Whistler is a winter wonderland and one of the closest places to Vancouver where you can skate outside for most of the winter. While pond skating will depend on having sub zero temperatures for quite a few days, there is outdoor skating in Whistler Village as well as a whistler arena. Ice skating in Whistler is definitely one of the best things to do in Whistler with kids in the wintertime. It is an affordable activity and makes for many memories! If you happen to be spending Christmas in Whistler, this is a great holiday activity!
Ice Skating In Whistler
Whistler Olympic Plaza Outdoor Skating
Skate your heart out in the middle of Whistler Village. Whistler’s outdoor skating rink is the perfect activity for the whole family offering skating daily, starting in December. Push bars are available for anyone learning to skate and helmets are encouraged.
Skating is only $2 or $8 for those needing to rent skates!
Meadow Park Sports Centre Whistler Ice Rink
Location: 8625 Highway 99, Whistler
Meadow Park sports center is a year-round Whistler skating rink. Children 9 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult (aged 16+) whilst in the facility. Skate rentals can be purchased at the front desk and picked up from the skate shop in the arena lobby Helmets are strongly encouraged for all participants and are offered free of charge.
Disco skate runs 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the last Saturday in October, November, January, and February. Come join the fun, with disco lights lighting up the arena and fun music to dance too. Dress up in your best disco costume for prizes!
Disco skates dates for 2022/23 are:
- October 29
- November 26
- January 28
- February 25
Whistler Ice Rink Meadow Sports Centre Schedule (Fall 2022)
Monday – Friday 12pm -2pm
Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00
Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 3pm and 6:30pm – 8:00pm
(schedule times in effect for Oct 2022 – check with facility for changes)
Adult (19+) $9.25
Youth (13-18) $5.50
Child (4-12) $4.75
Further Reading on Whistler Activities
The Whistler weather can be unpredictable. Sub-zero temperatures are normal in the village all season and sometimes it can be bitterly cold! To keep toes warm in skates and those fingertips toasty, we now use these reusable hand warmers!
You will also want to read about the $20 lift tickets on the Magic Chair for beginner skiers!
There are snowshoe trails in Whistler as well. Read about where you can snowshoe in this article on the best snowshoeing around Vancouver (it includes Whistler).
Kids can ski free in Whistler! I know, it sounds crazy, but if you have school aged children (K to 5) you can register in advance and get 5 free days of skiing for your kids!
Are you visiting over the holidays? Read this Whistler Christmas Guide.
Hotel pools in Whistler are heated all winter long! If a dip in the pool after a day at the slopes sounds like your kind of day, check out the top Whistler hotels with swimming pools.
Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!