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‘Unleash Your Inner Lumberjack’
What could be more fun than a group of friends trying to hit the bullseye on a dart board? How about the same group doing the same, on a slightly larger target, with axes? Forged Axe Throwing is offering guests the chance to unleash their “inner lumberjack.” In a one-hour session at either the Function Junction or Cougar Mountain location, guests can learn the sport of urban axe throwing using a 1.2-pound hatchet, then step up to the line to test their competitive prowess, said General Manager Sebastian Boon. While it is popular with corporate groups and parties of like-minded friends, drop-ins are welcome, as are families with guests as young as 10, Boon said. Forged Axe also has mobile axe-throwing trailers that are set up at events or hired for parties.
Ski Fast, Shoot Straight
What is the most popular winter sport on television in Europe? If you said biathlon, give yourself a point — or better yet, strap on your skate skis and head onto the race course, with no penalty laps! Whistler Olympic Park, in the Callaghan Valley 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Whistler Village, is the place to try biathlon, which combines cross-country (Nordic) skiing and target shooting with .22-calibre rifles. Guests visiting on weekends, and daily through the Christmas holidays, can take part in a variety of programs including Discover Biathlon (which includes a session with an expert instructor in both skate skiing and shooting) or Experience Biathlon (which focuses on marksmanship in the range used during the 2010 Winter Olympics). Book lessons for private, group or family sessions daily throughout the season (subject to instructor availability).
Escape to the Land of ahhhhhhs
Whistler’s excellent spas offer a variety of treatments that can help guests restore and rejuvenate mind and body, but there is one that features a chance to experience hydrotherapy in a setting that is oh-so-Scandinavian. No appointment is needed to visit Scandinave Spa’s outdoor hydrotherapy pools and indoor facilities nestled in the forest next to Lost Lake Park. In fact, you may languish in the hot and cold installations and relaxation areas for as long as you want. “You can just drop-in for the hot pools, saunas and steam rooms, and stay for the entire day if you like,” said Scandinave spokeswoman Michelle Leroux. “That lets you take in the experience at your own pace.” Leroux recommends clients who are tempted to skip the cold plunge and Nordic waterfall to resist that urge and take in the full Scandinavian hydrotherapy experience. “It’s just so relaxing moving through the cycles, so just take the plunge!”.
Take in Some Après Art
Those with a love of both on-mountain recreation and art can now visit the renowned Audain Art Museum two days a week after wrapping up their regular recreational (or work) activity. Audain Après Hours came about in response to feedback from those who found it difficult to get in to see the museum’s amazing permanent collection and visiting special exhibitions during regular opening hours, says Justine Nichol, the museum’s marketing and communications manager. The museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays (closed Tuesdays), is now open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — largely so resort guests can enjoy a full day of outdoor fun and still have time to rub shoulders with the works of Emily Carr and other incredible artists featured at the museum. “This way you can ski, visit the museum and then go for dinner in the Village,” Nichol says.
Lace up Your Skates
Looking for that perfect après-ski or after-dinner activity for the whole family? Even if you’re a complete novice, ice skating outdoors among the twinkling lights of Whistler Village is a magical and memorable experience for the young and young-at-heart. With the Olympic Rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza serving as the backdrop for the partly covered rink, it is the perfect place for young ones to skate with parents — or for Mom and Dad to enjoy a warm drink while snapping pictures of the kids at play. Skating is free, and skates can be rented for $6. Helmets are also available free of charge.
Several cafés and eateries, where you can pick up a treat, a warm drink or a light meal, are adjacent to the plaza. When conditions are good, skating runs seven days a week.
Visit whistler.ca. When it’s too warm or rainy for the outdoor rink to stay open, guests can enjoy ice skating, swimming and many other activities at Meadow Park Sports Centre. There is a drop-in fee to use the municipal pool, ice rink and other facilities.
Visit whistler.ca/recreation or call 604-935-7529 (PLAY), ext. 3.
Take in a Live Show
Whistler Village offers more than just après-ski. It is a great place to take in live music or a theatre production as well. Many of the same clubs that excel at serving up drinks and appies to wrap up your day or skiing or snowboarding also host musicians, often featuring local artists, and local and visiting DJs so you can dance away your cares until the wee hours. Visit whistler.com/nightlife.
If you’re looking for more of a concert or live theatre experience, Maury Young Arts Centre, near Whistler Olympic Plaza, has a season-long schedule of events organized by Arts Whistler that includes much-loved musical performers, live theatre productions and comedy.