Whistler

Whistler and Blackcomb combined have over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and each mountain has over 5,000 feet of vertical. You'll find hree Glaciers, more than two hundred trails and over 30 lifts. No other North American destination can match these statistic. Whistler/Blackcomb has consistently been named the best ski resort in North America and the impressive statistics are a good part of the reason why. Now that, that's established have a good look at the other possibilities in the area and the other elements that make this a world class destination.

Cross country skiers have lots of tracked trails to choose from and have the option of breaking their own trail in the backcountry (make sure your equipment and skills are up to the task).

 
 

Snowshoeing is an increasingly popular sport in and around the resort and rentals are readily available. Ski touring and hut to hut skiing are just over the ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Backcountry skiing and boarding areas are also accessible by cat or helicopter.

Whistler/Blackcomb - Snowboarding, Skiing, Cross Country Skiing (28km), Telemark Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking (Chairlift), 1,609 metres (5,280 ft) vertical - Whistler, British Columbia

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Whistler's cousins include Blue Mountain north of Toronto and Mont Tremblant north of Montreal.

Whistler is located in the soutwestern region of the province, in the Vancouver Coust and Mounatains Region approximately 140km from Vancouver. Location Map For more information have a look at:


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Resorts and Hills in the Surrounding Regions

Cypress Mountain (Cypress Bowl) - Snowboarding, Telemark Skiing, Cross Country Skiing (19 km), Snowshoeing (10km), Hiking, 1750 ft Vertical, Avg. Annual Snowfall 622 cm - West Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains, British Columbia

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Cypress Mountain overlooks the city of Vancouver from the north shore, a short drive from the downtown area. For more information have a look at:

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Grouse Mountain - Snowboarding, Terrain Park, Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Telemark Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing (5km groomed, onsite rentals), Rentals, Avg. Annual Snowfall 750cm - North Vancouver , Vancouver Coast and Mountains, British Columbia

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Grouse Mountain overlooks the city of Vancouver from North Vancouver a short drive from the downtown area. Take Georgia St. to Stanley park and continue over the Lion's Gate. Follow the North Vancouver exit to Marine Drive then watch for Capilano Rd. Follow Capilano for about 5km to the tram. You can also access the mountain with public transit.

The mountain provides a spectacular view of the city. For more information have a look at:

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Mount Seymour - Snowboarding, Skiing, Telemark Skiing, Snowshoeing (10km trail, rentals), Tubing, Hiking - North Vancouver, British Columbia

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Mount Seymour is located in North Vancouver overlooking the City of Vancouver, just a short drive from downtown Vancouver. For more information have a look at:

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Backcountry and Telemark Skiing

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Note: There are significant dangers involved with this growing sports. Exercise caution and get trained in safety techniques such as avalanche rescue, route assessment and reading snow conditions. Ensure your equipment is adequete and know how to use it. Always check with the park or the Canadian Avalanche Association about current conditions. Seriously consider hiring a local guide.


Huts

The hut system in Canada is extensive but not well know outside of climbing and ski mountaineering circles. There are huts throughout the Alberta and British Columbia mountain ranges. There are also less isolated systems of huts thoughout Quebec and Ontario. Many of the mountain huts are the work of the Alpine Club of Canada as well as other clubs such as the British Colunbia Mountaineering Club. Some are indepent, in the east many are run by the parks bodies. While facilities are usually minimal some huts are really quite appealing in their accomodations and many share one common traite; they are often located in some of Canada's finest backcountry. With few exceptions huts are not accessible by car and some have access which requires expert outdoor skills.

You must pack in your own gear with the exception of that provided. Some of the access routes require expert skills in either climbiing, scrambling, mountaineering and ski mountaineering. In the winter many appoaches are through avalanche areas. Some huts are only accessible in the summer or rarely used due to difficult acess in the winter.Consult with the various authorities regarding use, fees, gear and skills requirements before doing any planning.

  • Burton Hut - Garibaldi, Garibaldi Lake / Capacity: Sleeps 10 Features: Utensils
  • Diamond Head - Garibaldi, Elfin Lakes / Conditions: Fee Capacity: Sleeps 30 Features: Stove
  • Flavelle Hut - East of Garibaldi, North of Anniversary Glacier / Contact Squamish Rockclimbing Club, Capacity: Sleeps 15-20
  • Himmelsbach Hut - Garibaldi, Russet Lake / British Columbia Mountaineering Club / Capacity: Sleeps 12
  • Lizzie Creek Cabin - East of Garibaldi, Lizzie Lake / Capacity: Sleeps 8
  • Sentinel Glacier Huts - Garibaldi, Black Tusk Meadows / Contact: Department of the Environment, Glaciology Division, Capacity: Sleeps 4
  • Elfin Lake
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  • Wedgemont Lake

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Cross Country Skiing

 

Lost Lake Trails - 30km, Novice - Expert, Warming Huts, Night Skiing, Rentals, Fee The cross country ski trails loop all around Lost Lake and make there way over to Green Lake. The trails can be accessed from the Cross Country Parking lot which is just south of the Blackcomb Mountain Base. Follow Blackcomb Way passed the mountain base to Lorimer Road where you head south a short distance to the parking lot. You can walk to the entrance from the Village.

There is also a shared use trail which you can follow from Green Lake to just outside the village.

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Surrounding Region

Hollyburn Jackrabbit Ski Club - Vancouver, British Columbia

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Cypress Mountain is just outside the city of Vancouver a short drive from the downtown area. For more information have a look at:

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Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains, British Columbia

 

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Snowshoeing

Lost Lake Trail - Easy, Rentals, Fee Whistler has a designated snowshoeing trail which criss-crosses the cross country ski trails south of Lost Lake. The trail can be accessed from the Cross Country Parking lot which is just south of the Blackcomb Mountain Base. Follow Blackcomb Way passed the mountain base to Lorimer ROad where you head south a short distance to the parking lot. You can walk to the entrance from the Village.

Another option is to follow some of the areas hiking trails many of which are perfect for snowshoeing. Consult with the local shops for more information and the suitability of the trails for snowshoers. If you are new to the sport there are a number of guided tours with a variety of themes you can choose from as well.

Garibaldi Provincial Park - The park is open to backcountry travel on snowshoes for those with expert skills or with a suitable guide. This is a spectacular natural area with winter camping, along with backcountry and telemark skiing for the true outdoor enthusiast. While easily accessible from the Vancouver/Whistler, area this is very much a wilderness park and avalanche training, first aid and survival skills along with all the requisite equipment are essential if you go unguided.

Surrounding Region

Cypress Bowl (Hollyburn Mountain) - Snowshoe Trails, Rentals and Tours, Cypress Mountain overlooks the city of Vancouver from the north shore, a short drive from the downtown area. West Vancouver, British Columbia

Grouse Mountain - 12.8km, Six Trails, Rentals, Programs, Festivals and Tours. Grouse Mountain overlooks the city of Vancouver from North Vancouver a short drive from the downtown area. The park is accessible via the scenic gondola which ascends from the base of the mountain. From Vancouver, take Georgia St. to Stanley park and continue over the Lion's Gate. Follow the North Vancouver exit to Marine Drive then watch for Capilano Rd. Follow Capilano for about 5km to the tram. You can also access the mountain with public transit. North Vancouver, British Columbia

Mount Seymour - Snowshoeing, trails, tours, clinics and events, North Vancouver (Vancouver), British Columbia

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Dogsledding

 

Aloha Whistler - Dogsledding

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These listings are to be used only as a reference and in no way constitute a guide to backcoutry travel in the areas described. Out-There is a clearing house for outdoor information not a an information source. For more information contact the the local outdoor schools, shops clubs, associations and land managers for the area.

 

 

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Related Features

Cypress Provincial Park
Garibaldi Provincial Park

Golden Ears Provincial Park
Mount Seymour Provincial Park
Vancouver Coast and Mountains

 

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