Nestled a snowball’s throw from the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, Affinity Rentals’ Pan Pacific Mountainside location outfits guests with the gear they need to carve their way down the slopes in style. The alpine emporium offers equipment for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, and its expert staff can pair guests with the equipment they need to bounce through moguls, barrel through knee-deep powder, or speed away from possessed snowmobiles. Trusted brands such as Salomon, Volkl, and Rossignol headline their selection of skis, which share the floor with snowboards from top makers such as Nitro, Ride, and Option.
With two locations in Downtown Vancouver, EzeeRiders outfits visitors for journeys around the city's most popular areas. At the Robson Street location just outside Stanley Park, a fleet of cruisers, electric bikes, and tandem bikes stands ready to hit the trails. The Seawall location outside Gastown adds to the selection with electric bikes and mobility scooters that facilitate trips to the shopping district or to scenic Lost Lagoon. When snowboarding season gets into gear, the shop also rents equipment for shredding down nearby Cypress Mountain Ski Area, which most people say is far more fun than trying to mountain bike down the pass.
When it comes to winter sports, Mt. Seymour doesn’t discriminate. Skiers can speed down slopes that see more than 1,000cm of snow in an average year, then zip back to the top of the runs on a quad chair lift that reduces travel time from 12 minutes to 4 minutes. Elsewhere, Seymour Park dares snowboarders to tackle the 30 trick features of its well-lit terrain. Soar across two jumps and grind on a 30' single rail.
Tipplers who choose the Naramata Wine Tour will traverse the vineyard-lined vistas of the Naramata Bench, visiting five to seven wineries, such as Elephant Island Orchard Wines, Laughing Stock Vineyards, and Red Rooster Winery. The Kelowna Wine Tour leads libation lovers into the sun-soaked wealth of Kelowna's wineries, with such featured stops as the Mission Hill Family Estate and Quails' Gate. Guided by an expert in the ways of wining, both tours regale visitors with tales of grapedom and include chauffeured transportation, ensuring guests will save enough energy for decadent imbibing. Naramata pick-up and drop-off is at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, about a five-hour drive from Vancouver; Kelowna pick-up and drop-off is at the Best Western Inn Kelowna, about a 4.5-hour drive.
Within a 2,000-square-foot shop, Backdrop Sports maintains and sells equipment that can turn the area’s roads and backcountry into outdoor playgrounds. Ready to fix up rides that tackle snow, dirt, or asphalt, the crew of experienced technicians performs tune-ups that help to renew skis and snowboards and improve gear performance. Leaving no detail untouched, they tune skis and snowboards by hand, waxing and grinding bases before giving each board a much-needed hug. Paying similar attention to bicycles, mechanics tighten, adjust, and lubricate everything bikes need to operate smoothly on challenging trails. The staff also can build custom bikes, cut new splitboards, and help customers navigate the store's stock of men’s and women’s apparel, mountain bikes, and snowboards.