Mt. Blackcomb is the big ski mountain in Whistler. It is about 2500 meters high. Though we were there in July we still rode the ski lift to the top. The view from up there is amazing. There is lodge/restaurant at the top you can visit as well as some hiking and mountain biking excursions where you can take the lift up to the top and then hike or ride down. I was not this adventurous! The lift ride alone was enough to scare me!
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
No snow when we were there, but Whistler/Blockcomb Mt. is the largest skiing area in BC. Looking at the trail charts, the selection and quantity of trails is diverse and huge.
During summer months, the mountain is used for a variety of sports including biking, bear viewing and hiking.
- Adventure Travel
- Skiing and Boarding
Hot Tub Hopping!
Ah rebelious youth. This is good times. Whistler is full of people with lots of money and most people who own property in Whistler also own property in Vancouver. This means that they are not always at Whistler. Many of the new condos come equipped with a hot tub in the backyard.
So here'sall you have to do: Get drunk at one of the local nightlife spots, find a new condominium complex with said hot tubs, find one that is unlocked, hop in and enjoy!
You get the thrill of sneaking around and are rewarded by a nice soothing hot tub, which after wandering around looking for said hot tub is pure bliss! One word of caution if you find one that is unlocked and seems safe...DONT switch tubs! We did and ended up running naked down the street...good times good times.
Hit the Slopes of course!
If you've come up during ski/biard season you are most definately coming up to ski or snowboard. Well you've come to the right place. The best thing about Whislter is that there are 2 mountains! Whistler mtn and Blackcomb mtn!
I like Blackcomb because it is a little more snowboard friendly. I am a beginner so I don't do any of that crazy back country stuff. Jersey Ceam is my favourite run area on Blackcomb.
If you're new and have trouble keeping speed stay away from the long, flat run leading to the 7th heaven express.
On Whistler I like emerald green, it's fun, easy and for those who are daring enough there is a small trick park and you can test yourself on jumps, rails and boxes!
You can go on Snowmobiling trips for about $50 per person. It's a little pricey but totally worth it. We had the time of our lives, we took a night trip and went all the way up to Crystal Hut on Blackcomb. At the top there were snacks and drinks avaliable, all included in the price. ONe thing that I reccoment is to BUY INSURANCE!!! We didn't and I flipped the snowmobile over..uh oh... There was no damage but we were lucky.
Don't like snow? Hit the trails.
The summer alternative to snowboarding/skiing is another favourite B.C. pasttime: Mountain Biking. Avid mountain bikers who want a change from the challenging but perhaps repetitive North Shore trails escape to Whistler during the summer to hit the trails and "Huck It large!"
They also sport the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for you tricksters out there. Careful though one biker buddy of mine has dubbed it the "Whistler Mountain Trauma Park" after many a fall and broken bone.
Duffy Lake - Logs rolling around posing for photos
Duffy Lake is a short drive from Whistler. It's probably the first point out of Vancouver where you really feel like you're surrounded by big mountains.
The lake is usually picture perfect. Unfortunately when I visited there had been fierce fires around BC which meant a clouded background to the shot.
The Logs on the edge of Duffy lake are a natural build up resulting from landslides from the steep mountain sides . They make a great photo opportunity.
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
I was living in Denver at the time, and two of my friends were living back on the east coast. I had talked them into flying out to Vancouver the week before Christmas for a ski trip to Canada, which allowed us to take advantage of early season packages and the US dollar exchange to the Canadian dollar.
Anyway, we set the date for the trip back in early/mid October and began watching the snow reports. No snow thru October. No snow thru November. Early December, it finally starts to snow, but not nearly enough for the resort to open up. At this point, we discussed cancelling the trip to get our money back. Fortunately, we held out, since we had up to 5 days before to ask for a refund.
At about the time that our take-it or leave-it date came along, a huge mass of precipitation was predicted to move down from the north and blanket Whistler/Blackcomb. And it did. It absolutely dumped the days before, and it snowed while we were there. It snowed enough that the upper halves of both mountains were opened up. So, that left the entire lower halves uncovered, meaning we had to upload and download on the gondolas in the morning and afternoons.
It ended up that even having to ski only the upper mountains, that it was more terrain than we could cover with a 4/5 day ski pass. We also weren't the types where we'd get up at 10:30 and ski from 11-4 and call it a full day. I always want to be one of the first people in the lift line, and in the afternoon it's usually the last lift down.
It was awesome. Blackcomb is the more technically challenging mountain, but Whistler isn't easy either. We had fun on both mountains, but my favorite was the Seventh Heaven section of Blackcomb. It was huge, and it seemed to keep the snow the best of all the areas we went. It was also easy to find trails that we were the first to go down even at 2 in the afternoon. If you ski...you're sure to love it. (My member photo is me perched at the top of one of Whistler's peaks.)
- Skiing and Boarding
As you can see, these birds are extremely friendly. I even put a piece of bread on my head, the little sucker came, landed, snatched the bread, and flew away. He also pooped on somebody's googles... ehehhehee
All you have to do is sit still with the food on your hand. Those birds will approach you if they think you have anything edible for them. They are also known for snatching the food away when you are not looking...
Head to the Village
If you're looking for some nightlife, or a place to shop, then head down to the Village in Whistler. The Village is a european looking outdoor mall, complete with shops, restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and coffeeshops. While it's a tad pricey in the Village, the atmosphere and the people make it worthwhile..
Hike to Nairn Falls
About 20 mins. north of Whistler Village is Nairn Falls. The hike is 1.5km and it is a relatively easy hike although sometimes the rocks at the end can be slippery. At the end of the hike you are rewarded with powerful, gorgeous gushing waterfalls. Great photo opportunities. Check out all my many photos!
Whistler Intrepretive Forest
This interpretive forest is 5 mins. south of Whistler Village. This forest offers many great trails all with educational blurbs on plaques along the way. The trails are beautiful as they offer shade on hot summer days but enough sunlight still filters through to light everything up. We walked the Rainbow Trail along the river. The river is incredibly strong. This trail takes you across a suspension bridge and at that point you can complete your circle by walking the East side trail back to the parking lot. This particular trail was 2.1 kms. I am sure the other trails are just as great as this one.
Eat or Have a Coffee at the Whistler Peak
If you take the Gondola & chairlift to the top of Whistler why not enjoy the view by having a drink and sitting in one of the chairlife benches or even an umbrella table. The view is phenomenal and it gives you an opportunity to take it all in before you head back done. While you are sitting you can admire the large stone Ilanaaq, the 2010 Olympic logo. Check out all three of my photos.
Sea to Sky Highway
Drive during the day and just take in the great scenery... we drove straight through on our way from Vancouver to Whistler -- it's kind of tough to stop at the scenic outlooks (left side) when you are going north (up on the right side). The highway is mostly one lane, due to the curviness of the mountain.
We stopped at the scenic outlooks on our way back to Vancouver. It was very tempting, and you must stop at least once. =)
This is fairy tale town. It offers shops, restaurants, hotels from B&B to 5 star ones, cafes, etc.
It will house the next Winter Olympic games of 2010. Just watch out of bears! they can be in town trying to open a trash can or a car in search of food.
Walking in its streets snowing was like being in a fairy tale. Just awesome!!
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