Recommended Whistler Outdoor Activities this Spring 2016
Known as one of the best apres-ski destinations in Whistler, our restaurant and staff is well versed in the outdoor activities that drive the hunger, thirst, and social pangs that draw visitors into our venue. We also like to get out there and enjoy all that the resort town has to offer. While winter has come to a close, a slew of new opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors awaits. With the new season in full swing we have compiled our picks for the best outdoor activities to wet your appetite (and thirst) for adventure.
Top 5 Outdoor Adventures and Activities in Whistler for the Spring Season
1. Spring Skiing
Thought you’d miss out on the ski, snowboard, and (our) apres-ski scene by arriving in the spring? Think again! After an epic winter ski season on Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb spring is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. In addition to perfect powder, you’re in for longer days, warmer temperatures and a transcendent view that encapsulates both white snow and lush PNW greenery. It’s the perfect storm of spring ski conditions (minus the storm). Whistler Mountain is open until April 17 while Blackcomb will keep you on the slopes until May 30.
2. Mountain Biking
In order to find out what the apres-mountain biking scene is like at our restaurant (you’ll want to!) you’ll have to earn it out on the numerous trails that range from casual to high-octane. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is one of the best of its kind in the world. Opening on May 20, 2016, the bike park’s lift will take you to a 1,500 meter peak that leads to a variety of descending trails. Don’t let the elevation give you pause, as there is a trail to accommodate every skill set. The coastal forest, for instance, allows novice riders to shake off winter rust while enjoying an unmatched scenic view. Intermediates will enjoy a close-cropped and twisted track while the more advanced stare down steep rock faces and drop offs that the gnarliest of riders will think twice about navigating (making it all the more fun). Tickets for the lift are on sale here as is open access to bike camps, programs, lessons, and tours. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, view this cross country mountain biking map of Whistler.
3. Trail Hiking
Join the apres-hiking crowd at our restaurant after spending a few hours (or the day) on the numerous trails that open up throughout the months of spring. As one of the most breathtaking hiking destinations on the planet, Whistler offers unparalleled hiking opportunities. As with the slopes and mountain biking trails, there is something for everyone. Those looking for a casual experience (perhaps with an infant stroller in tow) will enjoy the hike through Lost Lake and numerous options along the Whistler Valley Trail (open year round). Intermediates and more advanced parties enjoy the fairly new (late 2014) Whistler Skywalk Trail on Rainbow Mountain (view map) which is also open, allowing hikers to access the alpine sans off-road vehicle or gondola. Other notable spring season hikes include Whistler Rainbow Lake Trail, Cheakamus Lake Hike, and Wedgemount Lake Hike. Download this PDF to view all Whistler hiking trailheads.
As one of the premiere gold destinations in Canada, Whistler has lots to offer. It’s also one of the only places in the world where you’ll find bear cubs playing along on the putting green. There are four key area golf courses, including Whistler Golf Club’s Arnold Palmer Course (open May 6), Nicklaus North Golf Course (open May 6), Fairmont Chateau Whistler Course (open May 6) and the Big Sky Course in Pemberton (open April 22). Visit golfwhistler.com to book your tee times. And once again, you’ll want to conclude your day on the green with a visit to our restaurant to partake in the apres-golf gatherings.
While you’ve instantly started your sightseeing experience from the moment you’ve arrived in scenic Whistler there is certainly a more official way to do it. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the must-do on your spring season outdoor itinerary. The Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience provides the highest and longest lift experience in the world (Guinness world record holding, in fact). From it, you have a 360 degree view of Whistler’s two mountains, a crosshatch of over 50 expansive kilometers of trails, snow-melting vistas, lush rainforest canopies, glacial-tinted lakes, scurrying wildlife, and a skyline unlike anywhere else in the world. Our restaurant is a scenic 8 minute walk from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola so be sure to come on by for, you guessed it, the apres-sightseeing scene.
With all of the above apres talk you must be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, in addition to our famous lunch, dinner, dessert, and beverage menu The Mexican Corner has introduced Fiesta Hour. From Monday to Friday between 5 and 6 PM and Saturday/Sunday between 3 and 5 PM the apres-everything scene is jumping. With Double Margaritas for only $8 and Cerveza Corona for just $5 you and your party will carry on your activities indoors, well into the night.