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Spring Break Fun for Kids at Whistler Hotels

Whistler is a magical place for anyone in the winter season. It's an exciting adventure for children with a wide range of kid-friendly activities to be enjoyed even when it is cold outside. The hotels and resorts in Whistler are well equipped to serve guests of all ages but there are certain properties that go the extra mile to make stays for children and families just a little more magical.

Enjoying a family vacation in Whistler just got a lot easier last year with the introduction of the new "Family Certified" program. It's designed to help parents identify all of the kid-friendly areas and establishments in Whistler through the display of the "Family Certified" icon. You will find it everywhere from stores to ski runs and restaurants. They can also help direct you to popular places like the complimentary Nintendo Gaming Lounges in the Rendezvous and Roundhouse Lodges.

As the home away from home, the hotel that you select for your family can either make or break your vacation. Choosing the best fit for your family can take time and lengthy research. Depending on the ages of your children, there will be different programs that suit certain families more than others. To help narrow the search, we have identified some of our family favourites to ensure that your children get the most winter fun while exploring Whistler.

Legends Whistler

Located in Creekside Village, Legends Whistler takes the top spot for family convenience. In addition to offering various play areas throughout the resort, the property also features a children's game room and media room with a big screen television. Whistler is known for its extensive array of kids' programs including the ski school for kids. Guests of the Legends Whistler resort can enjoy convenient access to all of the local kid-friendly amenities from its location adjacent to Whistler Village. Just a few steps from the door is the Creekside Gondola offering direct access to Whistler Mountain. At night, families can also enjoy access to a hot-tub dedicated exclusively for families. To make everyone feel more at home, suites include kitchens and laundry facilities.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Known for its attention to detail and outstanding service for adults, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is equally attentive to children. Located in the Upper Village, the hotel is located next door to the ski school for kids, meaning that all families need to do is literally walk out the doors of the hotel and straight to their lessons. If you are travelling with smaller children or new skiers, the Chateau is particularly convenient as it's located beside the Magic Carpet Bunny Hill and the Magic Chair. The hotel offers one of the largest heated outdoor pools in Whistler offering plenty of fun for the children and dining is a special treat with meals free for children under five and kids up to twelve years of age eating at fifty percent off at specific restaurants. Kids can also enjoy the exclusive kid-friendly afternoon tea featuring Fairmont Bubblegum Tea.

The RU Ready Fitness program is dedicated especially for guests between the ages of seven and seventeen. It is designed to help improve skills in a range of sports including snowboarding. Children receive drill cards that help them to enhance skills while competing against others. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler also offers a collection of board games to enjoy in the hotel including Monopoly and Scrabble. Although not practical in the winter, the hotel offers free BMW Valley Trail Bikes for the use of all guests that are members of the complimentary Fairmont President's Club.

Where to Stay in Whistler

There are two popular areas for families to stay in Whistler: the Whistler Village Base and the Blackcomb Village Base. Most people prefer to stay in Whistler Village due to its close proximity and easy walking distance to a range of shopping, restaurants, playgrounds, and the movie theatre. However, it can be a bit lively at night for families that want an early night. The two Pan Pacific Hotels in Whistler are a popular choice for all types of guests. They are especially well tailored to families with younger children as they feature kids' robes, board games, cribs, high chairs, baby monitors, babysitting, and pool diapers. At the Whistler Mountainside Pan Pacific, children are treated to evening cookies and milk each night.

Blackcomb Village Base is a much quieter area to stay in that is only a short shuttle ride or walk from the main village centre. The Four Seasons Resort is a popular choice for families because of their babysitting, baby gear and amenities. But the Fairmont Chateau Whistler continues to be the most popular choice in Blackcomb Village. In addition to babysitting and seasonal programming for kids, parents enjoy the Fairmont because they can enjoy "après ski" on the Mallard Lounge patio while watching their kids toboggan on the adjacent bunny hill.

The Whistler Kids Program

Spring is a popular time to get kids on the mountain for the first time. The Kids' Programs at Whistler Blackcomb Ski School are specially designed for children between the ages of 3 and 18. There are a number of options available from Private Lessons to Multi-Day Ski Camps. For tiny tots, there is also a special child care program for those who are at the very early stages of skiing. Between December and April, the child care program is located on the second floor of the Westin Resort in Whistler for children aged 18 months to 4 years old.

Lessons in skiing and snowboarding are extremely popular during peak times and can sell out quickly. So if you want your child to enjoy some of the most exhilarating adventures, it's best to reserve early. The Adventure Camps are designed as group lessons for kids that enable them to learn with the comfort of an instructor for an entire week while making new friends. Each camp features a range of fun events and activities. The best part for parents is the Parent Pager program so that you can check in on your child any time you wish and all participants are equipped with a flaik GPS tracking device that enables parents to know the exact location of their child at all times as well as their location relative to other skiers and staff. It will also track which runs have been skied adding a unique element that enhances the experience for kids.

Regardless of where you stay, Whistler is a vacation that promises a memorable experience for the entire family. If you do intend to travel during Spring Break, be sure to bring your children to Family Nights at Whistler Olympic Plaza running every Monday and Wednesday evening up until the end of March for unique Canadian-themed activities and entertainment for kids of all ages.

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