Top 8 Vancouver Day Trips: Skiing in Whistler, British Columbia

Skiing in Whistler, British Columbia offers views of the West Coast's famed ski mountains combined with some of the world's top ski slopes.  What's stopping you?

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As far as dinner goes, be sure to make your way to the BrewHouse-High Mountain Brewing Company for an evening meal.

Located in the heart of the Village (look for the Olympic rings) this brewery offers dishes that could be considered comfort food with a unique twist. The restaurant is known around the Village for its wood-oven pizzas, and if you're looking for a dish recommendation, try the BBQ Chicken Pizza—topped with smocked Cacciocavallo cheese, fresh cilantro, and, of course, chicken coated in BBQ sauce. You can't enjoy a meal at a brewery without indulging in a microbrewed pint, so sit back and take in the relaxing log cabin feel with a full bodied Grizzly Brown Ale after an active day on the mountain.

The Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant is the perfect choice if you're looking for a great dinner deal. Every night they offer a $5 dinner deal, which means from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., certain menu items are only five dollars. This is an ideal chance to get a variety of $5 appies to share with the table. You'll have to keep an eye out to find this local favourite though, as it's a little off the beaten path, located on Main Street across from the public library.

2010 Olympic Winter Games in Whister, BC

For any winter Olympics fanatic, it's a thrilling experience venturing to the exact locations where world-class athletes competed for gold. 

But surprisingly, a lot of tourists don't ever make it to the Whistler Sliding Centre. Only a five-minute bus ride from the Village, the facility is free for visitors interested in scoping out the track where Olympians raced back in 2010.

To get a more intense experience of what it's like to go down the track, why not try it out? A bobsleigh or skeleton run can put you out $149 plus HST for about 30 seconds of exhilaration. If reaching speeds of 125km/h isn't your thing, opt for the tamer version: a video simulation of the run.

Whatever activities you decide to try during your stay, be sure to check out the Whistler Visitor Center for more information on all the fun and games that Whistler has to offer.

Accommodation in Whistler, BC

When it comes to finding deals on accommodation in the Village, sales are few and far between. To stay in the Village you'll find yourself spending a minimum of $200 per night.

If budget is an issue, look outside of town or check out travel websites for more reasonable prices. In the off-season, Whistler Village Inn and Suites is a fantastic choice, and the studio suite (their cheapest option) includes a kitchenette—which will definitely save you on eating out all weekend.

It's impossible to visit Whistler and not feel the excitement of the outdoors. It's contagious. So make your next weekend an eventful one. Ski down a mountain, stand at the top of an Olympic podium and enjoy the winter.

Thanks to the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze for sponsoring the Top 8 Day Trips from Vancouver.

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