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Mt whistler in May

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Mt whistler in May

Hi,

We have a group of 14 adults and intend to visit mt whistler in May for 2 days after our Alaskan cruise. What do you recommend for us to do for 2 days we don't ski and mostly retirees.?

Thanks,

Wong

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1. Re: Mt whistler in May

Check carefully to see if the Peak to Peak Gondola is Open during your time-if it isn't there's isn't a heckuva lotta anything for you to do.

Note the Whistler/Blackcomb is quite cagey about giving out the dates when the P@P is down for maintenance-almost passive aggressive quite flaky about it in fact.

You may have to click and click and click to find the hidden info or just phone and ask directly.

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I beg to differ. Even if the P2P is closed there is plenty to do in Whistler! This is a rehash of a previous post related to a non-skier but I think it gives you some ideas:

1) Scandinave Spa - This would be number 1 on my list if I were you. It is a magical place with cold plunges, hot pools and a eucalyptus steam room. You can get a massage etc while your at it. This is one of the most relaxing things I have ever done.

2) Whistler Museum and Archives: Whistler has a rich history of mountaineers and pioneers. The museum lets you see how it all started and get a sense for what makes a mountain town tick.

3) Walk the Valley Trail which takes past mountain lakes, through neighborhoods and to some beautiful lookout points. The Valley Trail is an extremely large network of trails... You'd be hard pressed to walk it all in 15 days.

4) Creative Eclectic: It is a cabaret-style arts showcase and open mic. Local writers, artists, poets and musicians get 5 minutes to entertain the crowd. Quality!

5) Bearfoot Bistro Vodka Room: A great night spent tasting some wonderful vodka in the ice cellar... it is pretty incredible.

6) Meadow Park - A pool and public skating rink. There is also a gym to workout in and a small cafe.

7) Millennium Place - A local theater operated by the Whistler Arts Council. They have concerts, plays and other cultural events.

8) Art Galleries - Whistler is home to a number of art galleries with impressive collections of West Coast Art. Gallery Row is a great place to visit.

9) Mountain Mansion Tour - You have to like looking at big houses but if you do this is lots of fun. Just call a local taxi company (604.938.1515) and ask them to take you on a tour of the houses in Kadenwood, Sun Ridge and other locations.

10) The Stroll - At night Whistler Village is alive. It is a great place to people watch, window shop and stroll with a tea in hand. We have lived here for 15 yrs and we walk the stroll all the time.

11) Squamish Lilloett Cultural Centre - This is a fascinating building that is home to the history and culture of the Sea to Sky First Nations. Totems, art, dug out canoes, rich history and bannock (sweet bread)!

12) Olympic Venue Tour - This is a big day but going to the venues is interesting. Bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping, biathlon to name a few. You caneven do a bobsleigh ride if your up to it.

13) Whistler Tasting Tours - You will eat some wonderful food while in Whistler but Whistler Tasting let's you experience the best all in one night. They guide you on a progressive meal in which they have food and wine pairings at Whistler's finest restaurants.

14) ZipTrek or TreeTrek - Ziptrek will take you 80 feet up in the air to learn about Whistler's ancient forests. If zipping on the lines is too much for you the TreeTrek let's you do the same while walking board walks.

15) Whistler Public Library: It records the highest per capita use of any library in British Columbia. It is a beautiful building on its own and a great place to go and read. There are often events in the library.

16) Shopping: There is LOTS of it!

17) Whistler Brewing Company Tour: You can tour the Brewery, see how the beer is made and then have a drink in the pub.

18) Pottery Dropin - On Tuesdays from 6:15 to 9:15 at the Whistler High School you can drop in and try your hand at pottery for $9.00/session.

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4. Re: Mt whistler in May

From April 22-May 20, the Whistler lifts will be down for maintenance. The Peak to Peak gondola, which is one of the main attractions of the summer season will also not be operational. Only the Blackcomb lift to the higher altitude ski slopes will be up. This info is not yet on the WB website, but it is the annual routine at Whistler.

The Squamish Lil'wat (not Lilloett, or Lillooett) Cultural Centre is an interesting place to spend an hour. The last time I was there, they offered docent led tours on the hour.

www.whistlerblackcomb.com will update their summer schedule at some point in the New Year.

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5. Re: Mt whistler in May

I agree, rethink Whistler in May unless you are Olympics nuts and want to see the venues.

I think that was very nice of Jack to compile that list of things to do, but the vast majority of those things people can do anywhwere; the list sounds more like a good summary of things to do on a rainy day if you're already there than something that would draw international tourists. The library and gym? The shopping is not anything interesting, Everywhere has breweries and art galleries and parks. Whistler is a fabulous place for skiers and many people love the summer activities too, but think very carefully about May.

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6. Re: Mt whistler in May

I would say the truth lies somewhere between our posts. Fair comments on pool, library and shopping... fairly ubiquitous. That said, there is much unique to Whistler and worth a visit any time.

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7. Re: Mt whistler in May

A day trip would be lots @ that time of year it's the road trip that's most beautiful.

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8. Re: Mt whistler in May

How are you planning to get 14 people to Whistler? If you are not going to rent 4 cars, then you will be faced with direct transport to Whistler from Vancouver. In that case, it will take about 2.5 hours each way by coach. Just one night would allow you ample time to see Whistler.

Depending on when in May you are coming, you might be able to take the Rocky Mountaineer Sea to Sky Climb train. A return trip the same day would give you a very short time in Whistler, but you could stay one night and return on either the train or the coach the next day. Open the following link:

rockymountaineer.com/en_CA_AB/…whistler_route

Pacific Coach Lines: www.pacificcoach.com

If you are going to rent cars, you could easily make a day out of getting to Whistler, stopping at a number if attractions on the way.

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9. Re: Mt whistler in May

There is plenty to do in Whistler in May! As others have mentioned, there is plenty of shopping to do - even if it is just window shopping. There are some wonderful restaurants and pubs to check out as well. The Whistler Museum was an unexpected gem that I was glad I went and checked out earlier this year. The Tourism Whistler website gives an even better idea of what there is to do and when those particular activities are available.

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10. Re: Mt whistler in May

thanks for the infos folks we are from South East Asia and going to whistler for the first time. We intend to hire a van from either Perimeter or Ridebooker for 14 of us from crusie terminal to whistler .We hope everything is working well when we get there we don't have a second chance.