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From snow to sunshine: Adventures of summer in Whistler

Krissy Vann
Presenter, The Weather Network

Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:25 PM - For many people when they hear Whistler they automatically associate the word with world class skiing.

They wouldn’t be wrong. The most recent ski season defied El Nino and there was an amazing snow pack. Whistler Blackcomb extended their ski season to the heart of spring to May 30th. As the skis and snowboards were being packed up after the extended season the summer fun was just beginning. Summer in Whistler means being able to take in views of the snow and the sun.

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Here are five thrilling adventures to do in Whistler in the summer:

Hike in the Alpine:

Ancient glaciers, alpine lakes and stunning wild flowers can all be enjoyed on an alpine hike. There are over 50 km of trails over two mountains at Whistler Blackcomb. Chairlifts and gondolas can be used for trail access and the World Record-breaking Peak2Peak Gondola will connect you to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous you can climb to the top of Whistler Peak on the Via Ferrata. The Via Ferrata is an engineered vertical pathway with metal rung ladders and fixed cables for safety. It is the ultimate way to earn your view. You can then hike back down and stop for photos along the towering snow walls.

Live out your Olympic dream:

Even though the 2010 Winter Games were six years ago the spirit of the events can still be felt throughout Whistler. Not only can you snap photos in front of the iconic Olympic rings, at the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Sport Legacies allows you to live out your very own Olympic Dream. They have a variety of programs, but a highlight is the Summer Bobsleigh. You’ll board Rolling Thunder, which is a bobsleigh on wheels. Then you’ll barrel down an actual section of track that was used in the 2010 Winter Games. You’ll reach speeds of up to 90 km/h. The beauty is after the safety orientation you get to sit back and enjoy the ride while your pilot navigates you down the track.

Soar through the skies:

The Peak2Peak Gondola is a great way to take in mesmerizing vistas. For those looking to add some adrenaline to their sightseeing there are lots of options in Whistler. The Sasquatch is the longest zipline in North America and spans two kilometres. This allows plenty of time to get over any fears you had of embarking on this monster zip and take in your unique vantage point.

Summer is a great time to soar through the air at Whistler Bungee. However, you can take in this activity 365 days a year. From blizzards to balmy days there are people taking the leap.

Lightning is the main weather related influence that can shut down any of the activities at Whistler that involve soaring through the skies. Luckily, thunderstorm events are not particularly frequent in this area.

Relax by the pool:

Summer weather in Whistler can fluctuate a lot when it comes to temperature. You can easily get stretches of hot weather in the upper twenties followed by days where highs only reach the upper teens. Regardless many of the pools available at Whistler resorts are heated so they can be enjoyed no matter what the thermometer says.

Learn something new:

Most activities in Whistler operate rain or shine. If you are looking for an indoor break there are many ways to learn more about the culture of the area. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a great place to take in the rich history. The Audain Art Museum also showcases a wide array of Canadian and international art.

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