Alpine Hiking Trails Open
Thanks to the recent hot spell Whistler Blackcomb has opened up their Alpine Hiking trails two weeks early. Some of the trails had been operational since mid-June but last Saturday marked the first time all the trails had been fully opened.
Whistler Blackcomb’s Arthur Dejong recently said, “We are actually two weeks ahead of schedule compared to last year. Warm weather this past spring, and so far this summer, has quickened the snow melt process in the alpine, resulting in early trail openings and a longer alpine hiking season. We are even seeing alpine flowers starting to bloom already, which is much earlier than we saw last year,”
With the entire Alpine Trail System open visitors now have access to over 50 Kilometers of trails sitting at or above 6000 feet. These amazing trails offer hikers, walkers and runners amazing views of the Village far below, glacier fed lakes, wildlife, tall cedar forests, fields of wildflowers and much more.
Speaking of wildflowers the Whistler wildflowers are just starting to bloom and will only be in season for the next month and half. These long purple flowers mask large areas of the mountainside during the summer and are a huge tourist attraction when they bloom. The best place to catch these beauties is on Blackcomb Mountain, particularly located on the Lakeside Loop and Overlord Trail.
Alpine Wonder Routes
New to this year's Trail System is the unveiling of the Whistler Blackcomb Alpine Wonder Routes. Each route is catered to a particular guest's needs. For instance if you want to experience the Peak 2 Peak take the Alpine Vista Route or if you want an intense day long hike that reaches the mountain's highest peaks try the Top of the World Route. Read a quick description on each of the routes below.
Alpine Vista Route – The Alpine Vista Route takes guests up the Whistler Village Gondola where they can then board the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola for a lofty journey over the treetops and across the Fitzsimmons Valley to Blackcomb Mountain. From there guests can board two open-air chairlifts for a relaxing trip down to Blackcomb Mountain’s Upper Village.
Top of the World Route – This route takes advanced hikers to the highest points on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, can take up to a full day to complete, and boasts panoramic glacier views in all directions.
Running the Rooftop Route – This 10km single track route starts at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain and is a dedicated running route offering breathtaking views of Cheakamus Lake and the surrounding peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Recommended for advanced runners who have trail running experience. Runners should also be aware of hikers as they are also permitted on this route.
Alpine Lakes Loop – This intermediate level hiking trail starts on Blackcomb Mountain’s Alpine Walk and flows through a stunning palette of colourful wildflowers and Blackcomb Lake before circling back to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola where the loop continues on Whistler Mountain’s Harmony Lake Trail.
Overlord Vista – This challenging full-day hike covers some of Blackcomb and Whistler’s longest hiking trails; Overlord, Decker Loop and High Note Trail. The route offers stunning views of the Overlord Glacier, volcanic Black Tusk, Cheakamus Lake and the mountains’ various wildlife.
In order to get to the top hiking routes on Whistler Blackcomb you have to first take a gondola to get to their starting point. Right now the Wizard Express (Blackcomb) and the Whistler Village Gondola (Whistler) are running visitors to the mid-way points of each mountain. To gain access to the gondola and the Upper Alpine Hiking Trails you will need to buy a Sightseeing Pass from the mountain. Luckily Whistler Blackcomb is running a 2 for 1 day deal on passes right now which means you can buy a reduced ticket that's good for two days of sightseeing. The tickets can be purchased online at the Whistler Blackcomb website or over the phone (1-888-403-4727). The 2 for 1 ticket prices break down as follows: $46.95 adult, $23.95 child, $39.95 senior. * A special note the Sightseeing Pass also includes access to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
For look at all of the Upper Alpine Trails on Whistler & Blackcomb Mountain head on over to their Sightseeing and Hiking page.
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The Aava Whistler Hotel is located in the heart of Whistler Village just minutes away from the Whistler Village Gondola which provides direct access to the Upper Alpine Trails.
Posted by Aava Whistler Hotel on Wednesday, July 24, 2013