Winter Ziptreking in Whistler


Three words: Zip-lining. Winter. Upside-down. Awesome.

I’ve been zip-lining more times than I can keep track of any more, but it’s always been pretty much the same experience. A picturesque tree-top setting with a quick rush of adrenaline on a warm sunny day. Well, zip-lining, you’ve met your match; enter Ziptrek.

For starters, it was December. December in Canada. December in Canada in the snowy mountains of British Columbia. I had never been zip-lining in temperatures less than 25C, and for some reason had it in my head that it wasn’t a possibility. But, why not? The fact that I was flying through snow covered pines above the distant Fitzsimmons Creek layered in white made the experience into even more of an adventure. I didn’t feel cold beneath my winter gear (which made it more comfortable to wear the harness) and nearly squealed when it actually started to snow on us.

But, the best part of the entire day? Zip-lining upside down.

We eased into the tricks gradually, sitting normally for the first couple of lines, going hands-free and even began jumping backward. Finally, at the last line our guide asked if we wanted to try hanging upside down. Um, yes. All the yes. With a quick instruction, I was first up and stepped off the ledge, facing backward once more. As soon as my foot left the platform I pulled my knees toward my chest, bent my body in half, shifted in my harness and kicked my feet up toward the sky. From there, I could release the rest of my body to hang down toward the nothingness below, where I reached my hands and let out a strange, excited noise that sounded something like “Eeeeeeee!!

Ziptreking was definitely the highlight of my time in Whistler.

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This trip was made possible by
Destination British Columbia 
and Tourism Whistler.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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6 Responses to “Winter Ziptreking in Whistler”

  1. Jen
    February 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Yet another awesome experience I am adding to my Canada itinerary. I might need to add a few extra nights in Whistler the way I am going. Thanks, as always, for sharing your experiences Seattle.
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    • Seattle Dredge
      February 15, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      Haha, I think it would be possible to end up staying an entire season there without even meaning to. I want to spend a summer there at some point in my life :]

  2. Jen
    February 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Yet another awesome experience to add to my Canada itinerary. I am going to have to add a few extra nights in Whistler the way I am going. Thanks, as always, for sharing your experiences Seattle.
    Jen recently posted..Great Sporting Destinations

  3. Angela (@angelatravels11)
    February 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Looks awesome. Canada is amazing!
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  4. Sarah
    February 8, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    Wow! This is such a gorgeous place! I still kick myself that I’ve never been to Whistler and I’m a Seattle native! Now I’m living in Maryland for a few years and I’m always wanting to go back home and explore all the amazing stuff there. That’s how it works though, right? Missing what you can’t have. Your blog has really inspired me to get out and LIVE more! Seriously, all of your pictures are gorgeous and I want to get out and do more….now!

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