A Look at Whistler's Peak to Peak Gondola

Whislter's Peak to Peak Gondola opened in December 2008. The largest construction project of its kind in North America, the gondola connects Whistler to Blackcomb so that if you want to take turns in Symphony Bowl and Seventh Heaven in the same hour, you can. The gondola spans 2.7 miles in 11 minutes—three times longer than the Golden Gate Bridge. With the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler just around the corner, here are some shots of the gondola being constructed.
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Whistler's Peak to Peak Gondola

Whislter's Peak to Peak Gondola opened in December 2008. The largest construction project of its kind in North America, the gondola connects Whistler to Blackcomb so that if you want to take turns in Symphony Bowl and Seventh Heaven in the same hour, you can. The gondola spans 2.7 miles in 11 minutes—three times longer than the Golden Gate Bridge.

No, that’s not a typo. The Games are notoriously poorly attended. For 2010’s events, just 12 of Whistler and Blackcomb’s 200-plus runs are closed. Better still, Whistler insiders told Skiing that January bookings are lagging, meaning for several weeks leading up to the Games you won’t be fighting for first tracks. Lucky you. Plus, Whistler won our Best Overall Resort in our 2010 Resort Awards.

7 Reasons to Ski Whistler During the Olympics

Unless you live in Whistler, you wouldn’t know that a certain segment of the community is opposed to hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. Some locals have decided to leave town for two weeks, rent their houses to “some rich Americans,” and go surfing in Mexico. Let them. Here are seven reasons why the 2010 Winter Olympics are the perfect time to hit Whistler.

“As always, the Deep Winter Photo Challenge proved to be a tiring, but fun four days,” says Manley. “We worked hard and tried to be as creative as possible. This year differed in that the sun came out, and we ended up venturing out of the forest and into the alpine, which was weird, but great.”

Jordan Manley Wins Whistler Photo Contest—Again

For the third year in a row, photographer Jordan Manley has won Whistler's Deep Winter Photo Challenge, which ran through January 10. Paul Morrison earned second place and best-in-show photo, and Nicolas Teichrob, in his debut at the contest, placed third. Here are a few shots from Manley.

"We're number 1! We're number 1!" Cheerleader Dave Barry sis-boom-bahs over Blackcomb.

Olympic Countdown: Local Whistler Athletes to Watch

Only 28 days let until the 2010 Winter Olympics head to Whistler and Vancouver. This video podcast from Whistler Blackcomb looks at some local Whistler-area athletes, including ski cross athlete Julia Murray, daughter of famous Canadian downhill skier Dave Murray, Maelle Ricker, a snowboard cross athlete, and halfpipe snowboarder Justin Lamoureux, who reflects on his experiences at the last Winter Olympic Games in Torino and what it means for him to compete on home soil.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Jorgenson moved to Whistler in 1993 at the age of 17. He began taking pictures of the local skiers and mountain bikers he associated with and was soon published in magazines all over the world. In 2008, he opened the Blake Jorgenson Gallery at the base of the Westin Hotel in Whistler Village, a modern-contemporary space displaying his own work and hosting international touring exhibitions, receptions, and special events.You can purchase his book at www.blakejorgenson.com.

Blake Jorgenson Gallery

On Wednesday, Whistler-based ski photographer Blake Jorgenson celebrated the release of his new book, called Blake Jorgenson Photography: Whistler British Columbia 1999-2009, at the Westin Hotel in Whistler village. The coffee table book features scenic mountain vistas and action shots of some of the world's best freeskiers and mountain bikers. Here are few shots from the book.

You'll be hard pressed to find "Climax" on the official Whistler Blackcomb trail map. Sources from the resort haven't heard of it, and think that it might be a local's nickname for the Sylvan chute. Either way, it is being kept under wraps for a reason: it's scary.  The red-headed step-child of the Chainsaw ridge just below Blackcomb peak, Climax is the most difficult run at the expansive resort. The chute drops for an initial 300 feet at 50 degrees then gets to a 45 degree angle for a short few turns before bottoming out into the bowl.   Rumored to have been named from several "themes" in the 1985 porn, "The Wizard of Aahh's" (precursor to Greg Stump's "Blizzard of Aahhh's") many of Blackcomb's steeper runs have dirty names. Perhaps this chute is the ultimate conquest.

Guide to Blackcomb

With the 2010 Winter Olympics around the corner, all eyes are on Whistler Blackcomb. The masses will descend on Whistler Mountain, where the official events will take place. Which means Blackcomb will be the place to ski.