Blackcomb Glacier – Ski & Snowboard Guide To Whistler Blackcomb
Blackcomb Glacier is designated as a Provincial Park. This fact, and the agreement between BC Parks and Whistler Blackcomb to allow skiers access and no lifts to be built, makes for one of the most unique ski experiences in North America. Many other lines described in the Guide are limited offerings with room for one gondola’s worth of fresh tracks. Blackcomb Glacier is the exception, with room for thousands of fresh lines with options on the flanks for steeper and more committing lines. Often kept closed during storms due to mounting avalanche hazard, the glacier can open days after with all traces of previous skiers obliterated and a blank canvas ready to be painted with your turns. From the Windlip, make the call; skiers’ right to Husume Flank, skiers’ left to Winky Pop or straight down the guts like a big old Heli Ski line, there are no poor choices here.
The tips in this column and the contents of the guidebook are intended to be used by expert skiers and snowboarders only. The terrain described is dangerous and requires a high level of expertise to negotiate.
The second version of the Ski and Snowboard Guide to Whistler Blackcomb is a 184-page, full-color guidebook to the advanced and expert terrain on the mountains. Consider it an aerial photo-based version of the trail map. It’s designed to allow expert skiers to access the goods! Look for it at the best retailers in Whistler including Armchair Books in Village Square.