The Best Of Whistler Blackcomb
1. Best On-Mountain Breakfast
Crystal Hut — Situated at 6,053 feet above sea level, this cozy log cabin on Blackcomb’s Crystal Ridge is renowned for its thick and fluffy Belgian waffles—served all day. Rip a morning lap in the Crystal Zone, then, last one to the bottom buys waffles back at the top. If you happen to get up on the mountain a bit later than expected, the wood-oven baked lunch offerings do not disappoint. Not even a little.
2. Best Groomer Run
Upper Ridge Runner to Twist & Shout — Off the Crystal Ridge Express, make your way to Upper Ridge Runner and link that with Twist & Shout. These trails have the best rollers, so keep in mind that a spotter is nice to have. You’ll know what we mean if you ski this run fast enough.
3. Best Tree Run
Christmas Trees — On a pow day, head for the Peak Chair on Whistler and shred along the West Ridge. Consider making your way down the West Cirque, which will dump out into the Christmas Trees. The spacing of the trees is such that you can rip through at high speeds. If the conditions are right, you’ll be laughing so hard it hurts as you make your way through the goods. Another option, start your day with a lap or two through Blackcomb’s Excelerator glades, where tree-skiing bliss awaits. Then, make your way up to Crystal Chair, where the CBC trees provide majorly stoke-filled experiences, as do the trees around Riders Revenge and Log Jam.
4. Best Gnarly Terrain
Spanky’s Ladder — Make your way to the Glacier Express Chair. From the top, you’ll have access to Spanky’s Ladder. A quick boot pack accesses the challenging Garnet, Diamond, Sapphire and Ruby Bowl. Cliffs, chutes, couloirs and insane steeps abound. The upper entrance into Sapphire Bowl is an especially daunting task for those who dare.
5. Best Lift To Lap On a Pow Day
Peak Express — Get up on the mountain early and head to Whistler’s Peak Express. You might just find yourself amid a snowball fight as locals anxiously await the dropping of the ropes. Once open: ride, rip, repeat. Time in the lift line will pass quickly as you watch the huck-fest up on lines like Idiot’s Way and Air Jordan. Solid and not-so-solid performances will earn massive cheers and jeers, respectively. The Peak experience on a deep day can only be described as utterly life-changing.
6. Best Terrain Park
Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park — With five parks between its two mountains, you’ll have a blast getting your trick on at Whistler Blackcomb, regardless of your ability. The Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park, on Blackcomb, has played host to the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Championships in recent years and it’s downright glorious.
7. Best Lodge
Roundhouse Lodge — Whistler Blackcomb’s largest lodge and home to its famed Olympic Legacy display, the Roundhouse boasts three open food courts: Pika’s, the Mountain Market and Expressway, each serving up a variety of traditional and international flavors. Also situated inside Roundhouse is the Steeps Grill & Wine Bar; fine, full service dining and panoramic views, anyone?
8. Best Après
Merlin’s Bar & Grill — Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler’s Upper Village, Merlin’s offers live music, good times, mountain-high nachos and flowing brews on tap. Open daily for lunch, dinner and bevys from 11 a.m. ‘til late. You’ll dig the spirited vibes and mountain cabin-inspired decor, no doubt.