We are a summer-in-Whistler family. I prefer poolside and beach weather over snow and ski goggles. The nice thing is, Whistler has both. If you like Summer AND ski season, it’s a fantastic family destination.
If you’re going to do a family weekend getaway there needs to be things for everyone in the family to enjoy, and in an easy way. Which means I want stuff to be close by. This is why we chose to stay in the Upper Village when we go to Whistler.
Whistler is by default a Winter destination, so be sure to book your ski getaway now for the coming season. It’s Whistler’s 50th anniversary this Winter and is yet again touted as North America’s #1 Ski Area by Ski Magazine!
The Upper Village for Families:
We recommend the Fairmont Chateau in the heart of the Upper Village for it’s luxurious amenities, comfortable rooms and perfect (indoor/outdoor) pool area.
Whistler’s Upper Village offers plenty to do in both the Summer and Winter months. In Summertime, the Farmers Market on Sundays always includes pocket pies, flatbread pizzas, plenty of local fresh produce and kettle corn with fresh lemonade.
The Family Fun Zone includes harnessed trampolining, go karts, mini golf and the luge for the whole family to enjoy.
The base of Blackcomb is in the centre of the Upper Village where you can hop on a lift to take to you to the Peak 2 Peak at the top of Blackcomb mountain.
The Tube Park is also located at the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb mountain (right near the base in the Upper Village).
Need childcare so that you can ski solo? There are four licensed childcare facilities offering care for children aged 18 months all the way up to five years right at Blackcomb base.
Ski School starts at age 3 for skiing and age 4 for snowboarding. Three and Five day camps are also an option for your longer stays at Blackcomb Kids at the base in the Upper Village.
Pub fare abounds at the centre of the Upper Village at Merlin’s Bar & Grill if you’re in the mood for nachos and hot chocolate for the kids.
Milestones is nestled right beside the lift and next door to the Fairmont Chateau.
Our pick for apre ski is the Mallard Lounge in the Fairmont Chateau for it’s chocolate bar, warm cocktails and healthy choices for both kids and parents alike.
Visit Whistler Blackcomb for more information.
*Thank you to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for hosting my family for this stay.