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Whistler Travel Guide

Whistler City



The Whistler Mountain
Whistler-Blackcomb is a ski resort located in Whistler, British Columbia which comprises a village with several large hotels, eateries and bars, condominiums, and expensive homes. The village is 675 metres (2,214 feet) above sea level, and is located approximately 126 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, and Vancouver International Airport.

There are two mountains developed for skiing, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. The highest lift elevation, on Blackcomb, is 2284 metres (7,494 feet), and the terrain is accessed by 24 major lifts. The vertical drop of 1609 metres (5,280 feet, or one mile) at Blackcomb is the highest of any ski resort in North America. Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski area in North America, has a skiiable area of 8,171 acres (33 kmē), over 50% larger than that of Vail, the runner-up, with 5,289 acres (21 kmē).

Whistler Mountain also features a mountain bike park that uses the Fitzsimmons and Garbanzo quad chairlifts, as well as the Village Gondola to shuttle bikers to around midstation, at 1,200m (4,800). The park has 36 trails for all skill levels totalling 200km of trails. There are smooth trails with gentle banked corners for begineers, steep twisty trails for intermediates, tight trails with jumps and stunts for advanced riders, and challenging trails with giant jumps, drops, and root-strewn terrain for the experts.

The two high speed quad chairlifts used by the bike park have every second chair replaced with a bike rack during the summer. The rack fits four bikes, three in grooves and one on a hook on the side of the chair. The bikers then get on the next chair which is a normal passenger carrier. A smaller rider base, due to expert-only trails, necessitates that the Garbanzo Express only has one quarter of the Fitzsimmons' capacity for the time being.




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