Before going to Whistler, I had always been skeptical about how the mountain could be so amazing that people would brave the crowds and make the expensive trip to Whistler. But now I have been there… and I understand. I was amazed at how amazed I was by the visit! Whistler variably gets awarded “The best ski resort in the world” and Aussies are known to flock there. It is summer now, so a major ski resort it is not at the moment. But…. there was still skiing. Yes, in the middle of summer.
The skiing takes place up the top of Blackcomb Mountain on a glacier. With, I am guessing, a fair bit of snowmaking going on. Blackcomb Mountain is right next door to Whistler Mountain and a part of the Whistler ski resort. On the a T-bar lift was going for general skiing.I can’t imagine the skiing was particularly outstanding, but a novelty no-less.
We weren’t quite dressed appropriately for the snow, but it wasn’t too bad up there.
It felt like we were on top of the world! There is something about snow that makes me very happy and excited. I can’t quite explain it!
Chris accidentally fell of a cliff. Ooops!
Other hikers went better – look in the middle left for two hikers. There are many hiking trails on the two mountains. This is something I would like to do next summer.
The other very popular and busy activity at this time of the year is mountain biking. I’d be keen to have a go. Except that I am very conscious of the fact that I am way too much of a wuss to have much fun at this one! (click on the pics to view larger)
We saw our first marmot and of course there were chipmunks aplenty.
I love this sculpture so much, I couldn’t decide which photo to put in. So you got all of them!
The obligatory tourist shots!
The gondola up Whistler mountain is very very long. You could then go further up Whistler on one of the few operating chair-lifts, or head across to Blackcomb mountain on the Peak to Peak. Your summer lift pass takes you on all of the open gondolas and chair lifts. Once on Blackcomb we took a shuttle bus to the peak chairlift and headed up on the chairlift to the top of the world! We left the toddler with the grandparents, since a previous, but recent experience with her on a chairlift made it all a bit to scary to consider again!
Lastly, the view while eating lunch was the night’s dinner. Hungry anyone?