Spring Activities in Whistler, BC
March 30, 2022 by jason
Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted in 2020, but we’ve updated it with what’s currently being offered this spring.
For those looking at a springtime holiday in Whistler, you can almost bank on that perfect combination of snow, sun, and service. The spring shoulder season allows guests to enjoy sunny spring laps on the mountain while taking advantage of the thawing of snow in the village and valley floor. There are few things more Whistler than après-ski enjoying a cold refreshment patio-side with the warm sun on your face.
To help you prepare for the arrival of spring, we have prepared a guide to get the most from Whistler’s springtime activities and offerings.
Whistler Blackcomb offers near limitless terrain, and some of the best spring skiing in North America. A little-known fact is that March tends to be one of Whistler’s best snow months with over 98 inches (almost 250 cm) of average monthly snowfall. Simply put, spring skiing in Whistler is a must-do for anyone looking for the perfect mix of late-season snow days, bluebird laps, longer days, and increasingly comfortable outdoor conditions.
Spring is also a great time to take advantage of our accommodation deals. With fewer crowds, soft snow and excellent weather conditions, spring is the perfect time to take your ski holiday.
On the Land
Spring is a popular time to visit Whistler because guests can ski and enjoy the beginning of summer activities on the Valley floor. Here are some of our favourite spring-time activities.
Early Season Mountain Biking
Spring is often one of the best times to get out the bike for some early season laps. While the Whistler Mountain Bike Park usually doesn’t open until late May, Whistler’s cross country bike trails are often clear for riding much earlier. What makes spring such an ideal time to ride is the conditions. Spring provides cooler temperatures creating tacky dirt and comfortable riding weather.
Enjoy the convenience of having your rental bikes delivered to your Whistler Platinum home. Through our partnership with Black Diamon Bike Rentals, bikes can be delivered to your property where the knowledgeable staff will ensure you’re set up correctly and ready to ride.
Not sure where to ride? Our Whistler-based team is happy to provide you with locals’ insight on the best bike trails in the area.
Photo Credit: Mike Crane
Whistler Springtime Bear Watching Tour
As soon as the snow starts to disappear, a familiar Whistler resident begins to emerge from their long winter sleep. Guests can safely view Whistler’s bear population during an assisted 4×4 Jeep Bear Viewing Tour. The tour will be lead by a local expert with up to date information on the latest bear sightings in the area.
A Whistler Spa Day
What better way to rest and recover after an active day than a relaxing retreat to one of Canada’s most scenic and photogenic spas. The Scandinave Spa Whistler is a quick drive from the Village and provides guests with an epic backdrop in a remote ancient forest. The spa is known for its unique hydrotherapy experience which promotes healthy healing by alternating between cold and hot baths, followed by relaxing stays in the sauna or steam room. Guests can also choose from a selection of massage options including Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, therapeutic and duo massage.
Don’t feel like leaving your rental home? Our team can organise in-home treatments so the pampering comes to you!
On the Water
Photo Credit: Mike Crane
Springtime guided fishing near Whistler
If beating all the crowds is your idea of a getaway then spring is the best time of the year to go trout fishing in Whistler. As the lakes begin to clear of snow and ice, fresh food sources are released into the waterways. Spring is an active time to catch healthy Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead, and Dolly Varden. If you want to make the most of your fishing adventure, we suggest booking a fishing guide. These local experts will pick you up, provide your equipment, feed you, and drop you off at the end of the day.
White Water Rafting
When the snow melts, the rivers in and around Whistler Resort run white and fast. Catch all the thrills of white water rafting, from mild to wild, as certified guides navigate you safely through haystacks and holes on the Green, Lower Cheakamus, Elaho and Squamish rivers. Whether you want to hold on tight and enjoy the ride or grab a paddle and dig in, there’s a white water rafting trip for everyone in wet and wild Whistler.
Canoeing and Kayaking
If you’re looking for a more relaxing time on the water, how about a peaceful canoe or kayaking adventure. During a trip down the River of Golden Dreams, you’ll paddle through a natural wetlands area, taking in views of waterfowl, birds and wildlife. This activity is great for families and nature lovers alike.
In the Air
A Whistler Zipline Tour
Ziplining is quickly becoming one of Whistler’s can’t miss attractions. This thrill-seeking activity involves guests flying high above the valley floor from a series of treetop platforms. During your zipline adventure, you’ll cross suspension bridges, platforms, and lookouts with epic views. Spring is a great time to book a ziplining experience when you can enjoy the snowcapped trees and sunny weather.
Whistler Sightseeing Tours
Photo Credit: Blackcomb Helicopters
This spectacular introduction to Whistler is an incredible way to discover your surroundings and take in the breath-taking beauty of the Whistler area. Choose from three different packages, each varying in length and price. The advantage of taking a helicopter sightseeing tour is the quick mobility around the area and the option to land and explore some of Whistler’s most iconic mountain tops, or hidden lakes and valleys.
A float plane sightseeing tour is an excellent alternative for guests travelling in larger groups as the plane can accommodate up to 11 guests. Explore deep into the coastal mountain range and take in views of Whistler’s surrounding peaks, glaciers and hidden lakes.
To wrap things up, Whistler in spring is for skiers that like sun, for adventurers that like greater options, for guests that like a quieter pace, and for people that like to stretch their dollars further. Although there is never a wrong time of the year to vacation in Whistler, spring really is a season like no other.‹ Go back