On the Mountains

There’s a reason why one of the newest alpine trails at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is called “Top of the World.” That’s just what it feels like. And who doesn’t want to feel like they’re on top of the world, where the air invigorates the soul, the views heighten the senses and the vastness frees the mind? To make it even better, more than 200 kilometres (120 miles) of mountain bike trails beckon below.

It simply does the body good to be at the top of Whistler Blackcomb. And you don’t have be a mountain biker to get there.

With a pair of sensible shoes, and perhaps more importantly a sense of adventure, you can feel like you’re on top of the world in the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

The gondola stretches from one magnificent mountain to the other, high above the forest and the Fitzsimmons Creek. You’ll be able to say you’ve floated in the air across the longest unsupported span anywhere in the world. But don’t do it for the bragging rights. Do it because it’s just an experience not to be missed. It is a must-do in Whistler.

The Peak 2 Peak Alpine ticket also gives you access to more than 50 kilometres of trails. Stroll at your leisure, hike up briskly or work up a sweat on a run. There are green loops for an easy hike, blue routes for a little more challenge and black diamonds for an adventure. If the workout alone isn’t enough to tempt you, think of the alpine lakes twinkling in the summer sun, the wildflowers sprouting over the slopes and, quite simply, those wholly restorative views over snow-capped mountain peaks.

Kids, don’t despair. There’s way more than the views up here. Check out the Family Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village. The Westcoaster Luge, the Little Mountain Golf Centre, the Kiss the Sky Bungy Trampoline, the human gyroscope, the go-kart track. Well, you get the picture — non-stop, kids-packed fun.

From the bear tours to the bike park, the mountaintop BBQ to the hiking trails, Whistler Blackcomb offers something for everyone in the summer. This is not just a ski resort anymore.

But if you want to ski, there’s that too — T-bars and terrain park features for skilled skiers and riders. Just break out your sunglasses and sunscreen and hit the glacier.

Check out all the details at Whistlerblackcomb.com