WHISTLER, CA: #9 Top Family Vacation Destination

snow angels and skiing in Whistler
Making Snow Angels on Family Ski Vacation; Whistler

Where There is Snow … There Are Snow Angels

By Deborah Nelson, VRTG Publisher and Travel Writer

As I write this article, today it is 30 degrees in Whistler, Canada. Thinking of family and snow at the same time, the image of snow angels come to mind. Looking at Whistler webcams, I see snow, brrr … in my mind’s eye, snow angels appear!

#9 Top Family Vacation Destination 2016

This ski area is world-renowned for its slopes. But what many travelers may not realize is Whister’s ability to host families with children! With daycare centers, children’s ski school, and specialty instructors for young people, your little snow angels will be just as occupied as adults.

Proving true, Whistler was voted Best International Family Ski Resort by Out & About and earned the Kids Readers Choice Awards in 2013. Also named as one of the 10 Best Family Ski Resorts by the Family Vacation Critic with Trip Adviser in 2012, this area is sure to please families with children.

With an abundance of kid-friendly resorts and vacation rentals, you will not have any problems accommodating each family member’s wants and need on your ski vacation to Whistler.

Transportation Options In and Around Town

You most likely will fly into a major airport such as Vancouver International, Seattle, or Bellingham, Washington. Make your way to this world-renowned ski area from the airport by rent car, bus services like Greyhound and Snowbus, or pre-booked Whistler shuttles. If coming from Vancouver, take the Whistler Mountaineer train or hire a taxi from Whistler Resort Cabs. If you choose a rental car, get to Whistler by taking the Sea to Sky Highway. In town, you may get around by bicycle, on foot, taxi or use the public transit system, WAVE.


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Four Seasons Resort. Skiing Option 1

One of the most luxurious resorts in town, the Four Seasons is likely to be the most fun for children. Large family suites are available and hotel restaurants offer a kids menu. This resort provides thoughtful options such as child-sized bathrobes, crafts, game nights, and babysitters for an extra cost. While the year round pool is a family favorite, Whistler offers seasonal children’s programs to include rock climbing, bear watching, ski lessons, and snow tubing.

Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center. Skiing Option 2

In a quiet setting, yet near local amenities, Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center offers large suites with kitchen and dining areas geared for large families. Making life easier for parents, the full breakfast buffet is offered each morning; and includes hot chocolate and cookies throughout the day. The hot tub and heated pool are well loved by everyone, children and adults alike.

Legends Whistler. Skiing Option 3

Likely the best in family convenience, Legends offers comfort and entertainment for all. Throughout the resort, families will find play areas, a game room and media room with a big screen TV. Whistler itself puts on ample kids programs, Legends is in the perfect location to get them involved. Guests can enjoy cozy hot tubs as well as the large suites that include kitchens and laundry facilities.

The Best Accommodations Yet.

A great idea for families to enjoy this area is a vacation rental. Vacation homes offer extra space, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Staying in a vacation rental home will not prevent families from enjoying options for children offered in the local resorts. Families can enjoy cooking at home, and a greater sense of privacy.

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