It’s a Spring Thing: 5 Reasons to Visit Whistler in the Shoulder Season

There’s no cool-down of activities as the weather warms up for this Canadian destination.
| Updated: November 27, 2018

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Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an adventurous foodie or a relaxation maven, springtime in Whistler has something for everyone. Enjoy more daylight, warmer weather, fresh dining and fantastic deals as this winter wonderland transitions to a summer mecca. Here’s a bit more on the top reasons to visit Whistler during the spring shoulder season:

Sunny Days on the Slopes

Late spring (mid-April through May) in Whistler often means soft snow on the slopes, plus plenty of sunshine. With longer days comes longer lift operation, resulting in extra time to hit the mountain during your stay. You won’t regret those goggle tan lines or refreshing t-shirt runs.

Image Credit: Tourism Whistler / Andrew Strain

Multi-Sport Itineraries

While there’s plenty of snow left in the mountains, the valley begins to melt, offering a truly unique opportunity to pack all your favorite outdoor adventures into one trip. Think a morning of skiing, followed by an afternoon of golf. Multi-sport days is what spring is all about in Whistler. Enjoy golf, skiing, biking, hiking, paddling and other adventurous activities like ziplining and ATV rides.

Image Credit: Nita Lake Lodge

Fresh Local Fare

Cap it all off with world-class dining, where fresh local produce is now being served up in abundance. There are lots of dining specials to take advantage of this time of year. Settle in for a refreshing beverage and an afternoon in the spring sun at one of the many patios around town, or make dinner reservations at an award-winning restaurant. From casual après-ski snacks to fine dining experiences, there’s plenty of diverse options to satisfy every craving.

Image Credit: Tourism Whistler / Robin O’Neill

Off-Peak Pricing

Visiting Whistler in the off-season is a fantastic way to experience all the destination has to offer at an incredible value. You’ll find discounted hotel rates (midweek rooms from $77 per night), plenty of dining specials and early season pricing on a variety of outdoor activities, like golf.

Image Credit: Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride

Noteworthy Events

Whistler’s unforgettable festivals and events don’t end when winter does. They continue throughout the year, with a few recurring favorites on the agenda for spring:

Go Fest: Whistler’s Outdoor Festival - May 18 – 21  

GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival celebrates Whistler’s great outdoors in springtime where winter and summer meet. From outdoor adventures from both seasons to arts and culture inspired by them, everyone is invited to get interactive with four days of active programming over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride - May 18 – 20

The Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride was created for the insatiable love for gourmet food and cycling. Take an early season spin with an intimate group of 80 riders through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys. Along the 70 km route, you will be stirred by the beauty of the coastal mountains, peppered with moderate climbs and garnished with flowing descents. With Ned Bell preparing an exquisite post-ride dinner created with ingredients gathered from within 70 km, this is the ride for you and your taste buds.

Image Credit: Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

So, go ahead, extend that spring break and give yourself plenty of days to enjoy what Whistler has to offer this time of year. For more information head to whistler.com/spring-thing


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