Spice up your midseason escape with new adventures, sharper skills

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Spring is not far away, early-season excitement about fresh powder has faded a bit, but you’re still itching to try something new on the slopes.

Not that you’ve lost your love for skiing or boarding.  But maybe your local mountain feels a little stale.

If the winter blahs are setting in Do Something New!  Challenge yourself!  Splurge! Go on an adventure!

To add a dose of new excitement, smart skiers are heading north to Canada for one major reason: the U.S. dollar is killing the Loonie.

One U.S. dollar is worth over $1.30 Canadian.  Which means that you’re saving a ton on a late-season trip to Canada.

What to do with your savings?  How about splurge on a unique ski experience?  Here are four great ways to jump-start your winter.

Head north, my friend!

1. Heli-skiing

Admit it – you’ve always wanted to try this.

Jumping out of a helicopter onto a mountaintop, with nothing but soft blankets of powder between you and the bottom.

World-renowned heli-skiing territory is waiting for you – and it’s just a few hours from Seattle.

And let’s be honest, the best video you’re going to post on social media this season is going to come when you step out of a helicopter and drop into classic B.C. coastal  glaciers – cruising through downy, virgin snow.

You have some stellar terrain to choose from.  Whistler Heli-Skiing alone boasts 432,000 acres on 173 glaciers.

Skiing from a chopper isn’t something you can afford to do every day, but with the dollar at such a high exchange rate, there’s no better time to cross heli-skiing off your bucket list.

Three-run packages start at $738 ($959 CDN).

Want to splurge? A six-run package is a steal at only $971 ($1,359 CDN).

Scandinave Spa (Whistler Blackcomb)
Scandinave Spa (Whistler Blackcomb)

2. Indulge in après-ski

Hitting the slopes is only half the fun on a ski vacation.  Après-ski keeps things rolling long after the lifts have closed.

Add some serious relaxation to your holiday at Whistler’s Scandinave Spa – an upscale Nordic relaxation retreat nestled along frozen lakeshore and snowy forest.

Soak in the outdoor thermal pools, unwind in the eucalyptus steam room or wood-fired Finnish spa. Rejuvenate under the thermal waterfalls.  Surprise that special person with a romantic Swedish couples’ massage.

Love the nightlife? At Whistler Village you can find anything you want – from chill cafés to nightclubs with house, hip-hop, R&B.

Want to splurge? Experience the DUO Swedish Massage Package at Scandinave Spa Whistler. Two 60-minute Swedish massages, including access to the Scandinave Baths, for just $218 ($304 CAD).

Christines Restaurant (Whistler Blackcomb)
Christines Restaurant (Whistler Blackcomb)

3. Fine dining on a mountain top

If a soggy sandwich in your pocket is a typical lunch on the slopes, you’re in for a treat.

For a unique spin on fine dining, a truly memorable experience can be had at the new Christine’s Restaurant on Blackcomb mountain.  The restaurant can’t be found in the village – it’s at 6,000 feet, atop the Solar Coaster Express.

Your appetizer is the panoramic expanse of rugged valleys and mountaintops.  Classic mountain-comfort dishes like a vegetable curry or soy-braised beef short ribs (prepared with fresh B.C. ingredients) are the main course.  Dessert is jumping back onto your skis and gliding through fresh, sugary snow.

Want to splurge? Pair your meal with a wine flight for a selection of new local and international wines.

(Whistler Blackcomb)
(Whistler Blackcomb)

4. Learn to be great

Lessons aren’t just for beginners.

Most of us have picked up bad skiing habits that we don’t even know about.  Maybe you’re comfortable tackling black diamond shoots, but you’re smart enough to know there are ways to get better.

Like a golf pro can tweak a golfer’s swing, a private ski instructor can make small adjustments to your style that pay huge dividends in fun and efficiency.

Being more efficient will help your stamina on epic Canadian powder days.

With the exchange rate in your favor, you can afford private lessons that will take your technique to the next level.

Even better, a local pro can share insider tips on the mountain.  You won’t have to waste your time finding the best snow – or uncovering the runs that fit your ability.

Full-day private lessons are $564 ($789 CAD), half-day private lessons are $399 ($559 CAD).

Want to splurge? Book a private lesson with an Olympic athlete! Full-day private lesson (up to four people) only $679 ($950 CAD).

Seize the snow and the savings at Whistler Blackcomb. With the best exchange rate since 2003, there is no better time to visit North America’s #1 resort. Start planning your winter getaway at WhistlerBlackcomb.com/deals.

*USD rates are based on an exchange rate of $1.40 CDN per $1.00 USD. Actual exchange rate may vary. All purchases are transacted in Canadian dollars and subject to applicable taxes. Rates are subject to change.