“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” John Muir
With over 8,000 lift serviced acres and 200 runs, there is no shortage of incredible places to discover on Whistler and Blackcomb mountain. The two mountains are covered under one lift ticket and come together at the base of Whistler Village.
I learned the hard way and realized that it’s really worth it to show up early. The early the better to avoid massive lines and crowds waiting to catch the gondola. Go as early as sunrise to catch the fresh snow. Early birds get the powder!
The two main gondolas that service Whistler and Blackcomb were way to busy. I was told by friendly staff that there was a little detour way we could take to make our way up Whistler mountain. I jumped on that opportunity and we rode Fitzsimmons Express – Garbanzo Express – Emerald Express to Roundhouse Lodge.
The Roundhouse has a nice and reasonably priced restaurants with amazing views all around. They also have a great selection of spots to warm, grab a hot chocolate (or beer!) before heading back out.
Peak Express chairlift was incredible. I couldn’t believe how we were being transported to another world at the summit of the Whistler mountain. It’s spectacular.
After snowboarding around Whistler we decided to mountain hop! The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the longest and highest lift in the world. The fact that the gondola connects two mountains is amazing for convenience and sightseeing. It feels like riding on a cloud across snow covered peaks. In mid air the highest point is 436 metres (1,430 feet.) above ground.
We spent the last part of our day on Blackcomb mountain. The crowds were much smaller on this side and I wished I had the time (and energy) to keep exploring this mountain. I’ll hope to be back soon!
I’m going on a snowboarding trip in the next couple days and I can’t wait to see what mountain and snow adventure awaits!!!! 3 mountains, 3 days wooohooooo.