Whistler Blackcomb mountain offers a combined 8,171 acres of ski-able terrain and over 200 marked runs! From gentle green beginner runs to steep double black diamond, these mountains cater to all abilities and everyone has their favourite runs. With so much terrain to choose from, it can be daunting deciding where you and your group should head to shred.
I’ve asked the team at Harmony Whistler Vacations to reveal some of our top spots on the mountain. We wanted to share with our guests some of the runs that we ski or snowboard over and over again, yet still, get shivers down our spine every single time.
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Harmony's Best Ski Runs on Whistler Blackcomb
Cloud Nine on 7th Heaven
Amy’s go-to snowboarding run;
My all-time favourite run is Cloud Nine on Blackcomb just off of 7th Heaven. The traverse at the top can be a bit of a challenge, especially for a snowboarder, but the long descent and alpine views are worth it! Cloud Nine offers lots of playful trees on the side of the run as well where you will find some fresh powder pockets even on the most tracked out days. If you like to get good vert on your Epic Mix app then a couple of laps on 7th will be sure to boost your stats!
Matthews Traverse to Sun Bowl
Belinda’s favourite snowboarding route;
I’d have to say one of my favourite runs to do is from the top of Peak Chair to the bottom of Symphony, especially if the snow angels have blessed us overnight. The views of Black Tusk from the very top of the mountain still catch my breath every time. From there scoot around on Matthews Traverse and try not to get distracted by the epic views, or maybe do, just be prepared to unstrap and skate on your snowboard. From here you can take a right towards Symphony and drop into Sun Bowl. It’s not the steepest terrain so I like to stay close to the piste but you will often find untouched powder, fantastic for those new to powder skiing and boarding. From here you can link up with Jeff’s Ode-To-Joy ending in wide winding trails through the trees at the bottom. Even the chairlift ride back up on Symphony is gorgeous. It’s a long cat track out but even on a snowboard, it’s so worth it!
Ridge Runner to Arthurs Choice
Emma’s Favourite Tree Run;
One of my favourite runs is Ridge Runner accessed from the top of Crystal Chair, It’s a dependable great time! If we have been blessed with a ton of snow I usually drop into Arthurs Choice for some tree runs in the fresh pow and if freshly groomed, it starts with a steep drop to get the adrenaline going and then some fun rolling hills where you can pick up speed. Skiers left you can see a huge area of burnt trees – around 10 years ago, on a sunny day, I was sitting on a boat on Green Lake when all of a sudden it started raining and I heard lightening. I looked up to see Blackcomb on fire! They got the fire under control but unfortunately left a large section of burnt trees. It always feels a little eerie to ride by but what’s left of the trees can be fun to play in now.
Dave Murray Downhill
Carla’s Need for Speed;
I would say my favourite run is the Dave Murray Downhill on Whistler Mountain. It’s a great run, however, with PERFECT conditions it’s amazing! (And yes I mean perfect!) A fresh snowfall the day before is ideal, then a beautiful sunny day, and having it groomed makes for a very smooth and fast ride. It can really get the adrenaline going as you glide effortlessly over the numerous rollers, even getting air if you so wish. I know all runs lead down the mountain, but the faster you get down the faster one can taste that first sip of a delicious Caesar from Dusty’s Bar, located at the base of Creekside gondola.
Magic Chair and Yellow Brick Road
Nicole’s Switching it up from Skiing to Snowboarding;
As a seasoned skier, I have an abundance of favourite runs on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountain. This year, however, I have taken a few days off the skis to try out snowboarding and what a better place to find your groove than on the magic chair. Located right at the base of Blackcomb mountain just above the upper village, this beginners area is perfect to learn the art of balance and linking turns. The run itself is called Yellow Brick Road. The best part about Magic Chair – You can purchase a ticket for $20 plus tax at the ticket window instead of needing a full day pass so it’s the perfect option for first-time skiers and snowboarders.
** $20 learner ticket is valid at the time of this post **
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Photo Creds: Tourism Whistler / Ben Girardi / Mike Crane / Justa Jeskova. Destination BC / Blake Jorgenson / Andrew Strain