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WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Whistler Blackcomb CANADA, is an epic skiing and snowboarding resort with 8,000+ acres of terrain and a vertical drop of 5,280 feet.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain’s combined terrain consist of huge open bowls, double black chutes and steep massive mogul runs, glacier skiing and snowboarding, heavily treed areas, long linking trails, terrain parks and kids only learning zones. Both huge mountains are serviced by only 33 efficient lifts.

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Whistler Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Whistler Mountain has 7 powder filled black diamond bowls, steep double black chutes in the upper areas, fantastic tree skiing and snowboarding, exciting mogul fields, leg burning tree lined carving trails and linked groomed intermediate and beginner trails.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Whistler

Whistler Mountain is a fantastic free riders mountain. The steep and deep West Bowls are amazing after good powder falls as is the terrain around the Garbonzo Chair for tree skiing and snowboarding.

The Symphony Amphitheatre, one of Whistler Mountain's favourite inbounds back country terrain spots, was previously only accessible by hiking. The 2007 winter season saw the Symphony Express Chairlift installed giving high speed access to over 1000 acres of intermediate and advanced terrain. Named for the areas natural theatre like setting the new trails have been named accordingly; Rhapsody Bowl, Encore Ridge, Adagio and Flute Bowl.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Whistler

Every lift on Whistler Mountain has a minium of two long intermediate corduroy trails at the top. It is an excellent mountain to work on skill levels. The Harmony Express Chairlift leading to Little Whistler Peak services the long Harmony Ridge Trail and the small bowls leading down from the ridge; after a snowfall give the bowls a try.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Whistler

The Olympic Station above the Village is the place for beginners and first timers to learn.
From the top of the Whistler Village Gondola green easy trails wind around Whistler Mountain. Try the long Bear Cub Trail before cruising all the way down the Express Way back to the Village.

Blackcomb Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding

Blackcomb Mountain is a steeper mountain than Whistler Mountain with 4 steep challenging back bowls, open powder fields, fast chutes, heavily treed areas and long trails.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Blackcomb

The Blackcomb back bowls leading onto the Blackcomb Glacier; Garnet, Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire are steep and the place for fresh powder.

The famous Double Black ‘Couloir Extreme’ off the Hortsman Glacier is a test of nerve and skill as is the equally famous ‘Wind Lip’ one of the world’s most photographed natural hits providing enormous air opportunities.

After fresh powder the open terrain around 7th Heaven Express is just right for full throttle carving turns.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Blackcomb

Intermediates will find Blackcomb’s long cruising runs thrilling. Some are easy while others provide a bit of a steeper challenge.

The trails to the right of the 7th Heaven Express Lift, Upper Could Nine and Upper Southern Comfort are long and wide while the trails leading down to the Gondola from the Jersey Cream Express Chairlift are steep and fast.

The five trails to the left of the Crystal Chairlift are impressively long eventually linking to the Blackcomb Glacier Road leading to the bottom of the Excellerator Chair.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Blackcomb

Blackcomb Mountain has beginner ‘green line’ trails enabling less confident skiers and snowboarders access to the upper mountain terrain. A lot of other resorts restrict beginners to the lower slopes but not Blackcomb. From the top of the 7th Heaven Chair there is a ‘green line’ trail leading all the way down to the base area; just use caution when the trail crosses other trails.

The 2006/2007 winter season saw the widening of the Blackcomb home trails making them safer for beginner skiers and snowboarders and helping ease traffic congestion at the end of the day when everyone is heading home.

Whistler Blackcomb Peak to Peak Gondola

The new Peak to Peak Gondola connecting Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain opened in December 2008. The gondola doubles the amount of terrain able to be accessed at Whistler Blackcomb in one day.

It is the longest unsupported free spanning gondola in the world covering 4.4 kilometres in eleven minutes with 28 cabins carrying 28 passengers each. The distance between the two furthest towers is 3.024 kilometres

The terminal on Whistler Mountain is next to the Roundhouse Lodge and on Blackcomb Mountain next to Rendezvous Lodge.

Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard School

The Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard School has programs suited for all levels and ages of skiers and snowboarders with highly experienced instructors. The school has private classes, multi adventure Camps for children aged 3 – 12 years, daily group lessons, terrain park lessons, women’s only programs, backcountry lessons and free skiing clinics aimed at enhancing off piste skills.

Whistler Blackcomb Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Whistler Blackcomb has 5 terrain parks; 2 on Whistler Mountain and 3 on Blackcomb Mountain.

The five parks cater for all levels and have over 200 features between them. The world class expert Nintendo Terrain Park under the Catskinner Chair on Blackcomb Mountain is 3,480 feet in length with a vertical drop of 1,007 feet. It has huge table tops, hip jumps, spines and step up jumps, banks, rails, and fun boxes. The snow cross track and superbly maintained superpipe are next to it.

In 2009 Whistler Blackcomb invested $748,000 in upgrading all the terrain parks. Two new park groomers were purchased and new rail features installed throughout the parks. The Habitat Terrain Park on Whistler Mountain was expanded and the entrance widened giving less congestion in peak periods. The Nintendo Superpipe was widened and re-contoured giving even smoother walls and a bigger drop in.

Whistler Blackcomb Fresh Tracks Breakfast

For those who just can’t wait for the lifts to open make sure you take advantage of Fresh Tracks. From 7am each morning 650 snow riders meet at the Whistler Village Gondola to head up to the Roundhouse Lodge to enjoy a hearty breakfast then, once the snow patrol gives the all clear, make fresh tracks on the trails around both the Emerald Express and Big Red Express.

Whistler Blackcomb Heli Skiing and Snowboarding

Whistler Blackcomb recently acquired Whistler Heli-Skiing adding over half a million acres of helicopter accessed terrain available for powder lovers.

The inbounds acreage at Whistler Blackcomb is 8,171 acres. Adding the 494,000 acres of heli skiing terrain brings the total acreage to an awesome 502,171 acres!

Experienced mountain guides supervise all aspects of a typical heli skiing day. Intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders can choose whether they want to ski or board on untracked huge glaciers or through wooded terrain. No previous heli skiing experience is required. Lunch is provided and a personalised video can be purchased at the end of the day.

Whistler Blackcomb Snowcat Skiing and Snowboarding

Powder Mountain Cat skiing lead day long tours through Whistler backcountry with by certified guides. The average day consists of a 7,000 to 10,000 vertical foot drop through deep untracked powder.

Whistler Blackcomb On Mountain Dining

Whistler Blackcomb has excellent on mountain dining facilities with 17 restaurants all with spectacular views. The Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain has market style eateries while Christine’s on Blackcomb Mountain has fine dining and great service.

Other Activities at Whistler Blackcomb

Some of the many activities available off the pistes include rock climbing, mountain snow biking, snow tubing at Blackcomb Mountain, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling tours, cross country skiing, dog sledding and indoor tennis.

Those looking for less strenuous activities can take a tour of the Brewhouse, try glass blowing, go to the cinema or be pampered at one of the many day spas.

Shopping at Whistler Village

The shops in the Whistler Village will satisfy even the fussiest shopper! It is full of sports and equipment shops, fashion boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, souvenir shops and day spas.

Can-Ski supplies the latest ski boots, bindings and skis and North Face stocks a full collection of clothing and equipment year round. Westbeach caters for snowboarders and skaters as does Showcase which is the longest running snowboard store in the Whistler Valley.

The Whistler Valley Signature Store has a wide variety of fashionable Whistler Blackcomb logo wear to ensure you don’t forget your trip to Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler Village Restaurants

Whistler Village has an abundance of dining options in restaurants, cafes, grills, pizzerias and bistros serving cuisine ranging from European, Asian, Mediterranean, seafood, American and Irish.

Bearfoot Bistro is one of the top restaurants in Whistler serving French cuisine. The Amsterdam Café is family friendly and serves pub fare as does the reasonably priced Buffalo Bills Bar & Grill.

Whistler Nightlife

Whistler Village has plenty of bars and pubs catering for all ages and tastes. The long running nightclub Tommy Africa's is a local favourite and always packed to the rafters.
On Thursday nights go to Garfinkel's for dancing; they have funky classics as well as the latest dance tracks.

Head to the Boot Pub for live band performances from well known bands to up and comers.
The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub has the largest variety of fine whiskey and draught beer in the Village.

Buffalo Bill's has regular comedy nights and the Savage Beagle has lounge seating in the cigar bar upstairs and dancing downstairs.

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Michelle Turner, Vancouver, Fabulous. Every person in the world should go to Whistler BC before they die, they have the best snow on earth, and the largest and best terrain to enjoy it on. The Whistler Bowl has to be the best bowl on the planet, when it fills with powder I could stay there forever. I also love to play around the Glacier Express Chair and the Horstman T-Bar, they offer a bit of everything, carpet groomed trails, double diamond chutes and the start of the long long way back down the mountain. And don't get me started on the back country! Why wouldn't you want to go to Whistler.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
7,494
2,284
Base
2,214
675
Average Snowfall
360 inches
Lifts
38
Trails - view map
200+
8,171 acres
Terrain %
advanced
30
intermediate
50
beginner
20
Halfpipe
2 superpipes
Terrain Park
5
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