Every year my family takes a trip to Whistler Blackcomb. We absolutely love Whistler. The scenery is gorgeous, the accommodations are great and the skiing is out of this world.
When we head up for a day of skiing on Whistler mountain we have to do a lot to prepare the kids. Here are my top tips on how to have a stress free day on Whistler Mountain with kids.
Make sure the kids are dressed warm and have a proper helmet and goggles. We also swear by neck warmers (because they work way better than scarves!). You can pick up child size neck warmers at CanSki for about $10.
Map it out
Whistler mountain is pretty big and has tons of different levels of difficulty. When we ski with the kids we stick to the green runs. I highly recommend mapping out your day before heading up to the mountain. You can also use the FREE Whistler Blackcomb Live app. This app gives you lift status updates, trail conditions, maps and more.
Stick to the gondolas
If your kids are relatively new skiers, it’s possible to stick to the gondolas on Whistler mountain and still have an amazing ski day. We usually start in Creekside with the Creekside Gondola and then ski down to the Whistler Village Gondola. Once we’re at the peak of Whistler mountain we hit the family zone and all the green runs that we love.
Little legs get tired pretty quickly. We usually take short breaks before skiing down any run. We always pack our backpack with snacks and drinks. We also sometimes find a sunny spot to sit in the snow and enjoy a snack. Our kids love sitting back and watching other skiers zoom by. Another favourite treat is to head to the Roundhouse Lodge for hot chocolate. This is always a highlight for our kids.
Check out the hidden Tree Fort
We discovered the hidden Tree Fort this year and were blown away. The tree fort is an extremely cool adventure play land in the middle of the ski hill with super fast slides, tunnels, bridges and more. We accessed the Tree Fort from the Bear Cub trail. My son didn’t want to leave the Tree Fort and still talks about going back next time we’re on Whistler mountain. The Tree Fort has WB staff on site and has a place for your skis and picnic tables. It’s the best way to chill out a bit between runs. (FYI – If you’ve decided to ski on Blackcomb check out the Magic Castle Children’s Adventure Park)
Obviously, if you are well prepared you will have an epic day on Whistler mountain with your kids. I truly feel that spending the day on the mountain is a great bonding experience and creates amazing family memories.
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- The Whistler Blackcomb website
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