Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are a true majesty in British Columbia. The two peaks share a view for miles over what seems like an endless landscape. As a skier, I reached these peaks by ski lift. On the way up you will experience a drop in temperature, and wind-chill at the summit does cause the journey up to be a bit less fun in the winter. Thick gloves and hand warmers are recommended. Despite the harshness of conditions the trip is very worth it.
The trips down from the tops of these mountains are designed to be skied by almost everyone but they are a bit challenging. The conditions make skiing or snowboarding a bit more difficult. Also, pros enjoy dropping of the peak from wherever they choose, and occasionally cutting off those who stick to the marked courses.
Whistler Mountain is a better location for long distance down-hill skiers. Routs that fit almost every range of ability run from the peak all the way to the base, at either Whistler Creekside, or Whistler Village. Blackcomb Mountain is a directed a bit more towards speed and skill, as its routs tend to be shorter, steeper, and more interwoven with trees. With two full mountains to choose from the will be something to suit the way you enjoy skiing no matter what.
Eating and lodging are not a problem anywhere around these mountains. If done wisely, lodging will not be a major expense. All the hotels are accommodating and friendly too. Both mountains have a wide variety of places to eat both on and off the mountain. In my experience finding a quick meal was not the problem, but the overcrowded restaurants and “huts” were problems. The food came fast, but seating did not.
All in all, the trip has been worth it for me. Just looking off the mountains has made this clear. I cannot describe the view with words, and pictures do not do it justice, so I will not spoil it for you and instead just offer my insight and hope you experience it for yourself.
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