Whistler Blackcomb offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding slopes in North America, off-hill activities like snowshoeing and zip lining, and a multitude of restaurants and shops. But among the biggest draws to this resort are the amazing events that run non-stop throughout the winter season. With the number of events being held, there is truly something for everyone, and for 2016, there are a few whistler backcomb winter events that you simply don’t want to miss.
The Whistler Fire and Ice Show
What’s better than watching some of the best athletes in the world pulling off amazing jumps? Doing it through a ring of fire, of course. The Fire and Ice Show adds music and dance to the excitement of watching talented skiers and snowboarders fly, twist, and flip through the air. This show takes place every Sunday night from December 20 to March 27, and it’s absolutely free! The skiers and boarders include the best riders from the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School.
Family Après at Whistler
Also taking place throughout the winter, the Family Après at Whistler Olympic Park offers a variety of free entertainment and activities for kids every Monday and Wednesday night from December 21 to March 30. Activities change weekly and include tobogganing, mini hockey, and snowman-building competitions. Snacks, hot beverages, and music add to the appeal of this event. The Family Après runs from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in December and January, and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in February and March.
Kids’ Night Out
Another season-long event that will keep the kids entertained, Kids’ Night Out is available for select weeks from November 18 through April 9. Kids can choose among ice skating, tubing, cross-country skiing, and more. The event goes from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and you can check out the schedule to find out what days it’s offered.
Whistler Telus Winter Classic
Taking place January 22 and 23, the 23rd Annual Telus Winter Classic is an entertaining, action-packed event that features live entertainment, amazing food, wine, and beer, and live and silent auctions. You’ll have a great time whether you choose the Corporate or Citizen Ski Team Package complete with priority lift line tickets, or just choose to attend the Mountain Top Gala on the 23rd. This year, the Gala features a ’50s sock hop theme with live rock-and-roll music. You can also experience wine tasting at its finest at Whistler Winetastic the night before.
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
Whistler’s Pride and Ski Festival is one of the biggest gay and lesbian festivals in North America. Whether you are part of the LGBT community or support those who are, you can experience a memorable week with a range of entertaining events at the 24th edition of this festival. Running from January 23 through the 31st, notable events include skiing/snowboarding with Whistler Pride mountain guides, a comedy show, SPLASH pool party, and Furrocious Military Ball.
Mostly Marley at the GLC
Are you a Bob Marley fan? Celebrate his birthday on February 5 with the Mostly Marley tribute. Groove to the best reggae sounds all night long as you celebrate the life and legend of one of the greatest musical artists of all time. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 9:30 PM.
Nashville Hurricane at Whistler Blackcomb
If reggae isn’t your thing and you’re more of a country music lover, don’t miss Nashville Hurricane at Whistler on the same night: February 5. Part cabaret, part comedy, and part storytelling, this one-man show shares the story and songs of the remarkable guitar player known as the Nashville Hurricane. Tickets are $26, and you can also enjoy a discounted dinner and Jack Daniels-inspired cocktails before the show.
Nintendo Family Fun Day!
Fans of Nintendo will not want to miss Nintendo Family Fun Day on February 8 at Whistler. Choose your own skiing adventure or take your family on the Family Certified Wonder route for a memorable experience. You’ll visit multiple locations for games, activities, and treats, and then head over to the Chic Pea after for an opportunity to win some great prizes from Nintendo.
Peak to Valley Race
If you’re looking to test your skills in a historic giant slalom race, you’ll want to register for the Peak to Valley Race Presented by Smirnoff as soon as possible. Grab a team of four for an epic race that’s over 5 kilometers long with a vertical drop of 1,443 meters. The price is $520 for each team of four, and the race stars on February 19 and ends the next day.
Whistler Blackcomb Park Rider Skiing and Snowboarding Event
Ready to test your skills on the slopes, rails, or half-pipe! Register for the Park Rider Skiing and Snowboarding event. Taking place on March 6, this event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages. These competitions — which occur on both mountains — do sell out quickly, so make sure to register as soon as possible.
BC Championships – Bobsleigh and Skeleton at Whistler
Close out the official last day of winter by watching skeleton and bobsled athletes compete on the fastest track in the world. You will be amazed at the amazing speeds that these competitors reach at the Whistler Sliding Center track. This event runs all day on March 20.
While these events are ones that you won’t want to miss, there are other great winter events offered at Whistler Blackcomb as well. Take a look at the event calendar for winter of 2016 to find out more about other events and the events listed above. Your visit to Whistler Blackcomb isn’t the same without participating in one or more of these great events, so don’t forget to register for paid events and take advantage of all the free events as well.