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The Adventure Guys route at Whistler Blackcomb

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:12 am with No Comments »
February 10, 2013 8:16 pm

Whistler Blackcomb launched a new self-guided skiing tour program this year called Wonder Routes. The routes are fun and you can probably knock most of them out in a weekend if you are an advanced skier.


We’ve spent a great deal of time skiing these mountains and thought we’d offer The Adventure Guys route.



Starting from mid-mountain on WhistlerMountain take the peak chair to the summit to take a few pictures of the Black Tusk before dropping into Whistler Bowl. Make your away across the bowl to the narrow ridge that leads to sometimes overlooked run called Doom and Gloom.



Return back up the mountain via the Big Red Express then make your way to the Dave Murray Downhill, the run used for the men’s downhill during the 2010 Olympics. When you reach the village make your way all the way back to the summit.



Back on top take the longest run in North America as it descents almost a vertical mile back to village. Bonus points for making the entire run without stopping, a feat that’s considerably easier when the run is groomed. Refuel at the base with a pulled pork or brisket sandwich at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ.



After lunch head back up the mountain to the Symphony Express Chair (perhaps taking a detour to drop into a run off of Harmony Ridge). At the top of Symphony take the short hike to Harmony Bowl and pick your line.



Before the day gets away, hop on the $50 million Peak 2 Peak gondola and head over to BlackcombMountain. Along the way you’ll find your self more than 1,400 feet off the ground, the highest lift in world.



From here make your way to the 7th Heaven Express and, if you dare and conditions permit this late in the day, try dropping into the Coulair Extreme, one of Whistler Blackcomb’s toughest runs.



Take the Glacier Express, the Showcase T-Bar and then a quick hike up to the Blackcomb Glacier and the wind carved Blowhole. This is a double-diamond run you might want to skip if conditions aren’t ideal. If you pass, the glacier offers several other descents and options for touring.



After the glacier deposits you on the cat track grab the Excelerator Express to head up to grab another run or two.



Finish your day in the village with a gourmet ice cream cone at Cow’s. Be sure to hop aboard the cow statue out front for a quick photo. For dinner hit any number of pricey and crowded restaurants in the village or get off the beaten path a bit and have an equally delicious meal that’s less expensive and quieter at the Wild Wood Bistro and Bar located at the Whistler Racquet Club.

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