Make sure you go up to the glacier. It isn’t the best skiing, but the views are incredible, the snow is amazing, and the skiing is a unique challenge due to the ungroomed conditions. It is easily manageable for a decent intermediate skier and the easiest route down is marked by blue stakes. You do have to walk up a small hill at the end of the final t-bar lift, but this just adds to the allure of the glacier…it’s worth the extra work. Of course, if you are an extreme skier, the glacier offers all you can handle and more.
My favorite runs included Southern Comfort (off the 7th Heaven Chair), Cruiser (off the Jersey Cream Chair), the runs off of the Glacier Express Chair (you don’t have to go all the up to the glacier if you take this chair), and the runs off the Crystal Chair (there are fewer people on the runs).
One word of caution, don’t get cocky when skiing here. Every time I let my guard down, I ended up crashing (and consequently laughing at myself). There is always a series of bumps, spots of poor visibility, or the errant skier lurking to throw you a curve. Stay alert and ski hard and you will reduce the number of stupid little spills.
For a special treat, don’t miss First Tracks. It may seem a little hard-core, but it is definitely worth getting to the Whistler lift at 7am and paying $16 extra for First Tracks. You are the first up the mountain, and the first to take the runs in the morning. As an added bonus, a very nice breakfast buffet is provided in the lodge at the top of the mountain as part of the $16. One warning, don’t eat too much!
My final analysis of Whistler/Blackcomb is to prepare yourself for great skiing, lots of challenges, few frills, and friendly people. No matter what level of skier you are, the mountain has something to offer (and to kick your butt if you’re not careful). There is no more beautiful scenery in the world, and I will make a trip back to Whistler as soon as possible.
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