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Early Season, Late Season at Whistler-Blackcomb

By December 17, 2012

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Peak2Peak gondola at Whistler-Blackcomb. Photo credit: Bruce Rowles, courtesy of Whistler-Blackcomb. Last Thursday, as my son and I donned skis for the first time this season, I thought to myself, "Hmmm, I guess time flies, because it doesn't seem so long ago that I pulled on these boots." And actually, it wasn't, because we'd done some late-season skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb back in May.

Whistler has one of the longest ski seasons going, and it got off to a wonderful early start this year, with terrific ski days in late November. Writing now in mid-December, the mountains have plenty of snow, and 140 groomed runs are open. Plus, visitors can enjoy beautiful light displays in the pedestrian Village which in its own right has won many awards.

A few points to note:
  • Whistler-Blackcomb is an hour and half from Vancouver B.C. and is in a completely different weather pattern from other noted ski areas. So if the Rocky Mountain resorts are low on snow, check to see what's happening here.
  • Both mountains have nearly a mile of vert. (Very few other mountains come even close, and 4000 feet or even 3500 feet is considered excellent.)
  • Bonus: skiers and boarders get to enjoy this vertical rise at relatively low altitude, meaning that no one is going to have symptoms of altitude sickness. Whistler's base elevation is just 2214 feet.
  • Another unique feature is the Peak2Peak Gondola which whisks visitors from one mountain to another in 11 minutes. So skiers and boarders can easily sample both mountains in one day.
See also: Top Things at Whistler for Family Ski Vacations
-More about Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort
-More about the Peak2Peak Gondola

Photo credit: Bruce Rowles, courtesy of Whistler-Blackcomb.
December 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(1) Mat @ HotelsWithIndoorWaterParks.com says:

Great ideas. A lot of newer ski resorts also feature indoor water parks, so you can mix (fake) tropical fun with snowy fun. Best of both worlds.

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