10 TIPS FROM LOCALS FOR THE BEST FAMILY SKI VACATION EVER

Want to do a family ski vacation like a local?
 
Learn from the pros, who also happen to have kids. Read below for 10 keys to unlocking the perfect vacation, especially while you're in Whistler.

 

4. SKI LIKE AN OLYMPIAN

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Whistler’s ratio of “normal people” to Winter Olympians is out of this world; there is a very real chance of running into past, present and future Olympian and Paralympians in the lift line on any given day. 
 
There are a total of 13 Olympic and 5 Paralympic ski and snowboard athletes from the Sea to Sky Corridor alone who competed in the 2010 Winter Games! 
 
If you want to guarantee skiing or riding with one of these athletes book your family (must have similar skiing ability) into the Ski Or Ride With An Olympian package through Whistler Blackcomb’s Snow School.
 
“I love that Whistler draws the world’s best instructors and coaches thanks to its unparalleled superiority. I may be slightly biased, I’ll be the first to admit it… but I will always stand behind my claim that no other ski resort compares, all around.” –Ashleigh McIvor DeMerit, Skicross World Champion & Olympic Gold Medalist

To hang with the pros in a different setting, head to Breckenridge, Colorado, where you can watch some of the world’s best, throwing down in the terrain parks and superpipe on a daily basis. Better yet, hop on Chair 5 and you may even share a ride up the mountain with one of them.

9. EXPLORE WHISTLER'S NIGHTLIFE FOR ALL AGES

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As mentioned above, Whistler’s nightlife rocks for kids too. Whistler Blackcomb’s Coca-Cola Tube Park is open into the evening, and features seven lanes of snow tubing–starting with a gently sloping kids’ lane and moving up to faster, longer lanes.

The free Fire and Ice Show takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday evening, where families can be dazzled by fireworks as well as skiers and snowboarders getting huge air through a ring of fire.

For good old Canadian fun, the Family Après event (4-6 p.m.) takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays in the heart of the village, at Whistler Olympic Plaza, throughout the winter. Be ready for snowman building, tobogganing, mini hockey and hot chocolates all around.

“My childhood memories from growing up in Whistler recall it to be a magical existence with endless possibilities and opportunities for fun, healthy, active living.”
– Ashleigh McIvor DeMerit, Skicross World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist

To keep the fun going just "a little south” of Whistler, head down to Heavenly, California for a family skate date in the heart of the village. In addition to the incredible ice skating rink, there is fine boutique shopping, restaurants, a movie theater and even casinos within walking distance, so the fun never has to stop (literally).
 

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