The biggest alpine skiing resort in North America guarantees to never let you down. With more than 200km of inviting slopes, the resort invites folk from all over Canada as well as the US, to spend their ski holiday in the beautiful Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.
Whistler Blackcomb is for many most know for hosting the alpine skiing competitions in the 2010 Olympic games. But besides the mainstream event, Whistler Blackcomb is becoming increasingly more popular due to the vast possibilities within off-piste skiing and in particular Heli-skiing.
Deciding to spend your next ski holiday in Whistler will most likely set you back a few Dollars - yes, it is expensive. However, once you passed, pinching out your last penny and are standing on the slopes, you will experience in person why Whistler Blackcomb is hyped as the greatest place to be in the Canadian wintertime.
Ski Information for Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler and Blackcomb are two majestic peaks adjacent each other. The two mountains are located in the Fitzsimmons mountain range and at the foot right between the two spikes, by the Alta lake, lies Whistler Town. Whistler Town undoubtedly holds some of the best hotel and accommodation options for the perfect ski holiday, and the town will most certainly keep you entertained when you aren’t skiing. The two summits were connected in December of 2008 by the peak 2 peak cable car, which by chance also holds the record for the longest and highest gondola service that goes peak to peak without support. A ride with the peak to peak cable car is a must when spending ski holiday in Whistler Ski resort.
Whistler Ski resort contains more than 200 kilometres of slopes, with the majority (apps 110kilometres) being for intermediate skiers. The area is so diverse and skiers of all skill levels can certainly enjoy the slopes and ski to their heart’s content. The slopes are of very fine powder quality which skiers and snowboarders are attracted from all over the world. The 37 lifts are divided with 19 on the Whistler side and 17 on Blackcomb mountain. Additional 4 gondolas operate the resort - including the Peak 2 Peak gondola.
Whistler Blackcomb for Beginners
Although Whistler mountain may appear majestic and the name itself indicates this as the primary skiing arena for your ski holiday, it is however considerably tame as compared to Blackcomb. Blue and green level skiers will thus find plenty of opportunities to enjoy their ski vacations on the Whitler mountain. The diversity actually makes it a perfect destination for those who just want to practice and polish their skills before they can ski some of the tougher slopes located on the adjacent mountain.
Of the approximately 35 kilometres of slope which goes under the category "beginner" The Burnt Stew Trail, for instance, is a run that is truly rewarding for any rookie. No matter how long you want to stay here, you won’t run out of such runs to hone your skiing skills. Ego bowls, Green Acres, Marmot are others which are recommendable.
Whistler Blackcomb for Intermediate
While skiers with intermediate skills enjoy the greens just as much as the beginners do, blues are what truly make the whole experience beautiful and memorable. There are as many as 110km of slopes suitable for a skier who is neither a pro nor a newbie. Although some of the runs are categorized as green, then this can actually prove quite challenging for skiers from other countries. It is our firm belief that Whistlers has several of green runs which would have been rated blue or even red if situated in other regions. With that said, there are a number of blue runs that are actually perfect for beginners who wish to take it up a notch.
One of our personal favorite runs includes the Saddle of the Whistler Peak Chair, but if you need a longer run Peak to Creek is highly recommended. It’s a tremendous 5,000 vertical feet run. So, if you are having a lazy day and plan to have no more than one run might as well go for a long one.
Whistler Blackcomb for Experts
All those talks about versatility aside, the true test of any terrain lies in the way it satisfies the most seasoned skiers. Approximately 50 kilometres of the Whistler runs are categorized as difficult or expert.
We recommend trying the Dave Murray Downhill run on Whistler mountain. The run has previously been was chosen for several events including Super G Races and 2010 Whistler Olympics. There is at least one bowl that is considered and called ‘extreme’ by all the skiers who have ever chosen it. Aptly named the Couloir Extreme, it offers a breathtaking view of the Coast Range before the steep drop.
On the Blackcomb mountain, the "Spanky Ladder" run is one you need to test. The Spanky Ladder run gives you access to the "Ruby", "Garnet", "Diamond" and "Sapphire bowls".