Double Black Diamonds. For some, they are a sign that immediately instills fear but for others, they evoke squeals of excitement. If you are part of the second group, you are probably aware that Whistler Blackcomb is filled to the brim with challenging terrain for advanced and expert level skiers. To be precise, out of the 8,171 total acres, there are approximately 2,200 acres of challenging terrain to keep your adrenaline pumping. To help you ski the gnar that you traveled to Whistler to experience, we have comprised a list of the most extreme ski runs in Whistler Blackcomb.
ON WHISTLER MOUNTAIN
Located in West Bowl and accessed by the Peak Chair, this run may look like smooth sailing- that is, once you get into it. The phrase “get into it,” should have been your first red flag. This run requires a turn into it and on the other side of the turn is a gaping cliff. What’s more, the entrance changes depending on the year’s snowfall, so you never know how hard or how easy it is. Once you have gotten past the entrance, it’s often home to some amazing powder filled turns.
Flute Bowl is accessed by hiking or skiing from the top of Symphony Chair. Expect to be ascending for between 20 and 40 minutes. There are a few steeper lines but most of the adrenaline comes from feeling like you have left the confines of the resort and stepped into the backcountry.
The Coffin is more of a feature than a ski run but it requires a dare-devil attitude and some serious skills on the skis. It is a narrow corridor that can be viewed from the Peak Chair and requires a straight line down through it to make it out in one piece.
ON BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN
After short boot pack from Glacier chair, you will find yourself at the top of Spanky’s Ladder. Spanky’s actually consists of three bowls: Ruby Bowl, Diamond Bowl, and Sapphire Bowl. The easiest is located right at the top of the boot pack and by easiest, we mean not requiring mandatory straight lines. Expect some tight turns and opportunity for air time.
Conde Nast Traveller included this run in their “Most Terrifying Ski Slopes In The World” article and believe it or not, it used to be the home of a death-defying race called Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme. Basically, it’s this area of the Blackcomb is steep, really steep and will be guaranteed to get your heart pumping as you either tumble to the bottom as many do or turn like you’ve never turned before.
Whistler Blackcomb features world-class terrain with its fair share appealing to advanced and expert level skiers. Are you ready to ride the most extreme ski runs in the resort? Book your Whistler vacation today!