whistlerblackcomb.name - Tourist Information On Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort & Whistler Village in Whistler, B.C. Canada.
Whistler Blackcomb has been rated North America's #1 ski destination for 4 years running! The Whistler Blackcomb mountains have over 7000 acres of ski and snowboard terrain, with 12 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, 200+ marked trails and 33 lifts. Surrounded by pristine nature and some of the best shopping and restaurants around, Whistler Blackcomb is hard to resist and many fall in love with the Whistler lifestyle and decide to stay. Some residents have lived there for generations.
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 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 ski able area of 8,171 acres (33 km²), over 50% larger than that of Vail, the runner-up, with 5,289 acres (21 km²). By some reports, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski area in the world, but because of the practice of many European ski resorts (the largest are in France, Austria, and Switzerland) of measuring total trail length rather than total area, a definitive answer isn't currently available. Blackcomb has a glacier that allows for summer skiing from June until August. Whistler Blackcomb will host events for the 2010 Winter Games, including the men's and women's slalom and GS, and the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events.
Blackcomb Mountain opened in 1980, under the ownership of the Aspen Skiing Company with four triple chairlifts (the Cruiser, Stoker, Catskinner and Fitzsimmons lifts), supplied by Lift Engineering. The mountain was not initially appreciated. Indeed, the mountain was considered “new kid on the block” into the early 1990s.
Even so, the mountain began quick development, beginning with the development of the Blackcomb Bench lands with homes. In 1984, the Jersey Cream lift opened, expanding the mountain down into Glacier Creek and adding more terrain.
Things really began to pick up in 1986 when the mountain was bought by newly-formed Intrawest Corp, which resulted in the addition of the 7th Heaven T-Bar, making Blackcomb North America’s first, and so far only, mountain with a skiable height change of one mile (1600 m).
The next year, in 1987, the first high-speed chairlifts at Whistler opened. The Wizard and Solar Coaster quad lifts cut the lift ride time from base to alpine from 45 minutes to 15. As well, the Rendezvous lodge at the top of the Solar Coaster opened, as well as two T-bars on Hoarstman Glacier, allowing for summer skiing.
In 1989, the Jersey Cream lift was replaced with a high-speed quad.
In 1992, the Glacier Express opened, which runs from the bottom of Glacier Creek to the Horstman Glacier.
In 1994, Blackcomb made its last major expansion to date, the replacement of the Stoker, Cruiser, and Fitzsimmons lifts with the high-speed Excelerator Quad Chair and Excalibur Gondola.