You probably know that Whistler Blackcomb (in Canada) is a top ski resort.
You may even recall it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.
But if you’re a first-time visitor, you probably want to know one thing.
Whistler or Blackcomb?
Which of these two mountains – Whistler or Blackcomb – is better for skiing and snowboarding?
Record snowfalls and award-winning ski resort
Well, before we get into that, 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; a staggering 52 feet of the white stuff fell in the 2010-2011 season.
In a word, the skiing and riding is epic!
For detailed snowfall stats by month and season, check out this Whistler Blackcomb page.
SKI Magazine also named Whistler Blackcomb the best overall ski resort in North America (2016-2017) for the third consecutive year. Forbes rated it one of the “Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America for 2018.” You can’t go wrong choosing Whistler Blackcomb for a ski holiday. We know; we’ve skied there many times!
Remember too that your lift ticket includes riding on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between both mountains. 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.
Tip: Discover the mountains with a mountain host on a free orientation tour.
Okay, now here’s the quick and dirty…
- Top elevation of 7,494 feet and a vertical rise of 5,280 feet
- Runs are generally steeper
- More tree runs and more cut trails
- In a snowstorm, Blackcomb is often easier to find your way down the mountain
- On a bluebird day, there’s no better place to be than Seventh Heaven
- Christine’s is the finest on-mountain place for lunch (in our opinion) – a white table-cloth restaurant for those who deem wine with their lunch an essential part of their day
- Top elevation of 7,160 feet and a vertical rise of 5,020 feet
- Lots of green runs high up the mountain
- More alpine bowls
- Some of the steepest terrain in North America can be pounded from the Peak Chair, which climbs up to the summit
- When the sun shines, Whistler offers great views from the bowls
Whistler Blackcomb boasts a long ski season
Blackcomb and Whistler usually open for skiing and riding in November. Whistler’s ski season 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!
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Update December 23, 2017: Ski season is here again! Whistler Blackcomb received its first dusting of snow in September. Whistler opened early (on November 17) for the 2017-2018 ski season, and Blackcomb opened on November 23. So we thought we’d bring you up-to-date with the latest snowfall and awards info. Happy skiing and boarding!
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