Whistler ski area is amazing. Larger than 4700 football fields with more than 200 unbelievable runs to thrill you. But it is so very beautiful and vast you really must see it to put it into the right perspective.
Whistler ski area is easy to say. But it is so very beautiful and vast you really must see it to put it into the right perspective.
Probably the best view would be from a helicopter, and tours can be arranged.
Another way to see the mountains is to ride the gondolas up to the mountains and walk or ski around. To experience every trail run in a week you would need to ski 30 trails each day.
Let’s look at it this way. Whistler ski area, if it were a country would be larger than Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru (south sea island country) combined with plenty of acres left over.
Imagine if you will, a neat little house with a nice green lawn, flower beds and a beautiful rose bush with American Beauty roses framing the home, on a city lot in Washington DC.
Now imagine a solid row of identical houses stretching from that little home in Washington, all the way to Peoria Illinois, a distance of 714 miles. That is the size of the Whistler ski terrain available.
The more than 200 runs on the two mountains take skiers all over the ski area. Beautiful little valleys, wide open areas way up there well above the tree line. Each run is unique.
At The Peak, a skier may plunge down a diamond run or opt for the easier 11 km (6.5 mile) long intermediate run to the right.
An extensive inventory of top quality skis and boots await skiers at Whistler ski rental shops. The whole family can be outfitted.
More than 9.14 meters (30 feet) of snow falls on whistler each year, beautifully plastering the trees and creating an amazing winter wonderland.
No less than 34 lifts take skiers up and away quickly, this avoiding long line-ups. You ski down a nice run, spot a lift with a bit of a line-up. No problem. Simply continue to the nest one. They appear to be everywhere.
The restaurants are very popular on the mountains. You should have some way to identify your skis or snowboard, because with hundreds of skiers descending upon the ski racks at once, it may be tough to find yours
The Whistler/Blackcomb Canadian Ski Patrol do an amazing job at ensuring the skiers and snowboarders go home safely. However, accidents will happen and they are there to look to your every needs.
Of course, if your family is similar to ours, we love to meet and socialize and what better place to do so than the Whistler ski area trails.
Words alone cannot describe the mountain layout. There are two wonderful whistler ski maps available. One for the adults and a fantastic one for the children. They are both interactive and the best maps I have ever seen.
Whistler operates from late November to late June. Glacier skiing runs until Late July.
Blackcomb mountain has a vertical drop of 5,280 feet, the highest in North America.
Whistler mountain has a vertical drop of 5,020 feet.
If you are feeling a little timid about your skiing abilities, and possibly thinking a whistler ski vacation may be a little too daring for you, never fear. My wife Irma and I had very little ski experience at first. Especially Irma. An hour on the bunny hill and I talked her into trying one of the easy beginner slopes. In no time she loved it. We were both 56 years young at the time.
Whistler ski area. You will love it and it will love you.
Joe and Irma Mac Millan have enjoyed the Whistler Mountain and valley area of British Columbia for many years. They have camped, hiked and skied the mountains and fished and kayaked the rivers and lakes. Their website Whistler-Outdoors is a must visit for anyone considering a trip to Whistler as well as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. They invite one and all to take a look.