October 17, 2018

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Whister Winter

Whistler is unique in that it features two adjacent but separate mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb. Together they provide skiers and riders with more than 8,000 acres of terrain, the most in North America. Whistler Blackcomb also boasts the highest vertical rise in North America at 5,280 feet above Whistler Village. Really, the place is huge and the terrain offers an alpine experience like no other in North America. It offers vast glades of trees for powder lines that many North American areas are known for and it offers massive above timberline bowl and couloir skiing and riding that Europe is famous for.

Blackcomb Glacier offers skiing and riding in summer months with numerous training camps offering instruction from the world’s best competitors and coaches. Although each resort has its own lift and chair system, one-lift pass will give you access to both mountains.  To top off it’s reputation as the biggest with the most vertical, the crew at Whistler Blackcomb brought us the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Opened in the 2008/09 season, this is a tourist icon in itself. Its basic function allows one to go directly from the top of Whistler Mountain to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. But what a ride! The gondola offers the longest unsupported span in the world at 1.88 miles in length and the highest span in the world at 1,427 feet off the valley floor. It is 2.73 miles long and offers unmatched views of Garibaldi Provincial Park in both winter and summer.

Although skiing and snowboarding are the most popular winter activities, guests can also enjoy sleigh rides, snowmobiling, cross country skiing at nearby Lost Lake, tasting tours, snowcat skiing, dog sledding and heli skiing.  The Coca-Cola Tube Park, located in the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb Mountain, offers fun for both old and young alike.  It features eight lanes varying in difficulty from Green to Blue to Black, that are 1,000-ft. long and provide a state-of-the-art conveyor lift to the top.

 Be sure to check out the ZipTrek Ecotours which run year-round and take you high above the forest and through massive, ancient pine trees.  About two million lift tickets are sold every winter, more than at any other North American resort, so it’s a big place in both size and scale.  However, since it is also one of largest ski areas, the crowds are spread over the resort’s 200-plus trails and twelve alpine bowls.