On the Mountains

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB'S stats speak for themselves, driving home the sheer size and majesty of these mountains.

Take a deep breath and wrap your head around this. There are 8,171 inbound acres. Three glaciers. More than 200 marked runs. Sixteen alpine bowls. Thirty-seven lifts. About one-mile of vertical on each mountain.

Let’s not forget the average annual snowfall of 1,165 cm (or 459 in).

Facts and figures don’t mean anything though if you’re just reading about them. The trick here is to get out and really experience Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and beyond.

Feel what it’s like to take that deep breath and drop into an alpine bowl, like West Bowl, blanketed in fresh powder after an overnight storm.

Soak up the sensation of standing in the vast expanse of Blackcomb Glacier, laid out before you like in a whitewash wonderland.

Take a minute in the still and quiet of the Christmas Trees.

Test your stamina on 11 kilometres (7 miles) down the longest run on Blackcomb — Green Road to Easy Out. Yes, 11 kilometres!

When we say it’s incomparable, we mean just that. Nothing else measures up.

Don’t let the stats intimidate you. Yes, it’s big and bold but there’s something for every level. Both mountains have their fair share of green (beginner) runs.

So, Whistler or Blackcomb? You be the judge. Every local has their preference, for their own reasons. Blackcomb has slightly more vertical (1,609 metres compared to 1,530 metres on Whistler). Whistler has more skiable terrain (4,757 acres compared to 3,414 acres). Whistler has more beginner terrain (20 per cent compared to 15 per cent). Blackcomb has more parks — three parks, 1 super pipe, 1 snow cross track.

It’ll be tough to pick a favourite after you fall in love with both.

Check out all the details at Whistlerblackcomb.com