Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland

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Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland

In 2018, my family and I took our first winter RVing trip to Whistler. It was a short trip nonetheless, but it was an experience of a lifetime. To prepare for our trip, I did a lot of research on how to winter camp and made sure we knew what to do to stay safe and comfortable especially because we were traveling with our children. From towing through snow and how to keep your pipes from freezing, I started with a sweet friend of mine's blog, Monica, from Just 5 More Minutes. Monica’s travels in her beautiful airstream and lovely photography has been such an inspiration to me. I recalled reading about one of her travels to Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho and I thought, hey, I was just there! When I found that she traveled there in her travel trailer during winter, I was truly amazed and just had to reach out to her, especially because I also saw that she, too, was from Hawaii. We connected and I learned so much about RVing from her. Later I moved to the Pacific Northwest and my husband and I bought ourselves a travel trailer. Since then, we have winter camped three times and feel pretty confident in doing so.

Our first experience went rather smoothly, from towing through snowy mountain passes to camping efficiently in winter conditions. The only issue we experienced was towing up a steep 10% grade to the campground without chains. We made it. But we did feel the trailer fish-tailing a little from behind. “Put on the four-wheel drive, go into low gear and go slow and steady,” I reminded my husband from the passenger seat. “This is crazy,” he said. After reaching the top we both released a sigh of relief. I guess we didn't realize we were holding our breath. “I'm putting the chains on when the time comes to check out and head down,” he exclaimed. I nodded in agreement.

After checking into Whistler RV Park & Campground, we pulled through the campground and were just amazed at how many other people were out camping and enjoying themselves. It was such a beautiful sight to see so many other fellow campers. That winter we skied at Blackcomb for a day and snowmobiled the next. Our trip was cut short by a day because a winter wind storm was headed in and we either had to ride it out and wait until it passes later in the afternoon the following day or leave before it hits the mountain pass. “Let’s hitch up and hit the road and I’ll make dinner when we get near the border,” I suggested. “Sounds good to me,” replied my husband. We hitched up, chained up and headed down the hill to the Sea-To-Sky Highway. We towed down that steep hill so easily and smoothly it was amazing how much difference it made towing with chains on! “We’re never towing up or down a steep snowy hill again without chains again,” my husband proclaimed. “Definitely,” I said in agreement.

Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland

This past winter in December of 2019 we decided to come back and stay longer this time around and stay at a different campground, one that was closer to the ski slopes and village. We stayed at the Riverside RV Resort which is about five minutes to both Whistler village and Blackcomb gondola by car and about a 20 minute walk by foot on the Valley Trail. It’s also right up the road from the amazing Scandinave Spa. An absolute MUST after a long day on the slopes.

We stayed for eight days and seven nights. With more time on our hands compared to the last, we took it easy and settled in comfortably into our site. We skied for 5 days, took the kids ice skating and strolled the town a couple of times. We had movie nights and made lots of memories gathering at the table and talking about our day eating our favorite meals. And this year our son turned 19 so he was able to enjoy himself in the Scandinave pools. Our daughter was a little bummed she couldn't go, but I'd promised her that we would come back again when she was 19. She smiled back at the thought and said, “promise?”. “I promise,” I said, smiling back at her and giving her a big hug. These are memories that I will cherish forever.

Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland

You might be thinking that it’s expensive to stay and ski in Whistler longer than a week, but quite honestly it wasn't at all. You see, the cost to stay in the comfort of your own RV is really budget friendly. It’s a fraction of what you would pay to stay at a resort and there are no resort fees, cleaning fees, etc to worry about. You can also bring along your furry friends. Plus, you have the option to budget whether or not you will eat out or whether you will prepare your own meals. For us, we choose to eat home cooked meals more than we eat out. Also, if you’re a Washington resident and want to get on the slopes, take advantage of the Edge Card. It’s exclusive to Canada and Washington residents and it’s basically a steal of a deal for lift tickets!

Wherever you decide to go, I hope you are inspired like I was and give winter RVing a try. Happy camping!

Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
Skiing And Camping In A Winter Wonderland
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Julie Sojot

Julie Sojot

Wife. Mother. Adventurer. Island girl. PNW Transplant.