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Old 01-16-2011, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Whistler/Blackcomb....a resort that should be visited at least once in every rider's lifetime!!! We arrived there on Sun, Jan 9th and stayed there til Fri, Jan 14th.

Words cannot express the magnitude of these 2 hills, when we got to our hotel it was nighttime so we had no clue which way to look from our balcony to spot the mountain. The very next morning we stepped out again and couldnt believe our eyes. Coming from the east coast, i have never seen so much snow before and it took a while to sink in that im finally here, considering that this trip has been booked since April.

We stayed at the Aspens hotel on the blackcomb side with ski in/out convenience so on monday morning we strapped in outside our hotel and rode down a short distance to the first lift. Once we got off the lift, this is what u saw:




We tried to go straight to the next lift, but after looking at the terrain from the first lift, we couldnt help but get off and do a few runs. Once we finally agreed on leaving the first trail, we proceeded to the 2nd lift on our way to the peak to peak gondola:












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Old 01-16-2011, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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From the peak to peak gondola, we were finally on Whistler and headed straight to the peak without hesitation before the clouds would cover the visibility:










in the distance...you can actually see the peak of Whistler when ur on the lift at Blackcomb




So once we get to the very peak...snow was sooooo thick and packed and was a real pleasure riding on without hearing any of the typical east coast hhsssshhhhh (ice) sound






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We pretty much stayed at Whistler the entire day and rode the PEAK TO CREEK trail throughout the entire day. It is the longest trail that the mtn has to offer...all 5 miles of it. It took us about 40min each time to get from the top to bottom....thats because we kept jumping in and out of glades, back onto the groomers, back to glades etc etc and of course at the very peak you had mounds and mounds of fresh snow with pretty much no boundaries as where to ride.

The very next morning...we decided to explore Blackcomb. We headed straight to the very peak this time.

In order to get to the Blackcomb peak...you had to take a t-bar lift...something that was a first for me considering that ive never seen one here on the east. My first attempt was an epic FAIL....i got up, brushed off the embarassment and 2nd time was a charm. From the exit, u had to hike up a few ft to get to the very top:




once there, this is the amazing view that ive seen:










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At this point of the trip...i was extremely pissed at my friend and his gf. Apparently she fell caught an edge coming up the tbar, so when my friend and I got to the top, i begged him to hike up with me to the peak to take advantage of this once in a lifetime view and to also to ride down the huge bowl filled with untouched pow, but he decided to ditch the opportunity to go down and nurse his GF who was just sitting down off to the side from where she ate it

Whatever..his loss not mine

once i cruised down we met up at the bottom of the tbar and proceeded to this one side of blackcomb that a local told us about the night before, where we could find very little crowds, lots of fresh snow and glades as far as the eye can see:








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All of these pics have been taken from my GoPro...all i did was just video and thru iMovie i made freeze frames out of them so they arent the best quality but they are good enough to share

In a nutshell....Whistler was definately a trip of a lifetime. I cant see any mountain at least in north america that will ever come close. Its no wonder why whistler is always ranked number one. Even tho the peak elevation isnt as high as other mountains, the 5000 ft of vertical is all that u really want from a hill. The lift rides were long, but then again what do u expect when each lift practically carries you to around 2000ft of vertical. From the exit of each lift, you really have the sense of riding for quite a long time...especially when ur just having fun along the trail. If u really want to explore all the trails that these 2 mtns have to offer, then i would suggest staying here for at least 2 weeks.
My biggest regret was not having the chance to ride down the Dave Murray Slalom trail as well as the symphony and harmony bowls where you can find the "Christmas Trees"....a trail that i fell in love with from this one youtube video that ive been practically watching since april

The whistler village is amazing, the people are very kind and not rude like on the east, and the environment is very chilled, relax and with a college campus feel to it. Lots of shops, bars and restaurants. They even have a movie theater is there .

Im def returning there next season...probably in early dec if not around the same time frame
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That looks amazing. Seems like you had a ton of fun
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i did...but kinda wish i couldve stayed longer
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Heya Guys

I'm heading out to Whistler on the 5th Feb till the end of the season! So amped! I'm doing my CASI lvl 1 & 2 with IA

I have a website where i'll be blogging the trip, if anyone has any advice about the CASI or whistler or anything to be aware of then i'd really appreciate it! Good bars, places to eat etc - anything really!

Come check us out at Peak2Piste or join our fbpage Peak2Piste | Facebook and we'll keep you updated

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I've only had a chance to ride Whistler/Blackcomb once and like you said it was a ride of a lifetime. It's the only mountain I have rode where I had to stop for a little breather, I was thinking I must be near the bottom by now but was only about halfway down.
Did you hit the Blackcomb park? The thing looks so scary big but you need all that speed to ride the perfectly cut features. I remember how freaky it felt riding the super pipe riding at bombing speeds to a 18' wall goes against logic.

I can't wait to hit it again!
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Heya Guys

I'm heading out to Whistler on the 5th Feb till the end of the season! So amped! I'm doing my CASI lvl 1 & 2 with IA

I have a website where i'll be blogging the trip, if anyone has any advice about the CASI or whistler or anything to be aware of then i'd really appreciate it! Good bars, places to eat etc - anything really!

Come check us out at Peak2Piste or join our fbpage Peak2Piste | Facebook and we'll keep you updated

Sam
I plan to be at Wistler (As long as weather situation improves)sometime between 15th and 20th. Let me know if you want ride.

The pictures and trip report really have me excited about Wistler blackcomb...I hoping weather improves soon.
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