Alpine Hiking, Running & Interpretive Trails

WHISTLER, BC May 9, 2013 – This summer Whistler Blackcomb is unveiling new products and services, including an interpretive experience for the world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola as well summer themed Alpine Wonder Routes to aid in the discovery of the mountains’ expansive summer lift system and trail networks for hikers and sightseers.

“This summer is exciting for us because we are unveiling and launching several new experiences and projects that will make Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine experience even more unforgettable,” says Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are particularly excited about the new Alpine Wonder Routes, and the interpretive PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Viewing Gallery. These added itineraries and tools help guests develop a deeper understanding and connection to the alpine and our summer experience. We are also excited about the construction of two new chairlifts, already underway, in preparation for our 2013.2014 winter season.”

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park officially opens on Friday, May 17 and Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience including summer sightseeing, hiking and running is Saturday, May 25. To help stoke the anticipation, here are the top highlights for the 2013 summer season at Whistler Blackcomb:

Alpine Wonder Routes
With over 50 kilometres of hiking and running routes spread over 19 marked trails at over 6,000 feet, Whistler Blackcomb offers some of the most easily accessible, and vast, hiking and running alpine terrain in North America. To help guests navigate the trails, Whistler Blackcomb is unveiling the new summer Alpine Wonder Routes. They are a network of tours, trails, waypoints and stops created to help guests navigate the mountains and discover Whistler Blackcomb’s most wonder-filled alpine places.

  • 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 and 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 wary 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.

PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery
Ever since Whistler Blackcomb unveiled the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in 2008, guests and gearheads alike have been clamoring to learn more about the engineering marvel. In response, Whistler Blackcomb has constructed the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery.

This raised walkway is located in the PEAK 2 PEAK terminal on Whistler Mountain, and will provide guests with a birds-eye view of the gondola’s record-breaking engineering and technology. It is interactive with video tablets installed on the platform where guests can watch videos that showcase the construction of the gondola towers, cable installation, facts and statistics, and the history of Whistler Blackcomb. The PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery will be unveiled to the public on May 25 when summer operations begin for the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience.

New Kids-Specific Downhill Mountain Bike Rental Fleet
For the first time ever, Whistler Blackcomb will be adding downhill mountain bikes designed specifically for kids to their rental fleet. GIANT Bicylces, one of the industry’s leading mountain bike manufacturers, has developed the Yukon, a brand new kids’ mountain bike specially designed for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and the little rippers that like to play there. The 24-inch dual suspension bike allows for a smooth ride and enables kids to have a seamless first experience in the bike park. Also new this summer, Norco’s kid-specific mountain bike, the Ninja, will also be available to rent. Norco’s Ninjas are outfitted with a rugged aluminum frame and dual fork suspension.

Salomon Alpine Run Club
New this season, Whistler Blackcomb has launched the Salomon Alpine Run Club – a trail running clinic designed to hone technical trail running skills and provide exclusive, and early, access to alpine running trails. The goal of the clinic is to train for the ten kilomentre 5 Peaks Enduro race on Saturday, August 24. The clinic is once a week starting Saturday, June 29. It costs $99 and includes a summer sightseeing pass, a Salomon Tech T-shirt, weekly seminars on training, strength, pacing, nutrition and a discount at the Salomon store. More Info » 

Whistler Blackcomb in partnership with TELUS has expanded its summer on-mountain free Wi-Fi access to specially marked locations in the alpine. The summer alpine Wi-Fi hotspots are located at the Inukshuks in front of the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, at the top of 7th Heaven Express chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain, and at the top of the Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain. Free Wi-Fi powered by TELUS is also available in the Roundhouse Lodge, Rendezvous Lodge, Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC), Merlin’s Bar and Grill, and Dusty’s Bar and BBQ.

Glacier Skiing
For those who cannot wait until next winter season, the Horstman Glacier will be open for summer skiing/riding from June 22 to July 28 from 12pm to 3pm daily. Upload to the glacier begins at 11am from the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Sightseers are also welcome to check out the glacier by following the same upload route. Lunch and great views are available at the Horstman Hut.

A number of summer ski and snowboard camps run on the Horstman Glacier and feature Olympic champions and the hottest ski and snowboard pros as coaches. These camps are perfect for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders and offer kids and adults the opportunity to improve their freestyle, mogul and downhill racing skills.

Mountain Top BBQ
Sizzling barbeques and live entertainment will put zest into every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Beginning Friday June 28, guests can ride up the Whistler Village Gondola and enjoy mouth-watering BBQ, fresh salads and delicious desserts at 1,800 metres/6,000 feet. Whether dining inside or on the scenic patio, it’s a memorable experience. Reservations are recommended. For full menus and to make a dinner reservation visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/on-mountain-dining/summer-mountain-top-dining

  • Friday - Whole Hog Fridays
  • Saturday - Slow Roasted Prime Rib BBQ
  • Sunday - Pacific Seafood Grill

Winemakers Series
On two special days this summer, Steeps, a restaurant perched atop Whistler Mountain at 6,000 feet, presents five-course Winemaker Dinners paired with wines from some of the best wineries British Columbia has to offer. Ravenswood Winery will host on Friday, August 2 and on Saturday, August 24 Nk’Mip Cellars will be featured. More information can be found online, www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/on-mountain-dining/summer-mountain-top-dining

About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,192 centimetres (469 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. 
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