So you’re coming to ski Whistler Blackcomb (in Canada). Lucky you!
It consistently rakes in awards for being one of the world’s best ski resorts. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler voted it the 2nd best ski resort in the world for 2018. Last year, SKI magazine ranked it the best overall ski resort in North America for the third year in a row.
But if you’re a first-time visitor, you probably want to know one thing: Whistler vs Blackcomb – which of the two side-by-side mountains is the best for skiing and boarding?
Whistler vs Blackcomb
Whistler snowfall history:
Well, before we get into that, you’ll be jazzed to know that both mountains consistently record great dumps of snow.
The average snowfall is more than 38 feet a year.
Some years have been over-the-top. More than 45 feet of the white stuff fell in the 2011-2012 season; a staggering 52 feet of snow fell the year before! More recently, the 2015-2016 season welcomed almost 42 feet of snow.
In a word, the skiing and riding is epic!
You can’t go wrong choosing Whistler Blackcomb for a ski holiday. We know; we’ve skied there many times!
Peak 2 Peak Gondola:
Remember too that your lift ticket includes riding between both mountains on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (or Peak to Peak Gondola).
So you don’t have to choose between Whistler or Blackcomb.
Your ticket gives you access to over 8,100 acres of skiable terrain on both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains.
You can cruise down more than 200 awesome trails and shred the gnar on six terrific terrain parks.
Okay, now here’s the quick and dirty…
Best intermediate runs at Whistler Blackcomb?
Hit the Crystal Ridge Express. You’ll find lots of lovely cruising blue runs like Ridge Runner off this high-speed quad chair.
And when it’s a sunny bluebird day, there’s no better place to be than Seventh Heaven!
Couloir Extreme Whistler
Dubbed “one of the world’s most terrifying ski slopes” by Conde Nast Traveler, Couloir Extreme on Blackcomb (renamed Saudan Couloir in 2017) is probably the most difficult of all Whistler Blackcomb runs.
It was once the site for the Saudan Couloir Race Extreme (named after extreme skier Sylvain Saudan) – where racers would do a backflip (or other ski trick) from the top then hurl themselves down the almost “2,500 vertical feet of thigh-burning hell.”
Try it if you dare!
Whistler ski season
Whistler and Blackcomb boast a long ski season. They usually open for skiing and riding in November. Whistler’s ski season then ends in April, but Blackcomb often continues with spring skiing until May.
And then it’s still not over, because Blackcomb Glacier is open for summer skiing in June and July. How cool is that!
The big Whistler news
The big news for 2018 and the upcoming 2019 winter ski season is the massive $66 million investment to upgrade the resort – including two new lifts and a new 10-person gondola (now open). That gondola, by the way, is the highest-capacity gondola in North America, whisking 4,000 skiers per hour.
So the Blackcomb vs Whistler debate could soon become academic – because Whistler Blackcomb is set to become better than ever!
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