Mountain Guide

Whistler Trail Guides

 

Beginner

Whistler is wonderful for starting out. Green terrain is 20% of the total - plenty to work with given the sheer size. The Olympic chair services a progression of Green runs and is perfect for kids to learn. After warming up, head to the Emerald Express for longer runs. Then head higher and take Burnt Stew and / or Green Acres where you can enjoy breathtaking views, which will no doubt inspire you to take it to the next level. These are not your traditional bunny slopes.

Intermediate

More than half of Whistler's terrain is marked Intermediate and all of the Chairs service Blue runs. Harmony Ridge, Sympony Bowl, 

Advanced/Expert

Whistler can keep advanced and expert skiers engaged for a long time - fabulous bowl skiing, plenty of steep and deep, easily find new lines. We love Whistler Bowl all the way down to xx. Flute Bowl is also xx. Jumps, burners

  • Intermediate and Expert skiers and riders can stay together in the Flute Bowl, 

  • There is something for everyone in the Harmony Bowl. Green (Burnt Stew) and Blue (xxx) weave around steeper terrain

Top Trail Picks

We have skied them all. Here are some of our favorites in each category.  
Category
Trail Name
Description​
Area / Getting There

Starting Out

Chickadee

Dedicated area for novices; short with a gentle pitch, perfect for getting the basics down

Directly in front of Cliff Lodge, a short walk to the left (when facing uphill) from Snowbird Center

Learning

Baby Thunder Area

Larger area for starting out; try Alice Avenue for a longer run, kids will like Mini Miners camp

From Creekside; exit Baby Thunder Lift to your skier's left and follow Easy Street

Road to Provo

Middle / Lower Emma

The steepness here is more like a Blue at most places; work your way up

Exit the Wilbere Lift and follow the traverse to the right

Longest

Upper / Lower Peak to Creek

11 km (6.8miles) from Whistler Peak to Creekside Base, wind around to get a lay of the land and incredible views

Exit Peak Express to the right and follow the ridge past, have a peak into the Whistler Bowl

Warming Up

Jolly Green Giant

Longer run (when you combine Middle and Lower portions) with some steeper sections, generally groomed

Exit Gadzoom to the right and follow Field's Cutoff; or from the top of Gad 2, exit left for direc access

Scenic Cruiser

Harmony Ridge

Gaze directly into the Twin Peaks as you cruise around the outer edge of Hidden Peak and into the Gad Area

From Hidden Peak, stay to skier's far left; or exit Little Cloud directly to the right

Fresh Powder

Claim Jumper

This area, also the connection from Alta, is less traveled and the snow stays soft, make your own path between loosely space trees

Exit Baldy to the let and cut back underneath the chair

Speed

Dave Murray Downhill

Site of the alpine skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics; carve your way down this long, steep trail to the Creekside Base

Exit the Garbanzo Chair to the right for access to the full run

Fresh Powder

xxx

Mineral Basin is the place to be with fresh snow and good visiblity; its gets steeper as you move away from cetner

From Hidden Peak, stay high and to the skier's left to reach Chamonix Bowl

For White Diamonds, follow Path to Paradise from Hidden Peak and drop in where it looks good

Glades

xxxx

Trees on both sides are tightly spaced, weave through them all the way to Easy Street for a longer run

Exit Gad 2 to the right and stay left past the marked trail to find the best line through the glades

Super Burner

Whistler Bowl to Grande Finale

Expansive area just keeps going

From Hidden Peak, stay under the Tram and drop in on skier's right when you see a good line

Showing Off

The Cirque

Steep with cliffs, perfect for jumping (or watching jumps from the Peak Express Chair

From Peak Express, exit left and look for a good line

Chutes

Gad Chutes

Narrow and steep with lots of trees to navigate

From Hidden Peak, take Regulator Johnson to Cirque Traverse and look out on your skier's right

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

All dining at Snowbird is convenient from the mountain. There are two restaurants on the mountain and many more at Snowbird Center or Creekside Base. For more options see our Alta Dining Guide. Our top picks are below:

The Summit Restaurant

It's hard to beat this location and its breathtaking views (indoors and on the patio). Following a $15mm renovation in 2015, the feel is modern and fresh. The food is elevated with a focus on healthy, organic ingredients. There is a large salad bar, artisanal pizzas, rotating soup choices and a rotisserie station. Only downside is the crowds, go early or late to avoid them.

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Mid-Gad Restaurant

Snowbird's only mid-mountain dining option is very convenient and tends to be less crowded than the Summit. This is a great spot for a break, particularly when shredding the Gad Area. The menu is somewhat limited to burgers (of all varieties) and chili. The sundeck is nice on a bluebird day and there may even be some outdoor grilling. It's also easy to pop in for a snack. 

Birdfeeder

Ideal for re-fueling between laps on the Tram. Burgers, sandwiches, chili and snacks are all available and made relatively quickly. Grab some food and head back up the tram, or have a seat and relax on the outdoor deck for a bit. 

 
Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 11,000ft | 3,353m

  • Vertical Drop: 3,240 ft

  • Main Base: 8,110ft | 2,472m 

  • Total Area: 2,500 acres |
    (10.1 sq km)

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Wasatch

  • 171 Trails   

  • Much of Snowbird is above the treeline creating bowl like areas

  • Backcountry access from both peaks

Peaks
  • Hidden Peak (11,000 ft)

  • Gad 2 (8,840 ft)

Bases
  • Snowbird Center (Main Base)

  • Creekside

  • Wilbere

On Mountain Dining

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 69,939 ppl / hr

37 Total Lifts

  • 1   Aerial Tram (125 person)

  • 6   High speed Quads

  • 4   Doubles

  • 1   Minimum lift to access             peak from base (Tram)

Terrain Mix
 
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Whistler Stats

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