Alpine Hiking Bounty

Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine hiking takes you to BC’s rooftop, offering crazy-high views of massive volcanic peaks, glaciers, and coastal rainforests far below.

To get up to the goods, climb aboard the longest and highest lift in the world – the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

This world record-breaking gondola delivers you to over 50km of trails that combine to create some of the Canada’s most spectacular hikes and iconic vistas. Get personal with the volcanic Black Tusk peak, take in vistas of ancient glaciers in neighbouring Garibaldi Provincial Park, explore the edges of turquoise alpine lakes, and experience Whistler Blackcomb’s famous alpine wildflower season.

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Photo courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.
Photo courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.

You’ll also disembark to a variety of mountaintop restaurants, wildlife viewing, and indoor interpretive displays.

ALPINE HIGHLIGHTS:

Wildflowers In Bloom: summer is in full swing and there is no better place to enjoy it than in the alpine on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Photo courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.
Photo courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.

Here are a few tips to make the most of your PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience:

Whistler Mountain
The summit of Whistler Mountain is a must-do for everyone.  Only a short 20 minute walk from the Roundhouse Lodge, board the Peak Express chairlift to take you to the top of the world.  Full 360 degree mountain top views of the stunning surrounding landscape await. In the Samsung Alpine Theatre inside the Roundhouse Lodge, check out a video viewing of how the engineering triumph of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola was constructed. Finish off your day by dining in the alpine with a Mountain Top BBQ on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Blackcomb Mountain
Take a scenic interpretive walk on the Alpine Walk trail immediately after arriving on Blackcomb Mountain from the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.  This short 15 minute stroll offers spectacular views of the Fitzsimmons Valley and adjacent Whistler Mountain.

Photo by Logan Swayze. Courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.
Photo by Logan Swayze. Courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.

Hop on board a helicopter for an aerial tour of the mountains and see it from a whole new perspective with Whistler Heli-Tours.

And there is no better way to return to Whistler Village than riding Solar Coaster Express and Wizard Express chairlifts.  On hot summer days, they provide a much cooler experience when returning to the valley.

 

Photo by Mitch Winton. Courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.
Photo by Mitch Winton. Courtesy Whistler Blackcomb.

CURRENT ALPINE HIGHLIGHTS
The alpine hiking trails on both mountains are starting to get in their prime  as leftover snow from the winter melts quickly exposing hidden gems to be explored this summer.  Here are a few must do hikes and places to experience while on the mountains:

Whistler Mountain
The iconic High Note Trail takes you into Garibaldi Provincial Park is the most spectacular hike on the alpine.  Access the trail from the summit of Whistler Mountain after riding the Peak Express chairlift.  This 3-4 hour hike will take you back to the Roundhouse Lodge. See Trail Map.

Blackcomb Mountain
Decker Loop Trail stretching into Garibaldi Provincial Park will take you to unprecedented views of the ancient Overlord glacier which will feel like it is at your doorstep.  This 2-3 hour advanced loop will lead you back to the Rendezvous Lodge and is recommended for anyone with a sense of adventure.

 

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