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10 Reasons Whistler Is the World's Best Place for Adventure Junkies

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by Sara Schneider Jul 31, 2015

1. No one gets away with doing just one sport here.

Think you can get away with just being a skier? Not in Whistler. If you call the Village your home, be prepared to master, at the very least, one activity per season. It might overcrowd your gear room, but when everyone is limbering up to jump on their Beaver Boards for some yoga on Nita Lake, you’ll be thankful you took up paddle boarding last summer.

2. You can ride a bobsleigh.

Ever watch Cool Runnings? Yeah, it’s all sorts of awesome. And so is the fact that you can ride a piloted Bobsleigh or a self-directed Skeleton down the 1,450 meter-long track created for the 2010 Winter Olympics at speeds upwards of 80 kms/hour. “Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme…” Come on, you know you know the rest.

3. It has year-round bungee jumping.

Sunday is the new Saturday

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“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?” Well, now you can tell your mother that yes, yes you would if they were strapped in 53 meters above the glacier-fed Cheakamus River. Nothing like jumping off a bridge in the middle of winter and plummeting head first toward ice-cold water to really test your adventure tolerance.

4. Downhill skiing is for amateurs.

You can downhill ski at any resort, but in Whistler, you can shoot things at the same time! That’s right. Take on the sport of biathlon and really push your boundaries. Rifles and skate skis? Only for those living life on the edge…

5. Name your favorite type of terrain, and Whistler has it.

From the proud peaks of the Fitzsimmons Range to the shimmering waters of Green Lake, Whistler has it all. There are dirt trails and paved paths. There are rolling hills and bustling parks. Every adventure-worthy landscape lies within its boundaries just waiting to be conquered.

6. You get to be on “Top Of The World.”

Top of the world…🌍#whistlerbikepark #inthezone #ridedontslide #explorebc 📷@druss_dh

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Start at the very top of Whistler Mountain and descend nearly 5,000 feet through the granite spires of the Coast Range…on your bike. Whistler’s Top of the World Trail does not disappoint, so load your mountain bike onto the lift and get ready to be amazed.

7. There’s a sweet way to escape the lift lines.

And it’s called heli-skiing. Time to become the next big thing on GoPro’s latest hashtag campaign as you drop in on perfectly untouched backcountry powder. And just think how awesome it’ll be to get picked up by a helicopter when you’re done for the day. #epic

8. Sasquatch lives here.

I’m not taking about an ape-like creature with giant feet, but I am talking about one hell of a beast. Ziptrek Ecotours’ new 7,000-foot continuous zipline called “The Sasquatch” is the longest line in Canada and the US.

9. And so does The Chief.

You can’t be addicted to adventure without enjoying trusting your life to some sketchily-placed gear a few hundred meters off the ground. Thankfully, Whistler has Squamish, and Squamish has The Chief. Build up those callouses and get ready to take on “Triumph the Shadow.” It’s only a 5.13b…

10. There is epically good après-adventure beer.

——————— 🍺Follow us | Tag a friend | Leave a comment🍺 ——————— Beer Name: Whistler Bear Paw Honey Lager #honeylager Style: #Lager ABV/IBU: 5.00% Brewer/IG: #whistlerbrewing / @whistlerbrewing Country/State: #BritishColumbia #Canada Pic Location: #Kelowna ——————— Photo Credit: Bears love their honey and @blaneneil loves his Bear Paw Honey Lager from Whistler Brewing Company. This picture was taken along the shore of Okanagan Lake in the city of Kelowna, British Columbia. ”As the largest city located on stunning Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is a recreational lakeside paradise with miles of beautiful parkland and several sandy beaches that provide wonderful opportunities for swimming, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing and fishing. Even Kelowna's mainstreet ends at a beach!” - ——————— From the brewer: “Whistler really is bear country and it’s quite common to meet a hungry bear on the Whistler Valley Trail. Which is fine, unless you happen to be carrying a Whistler Bear Paw Honey Lager; ‘cause we all know bears love real honey, right??? Our honey lager is fresh-brewed and fermented with 100% organic BC honey, so you can actually smell the honey aromas and taste silky smooth honey on the finish. It’s a very unique lager experience.” ——————— 🍺Check us out @dogsandbrew and @foodandbrew🍺

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Every good adventure needs to be celebrated with a good beer, and luckily, Whistler has quite the selection of delicious brews. Head to Whistler Brewing Company — a local staple since 1989 — to fill up your belly with the best handcrafted hops concoctions in town. High five your fellow adrenaline junkies for still being alive, and indulge in all that is Whistler.

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