(Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane)
Whistler is known for being a pretty phenomenal place to ski.
You probably already know that. But what you may not know is that skiing isn’t just one singular activity – in fact, there are several ways to have an awesome time on two planks here in Whistler.
Maybe you’ve tried one or two of the following forms of skiing. Our challenge to you: make this the year you try another few types, and fall in love with skiing all over again!
Skiing on Whistler Blackcomb
What’s not to love about skiing on the 8,171 acres on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains?! With literally hundreds of runs to choose from – and plenty of unofficial runs to explore – you will never run out of places to ski on the local mountains.
Speedy chairlifts mean you can tackle ample terrain in a short amount of time, and on mountain amenities just keep getting better and better – have you checked out the new Rendezvous lodge yet on Blackcomb? So what are you waiting for – pick up your lift tickets now, and start shredding Whistler Blackcomb!
Skiing With Pros
Time to make an honest self-assessment: as a skier, what are your weaknesses? Maybe moguls give you headaches, or you haven’t quite mastered the art of skiing in deep powder (trust us – this is one you want to get good at). Perhaps your park skills have stalled, or you just want to gain confidence riding steeps.
Whatever your desired area of improvement, there’s a ski school lesson suited towards you. Contrary to popular belief, ski school isn’t just for kids or beginners (although there are options for those groups, too). Check out the Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Clinics or the Women’s Two-Day Ski and Snowboard Camps to take your skills to the next level and experience skiing in a whole new way.
We’re leaving resort boundaries now and heading to Powder Mountain, home to some truly excellent backcountry skiing. Cat skiing is a VIP skiing experience – after all, the Snowcat can only fit up to 11 other guests. Your two guides (and private photographer) will join you in the Snowcat as it climbs up towards one of five peaks. Then, it’s lap after lap of untouched powder – expect anywhere from 6 to 10 runs in the average day. Pretty rad, right?
Now we’re taking things to the next level. Most skiers will agree that heli skiing is the epitome of the sport. Not only do you get to experience Whistler from the sky, but you can access terrain that would otherwise be impossible to get to. Copious amounts of powder all to yourself – nope, you’re not dreaming, you’re just heli skiing. Could this be the year you tick this task off your bucket list?
Cross Country Skiing
Not all skiing takes place in the alpine – Nordic skiing is an awesome activity that’ll get your heart beating in more ways than one. Explore the expansive trail network in the Callaghan Valley as you kick and glide your way through one of the official venues of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. If you’re looking for a unique experience, visit the park after dark for some nighttime cross country skiing!