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Hi Guys,

Getting close to our Whistler trip we are away in Febuary for an 8 dayer.

Ive been reading and watching Youtube about all these 'secret' and Hidden Gem runs just wondered if anyone could advise on where to go wheres good etc...

We like a good mixture of stuff a good proper carpet groomed run with side hits a plenty.... runs through trees these cool ones ve bene seeing on youtube that are like narrow tracks down the hill... Powder if it comes...

Where should we be looking to hit guys?

Help as always appreciated.

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A lot of those narrow runs are actually mountain bike trails accessed from skier's left of either Upper Whisky Jack or Orange Peel on Whistler... Just ride slowly and look for the entry point—it's a super fun snake run that takes you over a few features. Don't be timid though, and keep your speed up so you don't black people coming up behind you... There's a great hit run over on that side that links with Orange Peel—Pony Tail—Bear Cub as well, which you'll see locals hitting all the time... Hope that helps as a start.
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There's a good Hit Run to be found if you just keep lappin Red Chair!!!!!
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You'd pretty much have to hook up with a local or a reg to hit a lot of "hidden" spots.

Whistler is so huge, it's hard to explain how to get to specific spots because the names of some areas and runs aren't on the trail map and the instructions could be like "traverse along the ridge after you pass the rock that looks like an eagle, but don't drop in until, after the big tree or you'll get cliffed off"

My whis knowledge is decent however no where near a local.

If you're willing to put in a bit of study time, I'd recommend getting a book called "advanced-expert ski and snowboard guide to whistler blackcomb". You can get at any book store in the village and randomly in various stores. I think it's around $20.

On the whis website they have route samples called the wonder routes. It's 4-5 small guides of routes, where they give you detailed how to explanations and maps. Ie. steeps routes, groomer routes, family, etc. the website changed last year and the wonder routes portion of the site isn't as useful as before, however if you google whistler blackcomb wonder routes, you can find old "how to" maps.

You have 8 days, so have the luxury to explore.

Tips to make your days better.
-whatever the scheduled lift opening time is, they always open 15 mins earlier.
-if it's a pow day and a weekend, get there early. If lifts schedule to open at 830a, at minimum get to the lift by 8am.
-on weekends avoid uploading at the village if possible. Upload creekside, blackcomb base or blackcomb base 2.

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Fellow member Lamps posted this for me about 2 years ago. Still holds true today:


1) on a warm sunny day, catch the last chair to the top of seventh heaven.
1a) buy a beer on the patio at the horstmann hut when you get to the the top.
1b) take some pictures of the splendid landscape and views around you
1c) wait, take your time
1d) wait some more
1e) wait some more (all this time the mountain is draining out the rest of population)
1f) by now you should have been on that patio for 45 mins (maybe that's two beers, maybe you smoke a cigar while you're up there too)
1g) get back on your board, you've now got 5000 vertical feet almost all to yourself, don't go back down seventh heaven but instead take the Green Line back to the Rendezvous lodge and then you can take whatever route you want.
1h) if you don't mind overpaying for your drinks, ride out to blackcomb base and have a Sidecar on the patio or in the Mallard room at the Fairmont, otherwise go to Garibaldi and drink cheap beer on the patio there
1i) sometimes if you're lucky and stay up there long enough you will meet some groomers on the way down and get to ride corduroy for your last run

other must do's:

go to Mountain equipment coop and buy the whistler guidebooks, there's one advanced and one for regular riders, detailed photos and ratings of every run at whistler and lots of unmarked ones, read that book before you go and you'll be extra stoked.

-when you go to seventh heaven take the expressway green not the seventh avenue green, the seventh avenue green is a horrid cat track that's not even flat, its like a ten minute traverse on one edge, if you're a goofy rider your calves will be burning

-rock and roll/twist and shout/backstage pass off the crystal chair supposed to be among the best blues in north America

-access the glacier off the showcase T-bars - the middle part is typically groomed and it's a steep blue. if you go left or right of that blue area its steeper

-seventh heaven is also good in the morning, and the middle section of seventh is a good area to go off the trails to look for snow that's not tracked out, and if it's too much for you it's not that far to get back to groomers.

-jersey cream wall off the jersey cream chair, to your right when you ride on the chair is a pretty steep pitch that's not very long. Try this out, and depending on how you feel about that you will then have a sense of whether you want to go on the steeper stuff, it's a good way to get a taste of steeper terrain where you can still bail out; most of the steep stuff at whistler blackcomb once you're in it you're committed, for example spankys' ladder has no easy way out.

-my favorite place for lunch is the glacier lodge on blackcomb

Whistler side:

-expect some long shitty flat terrain on whistler side, it's not optimized for snowboarders, and some runs are not cut down the fall line, but rather across

-symphony and harmony bowls are must do's, also be sure to do a run down harmony ridge, great views. Towards the bottom of harmony ridge you can go skiers left into the boomer bowl, another good way to try out some of the steeper terrain but not crazy steep, and not too long a run if you find it's more than you bargained for

-take the peak chair to the top and do the Saddle, it's a long blue, if there's fresh snow either side of the saddle can be nice, if no fresh snow it is often tracked out on each side

-take the peak chair and do upper peak to creek for sure, check the grooming report before you do lower peak to creek, if it's not groomed it can be literally miles of moguls - if you're ok with steeper terrain, make a right turn off the upper peak to creek into whistler bowl, Monday's, etc, or a bit later make a right turn into the bagel bowl. Hit the wall first as described above on blackcomb side to get a sense of whether you will enjoy the steeper terrain or hate it.

-dave murray downhill and lower franz both leave you in creekside where you can have a beer at the iconic Dusty's, and both are fun runs to charge down

-if you can handle an early morning get the fresh tracks ticket, have breakfast on the hill and get either fresh snow or fresh corduroy ahead of the mob. this is a good way to get you final day in, come off the hill around noon, dash to the airport and fly out at 4 or 5 pm

Have a super trip. We had the time of our lives out there. ENJOY !!!

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Incredible replies dude very much appreciated.

We are staying in Blackcomb in the Fairmont.
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Whats the deal with the Apres / Nightlife?

Last time we went out to Whistler ended up a bit of a blur...

We tended to not be able to get ourselves past the Longhorn... I guess theres a lot more to the place than that.

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Not technically nightlife, though it is open late, but be sure to check out El Furniture Warehouse when you're there—if you can get a seat. It's owned by a few pro snowboarders. Everything on the menu's $4.95 and it's as local as you can get in Whistler...
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There's everythin to do at Whistler. If you have the $, and your body can take the abuse.... Whistler has anything you can think of.

As far as recommendations...

Check the forecast and plan accordingly. If there's lots of snow in the forecast, do not bring all park boards. If it looks like it'll be poor conditions, bring camber and dont expect deep pow... instead, if its sunny, at least you'll have great views.

Whislter has gret parks. Great tree runs. Great groomers. Great bowls. Mellow learning terrain. Extreme gnarly terrain.

The difference between a 50ft cliff, an iced out mogul field or an awesome ride could be a few metres left or right... So if you plan on getting adventurous..... follow the signs. If it says "cliff"... it is a cliff, and it could kill you. If you see a roped off area... don't go there! that's resered for locals hahaha

If you're gonna do groomers... check out some of the guides/maps mentioned above. If you wanna go off... contact locals or go with a guide or ride with someone who knows the area and understands what the conditions will be at different parts of the mtns. Its a huge vert, so powder up top could be deep slush mid mtn and rain at bottom. Iced out west face could be great groomers on the north. It becomes sort of an art and a lottery hehehehe

MotoG and me have been hitting Whistler a plenty this season. I go almost every weekend and any week day i get off work... so update via here when your dates are getting near and we'll see what we can do to help. We're not local guys, but yeah... We all have fun when we go

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