Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience
- Best of Vancouver and Victoria
- Vancouver Island: High Tea to Low Tide
- Vancouver’s Totem Poles
- Vancouver’s Best Hiking
- Family Fun in Vancouver & Victoria
- Focus on Vancouver and Victoria
- Vancouver Weekend Getaway
- Victoria Weekend Getaway
- A Tour Through Time
- Inside Passage Cruises
- Outdoor Adventures
- Winter Fun in Vancouver & Victoria
In the few months they aren’t covered in snow, the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains come alive with locals and tourists alike enjoying hiking, guided naturalist walks, mountain biking, and horseback riding—or just marveling at the mountainscape from the comfort of the lifts.
The main lifts on both mountains operate late June through mid-October, with the classic Peak 2 Peak circuit allowing a 4.4-kilometre (2.8-mi) loop incorporating the mountains. A day pass for unlimited lift use is adult $42, senior $35, child $17. A two-day pass is adult $52, senior $45, child $29.
Over 50 kilometers (31 miles) of hiking trails wind around the mountains, including trails through the high alpine to destinations such as beautiful Harmony Lake and the toe of a small glacier.
For an adrenaline rush, take the gondola up then ride down on a mountain bike. Die-hard skiers will even find mid-summer skiing and snowboarding (mid-June–late July, adult $54, child $28) on the Horstman Glacier.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition