Whistler summer accommodations provide the active lifestyle and views of the Whistler/Blackcomb Mountains but with a more leisurely, off-season pace. The activities are just as bold in the summer as they are during the winter but generally are not quite as crowded or cold.
Glacier Skiing and Riding
For those who want to have winter year-round, summer skiing is available in the glaciers. The conditions are recommended only for intermediate or advanced skiers. Glacier skiing is available from mid-June to mid-July.
Some of the mountain ski areas turn into mountain bike courses during the summer. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open from May to October each year and is accessible from the Village Gondola and Fitzsimmons Express. Garbanzo Express is a newer series of trails reached from the Olympic Station at the midpoint of the mountain.
The bike trails are not for the faint of heart. They include the same vertical drops of the ski trails but with bare ground and rock to break a fall. Bikes, equipment, and riders must be up to the task.
Some Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain downhill and cross country ski trails open for summer hiking. The lower trails may open as early as mid-May or late-May, depending on the year, but the higher mountain trails may not open until later June or July. Hiking availability can vary widely from season to season, and conditions can vary during the hike. Be sure to check trail signs and maps to be sure the trail you wish to use is open and safe. Layered attire and waterproof footwear are recommended.
The gondolas on either mountain carry hikers to available trails. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola connects both mountains and provides additional hiking options, weather permitting. For those who need a break from hiking, or some nourishment before beginning, dine at the restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain.
As the mountain snows melt, the runoff can make for extreme rafting conditions on several area rivers. Rafting tours are available from the Whistler Gondola building. Other boating tours and fishing expeditions are also available. Keep in mind the water will be cold!
Lost Lake Park
Lost Lake Park is near Upper Village Whistler accommodations. It is a family-friendly park with swimming and boating. There is a circular bike or walking trail, a small beach, and a grassy area, making the park ideal for family or group picnics. There is a small but adequate parking area and facilities within the park. Lost Lake is also accessible by the Whistler WAVE public transit bus.
Other Whistler summer activities include wildlife viewing, ziptrails, and horseback trail riding. There are also area golf courses to consider which provide impressive views. Whistler Village shopping and dining can fill in the hours or provide activities during inclement weather. For those who have had too much physical strain from their outdoor activities, a spa or massage might be in order.
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