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posted by Kristen Wint on October 23, 2011 11:27 PM MDT
I moved to Whistler 15 years ago in search of powder and never looked back. After 15 years of skiing and riding, I’m still finding new powder stashes and getting stoked for another season to begin. I am now married and raising two children aged 5 and 7 years old, so I feel I can answer to Kerry’s question of travelling to Whistler with kids. Whistler is so magical; it makes everyone feel like a kid again. The mountains offer an unbelievable variety of terrain between both Whistler and Blackcomb, with designated family ski zones on each. Whistler consistently offers the most reliable snow conditions and due to its coastal proximity, temperatures are moderate during the winter season, rarely dipping below 22°F in the alpine during most winter months. The intimate mountain Village is located at the base of both mountains making it effortless to access all of Whistler Blackcomb’s 8,171 acres of terrain. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is reason enough alone to come visit, as the 11-minute ride from peak to peak gives you the freedom to stay up in the alpine all day long and easily hook-up with your kids for lunch, even if they’re skiing on another mountain. Did I mention that you only need one lift ticket to ski and ride both mountains? That’s right, no driving between resorts, trekking gear around and finding parking. A car isn’t even necessary in Whistler during the winter months. Your best bet is to fly in to Vancouver, take the airport shuttle right to your Whistler accommodation and then walk to the lifts and Village amenities. The main Village Stroll is a vehicle-free area where you and the kids are free to wander and check out the family-friendly restaurants, cafes, shops, movie theatres and more. There is a complimentary Village shuttle bus as well if you do want to hop a ride with bags and gear, or need a lift when little ones are complaining because their legs are tired from skiing so hard all day! Whistler is warm and welcoming with all the comforts of a large city, including grocery stores, pharmacies, spas, a recreation centre with indoor pool and skating rink, a kid’s park, indoor climbing walls and more. The children’s ski & snowboard school is second to none with daily programs and weekly camps, aftercare and infant daycare. There are tons of family-friendly activities like ziplining, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, Olympic venue tours and more that can be accessed right from the Village. If they are just outside of town, tour operators will pick you up from your hotel with a free shuttle. There are two excellent babysitting agencies in the resort, a library with large children’s area, and special family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities for the holiday season and New Year’s Eve. From one mom to another, Whistler is tops. Check out the official website at whistler.com for tons of info and an amazing blog with insider tips from other Whistler locals like myself. Hope to see you here!