Ski Gay Whistler, British Columbia

Published Date Author: , September 17th, 2011

Whistler Gay Skiing

Whistler, in British Columbia is a highly popular and gay-friendly resort town. Whistler is widely known for the Gay Ski Week and WinterPride–to be held Feb 5th through 12th, 2012. The 20th Anniversary of WinterPride marks the celebrations of being ‘out’ on the slopes and welcomes all orientations and genders.

There are no official gay bars, but the thing about Whistler is that every bar, pub, restaurant and hotel welcomes anyone, regardless of their life style, so there is no prejudice in this town, whatsoever.

The Town

The town thrives on its huge selection of gay-friendly bars, restaurants and hotels, happy to accommodate everyone throughout the winter. If skiing is your favourite pastime, Whistler is the place. Boasting some of the world’s best ski slopes, any skier, both advanced or novice, can enjoy the quality snow and stunning landscapes of the Pacific Coast Mountains range.

The resort town has a permanent population of just under 10,000 residents, but throughout the year it has over two million visitors passing through to just visit, or experience the alpine skiing on offer.

The town benefits from its location, nestling comfortably between the Whistler Valley and the Blackcomb Mountains. The fantastic snow falls and the splendidly unique appearance of the town almost give the impression of a small Austrian Alps town with a sort of chocolate box look about it.

Things to Do

If you visit Whistler in the summer, there is an absolute bounty of outdoor pursuits for just about anyone. You can choose from rambling, hiking, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, kayaking and canoeing and a whole bunch of other activities.

The gay friendly bars and restaurants are saloon style and Buffalo Bills is a top notch nightclub and gay friendly bar. They host year-round events and is one of the mainstays of the town since 1995. Sundial Place and Village Lane or the focal points for the pedestrianized town center, where you will find bars, restaurants, saloons and taverns, gift shops, clothes shops and even cigar shops, to please any discerning visitor.

The range of world foods covers just about every corner of the globe, too, with the Old Spaghetti Factory, Fat Tony’s Pizza and chocolate factory, for those with a sweet tooth.

Skiing

Most of the year round, Whistler is packed with Skiers and snowboarders, who head to the Blackcomb Mountains for some fun. For great ski deals Canada is the best place in North America. There are many resorts and hotels who are TAG–Travel Alternative Group–approved, where gay and lesbian people are warmly welcomed.

Of its thirty-three ski lifts, sixteen of them are high speed, so traveling up to the piste is faster than ever. The area boasts over eight thousand acres of land, the longest ski season in the whole of Canada and the largest skiing area in the entire North American continent, as well as the biggest vertical rise of any mountain there, too.

If you fancy trying heli-skiing, Whistler is the place. You get to play on over one hundred thousand acres of terrain. There is also snow-cat skiing which offers the option of back country guided snowboarding. Snowshoeing and dog-sledding are also on offer, so, those of you who fancy shouting ‘mush!’ can have the enjoyment of riding a husky powered sled through the mountains. For more fun in the snow, there are snow mobiles for rent. There is a guided tour available, with one guide for every six riders.

Fancy Christmas in Whistler? No better place for a sleigh ride than the Blackcomb and Whistler mountains! Take your boyfriend or girlfriend for a romantic sleigh ride as the gentle snowflakes fall around you by the light of the moon.

Of course, Whistler wouldn’t be what it is without conventional cross country skiing too. Slap on the skis and head down to Lost Lake. It is a mere five minute walk from the village and you get to enjoy over 19 miles of the scenic woodland to enjoy. It is super terrain for the novice skier and a great way to get your ski legs, so to speak. You could even head do to Callaghan Valley which offers back country wilderness and plenty of adventure.

If you are an early riser, you might like to make fresh tracks in the newly fallen snow. Head off around 7:30am and get ahead of the rest with your skis. Tickets can be obtained from ‘guests services’ and are available seven days a week.

Click here for gay travel resources in the Vancouver Coast and Mountains.

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