Six must-try winter experiences in B.C.’s Coastal Mountains
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Sometimes we forget that resort skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to embrace winter in B.C.’s Coastal Mountains. There are so many equally enjoyable outdoor activities – from the adventurous to decadent. Here are a just a few of the many ways you can learn to love winter on the Left Coast.
Strap on your snowshoes on Cypress Mountain
Picture yourself and your loved ones emerging from the snowy forest on a late winter’s afternoon “magic” hour onto a panoramic lookout to have Vancouver’s sparkling skyline spread out beneath you. At Cypress Mountain, home of many 2010 Olympic Winter Games events, you have a 10-kilometre network of Nordic and snowshoe trails to explore.
All trails are well groomed and some are hard packed enough to hike without snowshoes. The best part? Snowshoe trail tickets are only $10 at Cypress, and snowshoe rentals are available at a very reasonable price. All of which makes getting into the fresh air of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains more appealing. Don’t want to leave your pup at home, bring it along – all are welcome.
Hit the Umbrella Bar at Whistler’s Roundhouse Lodge
Now there’s another excuse to hang out and relax on Whistler Mountain. Whiskey Jack’s Umbrella Bar recently opened in the mid-mountain Roundhouse Lodge, just below the iconic Inukshuk statue, symbol of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With a year-round heated patio and seats protected from the elements behind steel and glass wind walls, it offers a panoramic view of Whistler Village. Complete with collapsible roof to accommodate the Pacific Northwest weather conditions, the Umbrella Bar is the perfect place to soak in the views of the Coast Mountain Range. It’s also not the latest place to be and be seen on North America’s No. 1 mountain.
Dare to go heli-skiing in the Coast Range
After an epic day on the slopes, on the trails or in the backcountry, there’s nothing better than treating yourself to a soothing spa visit. Combining rustic elegance with majestic scenery in a tranquil, secluded forest setting, Scandinave Spa - Whistler lets you experience the age-old Finnish tradition of soaking in soothing hot and cold outdoor baths, repeated three times for maximum benefit. Start with a eucalyptus steam bath or wood-burning sauna and then cool off with a quick plunge in a cold bath or Nordic waterfall. Then relax in a solarium, treat yourself to a massage, or curl up by the outdoor fireplaces before refueling in the cafe.
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