Skating opens Friday, November 29 at 11 a.m.
Winter has come to Whistler and the range of fun, festive activities launches this week with the opening of Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
“Come to Whistler Village for a range of activities for every age. There is outdoor skating, family entertainment, festive lights and more to choose from. Whistler is renowned for the incredible winter activities on offer,” said Mayor Jack Crompton.
- Skating: Outdoor skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza opens Friday, November 29. Skating is free if you bring your own skates. Skate rentals are $7. The rink is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the ice is closed daily for maintenance from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. The opening hours change on December 24, 25 and 31, view the holiday hours here. Strollers are welcome, and helmets and skate aids are available for free. View details at whistler.ca/skating or call 604-935-PLAY and press 3.
- Snow Zone: With temperatures dropping, the popular Snow Zone at Whistler Olympic Plaza is being prepared for winter play. Once ready, the free zone will be open to the public for tobogganing, sliding and other winter fun.
- Family Après: Join the outdoor fun at Family Après. Sip a hot beverage and enjoy ever-changing entertainment that includes live music, dancing, face painting, hula hooping, characters in costume, balloon twisting animals, arts and crafts, popcorn, cookies, doughnuts, juggling and games. Family Après takes place at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday and Thursday in December, starting Monday, December 9 through March. From January 6, Family Après will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. View the calendar or Facebook to see specific dates. The program is compliments of the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
- Festive lighting: Stroll through Whistler Village to view the festive lighting. There are up to 350,000 bulbs in total with around 7,000 bulbs on each tree. The lights celebrate the short days of winter under Whistler’s dramatic dark skies. The lights are put up gradually, so you will notice new lights in the early weeks of the season.
- Nordic skiing and snowshoeing: The Lost Lake Nordic Trails are currently under preparation for the upcoming winter season. The trails require snow accumulation and consistent cold temperatures before they will open for the season, but once operational will offer over 25 kilometres of groomed and track set trails for cross-country skiing with majestic views of iconic Lost Lake as well as Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. There will be 15 kilometres of snowshoe trails for exploration and 4 kilometres of lit trails for night skiing.
Holiday season events and animation
- Whistler Holiday Experience: The Whistler Holiday Experience offers a fun, free range of indoor activities at Whistler Conference Centre from Saturday, December 21 to Sunday, January 5. Kids can enjoy mini putt golf, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games. Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy coffee or cocoa while the kids play. Whistler Holiday Experience is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; it is closed on December 25 and open from 12 to 7 p.m. on December 31. Santa is attending December 21 and 22 from 12 to 3 p.m.
- Whistler’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations: Ring in 2020 at Whistler’s magical New Year’s Eve. The festivities start early at Whistler Olympic Plaza, with an expanded Family Après from noon to 5 p.m. where everyone can experience a taste of Canadian outdoor fun. Or come in from the cold and discover a variety of activities at the Whistler Conference Centre from noon until 7 p.m. This will be followed by the High-Flying Snow Show at 7:30 p.m. and an early countdown and fireworks show at 8 p.m. Later there’s a Special Edition Fire & Ice Show at Skiers Plaza from 11:30 p.m. with a colourful, grand finale fireworks show at midnight. View details here.
The Province of British Columbia helps make these winter activities possible through both the Resort Municipality Initiative and the Municipal and Regional District Hotel Tax. This is incremental funding that helps support a significant number of projects and programs in Whistler supporting the tourism economy.
About the Festivals, Events and Animation program
Celebration is an essential component of Whistler’s culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when Whistler presented the most outstanding display of sport, the arts, and entertainment the resort had ever seen. The RMOW and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program by developing and attracting a wide range of high-quality programs throughout the year including an exciting line-up of festivals and events for all ages and audiences.
The FE&A program is funded by provincial Municipal and Regional District Tax (hotel tax) revenues collected in Whistler in support of tourism initiatives across the community.