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Where to Ski at Whistler/Blackcomb

Heading to the 2010 Winter Games? Skiers of all abilities will fun on the slopes at Whistler and Blackcomb.
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#2:Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. (2010)

Whistler and Blackcomb each has its own character. The two side-by-side mountains meet only at their very base. Both mountains have three points of access. On Blackcomb, you can start at Blackcomb Base's Wizard Chair, or you can jump on Excalibur Gondola either in Whistler Village or at Base II. To get up Whistler Mountain, start either at the Creekside Gondola or in the center of town, where you can catch the Whistler Village Gondola or the Fitzsimmons Chair. No matter which peak you choose to ski first, warm up on the midmountain, then keep moving upward. On Blackcomb, intermediates love scenic midmountain cruisers like Ridge Runner. Advanced skiers dig midmountain's bumpy trees (try Outer Limits or Arthur's Choice) and the gnarly terrain of The Bite. Experts have their hands full in Blackcomb's Alpine with Couloir Extreme, Secret Chute, Pakalolo and the four big, steep bowls accessed over Spanky's Ladder. Blackcomb's world-renowned 25-acre Nintendo Terrain Park is a scene worth checking out, even if you don't try it. Kids love exploring Arthur's Castle.On Whistler, try peak-to-valley corduroy on Franz's in the morning. The zone between the Roundhouse and Olympic Station has oodles of offerings for beginners and intermediates who like to cruise. Whistler's six high alpine bowls have inexhaustible offerings for experienced skiers. West Bowl is always a good bet for powder. Symphony Bowl is readily manageable by confident intermediates.On both mountains, if you think the conditions are crummy where you're skiing, try somewhere else altogether-you may find the conditions are brilliant. One word of warning: Never go over anything off-piste at Whistler or Blackcomb blind. It might look like a tiny roll, but it could easily be a cliff or a hole.

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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.

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.

Inside Line: Blackcomb, BC

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. Locals know that Blackcomb outperforms its better-known neighbor when it comes to off-piste terrain and jibbing. Plus, Blackcomb’s lift lines are shorter, its park and pipe bigger, and its backcountry steeper. And with the new Peak-to-Peak gondola—a record-setting 2.73-mile-long feat of engineering—now connecting the two mountains, you can easily zip over to the big W. But with Blackcomb’s terrain, why bother?