain. Great peace of mind for parents.
Free Skiing: It’s not a Whistler-only deal, but if you’re a Canuck with kids in grades 4 or 5, they can apply for the free SnowPass from the Canadian Ski Council. The SnowPass lets you ski/ride three times for free, at each and every participating ski area, nationwide. A nice perk for the youngsters, and for budget-conscious parents.
Great Village: The village of Whistler is filled with excellent, family-friendly restaurants, hotels, and things to do other than skiing (hello, Tube Park!). The village is compact and pedestrian-only, with an easy-going, international vibe that makes for great holiday memories off the slopes.
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