Adrenaline junkie? Do you need to feel the wind pulling back your face as you rush towards the ground, risking life and limb all in the name of a good time? Then Whistler has some tests for you. Quickly becoming known for boundary pushing, blood pumping good times, the variety of adventurous activities has grown beyond white water rafting.
Here are some of the extreme activities being offered on the mountain:
Ice climbing refers to roped and protected climbing of features such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, and cliffs and rock slabs covered with ice refrozen from flows of water. Melting under your fingertips and chipping off beneath you, Ice Climbing has gained popularity for its stunning views of areas not commonly accessible without a climb. The allure of rock climbing with a mountainous twist.
Whistler Alpine Guides offers guided tours as well as classes for every skill level from vaguely interested to professional climber.
Mountain Biking: Whistler Mountain Bike Park
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More than simply biking your Carrera up West 4th avenue and feeling the wind in your face as you sail downhill towards Kits Beach, this is the definition of mountain biking. Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers the opportunity to explore 4,946 feet (1,507 metres) of lift-serviced descending mountain bike trails. Something for every level of mountain bike rider. Gentle, banked cruisers, tight and twisty single track, steep rock faces, gnarly, root strewn lines, drop offs of all descriptions and more. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park also has two skill centres, a jump park, drop off park and the Boneyard Slopestyle Park.
Skydiving and Paragliding: Whistler Skydiving
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Once considered the epitome of adrenaline junkiedom, you too can feel the rush of gravity dragging you downward before pulling the cord and laughing in the face of potential death. Flying high above the Pemberton Valley with views of Whistler, Blackcomb and Mt. Currie. Paragliding is also an extremely popular activity in Pemberton where paragliding tours include tandem flights, paragliding instruction and guided tours.
And last but certainly not least…
Bungee Jumping: Whistler Bungee
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Often voted by Whistler locals as the most extreme activity in Whistler, Whistler Bungee provides an exhilarating, adrenaline filled rush that no other activity can compare to. Whistler Bungee gives thrill seekers an unforgettable experience by jumping 160ft (50 meters) over the glacial fed Cheakamus River.
Opened in 2002, Whistler Bungee has a perfect safety record and its’ operators have been in the bungee jumping industry for over 20 years. Located just 15 min south of Whistler Village and only an hour drive from West Vancouver, Whistler Bungee is easily accessible just off the Sea to Sky Highway. Open every day, all year round, Whistler Bungee is open in all weather conditions throughout the year.
For a vacation that will have a serious impact on your adrenal system, fill your boots (and summer’s gloriously long days) with these high-energy, heart-pumping activities. Prove your adventure credentials with this bucket list of bad-assery.
Visit whistler.com/itineraries for inspiration on how you can make the most of your summer getaway.
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