Skiing In Whistler Blackcomb: An Essential Guide
Here's some useful information on the world's ultimate skiing destination - Whistler Blackcomb.
The mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb, in Canada's British Columbia province, need to be right at the top of any skier's dream destination list. Whether you're in it for the skiing, the snowboarding, the trail-traversing, the terrain parks, the après-ski, or the big mountain memories; nothing about this place will leave you disappointed.
Voted the number one ski resort in all of North America, by SKI Magazine, Whistler Blackcomb is a destination that's got something for everyone. The snow-covered slopes, of which there are over 8,100 acres for you and your travel companions to enjoy, offer more than enough variety to keep beginners, intermediates, and experts happy. Like a bag of Pick 'n' Mix that just won't quit, Whistler Blackcomb also offers genuine variety away from the slopes - with dining, shopping, and nightlife options for everyone.
To help you fully appreciate the scale of things at Whistler Blackcomb, and see the complete picture, we've knocked together this handy little guide to the area. We're wary about overstating things, here at Mpora, but when you're done going through this guide we reckon you'll be utterly sold on making WB your next skiing holiday destination.
Booking A Ski Trip To Whistler Blackcomb
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Whistler Blackcomb - Facts, Figures, And Key Information
The mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb offer terrain that's suitable for everyone. Whistler is split 20%/55%/25% for beginners, intermediates, and experts while Blackcomb is split 15%/55%/30%. For those looking to get some air, and a freestyle fix, Whistler mountain has two parks while Blackcomb mountain has three parks, one super pipe, and one snow cross track.
The PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, the world's highest and longest unsupported lift of its kind, means that the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb are well connected to each other, and always accessible (no matter which mountain you happen to be on). The gondola, which opened in 2008 and has a ride time of approximately 11 minutes, serves up stunning panoramic views that will take your breath away.
- Average Annual Snowfall - 1170cm
- Marked Ski Runs - 200+
- Number of Lifts - 37
- Hourly Lift Capacity - 69,939
- Mountain Restaurants - 17
- Highest Lift Accessed Elevation - 2,284 metres
- Total Terrain - 8,171 acres
Whistler Blackcomb - Winter Activities
If you're looking to kick your winter sports holiday up a gear, and inject it with a big shot of adventure, Whistler Heli-Skiing offer a variety of packages that will take you and your companions right into the heart of some spectacular big mountain terrain. With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres, including 173 glaciers and 475 runs, this is back country skiing on a whole new level of epic.
Depending on your skill level, and how much skiing you want to do, Whistler Heli-Skiing gives you the option of three different packages (Classic Experience, Elite Adventure, and Ultimate Excursion). 'Classic' is for strong intermediates, who don't necessarily have experience of skiing powder. 'Elite' is for more advanced skiers, who know their way through powder and are looking to get vertical. 'Ultimate' is for advanced and physically fit skiers/snowboarders only. It is the most extreme of the three options.
Prices start at $989 CAD (about £575). For more information on Whistler Heli-Skiing, visit the website.
Fresh Tracks Mountain Top Breakfast
Breakfast. The most important meal of the day and, in the shape of Fresh Tracks Mountain Top Breakfast, an opportunity to have the Whistler Blackcomb slopes almost entirely to yourself. Take the Whistler Village Gondola anytime between 7:15am and 8:00am for a breakfast buffest at the Roundhouse Lodge, and then enjoy the fresh powder and groomed slopes before anyone else is even out of bed.
Tickets for this activity can be purchased in an advance or on the day at Guest Relations, any ticket, window or online. For further information on the Fresh Tracks Mountain Top Breakfast, visit the website.
Whistler Blackcomb - Après and Nightlife
It's not just the slopes, snowfall, and big mountain terrain that makes this part of the world one of the best places to go skiing. When you're day of sliding down the hills is done, Whistler Blackcomb offers some superb après ski and nightlife options.
Rated one of the best après ski bars in all of North America, by SKI magazine, The Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) is a must-visit. The bar is brimming with good time vibes, tasty food, and delicious beer selections. It's also ideally situated for those that like watching people ski their final runs of the day. It opens from 11am to late, with children welcome up until 8pm. For those staying late, expect awesome live music and a seriously fun party atmosphere.
Dusty's Bar & BBQ
Located at the base of the 2010 Olympic downhill runs, Dusty's Bar and BBQ is a venue that you definitely need to check out. Named after a magical stuffed horse (yes, really), this place is Whistler's original watering hole and has been a town favourite for decades. Mouth-watering BBQs, live music, and the sunniest patio in all of Canada; Dusty's is open from 11am until late, and is a good time guaranteed.
Merlin's Bar & Grill
Merlin's Bar and Grill is one of the most famous party venues in the area. Situated at the base of Blackcomb mountain, in Whistler's Upper Village, Merlin's place has a real home-from-home vibe with its cosy wood cabin decor. Those looking for fun, tasty beers on tap, and piles of nachos bigger than the surrounding mountains will love everything about Merlin's Bar and Grill.
Shopping And Dining In Whistler Blackcomb
Whatever you're in the mood for, and whatever you're budget, Whistler Blackcomb has a dining option that's right for you. The same, it should be said, goes for those looking to do a spot of shopping. For more information on dining in Whistler, or shopping in Whistler, pay a visit to the Whistler Blackcomb website.