Tips for Skiing at Whistler

Tips for Skiing at Whistler
Many snow sport enthusiasts consider Whistler to be the ultimate ski resort. Its size, as well as its vast variety of terrain makes it a resort with something for everyone. That said, skiing Whistler can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing where to go and at what time of day can help you enjoy the Whistler/Blackcomb experience.

Weather

Here is an insider's secret. Don't worry if it's raining in the village. Rain in the village almost always means that there is snow at the higher elevations. Since many people don't realize this, the lift lines will be shorter.

Ski E'Spirit

Ski E'Spirit is not your ordinary ski lesson. This three-day clinic allows you to explore the entire mountain, while learning skills that are appropriate to the different types of terrain. Taking this workshop will give you an idea of the mountain layout, as well as the secret places where many people don't go.

Fresh Tracks Breakfast

Be at the Whistler Gondola by 7 am to purchase your Fresh Tracks Breakfast ticket. Keep in mind that it is only available for 650 people. First, you'll enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet. Then, after the ski patrol has given the avalanche all-clear, you're free to ski fresh tracks. Just make sure that you don't ski all the way down to the bottom. If you do, you will have to purchase another Fresh Tracks ticket.

Skiing With a Multi-Level Group

If you have some advanced skiers and some lower intermediates, head to the Burnt Stew trail on Whistler Mountain. The lower level skiers can ski the cat track that winds down the mountain, while the upper level skiers can drop into the bowls. It is usually relatively easy for people to keep sight of each other, so you can meet up at various points to make sure that everyone is OK.

The Blackcomb Glacier

The Blackcomb Glacier is one of the few North American glaciers that is actually rated blue. Intermediates can get their bragging rights by skiing it.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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