Two weeks ago, I spent some time with my family up in Whistler during the Christmas Holiday. Just a short 1.5 hour ride from Vancouver, Whistler is a quick getaway that will immediately transform your whole entire psyche into a Winter Wonderland state of mind. It's amazing how quickly you can forget about the stresses of the city once you arrive.
Our time was well spent skiing, tubing, eating and generally unwinding. Tubing is one thing I've never done in Whistler and I was happy to have the opportunity to participate in an activity that we could do together along with my little nephew.
The Coca Cola Tube Park consists of separate tracks which allow tubers to slide down the mountain at great speed for a safe adrenaline rush in a contained environment. There is one lane for children which is half the height of the few intermediate and one advanced lane.
It was a big hit with my nephew. After going down the intermediate and children's lane, he quickly decided the children's lane was more his speed, literally. It also suited his parents just fine since the line up in the children's lane was minimal to none so he was able to slide gleefully down the mountain many times. I, on the other hand, only had enough time to go down three times since there were considerable line ups and there was a one hour time limit for all tubers to spend in the park.
One thing for parents to keep in mind is that once your child slides down to the bottom, they will need to have the ability to get up from the tube and walk themselves and their tube to the safety of the side through a crosswalk. I didn't see many staff near the bottom so luckily, we were all around to pick up my nephew from the bottom and walk through the cross walk with him as other tubers were also sliding through the crosswalk at different times. All in all, it was a great outdoor experience that everyone could enjoy regardless of skill level.
Other sights and senses from our trip:
Second Course in the Five Course Tasting Menu at Barefoot Bistro. The five course tasting menu is per the chef's selection whereas the three course menu is choose one from appetizer, entrée and dessert respectively.
Prawn Tartine for lunch at the Araxi
Innovative sushi at Sushi Village Restaurant: Seared salmon, avocado center topped with black caviar.
Baked goods at Pure Bread. I was hoping for more sweet treats but they did not lie - lots of bread available!
Our must-visit breakfast spot in Whistler: Wildwood Bistro. It's now located in the Crystal Lodge Hotel. You must order the cranberry sourdough bread! (shown in back)
Sunrise from the Pan Pacific Mountain Side. They have their own concierge lockers in the lobby for your ski stuff so you can just walk towards the gondolas which is literally steps away.
Beautiful view on the mountain while skiing
Something sweet to end this post. Ice cream from COWS! - our favourite ice cream place in Whistler. Not that there are many to choose from but hey, they don't have one in Vancouver either!
Don't forget to stop by these amazing places the next time you're in Whistler! Happy travels to you.
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