With winter and “snow season” just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your winter activities. If we are being honest, Vancouver does not offer much in the winter outside of skiing or snoboarding. If you are not into those, then your opportunities are quite meak.
Whistler on the other hand, is like a winter wonderland. There are quite literally unlimited number of things you can do, aside from skiing or snowbarding.
Whistler is THE destination to be at during the winter. It’s the “international” hub for all things snowy. I know many people, from the US specifically and some from around the world travel to Whistler as the prime destination for the cosy Hallmark experience.
Last year we decided to research some of these activities and we landed on Snow Mobiles with Blackcomb Snowmobile Company. This company offers not only snow mobiles, but also snow shoeing, dogsleding and private dining in the mountains. (How awesome would that be?).
Snow mobile is definitely not a budget activity; the price per person is approximately $160 (if sharing a snow mobile with your friend/partner) or apprimately $200 per person if using a single snow mobile. The experience itself lasts two hours, however these two hours include orientation – how to be safe, how to operate the equipment and what the tour will look like. Half way through, you will have the opportunity to stop and drink some hot cider and eat warm chocolate chip cookies in a beautiful wooden cabin in the mountains sitting by the firepit. At that point, if you are sharing the snow mobile, you and your partner can swap driving.
There isn’t an opportunity to drive very fast, as you are essentially driving in a group convoy following your guide and there isn’t an opportunity to take any videos due to safety concerns.
The guides are very knowledgeable and super nice. If you have any questions what so ever they will be more than happy to assist you. You will receive a pair of waterproof trousers which you can put on over your own trousers, therefore don’t be concerned if you don’t won snow gear. Warm jacket, scarf and gloves are a must. You will also be provided with a tight fitting helmet, if you are claustrophobic then this activity is not for you.
There is plenty of parking at the facility. The facility itself is a little outside of Whistler (before Whistler town centre if coming from Vancouver) and the road leading to the facility is quite smooth, easily accessible by cars that aren’t made to drive in the snow.
Overall it’s a great way to spend a cold, winter day outdoors. The views high up in the mountains, especially in Whistler are breathtaking. I’ve lived in Canada for 3 years, and the sights never fail to amaze me. It’s a great idea for a date, or even a proposal in a cabin in the mountains!
Blackcomb Snowmobile Company is in business for over 30 years and they will look after you very well. If you’d like to take a peek at their offerings, you can do so here.
[This is not a sponsored post. We simply really enjoyed ourselves and thought more people should experience the beauty of the wilderness in Whistler].
If you enjoy being out in the snow, I encourage you to take a peek at beginner friendly hike near Vancouver you can do in the snow, rewarding you with beautiful views at the end.
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