As Whistler Blackcomb transitions from winter to summer, a new variety of activities on and off the mountains become available, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for guests of Whistler Blackcomb.
“We’ve really been looking forward to our summer season this year,” says Doug MacFarlane, Mountain Manager at Whistler and Blackcomb. “It’s an exciting time because we have new products available to guests, including opening a new challenging bike trail in our Bike Park and introducing a breathtaking new sightseeing walk on Whistler Mountain. These and other new activities will expose our guests to unforgettable new ways of experiencing the mountains.”
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY AT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB:
As Whistler Blackcomb transitions into summer, the mountains’ abundant trail network returns from the depths of winter for guests to enjoy, featuring this season’s newest trail called The Spearhead Walk. Located on Whistler Mountain, the trailhead is accessed directly in front of the Roundhouse Lodge and is a short, 1km walk with slight elevation changes and features incredible alpine vistas. Alpine wildflowers also are in bloom during the summer months from late-July to early-September, accentuating the alpine experience with a wide range of beautiful colours.
“TOP OF THE WORLD” AT WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK
New this summer, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open its first lift-accessed alpine mountain bike trail from the Peak Chair. The alpine mountain bike trail, named Top of the World, will descend from the summit of Whistler Mountain leading riders into the Garbanzo Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. This expansion will increase the Bike Park’s vertical by 1,091 feet to a total of 4,946 feet, making it the largest and highest Bike Park in North America. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park officially opens May 18 and runs through to October 8. Top of the World is limited to 100 riders per day and costs an additional $15 to reserve a spot and purchase a ticket.
As temperatures rise and the summer season kicks into gear, guests can cool down by heading up to the Horstman Glacier for a day of skiing/riding. Beginning June 23, guests can check out the summer glacier experience from 12pm to 3pm daily until July 29. This summer the public terrain park has added new features including a toblerone box, a big round bar, elbow rail and two large metal tubes – perfect for pushing and improving park skills.
Upload to the Horstman Glacier starts at 11am from the base of Blackcomb Mountain via the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster Express to the Rendezvous Lodge. Guests then take a shuttle bus to 7th Heaven Express which takes them to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. Sightseers are also welcome to check out the alpine vistas by following the same upload route. Lunch and great views are available at the Horstman Hut.
A number of ski and snowboard camps will also use the Horstman Glacier during the summer months and will have Olympic champions and the hottest pros in the industry as coaches. These camps are perfect for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders and offer campers the opportunity to improve their jump and freestyle skills. For more information on skiing and riding on Horstman Glacier please visit, www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/glacier.
PEAK 2 PEAK ALPINE EXPERIENCE
Beginning May 26, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will reopen for summer sightseeing through to October 8. Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is the “must do” summer experience in Whistler.
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola breaks three world records:
- At 436m (1,427ft) above the valley floor, it’s the highest lift of its kind
- The longest unsupported span at 3.024km (1.879mi)
- Part of the longest continuous lift system in the world (Whistler Village Gondola, PEAK 2 PEAK, Solar Coaster Express, Wizard Express loop)
And while the record-setting statistics are impressive, nothing compares to the experience itself. The journey between the two Mountains unveils a 360-degree window of Garibaldi Provincial Park and the Coast Mountain Range.
FAMILY ADVENTURE ZONE PRESENTED BY NINTENDO
Head to the Family Adventure Zone presented by Nintendo, located in the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain for a variety of activities guaranteed to keep the whole family happy. Opening June 16 until September 3,it’s a short walk from Whistler Village or take the Wizard Express Chairlift down Blackcomb Mountain. Activities include:
- Little Mountain Golf Centre
- Westcoaster Luge
- Blackcomb Trail Rides (horse pony rides)
- Kiss the Sky Bungee Trampolines
- Batter-Up Batting Cage
- Hot Wheelz Go Carts
- Spider Web
- Balloon Slide and Bouncy Castle
Guests can order packages online of three activities for $25, five activities for $37 or ten activities for $72. Individual activities can also be purchased, prices vary. For more information and bookings please visit the Family Adventure Zone Presented by Nintendo page on the Whistler Blackcomb website.
This summer the Whistler Farmer’s Market returns to the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. On Sundays the market runs from June 17 until October 8, and is open from 11am to 4pm, featuring a variety of locally grown produce, tasty artisan foods, local artists, musicians and face painting. Building on the success of 2011, the Wednesday afternoon market operates from 3pm until 7pm at the base of Blackcomb Mountain July 4 to August 29.
BEAR VIEWING AND ECOLOGY TOURS
With a population of over 60 black bears, sightings from Whistler Blackcomb chairlifts and gondolas are a common treat. For a closer look, guests can book a bear viewing tour with Whistler Blackcomb’s resident bear expert, Michael Allen. Guests will learn how conservation and enhancement initiatives help to sustain healthy populations, and how Whistler Blackcomb designs recreational experiences to ensure a sustainable future. Choose between a tour around the mountains in a 4×4 vehicle or a gradual walk down the ski trails allowing guests to safely watch and photograph bears. For reservations and pricing please visit Bear Viewing and Ecology Tours.
SUMMER EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
- Bull’s Eye Canadian National BBQ Championships – Aug 3-5 – From local legends to world champs—the Canadian BBQ Championships attract competitors from all over the world to battle it out for cash, prizes and entry into the World Barbecue Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Crankworx Whistler – Aug 10-19 – A showcase of the best freeride mountain biking for amateurs and professionals along with an outdoor expo, demos, and much more.
- 5 Peaks Trail Running Series – August 25 – Running over rocks, roots, tree stumps and logs, up ski hills and hiking trails, through puddles, mud, snow and much more…these courses take people off-road and into the hills.