Mountain Guide

Whistler vs. Blackcomb

Resist the tempation to travel back and forth between these two giant mountains. Pick one and spend the day, either has enough terrain and variety to satisfy even the most adventurous for a week. Tips below can help you decide, be nimble!

 
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Whistler

  • Slight edge for those just starting out

    • More Beginner terrain

    • More open areas

    • Dedicated Family Zone

  • Best on blue bird days with good visibility

  • Intermediates and experts can enjoy Flute Bowl together

  • Incredibly long runs through open bowls and glaciers

    • Whistler Bowl down to Big Red is a top burner​

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Blackcomb

  • Slight edge on the super steeps

    • Spanky's Ladder​

    • Horstman Glacier

  • Tends to be less crowded on weekends and peak times

  • More glades and protected areas enable better visibility on foggy / snowy days

  • Slight edge for snowboarders

    • More terrain parks and less traversing

Each mountain is simply spectacular, you can't go wrong, but choose the best for you each day based on your preferences and weather conditions.

*Fun Fact - Whistler and Blackcomb merged in 1997 and were connected by the Peak 2 Peak Gondola in 2008. The Gondola ride offers spectacular views and a great way to take a break.

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Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 7,494 ft | 2,284m

  • Vertical Drop: 5,133 ft |1,565m

  • Main Base: 2,214 ft | 675m 

  • Total Area: 8,171 acres |
    33.1 sq km

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Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range:  Fitzsimmons

(Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains)

  • 200+ Named Trails   

  • 16 Bowls

  • 3 Glaciers

  • 5 Terrain Parks, 1 Halfpipe

  • Significant backcountry access

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Peaks
  • Horstman Hut / Blackcomb (7,494 ft)

  • Peak Lookout / Whistler (7,160 ft)

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Bases
  • Whistler Village (Main Base)

  • Creekside

On Mountain Dining

  • 17 locations

    • 9 at Whistler (view guide)

    • 9 at Blackcomb (view guide) 

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Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 69,939 ppl / hr

37 Total Lifts

  • 4    Gondolas (incl. Peak 2 Peak)

  • 1    High speed 6-Pack

  • 13  High speed Quads

  • 4    Triples

  • 15  Surface Lifts

  • 2   Minimum lift to access             Whistler peak from Base

Terrain Mix
 
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Whistler Blackcomb Combined Stats