Before You Go
The main thing you need is a sightseeing ticket for the Whistler Village Gondola. These are pricey at $50 if you book online in advance, but it’s worth it if you plan on spending a full day on the mountain. You can also get a Peak 2 Peak pass for $80. Bring food, water and an extra layer in case it gets cold, but it’s not essential as you can eat, drink and shop at the Roundhouse or Rendezvous Lodges.
Starting from the Roundhouse Lodge are plenty of easy and short trails that give you access to ice walls, waterfalls and lakes. You can pack a picnic or buy your lunch, sit on the terrace and look out over the snow capped mountains. If you’ve been here during the winter it will blow your mind how different everything looks. Be sure to take your photo with the famous Inukshuk!
If you really want to make the most of your day ticket then head down a short trail to the Peak Express and ride it to the top of the mountain. You are instantly rewarded with spectacular views with almost zero effort. You can see the entire village laid out below you, dotted with beautiful lakes and surrounded by the never-ending Pacific Ocean Mountain Range. On the other side is a panoramic view of Black Tusk, with another Inukshuk for an even more impressive selfie.
Got more time?
If you’ve got 3 hours to kill you can take the High Note Trail, a very easy and beautiful 9.5km round trip that follows the contours of the mountain through valleys of flowers overlooking the lovely Cheakamus Lake. Another popular (and faster) route is the road from Peak Express to Harmony Express, it gives you fantastic views of the Musical Bumps, with Fissile Peak and Overlord Glacier in the distance.
The Peak 2 Peak Experience
The Peak 2 Peak gondola is an incredible experience for those first-time visitors to Whistler. The 4.4km cable car spans across the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It holds two world records: one for the longest free span between towers at 3.03km, and one for the highest point above ground at 436 meters.
It’s used all year round, by hikers in the summer and skiers and snowboarding in the winter. It’s definitely worth waiting for the silver cabin with its glass floor at least once so you can really appreciate the height. It does lose it’s novelty once you’ve ridden it every day for an entire season, even more so after two years… but it’s still an impressive piece of engineering.
Once you disembark the Peak 2 Peak you can head into the Rendezvous Lodge for any eating, drinking or shopping that you didn’t get round to doing on Whistler. You then have plenty of choices for hikes, anything from 15 minutes to 4 hours and you are always guaranteed a great view of some mountain or glacier. They are all well marked and well used.
If you’re starting in the Upper Village you can ride Wizard Express and Solar Coaster to the Rendezvous Lodge and head over to Whistler later on. You can even take a free bus to 7th Heaven, to watch the summer skiers and riders shred the park and to enjoy the views towards Whistler Mountain with, you guessed it, another Inukshuk.
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