Whistler Blackcomb combines two of the best ski mountains in the world all at one resort but until the new peak to peak gondola to get from one mountain to the other you had to go to the base of the mountain and then catch another lift up. This obviously wasted valuable skiing time, so most skiers would make choice for the day. So this made me wonder which would I choose.
Unfortunately my days on either mountain are fairly limited so I turned to a couple friends that have both spent a few seasons at Whistler Blackcomb to see which they preferred.
My friend John spent 2 seasons in Whistler living in the staff accommodation on Blackcomb & Sylvia spent 4 seasons in Whistler and has a preference for Whistler.
The Case for BlackcombMountain
John – “Both mountains are awesome so it is hard choice. I probably skied Blackcomb more because I lived on that side of the village but both mountains have their benefits depending on the conditions and your preference for terrain.
To fully understand their differences you need to go back to their history. Whistler was built in the 1960’s and runs were cut where ever they saw an opportunity for a great run. So Whistler has a more pioneering spirit designed by skiers for skiers.
Blackcomb on the other hand was purpose built and designed on a computer screen, resulting in the runs and lifts connecting much better, so it is ideal for skiers looking to cruise around and get heaps of runs in.
On a powder day it is a hard choice but if it is cold and sunny then 7th Heaven on Blackcomb offers Whistler Blackcomb’s only south facing bowl, which captures more sun to soften the cover.
Intermediate to advanced skiers or boarders can also head to the glacier which is only accessible off Blackcomb for fantastic open powder skiing where fresh tracks can be found even hours in to the day.
For hard core terrain park lovers Blackcomb also has the biggest half pipe and terrain park.
For kids and kids at heart Blackcomb’s Adventure Centre is complete with a Magic Castle, tunnels and fast turning kids friendly banks through the trees. Blackcomb is also the home of the ski tubing park and night skiing.
The Case for Whistler
Sylvia -“After 3 seasons living and working with the locals I tended to ski where the locals preferred and for most of my friends this was Whistler.
Whistler generally has more challenging terrain including a terrifying 50 ft cliff jump called Air Jordan. The back bowls in Whistler offer heaps of wide off-piste skiing. And as the runs where cut by skiers they tend to offer better fall line and challenges.
I particularly love skiing trees and whilst both mountains have some great tree skiing, off the Peak chair in Whistler there is no comparison.
In spring when the snow is getting softer Whistler tends to holds it snow better so Whistler is often a better option later in the season.”
Whistler Vs Blackcomb
So not very conclusive as both Whistler and Blackcomb are amazing mountains and have more than enough terrain and challenges to keep any level of skier or snowboard in snow holiday bliss – I guess it all comes down to your preferences and conditions on the day.
Fortunately with the new Peak to Peak Gondola the choice of which mountain to ski just that little bit easier to make!
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