Guide: 8 mountain adventures to add to your winter bucket list this season
The winter season is well on its way and we don’t know about you, but we’re already feeling the itch of the impending cabin fever coming our way. The colder months can already feel like a bit of a prison, but after all that’s happened in 2020, we don’t think we can stay cooped up at home too much longer. That’s exactly why this mountain adventure offered by Contiki is at the top of our to-do list!
Contiki Holidays are famous for their international trips around the globe’s most desired destinations, but did you know that they have a full list of Canadian trips that are equally as impressive? One of those trips, Ski Whistler, is discounted right now and will make your winter mountain dreams come true. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Contiki to give you our picks for 10 mountain adventures you need to include in your winter bucket list this year.
This trip has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a perfect mountain adventure. This 3-night, 4-day trip will have you staying at the gorgeous Pangea Pod Hotel, which will be the perfect home base for all of your exploring. Whether you’re carving up fresh powder, snowmobiling, and even ziplining.
Plus, you’ll have the chance to add on exciting adventures like exploring Vallea Lumina, rounding out this wintry escape.
Are you one of those people who actually like heights? Whiz through the forest’s frosty treetops on this incredible all-season zipline. It’s a view of Whistler you’ve certainly never had before, especially during the winter. Whether you’re having fun being upside down, or firmly clutching the rope, it’s one experience you don’t want to skip.
Scandinavians might’ve been Vikings, but they definitely knew how to unwind. Case in point: their tradition of hydrotherapy. At Scandinave, they’re committed to the ‘hot-cold-relax’ system, which is proven to release endorphins (AKA: make you feel amazing). Plus, the Whistler backdrop isn’t too hard on the eyes, either.
PEAK 2 PEAK 360 EXPERIENCE
Undoubtedly one of the coolest things to do in Whistler, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola provides 360-degree views of the Village, surrounding mountains, forests, glaciers, and lakes. Plus. you can hit the chateau at the top of the mountain for an après ski without the sweat, and enjoy a bevy or two with a view.
This magical wonderland is your opportunity to see some insane light displays in the forests surrounding Cougar Mountain. Hidden amongst the trees just outside the village, Vallea Lumina offers a multimedia night walk where you’ll ignite your senses and experience a truly unforgettable evening. On a winding walk through the enchanted forest, you’ll be treated to an immersive light show, perfect for all ages.
KETEL ONE ICE ROOM
Chill out at Bearfoot Bistro’s Ketel One Ice Room, and get an exhilarating rush as you sample some subzero spirits. At a crisp -32 degrees celsius, the Ice Room provides an optimal atmosphere for sampling vodka, giving you all smooth taste and none of the harsh afterburn. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn all about the distilling process, and discover why this extreme environment only enhances the flavour.
If you’re looking for a slower-paced adventure while you rest after hitting the slopes, you can never go wrong with a snowshoe tour. Take a serene walk through old-growth forests or embark on a vigorous trek through the backcountry, there’s a tour available for every activity level. Regardless of which tour you choose, either one is a great way to see the mountains from a whole new perspective!
Saving the fanciest for last. Take in the awe-inspiring views from above the mountains with a helicopter tour. Sight-see the scenic bird’s eye views as you fly through 12,000-year-old glaciers, and make sure you snap a couple of pics along the way. This is one mountain adventure that will truly leave you breathless!
There you have it, pals! Sure, it might not be a normal year for travel, but adventure is out there and it’s waiting for you! All you have to do is let Contiki show you the way.